Friday, November 21, 2008

Identity Crisis

Only a week into my mid-to-late twenties, and I’m having an identity crisis of sorts. Last Friday, I ditched my craptastic Sidekick for a slick, grown-up iPhone and now I’m hungry to update the rest of my technological assets. My 4.5-year-old Dell laptop has seen better days. He’s cranky and temperamental. Poor old chap needs duct tape. He’s morbidly obese and I think he has Alzheimer’s, because he doesn’t have any memory left. It’s just about time for him to retire to computer heaven.

So, my dilemma - the ads about being a PC or a Mac have me conflicted about my own identity. Who am I in computer brand-land? Am I young, trendy, shiny and slim – do I wear skinny jeans? Or am I dowdy, familiar, sturdy and reliable – and clad in a smart suit? I confess, I would like to be a part of the fancy-pants hipster club that the rest of the Mac folks are in, just for the cool factor. But is the extra cost justifiable?

The only info I’ve obtained from the fancy-pants people thus far, “Macs are totally user friendly.” What does that even mean? PCs aren’t rocket science, you know. Reason tells me I can buy a new PC and save about 50%, but I’m willing to pay for the Mac if it has other qualities above and beyond coolness. Readers, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this highly sensitive topic. (This is a conversation, not a soliloquy. So comment!) Mahalo.

*Putting on my PR hat for a moment, I want to note what a great job Mac has done marketing its brand. If I’m questioning my computer identity and there is not enough disparity in product to be apparent, they are doing something very, very wickedly right. A+ for effort. But will all that marketing lead to a converted customer?


Jamie said...

A few comments!

- Macs are user friendly, not in lieu of PCs, but in lieu of people thinking that learning to use one is going to be really different from their PC usership.

- The programs on a Mac (eg iPhoto) make day-to-day maintenance of your media files (photos, songs, movies, etc) much easier.

- I think Macs last longer? (Don't quote me on that, but look it up.)

- I find everything about the Mac experience to just be less clunky than a PC. The computer turns on and off faster, for example. It's just a really streamlined, quick, lovely experience.

- I have never met someone who, upon converting to a Mac, goes back to a PC.

Hmm...I think that's it. GET A MAC!

Lindsey said...

You're a mac. Macs guess what you want to do and help you do it. For example, on a PC, I often find myself clicking something 42 times because it won't open -- and then 42 screens pop up. On a Mac, it would do what you wanted the first time. It's got cool photo-editing software, and is more high-tech. They have great customer service too, especially if you pay for the extended warranty. However, PCs are cheap and do the job if you're not into the fancy stuff. And macs rock. :)

Anonymous said...

A PC will do what you need it to do for half the cost.

Yuяi said...

You so need a Mac, Angie. Not only will that up your "cool" factor, but with the Parallels program, you can run windows and all window programs--right on the Mac. Best of both worlds.

Anonymous said...

macs are aaaaamazing. i converted over the summer. you won't be as into it the first day, but once you know your way around you're going to be obsessed! can't wait to hear how you decide.