I got Jenny an iPod for Christmas! She likes it but hates how expensive it was. I don’t care.
It was yet another “perfect” Apple Experience. It comes in a cube shaped box. You slide this sleeve off, and that allows the cube to fold open down the middle. Inside there are two doors with Apple logos on them… Opening one reveals all the accessories, in neat compartments, like a bento box lunch. Opening the other reveals the iPod itself, wearing only a multilingual “don’t steal music” sticker. No ugly packing material to get through, or tape to remove, or plastic to fight with. I love their packaging. iBook was the same way.
So we got it out of the box, plugged the firewire into my iBook, and it did exactly as I was hoping: automatically just suck down all the music, categorized, and with all the meta-data intact from iTunes. It could even display the Chinese and Japanese track names we’ve got. Woof! I also got her this iRock thing, an FM transmitter you plug into the headphone jack so you can listen on your car radio or whatever radio is nearby. We’ve had mixed results with that one.
Since my great conversion four months ago, every time I’ve gotten a new piece of Apple hardware, it’s been the same story. Open the really cool packaging, plug it in, it works. Getting iBook to work with DSL was impossibly simple, especially compared to the reboot and reinstall fest I had to go through to get it to work on Windows. When I upgraded to Airport, that was easy too. iPod was perfect. They have their stuff down in this department.
The problem I’m having with the iBook is it’s SLOW. So slow. Agonizingly slow sometimes. Oh, you want to run iPhoto? Why don’t you wait for about a minute while I bounce this icon up and down. OK, done. Now wait another minute before the window actually pops up. What’s that, time to quit? Get a load of this spinning beachball! Don’t even bother trying to start something else while it’s quitting, that’ll just cause thrashing. I got the fastest model too, what am I supposed to do? The only avenue left to try is to max out the RAMs, we’ll see if that helps. Maybe what I really need is the Powerbook? Is that much faster? But four… four… four… four… THOUSAND dollars is pretty steep.
Don’t get me wrong, the other benefits of the iBook outweigh the speed problem. It’s UNIX, it’s hackable (but at the same time it Just Works™), and the whole world of free software is being ported as we speak by an army of high school students. Everybody should dump their stupid PC’s and buy Apple stuff immediately.