I'm not sure I understand the appeal of this logic: "If the company, in all its Flat Earth wisdom, won't pay for it, I won't have it in my life!"
Originally Posted by Keefer Lucas
To me a car and a PDA phone are very similar: they're both devices I use all day long for a lot of different aspects of my life. If if one version is much better designed, better built, and better at what it does, I want that one, and for good reason: I use it all day long. Having a bad tool makes me frown. Having a great tool makes me smile. I likes to smile.
To me the object of life is not avoiding ever letting anything escape from my wallet into the sunshine. It's having a great life. Using good gear is part of that.
I use a Mac in my business life, too. Is it a hassle? Not at all. Was it difficult to make the transition? No, because they've organized the whole company around making things intuitive and easy (see iPod, OSX). Has one ever crashed on me in the five years I've been doing it? Not once. Do I get quick, intelligent phone support for it on the rare occasions when I need it? Yup. Do I pay a little extra for all these privileges? Gladly. And though this is impossible to quantify, I'm sure I make it back ten times over -- in life enjoyment, in not spending time pulling out my hair over bad software and mysterious malfunctions, in not spending countless hours on tech support calls.
All these are the same conversation to me. I'm happy to exchange a little money for a better tool, every time. iPhone costs a little more but has a much bigger screen, a user interface and functionality that is a quantum leap beyond that of my (beloved, I remind you!) Treo, full page web browsing instead of the virtually useless WAP, free push email, vastly longer battery life, etc. etc. etc.? Sold, to the man with the smile on his face.