OMG! I’ve Become an Apple Fan Boy!

It all started when I was in the market for a new notebook and decided to check out the new Santa Rosa Macbook Pro. My original intention was to replace the Mac OS with Windows (plus stick a MS sticker on the back of the screen) and be a thorn on the side of every Apple fan boy. Instead, I decided to run the Mac OS-X for a week just to see what the fuss was all about. That was a mistake because it made me realized just how much better OS-X is to Windows.

Today, I run nothing but Apple products in my office. My MP3 player is an iPod, my cell phone is an iPhone and I was recently given a Macbook Air to add to the mix. Does that make me a fan boy? No. What turned me into a fan boy was an incident at Blog World Expo.

I was in the blogger lounge taking advantage of the free WiFi when another blogger came up to me and ask if my WiFi was working. I replied yes and she asked how come it’s not working on her notebook. I looked over at her Dell laptop and answered, “Because you’re not on a Mac.”

Will I always use Apple products? That depends. I use Apple products because they are clearly better than the competition. There really is no rival for the iPod and the iPhone is the best cell phone I’ve ever used. However, if someone comes along with a better product, it won’t take much for me to switch. In that sense, I’m not a true fan boy but this ex-hardcore PC user is now a huge fan of Apple.

71 thoughts on “OMG! I’ve Become an Apple Fan Boy!”

  1. Eric Tan says:

    I know what you mean, MAC/Apple products are so enticing and surprisingly easy to use… Might switch to Mac too… aaahhh =P Fan boy? i don’t know about that but as long as it works for you right…

    1. Welcome to the club. I converted to Mac everything back in January! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. 100kjob says:

        This post is better than a paid review for Apple, worth a bunch of Mac Air at least.

        1. I am a PC. And I am proud of it! I always heard negative feedback on apple products from friends/family related to the longevity of things like ipods, iphones, imacs etc. My time is too valuable to deal with broken hardware..

    2. blackysky says:

      I must confess… I quit bill tooโ€ฆ right now apple work better and look betterโ€ฆ Damm Microsoft must do something about thatโ€ฆ time is running

  2. Matt | Small Business Entrepreneur says:

    I think most people would switch if a product came out that was superior to Apple…thing is I don’t see Apple letting that happen, whereas Microsoft left the door wide open with regards to phones, mp3, and laptops.


    1. Daniel Kemp says:

      I don’t think Vista is that bad. I like Windows cause of all the free software you can get with it. You could also install one of those free operating systems on a PC.

      I have an Apple ibook and it’s O.K. It does basically what I like it to do, but I would like it if there was some more free software cause I can’t afford the expensive stuff.

  3. Ed Lau says:

    Hahahah! I knew this would happen.

    But I’m just as guilty since I use damn near nothing but Apple products now too.

  4. Chetan says:

    Apple products always are a step ahead of others in every aspect.. Sleekiness, interface and everything else.

    People who are against this, should first get a go with Apple products for some time and then they would know why we talk about Apple ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Gary says:

    After using two iPhones, I’m pretty impressed with Apple’s intuitive products and how easy they are to use. YOU CAN HAZ IPHONE!!

  6. Michael Kwan says:

    I find it pretty amusing when you say that the iPhone is the best phone you’ve ever used… considering your last phone was a RAZR. I’m not necessarily ragging on the iPhone, but that does offer an interesting context to say the least.

    1. John Chow says:

      Hey! The Razr rules! I have used “smart” phones before but none really blew me over the way the iPhone did.

      1. Michael Kwan says:

        I agree that the iPhone is a pretty great device; it’s just not as suitable for certain power users or corporate types. What I really like is that devices like the iPhone, Palm Centro, BlackBerry Pearl, etc. are starting to introduce smartphones to non-business and non-corporate users.

  7. Ecko says:

    Apple fan boy? You’ve just found it suitable for you. Or, maybe you used to use Apple products. ๐Ÿ˜€ Anyway, nice stuffs…

  8. Mat Packer says:

    They sneak up on you hey, my Apple product collection has grown to stupid proportions over the last 6-7 years. Got to love them though.

  9. Jon Kepler says:

    I may not have my office filled with Apple products galore, but I’ve owned AAPL stock in the past. Does that count?

  10. Dan N says:

    Every person I know that uses apple products swears buy them, I think I need to jump on the bandwagon!

    1. Me too, so many family and friends have switched from PC to Mac and now they kick themselves for all the wasted time…Can it be that much better????

    2. Daniel Kemp says:

      Well a bunch of people just buy a Mac for school cause a bunch of other people have it. I have tried that Ubuntu and it was pretty good. It’s simple and there are a bunch of free applications that you can install pretty fast with. I would take that Ubuntu over OS X.

  11. โ€œBecause youโ€™re not on a Mac.โ€ LMFAO that sounds so hoity toity!

    I never got into the iPod or iPhone hype. I love my Blackberry & I do remember people saying that the iRiver is way better than an iPod.

  12. Clog Money says:

    I’m yet to experiment with mac. Being a programmer I haven’t found them very fitting to the line of work I’m in. So for now I’ll be sticking with my Linux/Windows combination.

  13. Jack says:

    come on john, you’re too smart to fall for this marketing bs.

    silly boy.

  14. Jake says:

    I was laughing at my buddy one night for following the iPod trend, 2 hours later I bought a Touch

  15. Josten says:

    the only bad thing about the iphone is that it’s to slow

  16. Nathan says:

    I’d like to buy a Mac notebook, but the price dissuades me. I would disagree that their are no better alternatives than the IPOD. I’d say there are several, including my favorite: Creative Zen.

  17. Razvan says:

    You’ve got be kidding me. All comments (almost) before mine praise Apple and it’s products + congratulates John on his choices. Are you really so brainwashed?

    What amuses me is the context of what John said. I mean, if Wi-fi was working on one laptop, there’s no reason it shouldn’t work another one, be it mac or PC. That being said, stop confusing the tech illiteracy of some people with the “just works” commercial bs from Apple.

    In the end, however, to each it’s own. I’ve been a happy Vista user for the past 5-6 months and I don’t plan on spending a ton of cash (which I don’t exactly have, since I am just starting college) on a Macbook or switch to need-to-tinker-with Linux. I am just fine with Vista and until a desperate need for *something* arises, I`ll be so.

    1. Tim Linden says:

      Yes, I agree. I love it whenever I hear about a DELL being compared to a MAC. As if DELL represents ALL PCs. And yet, I rarely hear of it being compared to anything else? And it’s always a cheap one too, not a similarly equipped one? Or even similarly priced..

      1. Yeah, I agree with that. Dell does not = every PC out there.

    2. +1 on that response. There is nothing wrong with being a fanboy but dang John breaking it down to something as trivial as wifi working or not, which by the way has nothing to do with the pc vs mac scenario since it is more a matter of whose chip is being used in the network card.

  18. Otooo says:

    Haha – I own nothing from apple (probably should)
    Are the Ipod Touch’s good?

  19. John Creek says:

    All Pirates switched to Mac!!!

  20. I have a feeling I will turn out like you did considering I plan on getting a mac as my next laptop.

  21. Matt B. says:

    Once 90% of the market switches to Apple, so will I. I build software for a living and common sense says build for the PC market because it’s that much bigger. Bigger market = more $$.

    I’m still a Vista/Linux fan…there are just more geeky/nerdy things for them. Although I do own a macbook pro and have Vista on it ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Apple is never going to be the world leader in computers, period. If you look at the company’s history its pretty cyclical in nature – rising in the mid 80’s then nothing spectacular for a decade before tough times in the mid 1990’s.. Then riding the dot com bubble in late 1990’s to early 2000’s.. Then slumping again..Only to rise with the ipod,iphone imac craze.. But don’t you worry.. It’s already slipping back..

    2. I’m a little confused here about what you guys are saying and I’m HOT at your comments. So let me attempt to wax eloquent too:
      Apple doesn’t want to be the world leader in comptuers that would be silly. If your a smart business owner you would run away from such an idea. Mass market = $0.

      Yes, Apple does sale computers and related electronics however their business and NICHE is making people who aren’t graphic artists “feel” like they ARE graphic artists through their ease of use software and hardware.

      Apple makes people “feel” that they are a head of their times through the iphone and ipod. They “feel” like they have control over their lives by how easy it is to listen to whatever music they “WANT” at the time. In short, they feel like they have it all together.

      Apple makes you feel like you are part of a club via the genius bar. Where else can you go that people “accept” you more than a bar? Well, I had to go to the Genius bar to get my macbookpro fixed. Guess what. THEY FIXED IT FOR FREE!!!!! That was GATEWAY’s could have been should have been great if they would have done that.

      Remember the money rule of medicine. General practioners makes lots of money…Specialized doctors like surgeons make lots&lots&lots&lots of more money.

      Now Microsoft could sell their niche as, Computers for those who know what they are doing. Some experts think that “it” has to be complicated to be right. This is fine and there are more than enough people to serve this niche. So if you have a computer that says, look at me I know exactly what I am doing and you have that adolesent apple because you are a beginner, how do you think that would sell.

      Oh by the way. Mass Market
      * more competitors
      * more customers asking for lower prices b/c any one and everyone can lower the price
      * more headaches because of customers want the world but only pay for a square inch
      *not even worth it income

      Id go for the less headache more money…but that’s just my idea of ROI

  22. OMG John Chow hasn’t claimed his blog at Technorati…

    “To complete your claim, copy the following code and publish it on your blog. The code can be either in a post or a sidebar, but it must appear on your blogโ€™s front page. You can delete this post after your claim is complete.

    After you publish this code, make sure it appears at this location:, then click below to complete your claim.”

    Hey John, go claim your blog… they bounced me out saying I advertise too much! ๐Ÿ™‚

    that’s not true… ?

  23. It couldn’t be that the WiFi at BlogWorldExpo was just awful, could it? I couldn’t get a signal on my iPhone (Edge or Wifi) to save my life!

  24. mrkbsm says:

    I’m planning on getting a Mac in the near future…. maybe not a macbook yet, but that could follow once I get a bit more cash saved up. The nice thing about Apple products right now is that they hold their value – can always upgrade later and get a decent return on the used one.
    In any case, good to hear that Apple toys are doing what you need John! Sounds like a reason to celebrate…. perhaps by giving away some Apple products! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Hussein says:

    I am an Apple fan but I only have an iPod. I dream of all Apple products that’s why I’m working online.

  26. My first major investment John is a Mac system after having you thropw it in my face for two weeks how good they are when my laptop dodn’t work. Man that was frustrating……..oh well.

    The only thing I am stuck on right now is, should I get a Mac monitor with the macbook pro or should I go with Dell. I don’t have room for a 30inch monitor (I don’t think) but I wander can you hook up two monitors to the macbook, if needed. I really see the need to increase my veiwing area.

    1. John Chow says:

      The Macbook Pro can only hook up one 30″ LCD. I’ve found one 30″ enough for me right now.

  27. Boooo Booooo.

    Im a PC. Windows fan for Life…. What would you do without the right click button ?

    1. John Chow says:

      There is a right click button. If you’re using a two button mouse, the right button works just like it does on Windows. If you’re not using a mouse, you can place two fingers on the trackpad for the right click.

  28. Freeman says:

    hahaha oh man I know exactly what you mean!! Once you go Mac you never go back!! I love my iPhone and macbook!! They make me happy!

  29. Ryan says:

    Here’s the deal – If we’re talking about the kind of people that go into a store (such as Best Buy) or whatever other retail outlet – then yeah, I’d probably buy a Mac.

    However, if we’re talking about a custom machine (which can not only save you a ton of money, but usually turn out 20 times better than any store bought machine), then I would go all PC, as I like all the options available.

    I know not everyone has the desire or know-how to slap a machine together, but it really is the way to go.

    Anyway, I’ll let you get back to your applz you fanboi!

    1. John Chow says:

      I’ve built over 100 custom PC system in the past 8 years. My tech sites test PC and PC hardware. I did LAN parties when it meant hauling 50lbs of hardware (CRT monitors back then) from car to party. I’m a hardcore PC user and I use a Mac. All I ask from any PC user is to use the Mac for a week. You can’t understand by playing with it for 15 minute at a Best Buy. Use it for a week and you’ll never go back to Windows.

  30. I prefer the AT&T Tilt over the iphone because it has a large keyboard to work with as well, and it’s quite capable of doing anything the iphone is. In fact, you can even work with the touchscreen using something beside a human finger. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve also got a macbook pro and a dell inspiron laptop. While the Mac is fun to use, I prefer the pc because in working with both, I find it easier to do web development on.

    I’ve also had alot of problems connecting to wireless networks with the macbook that didn’t exist with my dell. I’ve also seen the macbook freeze up and have to be hard restarted many many times. So it’s not invincible to problems.

    Both have their upsides and downsides. But as we see new support for more extreme tech geared people rather than mostly trendy and hip users, I think Apple could one day have an even better product that is attractive to a wider user base.

    But until then. I prefer a PC most of the time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. you were given a MacBook Air? How did that work?

    1. John Chow says:

      I explained how I got it in the last Dot Com Pho video. But in case you don’t want to watch it, I got it by asking for it.

  32. joe gelb says:

    well she probably just did not turn the connection on. i hear you man strait up never the less.

  33. Neil Tolbert says:

    Yeap John… same here. I started with the iPod, bought the new iMac, and last month now have the iPhone. I love all my Apple products.

    Whats your favorite iPhone app?

    1. John Chow says:

      If I had to choose one, it would have to be Twitteriffic.

  34. I have never really been a true fan of apple products as I have always leaned toward Sony. I am looking for a good notebook as well so that I can start working online fulltime, but I don’t have a lot of money to invest. Do you have any suggestions?

  35. I am an apple fan too ๐Ÿ˜€

  36. Lew Newmark says:

    Gotta tell ya John, I bought an I-Mac back in early June and I barely use it, and quite frankly I think it’s pretty idotic that Apple does not pack a manual in with their product, and requires you to go to their site in order to find a manual for the product of their’s that your using.

    So I am definitely not a fanboy of Apple, but I do have an 80gig Ipod which I love.

  37. web hustler says:

    i got my first macbook this year and it took me a few months to get used to it. i dont know why they dont just make a right click button instead of having us use 2 fingers on the touch pad. also the keyboard needs a delete button.

  38. EfitPedia says:

    I totally agree with you. I was also a PC user, and I’m switching to Apple, better by far

  39. Santa says:

    As i am currently in the market for a new notebook, I read the comments with an increased interest. Although there is a lot of praise for the apple products here, I wonder if the price differential to traditional notebooks running MS products is justified. Any hints on reliability, speed etc are appreciated.

    1. John Chow says:

      So far, I haven’t had any problems with my Macbook Pro. My Macbook Air is only a week old so no reports on that. The Mac Pro has not crashed once since I owned it. The best thing I like about it – it boots up on 25 seconds and shuts down in 5.

      1. Santa says:

        One more question: What about heat development.
        My experience with win notebooks is that they heat up very well and sometimes get so hot you can prepare a meal on them

  40. Mike Huang says:

    The biggest problem about Apple products is that everything costs extra $. Everything is double the price and you will need a Mac specialist to actually fix the laptop. It’s not like a PC, where you could just open it like that.


  41. Eric says:

    Thats funny when I used to work at the Apple store I used to get people all day who would say that they are going to put windows on their new mac machines, then I would see them a week or so later and they almost always sticked with osx. Once you go mac you never go back.. until something better comes out haha.

  42. Tom says:

    Twitterific eh John?
    Try Twinkle. I love the nearby feature. All free too!
    I loved Twitterific but Twinkle replaced it.

  43. John,

    I started with the original Mac 128K, two floppy drives and a printer, for $3100.00 when it was released in the 1980’s. Ran Excel and Basic from floppy disks, no hard drives then!

    My buddies at the post-production house had PC’s and were constantly tinkering to make them work. Adding a CD player took hours! I thought they were lame.

    The Apple WSIWG was so cool, your printouts matched the screen exactly.

    I’m blogging on a Dell (slow) laptop and am getting ready for the Mac again. Does anyone offer Macs for reviews or testing?

    I would be willing to blog about my Mac experience from an engineer’s perspective (Michael Kwan will be the subject of my PHD thesis, “how he broke the laws of physics, and crashed a Segway v2.0 !!).

    Great post, glad you are happy with your Mac’s and iPods.

    I Twittered you about the iPhone battery charging cycle (less than six hours, that sucks worse than Shoemoney sucks..)

    Respectfully, Nicholas – ‘the video guy’ from BlogWorld Expo 2008

  44. Deep Arora says:

    Hi John,

    Welcome to the world of Steve. I’m an Apple user myself, turned my colors to the Mac barely a year ago. I’ve been a Windows Operating system user for the past 18 years. Yeah… did I reveal how old I am! haha.

    I’ve used Windows 1, 2, 3, 3.11, NT, 2000, XP home/PRO and Vista. Been a friend of ‘ol Bill I know. Been using PCs for everything in my small digital life. Feared turning to the Mac but one rainy day, I just braved the switch over. And now, everything I do, I do on a Mac.

    Do I have regrets… none at all!

    -Deep Arora

  45. Gabriel Lai says:

    I’m on my way to becoming Mac user.. there are too many applications I’m relying on Windows that Mac can’t do it… dammm

  46. Alejandro says:

    Great! Apple is an awesome company, greatest invention … the iPhone!

  47. someone says:

    I really agree with the Mac Book Pro of being the best in his area and so I do for the Ipod but the Iphone is a brick with a receiver…

  48. Jon says:

    I actually came from the other end, I was a big fan of Mac but converted to the PC world and to be honest, my bank account has been happy ever since. More power for less $$$ is always a good thing ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jon – Create Unique Memories

  49. I have heard this from a lot of people about Apple products. The dell lady at BlogExpo should have known why her computer wouldn’t work…It’s a Dell. I have a Dell and it truly is bad.

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