Opinion

On being an Apple cultist

Erna Mahyuni

Native Sabahan Erna is (not) Malay but loves Malay literature. Her hobbies: cats/gaming/blogging at ernamerin.com/Tweeting at @ernamh.

JAN 9 ― “Repent ye, sinner!” The way friends react when I mention my using Apple products befuddles me.

The only thing possibly more annoying than the anti-Apple group is probably Opposition supporters.

There’s a surprising similarity between the two, really. For one, they both seem to think they can save me from myself by yelling a lot.

Both also seem to think it is important I realise and acknowledge the “tyranny” of the side they oppose.

The “Windows/Linux is cheaper/better! Macs are overpriced!” litany is beginning to sound a lot like the near constant “Down with BN!” chants I hear on a regular basis.

Unlike, oh, choosing a government, my personal tech choice really isn’t that big a deal.

I like my 13-inch, 2009 model Macbook Pro. And I plan on using it until it drops completely dead, which I hope it doesn’t do anytime soon. And I’ve just ordered an iPad Mini to replace my iPad 2, which I sold off to buy my brother a (Windows) laptop.

“You know you’re throwing good money after bad, right?” says a friend. I briefly considered throwing something at his head.

People often ask me for tech buying advice as I’ve been a tech journo for nearly four years and I usually tell them that it all really depends on what they need.

Apple computers and tablets aren’t necessarily better than the competition; some people just prefer using them to alternatives.

I tried using a Google Nexus 7 but ended up selling it before a week was out. Android tablet apps are rather pitiful in comparison to what I can get on Apple’s App Store but plenty of my friends like their Android tablets. Unlike me, they’re not particularly bothered by apps. So long as they can surf and read email, they’re happy.

While some of my friends love being able to customise their Android devices to death, that’s not a feature I need. But then I’m the type of person who changes my desktop wallpaper once a year. I’m of the kind who adapts to a tool as opposed to someone who prefers to adapt a tool until it works the way he wants it.

When my BlackBerry finally keels over, I probably won’t get an iPhone. Maybe I’ll get a cheapish Android. Maybe I’ll try my luck with Windows Phone. I like having options.

What I don’t like, though, is when people start making my tech choices a basis to judge my character.

“Most Apple users are stupid,” a friend said to me. “So I’m stupid, then?” “I said most!”

I don’t go around calling Windows users masochists. I reserve that title for Linux users: Having to go into the command line to reconfigure my X-windows whenever the GUI decides to stop working was not something I enjoyed on my old Linux machine.

In the end, though, you have to go with what works for you. Even if you have to stick your fingers in your ears when people criticise your buying decisions.

And the next person who calls me an iFag will get an iKick in the iDerriere.

* This is the personal opinion of the columnist

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