Originally Posted by jackpot7
Apple is a misunderstood company because at heart it's a software company that monetizes its value though the sale of high margin hardware. What you get when you buy an Apple product is an entire ecosystem. Your missing the whole point of apple if you think you can get 98% of the performance for 30% of the price. You may get the same hardware specs but you will not get the same user experience.
You can actually get 100+% of the performance for 30% of the price, because for the vast majority of people (who aren't artists, graphic designers, etc), the WINDOWS ecosystem is far superior (gaming, microsoft office, etc). Actually for 60-70% of the people (who basically only use their web browser), the CHROME OS ecosystem is far superior (ease of use, security, etc).
In the mobile space (phones + tablets), I will agree that the Apple ecosystem is top notch, but it doesn't win in every area compared to the Android ecosystem. It has more, and higher quality apps (and media integration), but its "cloud" platform is worse/less stable, soon its Maps app will be 2 years behind, etc.