@harlock123: One more thing. If you are thinking about doing A LOT of writing then go into an Apple store and try one out for at least an hour and the do the same with a MacBook Air.
I was going to get a MacBook Pro last year when my Tecra M4 died, but I didn't like the keyboards: there's no forward-delete key and the odd placemen of Ctrl/Alt/Cmd keys feels unnatural to me.
Edit: Oh, I forgot: "You have been assimilated."
The Internet has taught me that Microsoft is the Borg. How can one be assimilated to a company as individualistic as Apple?
I have found the IPAD kindle app excellent for for most of my Technical manuals purchased. I love having all of them in my laptop case. I use the IPAD kindle app because of color, I know that the true kindle has extremely sharp text but the lack of color is just a tradeoff I am not willing to live with.
After a few days playing I am hooked, it certainly is addictive (think some say addicting). It is a lovely device to use. Definitely need to ensure insurance is taken out assurance-wise as I fear one slip and bye-bye iPad.
From a software position, I think it evident that
1) Microsoft have all the tools they need to compete in the devices space - but have struggled to for a number of reasons
2) Not enough emphasis has been given to good designers
Windows works like is was designed by developers, and designers added afterwards, this software looks like it was designed first, then coded afterwards. I presume that this has changed with the new Windows Phone i.e. the metro design, and I think that that is why it has been so well received.
In WPF and Silverlight their user experience team came up with some pretty attractive designs for Silverlight that were never ported to WPF.
I realize that even Microsoft have to be Agile in delivery of products, but rather than rushing your developers from WPF to Windows, invest a little more time and let them perfect the UI components (especially speed and memory) rather than your Marketing team spending millions on advertising and marketing something that is not quite finished. This is my biggest gripe with Microsoft of late, in that they always look to their "third parties" to finish off everything, be that windows forms or WPF and even light switch. With Apple you get the felling that they gave you their product, when it was ready, with no expectation that others will chip in to create all the GUI components. I know flexibility is good, and if you release a new UI platform with guidance and components then people will almost always use them.
Apple products sell themselves, just a touch in the shop and I was mesmerized. As a developer I know that WPF can create something as attractive, but you never seem to give that extra 10% polish when you are 90% into a project, that for me at least is why Apple are where they are, its all about attention to detail and presentation 100% of the time.
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