Thursday, February 24, 2011

So you think Apple computers are expensive?

I hear all the time how expensive Apple is and that there is no reason to switch just to pay a premium. And if we don't look deeper the price of Apple is in average 30% more.

IPhone:
The iPhone 4G 32GB is $299 which is around $100 more than other smart phones, however none of them in the lower price range have as much build in memory. Example: HTC EVO 4G, the price is $199 and same features like the iPhone (plus 4G), however the internal memory is only 1 GB, extra micro SD card with 32GB costs another $70. But the big difference is the quality of the camera, nobody yet could match the photo quality of the iPhone.

iPad:
The iPad costs between $499 and $829. All are 10 inch the only difference is to have it with 3G and the memory size between 16GB and 64GB. All other high quality tablets running on Android are not cheaper, they are even more expensive and have mostly only 7inch screen.
Example: Motorla - XOOM Tablet 3G with 10 inch screen. This tablet runs on Android and is available at Best Buy for $799,99 but has only 32GB memory. The iPad with 3G and 32GB is only $729.


Notebooks:
The cheapest notebook from Apple is the MacBook Air or just the MacBook starting at $999. Notebooks from other vendors are starting in average at $500. This is half of the price, but unfortunately as well half of the quality and speed.
Let us compare a notebook which is almost identical to the MacBook air in speed, size, design and quality. The Samsung 9 Series.
MacBook Air:



Samsung Series 9:
This notebook comes very close to Apple, but unfortunately the price is far from a competition. The notebook will be priced around $2200, twice than the MacBook Air.
The Specifications of Samsung 9 series laptop:



Samsung 9 Series Specs ($2230):


CPU: Second Generation Intel® CoreTM i5 Processor 2537M (1.40 GHz, 3MB; turbo up to 2.3 GHz)
Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 bit) / Windows® 7 Professional (64 bit)
Memory: 4GB DDR3 * Storage (max): 128GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Screen: 13.3-inch HD LED-backlit SuperBright Plus display (400 nit)
Resolution: 1366×768
Graphics: Intel HD GT2 Integrated Graphics
Speakers: 3 watt (1.5W x 2) stereo speakers and 1.5 watt sub-woofer
Battery: Lithium Polymer; up to 6.5 hours
Wireless: 802.11b/g/n; WiMaxi
Weight: 2.89 lbs.

Apple MacBook Air Specs ($1299):
Product Height 0.7"
Product Width 12.8" Product Weight 2.9 lbs.
Product Depth 8.9"
Processor Brand Intel® Processor Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor Speed 1.86GHz
Battery Type Lithium-polymer
Display Type Widescreen LED-backlit (1440 x 900)
System Bus 1066MHz
Cache Memory 6MB shared on die Level 2
Type of Memory (RAM) DDR3 SDRAM
Digital Media Reader or Slots Yes, select memory card slots
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 320M
Video Memory 256MB (shared)
Built-in Webcam Yes
Wireless Networking Wireless-A+B+G+N
Bluetooth-Enabled Yes
Speakers Internal
Laptop Weight Ultraportable (5.5 lbs. or less)
Operating System Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Included Software iLife '11 and more
ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes
Drive Capacity 128GB flash storage
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce 320M
Yes Apple seems to pricey, but when we compare competition with same features then Apple is not more expensive. But one thing almost none of the competition has is the the beauty and aesthetic and ease of use with almost no viruses. Only Apple can offer this at the moment.

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