There are fanboys, or so-called everywhere, especially here. And there are the haters. And the enviers. And of course there are the switchers. There are those that want PC specs, the latest and greatest, what was announced yesterday in a new redesign today, and all at a lower price. There are the can I combine the student discount with another promo deal. There are the OS X itself is not worth the premium Apple charges. And there are the defenders. The gamers, the graphics artists, the animators, and the photographers all come here to argue with each other about the latest releases, what is missing and what is wrong, ad infinitum, as well as ad nauseam. And that is not going to change. I'm not here to tell anyone they are right or wrong, though it may seem that way. Not going to settle any debate and certainly cannot stop one from starting. Why the MBA sub forum? Well because it is the latest piece of controversy, a source of bitter overpriced under-delivered vs. something along the lines of sliced bread wars. As I was sitting last night playing a game of solitaire on my wife's 2G 8GB Product (Red) iPod Nano - and I preface this by saying I have always owned Apple products from a IIe to my current 2.8Ghz 24" iMac and many in between, I was at one point in time a retail employee of theirs, and I ascribe to pay more for something that lasts and performs vs. paying less for something cheap that will break be it a vacuum cleaner, a car, a computer or piece of clothing, as well as being the sort of person who takes care of those things to make them last longer - anyways as I sat looking at this red Nano, one I have held many a time, I was struck by the unmistakable fact that this >1 year Nano owned by my wife, who tends to beat things up, looked as new as the day she got it. Not only did it look new, but as I examined it further, I was simply and undeniably in awe of the completeness of it's design. As Apple is a company that designs and I say that, not produces, but designs phenomenal products, that border on art with their simplicity, and in a day an age of throwaway, designed obsolescence, creates tight, clean, efficient technology. Production is another matter, one they leave to be outsourced and regardless of who makes it no line is going to be without defects, DOAs and other problems. However, setting aside this fact, as I looked at this Nano, or at the keyboard and iMac I am typing on, having witnessed the evolution of the products from clunky large 5GB 1G iPods and my old Performa or countless friends' G3 iMacs in candy colors, to their current line I see that they are so far ahead of the game. My mother has a Dell Inspiron 6000D that I bought for work (and later gave her) pre Boot Camp era, pre Intel in Macs and while it tries with its sparkly aluminum colored plastic and black bottom to be a little Apple like, to bring together some aesthetics, it fails with rubber feet around the screen, multimedia buttons, a ridge along the lower edge of the screen above the Dell logo and an in other ways to be in any way stunning. And that is what Apple gives us. A perfect marriage of form and function. Something you don't mind having in your living room on the coffee table. The sort of thing that elicits "Oh my, that's just beautiful" responses. The fact that my iMac seems to get the "What a gorgeous screen" when people see it, to which I feel compelled to point out that it is the whole computer as I turn it 90 degrees to reveal the profile. My point is that the design, the engineering is what has made iPods, now iPhones, and all the Macs so popular. No Dell, Acer or Viewsonic screen looks like an Apple Cinema Display, no do they show up in many tv shows or movies. Apple products are the Lexus, the Mercedes, the BMW of computers. The attention is in the details, and they pay attention. So don't ask them them to price them like Hondas, or complain that they haven't updated to suit your needs. Why is the Mac Pro so expensive? Where is the mid-range tower? When will the iPhone get 3G and GPS? Why are MacBook Pros so much? I don't want integrated graphics! The Mini is underpowered! I can get a PC for so much less! The MacBook Air doesn't have enough ports, or power, and it is overpriced! So don't get a Mac Pro. Game on something else, more upgradable. Wait for the iPhone or get a 3G GPS phone that can't hold a candle. Don't get a MacBook Pro. But don't whine about the MacBook. The Mini is entry-level and takes care of a lot of people's needs. The MacBook Air isn't the ultra-portable for you then. Go get a PC and get it cheaper or for the same with better specs. And use XP or Vista. Not everyone has to have a Mac. Not everyone will. If the Apple TV isn't right for you, then it isn't. Get a PS3 or something else that has Blu-Ray in it now. Because Apple is making great stuff, they are doing just fine without you. And if you don't want to own a higher end product and a better experience, or you simply want a different experience, to each his own flavor. I happen to like Apples.