Although I do live the Apple and Google lifestyle I kind of miss having a Windows laptop. I know this sounds weird, but I actually have a good explanation.
I want a Windows machine because:
- Windows is still the most use operating system in the world, whether we like it or not. I actually like Windows 7 and the more I think about it are the issues I'm having with Windows 7 (slow boot, failing sleep/resume and often just not connecting to WiFi) more related to the hardware integration than to Windows 7 itself.
- Web projects I'm working on need to be validated against many Internet Explorer versions. This of course could be done using virtual machines, but than I don't get the real-life experience of the product when running from meeting to meeting, closing and opening the lid and running out of juice.
- For some of my start-up initiatives Windows Azure is a serious contender to be the platform of choice. However I now lack the tools to do a proper evaluation. I do need to do a bit of experimenting (no not full scale development) to get a better feeling of the capabilities, availability and usage of 3rd party libraries and overall workflow for getting things done.
- I like Windows Phone 7 and after my Android and now iOS experiments I would like to work a bit with Windows Phone 7. Although I only know one person (excluding various Microsoft employees that got one) that actually bought one, I don't rule out Windows Phone 7 for the future, because there will be room for three to four players in the mobile market space.
Enough reasons to invest into another gadget and I'm currently diving into a selection process, but without any success and I need your help. I'm not sure about you, but I just don't get all the acronymes and high-tech terminology, all I know it how if looks and feels like. My specifications are:
- Size and body shape is important. A 12" screen would be perfect, but it could be 13" if it's light and thin.
- It's all about elegance, beauty and style. This is usually expresse with high grade materials.
- The battery needs to last long, because beauty shouldn't be spoilt with hooking it up to ugly cables.
- The price needs to be reasonable. I know this is a very vague statement, but take a 13" MacBook Air, that meets the above requirements, as the benchmark starting at $1299
Selecting a new laptop always have been difficult. When my Sony Vaio died I opted for a boring but solid Dell. It felt like dating a robot because there was not emotion between us. Now I've been pointed out to the Samsung series 9, it looks beautiful and I could fall in love. The price tag a bit on the high side (where are the days that Windows machines were a lot cheaper than Macs?) but love doesn't have a price, or does it?
I hope you can help me out here, because all I see are ugly plastic boxes (check out the 8 reasons to get a new PC) except for a few expensive alternatives. Leave your suggestions in the comments below.