1. RationAlex's Avatar
    A Lisa 2.

    After using a Ti99/4a and a Kaypro running CP/M at home (1980), I started using Apples at work. My desk saw an Apple II with dual floppies, then an Apple III with profile HD, a Lisa 2 and finally a Fat Mac. The Lisa and its software were a revelation. The UI consistency between applications made computing a pleasure in comparison to everything that preceded it. When the Mac improved on it yet again I was sold.

    I eventually bought my first Mac, an SE/30, followed by a Dual G5 PowerMac and a core i7 Mini.
    02-03-2014 10:43 PM
  2. mackidockie's Avatar
    It was 1985 in the heart of Silicon Valley and time to buy a computer for work and home. Didn't matter to me what brand. I took my 10-year old daughter to a computer store and asked her to create a word document on a several machines. All were too arcane except the Mac. She opened MacWrite‎ and started typing in less than two minutes. I've never looked back.
    02-03-2014 11:04 PM
  3. spc1503's Avatar
    I started programming in 1966 on a CDC 6400. By the time affordable personal computers came out I had been working in computers nearly 20 years. In 1985 I decided my daughter should have a computer (few of her classmates had them back then). I looked at the options, Radio Shack, IBM, Commodore, PET, etc. Finally I decided on a 128k Mac. Although I bought it for my daughter (ha ha), I intended to learn about small computers with the Mac. At first, I was a little confused. I wondered "why would anyone want to change fonts"? And the cut-copy-paste made no sense because I was used to punched cards. My daughter picked it up faster than I did, even though I had been working in computers and have an M.S. in Computer Science. We upgraded it to a Mac Plus and my daughter took it to college. I eventually moved into LAN and Database work, using Novell, DOS, and later Windows. Since I was paid to program PCs, I had them at home until I retired a few years ago. I had several PCs then, but am now down to one. I rejoined the Mac world when the MacBook Air 2011 came out (first one with 4MB ram and 128G SSD). Then I got a Mac Mini with I7, 16GB RAM, etc. Prior to that I had an iPod, iPod Touch, and an iPad. Since then I acquired an iPhone 5S and an iPad Air. That about sums it up.
    02-03-2014 11:08 PM
  4. Delroy Nedd1's Avatar
    Besides the through media coverage, infamous campers at store and just a general sense of magic and mystery that for me always hungover apple, I use to be #teamblackberry but as we all know around the time of the release of the iPhone 4 people were leaving BB in droves and I absolutely needed to know what witchcraft could make people leave the once great Blackberry just that quick. So I got an iPhone 4S had to wait till my contract was up to fully find out the the magic that is apple. But I started with a iPod touch which was the first strike, then the iPhone 4S was the second strike but all hell broke loose when I Got my MacBook and that was when I knew #teamapple was the way I wanna go. So to answer the question in short, I would have to say the magic and wizardry that is apple is what made me try an apple product.
    02-04-2014 02:10 AM
  5. snapstan's Avatar
    Was and still am existing in a Windows world professionally. Work is IT; hobby photography. All my photo viewing and editing was via a 15" corporate spec Windows laptop, and I wanted a bigger screen, better colours etc.

    First thought was to buy a nice monitor, but the laptop could not drive anything decent. So the decision morphed into a desktop purchase, freeing my photography from the corporate laptop.

    Believe it or not, the main driver for my eventual 27" iMac purchase was its fit into the living room Sleek and tidy without separate tower, and inoffensive with wireless peripherals to put away in a draw.

    Apart from expense, the biggest part of the move was learning new software (OSX; Aperture).

    Two and a half years on, the whole family now have iOS devices, whilst the wife and I both have Windows laptops as well.

    Today I find myself using any one of four tools depending on task:

    Anything in MS Office - Windows (the OSX versions suck IMHO).
    Photo processing - iMac for real stuff; iPad/ iPhone when mobile, or for quick casual stuff. Apple when will edits/ meta edits on iPad synchronise with Aperture? Please
    Photo consumption - any device, aided by photostream, browsers (for services like SmugMug) and wonder apps like PhotoSync.
    Email - any device
    IM - generally iPhone Wish the world had iMessage but <50% of those I communicate have it.
    Apps - iOS ones downloaded all the time; OSX ones rarely; windows almost never.

    Dropbox is the glue that binds them all together! In fact anything cross platform is my friend: Dropbox; PhotoSync; Evernote; Chrome (bookmark sync); 1Password.

    All good fun.




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    02-04-2014 03:26 AM
  6. flappah's Avatar
    My first Mac was actually a disappointment. Back in '96 or '97 (not quite sure) I bought a Powerbook to do my regular dev-work on. This turned out to be not the success I'd hoped and I switched back to Windows laptops. When in '01 the iPod came by I was one of the first to buy such a device (after my Sony discman had got stolen I thought this to be the perfect excuse to buy an MP3 player). The iPod was a resounding succes and it kinda pulled me over the line to buy a Mac mini in 2005. Just to get a Mac and see if I could get some use out of it. The objective was to have it stand in the living room and use it for email/web kinda usage. This turned out to be quite a succes. The machine did what is was supposed to do and did it quite well. No maintenance required. It just worked.

    In '07 the rumours about a real internet-enabled cellphone surfaced. I got *really* interested. Already back in 2000/2001 I had thought of the cellphone as kinda obsolete. Just give the damn thing Internet, I thought. That's what I really want. Now in '06 I'd bought some "smartphone" (as Samsung had dubbed it. As always, Samsung's labels are more than they actually deliver) that supposedly could do the task. It didn't. I got really anxious about the Apple-phone rumours. When in June Apple unveiled the iPhone I was convinced and wanted one. Alas, the company didn't release the telephone in my part of the world. But it did release the iPod Touch. So I bought that one instead, hooked it up to the crappy Samsung to share its Internet. Loved the iPod/hated the Samsung (still hate Samsung actually, except they do make decent TV's. Other story).

    When the iPhone finally was released in '08 I bought that one instead and with a passion I threw the Samsung against the wall. Never has a dull-plastic-wall-impacting-thud sounded better. Also in early '08 the Macbook Air first gen was released and now I was already quite on the Apple-path so I gave that machine a go. The experience convinced me even further. I really liked the little machine. Weight-wise it was superior to anything. Except, I couldn't let stand unattended at my workspace since it lacked the Kensington-port. I also had bought an HP Pavillion laptop in '07 that was my main workhorse. It turned out that I'd quicker took the HP with me than the Apple, precisely for that Kensington-port. And since I do quite some Windows dev work I more or less favoured the HP. Now HP makes nice machines but they have a failure rate beyond imagination. Of all the people I know who did buy an HP Pavillion laptop, only one I know of hasn't had to send it back to get repaired. The same thing happened to me. Within 1,5 years the machine failed. Motherboard failure. By this time I had gotten quite fed up with Windows laptops (maintenance, maintenance, and more maintenance). Before the HP I had had a Sony that also had met its premature demise. This was pretty much it. I just walked to the store and bought a late-2008 Macbook Pro. Still have the machine and use it to its fullest. I've maxed the memory recently to 8GB and swapped the HD for an SSD. Works still wonders!

    Now the Mac-mini has been changed for an iMac, iPad has been bought, changed for iPad 2, upgraded to iPad 3 and finally upgraded to iPad Air. Also couldn't hold back when the iPad mini got released last year, so yeah, one could say that I in 10/15 years time got *really* Apple-minded!
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    02-04-2014 05:51 AM
  7. dkhmwilliams's Avatar
    My first Apple product was an iPod. I thought it was so much better than carrying around a Discman. I just got hooked after that.


    Sent from my iPhone 5S. The "S" is for sexy.
    02-04-2014 06:10 AM
  8. Ipheuria's Avatar
    What made me try was the thought that being in the IT field I should know more than just Windows. I got a great offer from my friend for a Core 2 Duo 17" MacBook Pro running either Tiger or Leopard. I have a work computer that is Windows and a desktop and laptop at home so it wasn't like I was giving up Windows. The MacBook Pro became my main computer as I learned Mac OS pretty quick and then learned deeper stuff from a co-worker and good friend. It was new but at the same time so familiar to my basic computing knowledge that it wasn't a totally new experience. I learned about running Mac and Windows in parrallel, upgrading hardware, software tweaks. Soon I was at the same level of knowledge for Mac OS as I was for Windows. I use both daily but my Mac will always be my main computer, my baby. My wife inherited my Core 2 Duo when I moved to a new MBP so she became familiar with Mac and to this day she hates using Windows but doesn't want to buy another Apple laptop. At home we have an iMac and when she needs to be mobile she's on a Windows 8 laptop begrudingly lol.

    I love the Apple user base. I love watching the keynotes at events. There is just this feeling of belonging to a group, of pride in the product but it's an unspoken feeling that's hard to explain. I own a G4 Mac (my fav Mac), Retina MBP, iMac, iPhone and iPad Mini. I'm looking forward to the many things to come
    02-04-2014 10:05 AM
  9. DaMacGuy's Avatar
    This will date me. I started on a friend's Apple II+ computer with a green screen CRT monitor and a cassette recorder to store data. We had to key in the code in BASIC to run a program. I've been an Apple fan ever since!
    02-04-2014 05:15 PM
  10. macguy59's Avatar
    OS9 did nothing for me. I remember reading an article about the initial release (non beta) of Mac OS X and it's Aqua UI. It blew me away. I kept an eye on the progress of OS X eventually pulling the trigger on an eMac in late 2002. If I recall correctly, Jaguar was installed on it. I haven't looked back . . .
    02-04-2014 06:56 PM
  11. theKHMERboy's Avatar
    I like mostly all apple products from iPhone to iPod and iPad but then the only thing that I don't like from apple is their MacBooks


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    02-04-2014 10:22 PM
  12. Speedygi's Avatar
    I was at Best Buy to purchase a Blackberry Playbook and while the clerk was getting the Playbook out of the back I started playing with an iPad 2 on display. It blew me away but I was hell bent on that Playbook. Needless to say, after a week of disappointment I was returning the Playbook and purchasing the iPad 2. Six months later I bought the iPhone 4S after being disappointed with a Blackberry Bold (I was a stout BB man if you can't tell). Two months later I bought an HP Pavillion DV7 and after 8 months of frustrating crashes, blue screens of death, and sending it in for service I bought a 2011 15 inch MacBook Pro. The rest is history. Now in my house we have 4 iPad minis, 4th gen iPad, iphone 5, a 5s, a late 2013 MacBook Pro 15", a late 2012 MacBook Air 13", and an Apple TV. My iPad mini retina should be here tomorrow. That 4s is even still hanging around as a back up. Oh and so is that POS HP just because I could never unload it.
    Interesting story about the Playbook, when it comes to tablets I don't think anything can touch the iPad.

    That is the segment of the market Apple has down pat.

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    02-04-2014 10:46 PM
  13. Edmilan's Avatar
    Initially went with the Nokia 5800 since i was anti-apple even if i haven't even tried any apple product before. The screen was resistive back then and i didnt know that the iphone's was capacitive which was why it was more sensitive. So i ditched nokia and got an android samsung spica. I got frustrated coz it was hella slow so i got the goole Nexus one by htc. After the honeymoon period was over, i got frustrated with how slow the OS was and lack of apps. I then finally gave in and got the 3GS and the rest is history. As of now in the household, i'm sportin a 5S, my wife has a 5, my daughter an iPad, my mom has an iPad mini and a 4S, dad a 4S and both my sisters a 5. I also got a macbook air, mac mini, ATV 3rd gen and the new Airport extreme
    02-06-2014 01:01 AM
  14. acadia11's Avatar
    Dancing silhouettes!


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    02-06-2014 06:05 AM
  15. gpd129det's Avatar
    Was a diehard Blackberry fan and user. For work I was placed in a special unit and they issue iPhones. Then they paired that with a MiFi and an iPad. I am still a Blackberry fan at heart, but I can not beat the productivity I get from using all these items in my day to day operations.
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    03-01-2014 09:53 AM
  16. 098v's Avatar
    Initially i was gonna buy an android as i liked how much things you could do on the phone without jail breaking/rooting but they all had activation prices but the iPhone 4 didn't, so I went with the iPhone 4, since I'm cheap :P , and well I haven't looked back since, I love everything about it, minus no freedom to edit files without jailbreak but whatever. It's a cool phone all in all and it gets everything I need done.


    Tapin and talkin from my iPhone
    03-01-2014 10:13 AM
  17. Oofa's Avatar
    After walking around the Apple store in S.F. almost every day during lunch, I wanted to see why everyone was so excited about this Apple thing so I finally bought a Mac and thought it would be a good idea to stay on the same basic format with an iPhone 3. I eventually tried to sneak in an iPad to see what that was all about but found it totally worthless for my use so I sold it for more than I paid 2 weeks later. I have tried just about every Android and BlackBerry throughout the years but just for curiosity. I always considered Apple my main phone and computer. Apple has been very good to me.
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    03-01-2014 10:22 AM
  18. rayz336's Avatar
    I wanted an MP3 player and my university mainly stocked iPods at that time
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    03-01-2014 10:37 AM
  19. 93Aero's Avatar
    Years ago when I was in the market for a mp3 music player for working out I saw this teal coloured ipod mini the first generation I think it was, purchased it from Target.
    Since then I've always had their phone computer or tablet.

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    03-03-2014 11:48 AM
  20. BB_Junky's Avatar
    MP3 player - IPod Touch
    iPhone 3G
    iPhone 4
    Apple TV
    iPhone 4s
    Ipad 4
    iPhone 5
    iPhone 5s
    Mac Mini

    I've bounced around between Blackberry and Apple for a lot of years, Apple always dragging me back basically because of its simplicity and how it works with my truck.


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    04-03-2014 11:04 PM
  21. phonejunky's Avatar
    For me personally it was not just the device as well as the man behind the company. I was in the military when I purchased my first apple product. It was an iPod. After I got my touch screen iPod the first MP3 player of its kind to my knowledge. I fell in love with it. I decided to do some research on Apple which led me straight to Steve Jobs. After gaining much respect for this eccentric CEO. I did more research on their products and purchased an iPhone 3. From then on it's been a great ride using Apple products.
    04-07-2014 03:00 AM
  22. abazigal's Avatar
    My windows desktop had crapped out yet again in 2011, and this time, permanently (add a fried motherboard to a host of other problems prior). I was in the market for a new PC, and my new colleague (whom I had gotten along very well with) recommend me an iMac. He turned out to be quite the Apple fan himself.

    After a month or so of research, I settled on a 27" iMac (which was a rather significant investment at the time, as I was new to Apple, it meant having to learn a new OS after like 15 years with Windows, and it also represented a sizeable chunk of my income back then - fresh out of Uni with debts and obligations etc). I was most impressed by the awesome display, but also its integrated design. Prior to this, I had never even heard of the iPhone or iPad (yeah, I was like a tech noob living under a rock).

    To cut a long story short, the iMac worked very well, and I was so impressed that I went on to acquire a 4s, ipad3, Apple Tv3, Macbook air, followed by upgrading to a 5s and retina iPad mini last year. I am using airplay mirroring to teach with my iPad in the classroom, and my other Apple devices are working great both in and outside of work. Not cheap (including misc peripherals and stuff) but I daresay they have been worth every cent.
    04-07-2014 09:31 AM
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