Last time I wrote about talking myself out of an iPad and basically talked myself up into an MacBook Air all in the quest to find a lightweight setup for traveling. Apple you know you got a sucker as a customer with your pricing! So anyways, the most expensive model is only like $170 more than the cheapest Air, not including of course, the extra stuff I need with the iPad mentioned in part 1. Ok, still no modem but we are living with that already. However, one does need an ethernet to USB dongle for the Air, again for the stone age hotels without wireless. No memory card slot, a lot less HDD space, but I suppose I could use a USB stick for my backups, glad I got the 64GB model. Battery time is down to 5 hours, perhaps this can be compensated with some careful use or an external battery. This is beginning to sound a lot like part 1 where I talked myself way up to this model, hmm. It’s going to cost me $1000 to save roughly a pound (possibly even less with all the extras) in my backpack, might as well go with the MacBook Pro. Oh wait, that’s what I already have, and the new one definitely does not have enough going for it to replace my almost 2 year old MacBook Pro. Oh well, guess I’ll have to revisit this in a couple of years or perhaps never.
Sounds like decades ago when I was a devout Apple II user. I wanted a Mac when the original one came out, I really did. At the time though it was just too expensive, especially if one had to buy all new software. The killer was you couldn’t add any cards for hardware interfacing which was my main interest. Currently, my 2 year old 3GS battery needs replacing, and I’m sure my 3 iPod ones will too very soon. I found that it takes $90 bucks to have Apple change out the battery for the former, since it is not a simple battery change like almost all other cell phones. Even if it were free, not having a phone for even a few days would be a major inconvenience. Haven’t priced out the Classic but the 2 others are lowly Shuffles so having a battery replacement done is probably not economically fesiable. I will most likely do the changing myself, “pirate” packs are readily available. The conspiracy theorist might deduce that this is a way for Apple products to “phone home” or a way to extert more of itself onto the consumer. I don’t see how Apple can claim to be green if we are all needing to send these things in piecemeal back to Cupertino every few years. At the very least it’s getting harder and harder to be an Apple customer, ya gotta be either a hacker or rich!