Shane Says February 2, 2009Posted by antimeme in Apple.
Tags: Apple, Macbook Air
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Shane is the Customer Service rep I talked to at 1-800-MY APPLE. Shane told me the following things (we’ll find out if Shane told the truth soon enough):
- I could not get the $49 iWork deal, since a refurbished model is technically not new. He gave me a small discount anyway – $65, rather than $79.
- It was a Friday when I called. I asked if I should expect delivery the following Friday. Shane said it might be here as soon as Monday. “They are pretty fast, usually,” he said.
- I did not need to order the $9.95 iLife Up-to-date package. He (i)thought(/i) iLife ’09 would be thrown into the box.
- Shane charged me $63 for the wireless Mighty Mouse. I don’t know why. It lists for $69.
- My refurbished nano came in a plain cardboard box – not the cool clear plastic box that new ones come in. Shane said that he thought they shipped the Air in the original black box. Same for the SuperDrive
Macbook Air? Srsly? Are you nuts? February 2, 2009Posted by antimeme in Apple, Switcher.
Tags: Apple, choice, Macbook Air, Switcher
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So why am I switching, and why in heaven’s name, did I choose the slow, skimpy, underpowered, overpriced Air? I’ll answer the second question first, and save the switcher discussion for another time.
To answer the questions posed in the title: Yes. Seriously. Maybe. In that order. Let me freely admit right here that I coveted the Air for its sexiness. From the moment I heard Yael Naïm singing New Soul while that svelte beauty (the Air) was sensuously sliding from her skimpy manilla folder, I knew she had to be mine. But I didn’t buy it because of that. I bought it because it was the least expensive Mac that met all of my needs. All of the things that it has been critisized for not having were things that I didn’t need. It was a perfect fit.
It’s called a ‘laptop’ for a reason.
I don’t know whether I am ADD, OCD, ADHD, or just flighty, but I have the attention span of a gnat. The prospect of sitting at the same desk for eight hours a day is frankly terrifying to me. I want to be able to wander out to the kitchen, the lanai, or the park and still be able to get something done. So carrying around a 17-inch Macbook Pro is completely out of the question. For me, a 13-inch screen is just about perfect. Big enough to see, even with my 50-year-old, been-wearing-glasses-since-I-was-five, eyes. Even the 15-inch Prois a little too big (and a LOT too expensive) for me. So my choices are easily limited to the regular Macbook and the Macbook Air.
Just like buying a car, picking a computer is a very personal thing. You really have to decide what you are going to use the thing for BEFORE you can decide which one you want. I sat down and thought about what I wanted this new thing for. I thought about it for a LONG time. Probably ten minutes or more. (Remember what I said about gnats?). Here’s what I decided:
I need this laptop so I can be a code monkey. I need it so I can create lesson plans. I need the macbook so I can create presentations. I like to carry my laptop around, so I can work whenever the mood strikes me. I like to work at night. I have a pretty healthy iTunes library and I want to use the laptop to sync up my iPhone/iPod. I don’t want to play games or watch movies, and I don’t plan on taking any intercontinental flights. My budget is $1400 (USD), which seems to put me at ‘entry level’ for Apple, but well more than double what I spent on my last Windows laptop.
So, I decided on a refurbished MacBook Air. With a wireless Mighty Mouse, SuperDrive and iWork ’09, the total cost is less than $1300. My second choice was the 2.4Ghz aluminum MacBook, because it also had an illuminated keyboard. But the refurb model was $1399 – and that was without the mouse and iWork. It’s funny how the one laptop I was lusting after turned out to be the best value for me as well. 🙂