Originally Posted by karlok
While I would agree that Apple has many exceptional products (the iPhones and iPods are great devices), I would have to disagree with you about the Macbooks. Apple is notoriously known for applying excessive amounts of thermal paste on components within the system, which contribute to overheating problems and diminishing battery life. In addition, I cant think of any benefits to an aluminum unibody structure other than aesthetics, aluminum is a very, very weak metal. Now compare this with my Thinkpad, the case is made of carbon fiber, the hard drive is enclosed in a roll cage, its got a leak-proof keyboard, software on the laptop can determine if the laptop is falling and turn off the hard drives to minimize damage.. etc. I can not count how many times I have dropped my Thinkpad and it was in perfect working condition afterwards. Last but not least, my battery still gets me 5-6 hours whereas many of my friends who bought Macbooks at the same time as I bought my Thinkpad or after (~2 years) are experiencing heating and battery issues (ie the battery can't last for longer than 30-60 minutes). Sure, the Thinkpad might not be aesthetically pleasing to some, but you must acknowledge that you are sacrificing build quality for aesthetics when you buy an MBP.
I don't consider having too much thermal paste "poor build quality". When I talk about build quality I think of the chassis and display and how well they are put together. No creaks, cracking, flexing, chipping, all buttons and ports work well, etc.
The heat comes from having a thin laptop with powerful hardware. The MacBook Pro is no exception to that, though there are some which do manage heat a bit better.
As for the iMac, well, a custom built computer will trounce those things any time for a considerably smaller price with a presumably better build quality (I guess it depends on the competence of the guy putting it together though!).
So? It still has great build quality. And I don't see why a self built system would have better build quality than an iMac.
Originally Posted by dantoddd
Apple is doing that by either screwing you, the consumer, or some poor assembly line worker in China.
They aren't doing either. They make a lot of profit because they only make one new smartphone per year.