Read a bit through the thread and I can see the point of the article, however I only partially agree with it. What he is saying is 'Experience trumps specs' which in the end it does for EVERYONE (even a Windows type guy like myself). If I could buy cheap hardware, and get an awesome experience on Windows, then win! I think where PC and mac users differ, is their idea of a great experience. Mac sell the glossed up, dumbed down experience, where things (apparently) 'just work'. This is great for people browsing and wanting a nice looking laptop.
I think the point I try to make with people, and other Windows oriented people try to make (albeit in a bad way sometimes) is that to them - that is NOT a good experience. To me a good experience is being able to download almost any software from the net without having to see if my O/S is supported, or buying a game without seeing if my O/S is supported.
I think overall the idea of the article is correct (that user experience sells), but people have different opinions of what a good experience is.
I will leave my post with one example though, of how a macu ser (my girlfriend) is brainwashed with the whole 'its apple so its awesome thing' - THIS is the type of thing that annoys me. If people give me a genuine reason why their mac suits THEM better than a PC, then no worries, just dont jam it down my throat....anyways here it is:
Mac mail was not behaving correctly for her, so she decided to use entourage that came with her office suite for MAC. I didn't realise entourage was very similar to outlook, but she said she hated entourage compared to iMail (or whatever it's called) becuase it looked crap. So not knowing what it looked like, I said 'OK, fair enough, I'm interested to see what it's like now'. On looking at entourage, I said 'that's basically outlook' and she said yeah I dont like how the preview pane is on the right hand side, instead of being UNDER the list of mail, like it is in iMail'. Again, I said 'oh, well it really doesnt make a difference, but whatever floats your boat.'.
Here is where it got annoying: I sent her an article on OSX Lion, where it showed the new mac mail app, with the preview pane to the right, similar to outlook...first sentence in her reply went 'OMG the new mail app looks awesome, that is SO CLEVER putting the reading pane on the right - I know you don't like macs but you have to admit that is cool'. THAT is the kind of brainwashing I hate - as soon as mac make the simplest change, some people eat it up like it's gold.
With cases like that aside (and I'm sure that situation happens the other way around, with windows users being brainwashed, which is annoying too) I don't see why people can't just realise that different people want different things and have different priorities...really, it isn't that hard. Relax people! Edited by gill - 3/6/11 at 6:06pm