The "fanboy" phrase gets thrown around for Apple fans all the time. It is true that they have a faithful following, but for those of us that have used other company's products, the fact that Apple makes a superior product in many ways is obvious.
While I used the earlier Apple computers in school, I did not get my first Apple product until the 2nd Gen 20GB iPod hit the scene. It was a revolutionary way to listen to music. However, it was not the only "mp3" player on the market. I tried out several, including the often celebrated Rio Karma. My choice was based on the great form factor and the scroll wheel. It was an amazing device that still works today...although, you do have to plug it in since the battery will no longer hold a charge.
I later added a shuffle, a classic, an iPod Touch 1st gen, an iPhone, etc..
Coming from a Treo phone, the iPhone was nothing short of amazing. I never missed the keyboard on the Treo like I expected. I loved the way it "just worked". I later added the original iPad and it took all the things I loved about the iPhone and made them work better because of the larger screen.
With my love of the iPhone and the iPad, I decided to try more Apple products and decided on a Mac Mini. I appreciated the form factor, the two HDMI compatible outputs, and the fact that it gave me a look at OSX without spending a fortune.
I really liked using the Mini because I felt less connected to work while I was at home messing with the computer. I decided to add a MBP and an iMac to my growing collection recently and the appreciation for the ecosystem grows with every new purchase.
I was sitting at home watching TV when my iPhone sent out an alert that Steve Jobs had died. Even though I knew he was sick, I still was shocked by the announcement. A day earlier I was watching the keynote on the new iPhone 4S and contemplating the purchase. A day later I was think about all of the great products that I own that Mr. Jobs had been pivotal in making. Of course, if Apple never existed, his contribution to Pixar would have made him a legend in my eyes.
Thanks Steve for making my life better.