"status symbol" would be snobbism. Conformism as in my mother-in-law got an iPhone "Cause everyone else has one" - her words quoted verbatimIntegration. Build quality. Design/Innovation. I don't quite get the "Conformism" option in your poll. Did you mean "Snobbism"?
It would be interesting to see the counter-poll - "Why have you avoided or left the Apple universe?"If you had to pick one top reason, what is your selling point?
For me it has to be integration - being able to easily connect everything and seamlessly transition from one device to another.
In the autumn of 2005 I was frustrated with Windows and with my apparently poorly-built PC, and so began looking at the Mac. Came home with the G5 Rev B and was immediately enthralled by the beauty of the machine itself and the ease with which I was able to make the transition from Windows to Apple's OS, which at that time was 10.4, Tiger. I didn't really start to get a feel for the whole seamless integration thing until I bought my first iPod not too long after that, and finally figured out what iTunes was meant to do. On Windows it was a confusing mess. As it happened, when the message really hit home about the seamless integration was the day in June 2007 when I bought my first iPhone and realized how easy it was to have my contacts and other information on that little device in my pocket just as it was on my iMac and my MacBook Pro at home.
Years later I am still as enthralled with Apple and its products and how they fit into my life and how useful they are. That seamless integration has gone on to continually work beautifully as I've added new devices to my household and as technology has evolved. I really cannot imagine ever using anything other the Apple products. I'm so happy that I discovered them when I did!
If you had to pick one top reason, what is your selling point?