New York. Went to the Apple store last night with the intention of buying a MacBook. The Apple retail experience is pretty cool, lots of space, Macs and ipods to play with, sales people in the background – letting the Apple products sell themselves, being available to answer specific questions and take orders.
And then cold feet. I’ve been taken in by the hype. Do I really need a new MacBook? It would be for work and work already provide me with a reasonably decent Dell laptop. Can I really justify the $1200 outlay (even though it is cheaper than in the UK? And there’s a thing that bugs me about the retail experience in the UK. Lack of pricing transparency. The ticket says one thing, but then you’ve got to add the sales tax. In the UK, unless you are buying in the B2B space the price you see is the price you pay). And my final decision was no. I can’t really justify it. So instead I’m going to give Ubuntu another go and try and have the best of both worlds, a cool operating system on my old Dell machine.