I have never been an Apple fan. I used to work on them doing video editing and I work mostly on PCs now. To me they are just a tool. I have just as easy a time working on a PC as I do on a mac. I have always been irritated with how Apple seems to get away with doing the same things Microsoft gets sued for. Every one sees Apple as David, the little guy, fighting Goliath, the big evil corporate monster, when Apple is just as much a big, corporate, greedy machine as MS ever was. I also don't like Apple's closed system mentality. I understand why they do it, but I prefer to have the freedom to do what I want with my phone. I dont need Steve Job's "protection" from the big, bad evils out there. I've done just fine on my own. Then there's the whole issue of the Macevagelists out there. The people that buy everything Apple puts out just because its trendy and the cool thing to be seen with. They insist on telling everyone, everywhere how superior macs are in every way. They really turned me off to Apple products to the point that it was hard to even think about buying one.
For desktops/laptops, I have always preferred PCs due to price and hardware flexibility/compatibility. Macs are fine, but I tend to just upgrade the parts of my PC that need it every 2-3 yrs rather than buy a new computer - you cant really do that with macs.
I wasnt really wowed by the iPod. I had been listening to mp3s on my Pocket PCs for years before the iPod came out. Ipods are fine, but werent really for me, I preferred a PDA/MP3 player combo, and later a PDA/Phone/MP3 player.
The iPhone was pretty sweet and one of Apple's true significant innovations. The addition of the motion sensor, gps, separate GPU, made it something really revolutionary. I thought it was cool, but never bought one. My Windows Mobile phone from work could do everything I needed and even some things the iPhone couldnt (like open an Excel file from an email, edit it and send it back) and the iPhone was pretty expensive when it first came out. The iPhone was more pleasant to use for sure, but not really more practical as far as what it could do that was really needed to be done with a phone (the small screen was still a pain to work with no matter how great the device). When they hit $99 with a contract, I started considering one, but then the iPad, and several other tablets were on the horizon.
Microsoft's history is full of amazing, revolutionary ideas that they really dropped the ball on, didnt support with marketing, or failed to adequately advertise. The Pocket PC was brilliant, Windows Media Center is great, and my favorite was the Tablet PC platform. I was a huge fan of my Compaq TC1000. Microsoft had already stopped pushing the technology with windows mobile and stagnated, and they did the same with the Tablet PC. The Tablet concept was revolutionary, but they never pushed hard to make the deals to get the hardware cheaper, they never advertised the Tablet, and they failed to support it with the software to really make the concept shine. A true pen-based interface with pen or touch scrolling, app launchers, and such could have made it a hit, but MS dropped the ball. When I stopped carrying my 2001 model TC1000 in 2006 people would still stop me and ask what it was and comment on how cool the design was. No one seemed to know they existed.
When I heard that Apple was making a slate tablet, I was interested. My TC1000 was now too outdated and too slow, and there was no modern replacement on the market (other than a few $3-4000 specialty slates). HP was also working and one, and there was buzz about an Android tablet. FINALLY! People are starting to see the value of a highly portable slate tablet. I was particularly excited about HPs. The iPad hit the shelves, HP canceled their slate project, and who knows when we will ever see the Android tablet actually for sale on the market. I was tired of waiting to see what the others would pan out to be and jumped on the iPad. I have not been disappointed.