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I spend a lot of money on Apple products, and while most of the time I enjoy them immensely, there have been a few times when I’ve experienced significant buyer’s remorse. Here’s a breakdown of what Apple products I’ve found worms at the core of.

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I spend a lot of money on Apple products, and while most of the time I enjoy them immensely, there have been a few times when I’ve experienced significant buyer’s remorse. Here’s a breakdown of what Apple products I’ve found worms at the core of:

iPod Touch (1st Generation)

This was one of my most anticipated Apple purchases of all time. I was nearly hopping with excitement about it, as I couldn’t get the iPhone where I was, but there were a couple of problems with this early iOS device. First, it didn’t have third-party apps at this point. Second, it had very little storage compared even to my iPod with video. While the interface experience was amazing, it wouldn’t prove a watershed moment in my gadget-wielding career, like the iPhone 3G was when I got it nearly a year later.

My problem isn’t so much with the iPod touch itself; it’s that I bought the first generation of the product. The touch seems to be one of the pieces of hardware Apple is most guilty about artificially hobbling in terms of features, something which I think they do to differentiate the product from the iPhone. In retrospect, I should’ve waited to see features introduced that I really would’ve appreciated in a mobile media player, like a camera, better onboard storage or the still-absent 3G connectivity.

Magic Mouse

The only reason I didn’t include the Mighty Mouse on this list is because the Magic Mouse was more disappointing, since I was expecting so much from it because of its predecessor. Sure, it tracks better than the Mighty Mouse, but what mouse doesn’t, really?

The touch features of this device are kind of neat, in a gimmicky sort of way, but they aren’t really as useful as a trackwheel/middle button, unless you count the fact that they never get gummed up with dust, which has only happened to me with Apple mice anyway, so I don’t. It’s also a battery hog, and it’s not particularly comfortable.

I recently tried getting my Magic Mouse set up again, because I needed a spare input device as a temporary stop-gap, and I think it’s actually broken. It might still be under warranty, but I don’t even care. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

MacBook Pro

This one isn’t really anything to do with any fault on Apple’s part. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is a beautiful, well-designed machine. But shortly before I got it, I got an iMac for my home office, and shortly after I got it, I got an iPad. Between the two, I don’t really find myself using my MBP that much anymore.

Any work I do generally requires ample screen real estate, so I don’t really feel like using the MacBook Pro if I have my iMac and multi-monitor setup available as an option. Add in that most of the places I visit away from home regularly also have at least one large-screen iMac available for use, and the MBP seems less and less useful. Plus, I can usually accomplish with an iPad and a Bluetooth keyboard all the work I would’ve done with a notebook while in transit.

Believe me, I’m as surprised to see this one on this list as you are. I never thought it’d be a purchase I’d come to regret when I originally handed over the cash.

Apple Battery Charger

It’s cute, it’s compatible with Apple’s swappable electrical plugs, and it’s small, but other than that, this really isn’t one of Apple’s best efforts. I find it to be incredibly temperamental (why do I have to unplug and plug in three or four times to get the light to stop blinking orange?) and it only works with AA batteries, not AAA. At least with six batteries included, the price is right, but that’s about the only quantifiable advantage Apple’s offering has over those of traditional battery companies like Duracell et. al.

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  1. I still think the MacBook Pro shouldn’t be on that list. Maybe the author lost a bet so he had to put it there ;)

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    1. Maybe the author just wants a money-back guarantee when new hardware gets released.

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  2. Yeah, the 1G iPod Touch irked me as time passed given it clocked slower than the 1G iPhone. Really struggled with third-party apps. Night and day compared to the iPhone 4.

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  3. I actually love my magic mouse. Is there something wrong with me?

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    1. Love mine, too. I use rechargeable batteries with mine.

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    2. I wouldn’t part with my magic mouse. I use rechargeable batteries [Eneloops] – as I do for anything that requires standard size batteries.

      I don’t use all the potential gestures; but, who does. At a minimum, it’s capable of more – with less fiddling – than the competition.

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  4. Ironically, I have all 3 (macbook pro, imac, ipad) and I’d give up the imac and ipad in a moment. The macbook pro (13 inch) is all I really need. If I wasn’t a writer, that might be different.

    It’s an excellent piece of hardware that does everything well and much more easily than combining the other two. Simple is always better.

    Except for you, of course.

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  5. I am only unhappy with one of my many purchases, Apple TV. I expected a lot more from it out of the box and through firmware upgrades over time.

    @Robert: I agree with you. I have the latest 13″ MBP (2.66MHz/320GB) and use it all the time despite having 27″ iMacs at home and at work. All my files are synchronized through the cloud so I am never too far from client files.

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  6. No offense to the author, but this list is stupid. I’ve owned all four of those devices. The latter three I still use daily. Right now, I’m using a MacBook Pro paired with a Magic Mouse that is powered by the batteries charged with the Apple Charger.

    Of course the 2nd-gen Touch was better than the 1st. I still would’ve rather had a 1st-gen Touch than nothing. I don’t know what I would have done without having access to MobileSafari in my pocket. (Purchasing an iPhone with an AT&T plan didn’t make sense for me at the time, so the Touch was my only option.)

    How about the Apple iPad Dock, though? I haven’t used that thing since the day I got it.

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  7. Wow. I couldn’t disagree with you more on all four of those items.

    I also had an original iPod Touch, and I used it day in, day out. It was the perfect little pocket companion for surfing the web. I only sold it when I got an iPhone 3G.

    The Magic Mouse is the best mouse I’ve ever used. It’s comfortable, easy to clean, glides like a dream, and when used with Better Touch Tool, I have a bunch of gestures assigned to different functions right at my finger tips. Literally.

    I’m about to sell my iMac for a MacBook Pro. I also have an iPad, and while the iMac + iPad team-up works quite well, I find myself wanting a physical keyboard on my portable rig quite often (and one that I don’t have to carry separately, a la iPad + external keyboard, which I find to be a little clumsy).

    Lastly, I think the Apple battery charger is perfect. Simple. Small. Oh so cheap. And I’ve never experienced the problem you describe. I was surprised when Apple released this thing, but I’m really glad they did.

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  8. This guy is the worst blogger I’ve ever seen for Tech/Apple news… you’d want to see his list of articles and the comments – and he doesn’t even read the comments or responds, so there’s no point in even saying how dopey this article is. Its a shame as other bloggers on the apple blog are quite good.

    Other dopey articles and comments:

    http://theappleblog.com/2010/09/24/the-new-apple-model-cheap-player-expensive-remote/?go_commented=1

    http://theappleblog.com/2010/09/02/why-the-new-apple-tv-isnt-something-ill-be-watching/

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  9. Love my Magic Mouse and the battery charger. I haven’t had problems with either of them. The Mighty Mouse, which I loved, was more temperamental than my Mighty. I haven’t had any issues with the battery charger either.

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  10. Are you not using MagicPrefs? http://magicprefs.com/

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    1. I’ve found Magic Prefs to be more of a hassle than a help. Too complex and does way more than I need. I also conflicted with other things so, I removed it. Use caution!

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    2. Yes! I love MagicPrefs! It really unlocks the potential of the Magic Mouse.

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