Ill be honest with you, Ive come close on a couple of occasions to picking up a MacBook Pro. Oddly enough, the thing that eventually put me off was a loaner I got from Apple earlier this year sure, it was a nice machine, but after using it for a few weeks the sex appeal wore off and I realized I could do everything I did with the MacBook on my existing notebook (which cost less than half price of the MacBook Pro). I also managed to shake off my short-lived desire for an iPhone. I was certain that if I could defend against the iPhones charm, there was nothing that Apple could release this year that would get me salivating.
And then Apple announced the iPod touch, and I was hooked. I can vaguely remember how it happened. Steve Jobs was up on stage and he was talking about the updated iPod range. The squat iPod nano pah. The iPod classic not interested. Then Steve pulls out Apples WMD the iPod touch. It has everything that Ive wanted in a portable device a large touch screen, video, cover flow, WiFi, web and email (only web mail, but that doesnt matter ). Instantly, I wanted one. Sure, I could dust off my iPAQ and put that back into service since it does about 80% of what the iPod touch does. But, well, its not an iPod touch.
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Wanting a new bit of kit isnt a new thing for me, but the craving usually wanes, going from the I want one! I want one! I want one! stage to thats pretty cool stage, then the yeah, nice but stage and finally Ill wait for the next version (then I see something else and the whole process repeats).
Whats likely to get me to actually buy something is if I can justify my purchase. I can easily justify getting an iPod touch. Ive got about a gigabyte left of free space on my nano, I like the video support, the screen is massive, its WiFi enabled, I can access the web and email Hey, and its a work tool! I can use it around the office! Itll improve my productivity!
The Apple mothership has engaged the tractor beam and pulled me straight into the reality distortion field. I want one! I want one! I want one!
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