5 months ago 🏆 for day 253, 2019 with 645 words.

I'm an Apple fangirl, but not a mindless consumer

I guess I'm an Apple fangirl? I've watched a lot of the events and I like their products. Last year I bought a MacBook Pro 13" and despite everyone else's hate of the keyboard and the touch bar, I actually like both. After adjusting to the keyboard I got really fast at typing. I am worried it will break at some point, but so far I haven't had problems (my insurance will cover it if something does break).

Despite being an Apple fangirl I don't own that many Apple products. It might be because I keep my electronics for as long as possible — I don't like to spend money (and resources) on the newest tech. I don't need that. I don't think most people need that to be honest. I got my first laptop in 2007, a brand new Acer. Then in 2012 (when I went to uni), I got a Packard Bell that had been used as a replacement PC in Bilka (Danish hypermarket). The screen was broken so I got it for 500DKK. A new screen cost me 700DKK and I had that laptop until last year when I threw A LOT of money at the Macbook Pro. So 3 laptops in 12 years.

I borrowed an iPod Nano from my first boyfriend. I loved it! It was black and had the wheel that made the best click sound! I had to give it back when we broke up, but I later got the small touch screen clip iPod in PRODUCT (RED). I still have that iPod and it still works. I replaced the battery and fixed a button a couple of years ago. I don't use it much these days, but I still love the design!

In 2008 I got my first iPhone. I had been a Nokia user before then, but after borrowing the first gen iPhone while the before mentioned boyfriend was on an interrail trip around Europe, I fell in love. I got the 3G model and it was beautiful! I still have that and I like to recharge it and power it up once in a while. The home button doesn't work too well anymore, but I used that model daily for 5 years (I had it replaced at some point due to a construction issue that meant the back got a small crack, but my tele provider just switched it out with a new one).
In 2013 the iPhone 3G had gotten so slow it was close to unusable. The OS didn't get new updates and the apps couldn't update either.
I was lucky enough to get the iPhone 5s as a birthday present that summer (I got a "giftcard" and used it in November after that year's new model had been announced​ and the prices were fair).

I have had that phone since 2013. I haven't had a lot of issues, no water damage, cracked screen or OS problems. It does run iOS 10 though (I know, I know).
It's on all the time. It has​ some battery issues though and I will either have to have that replaced or buy a new smartphone. After 6 years I feel like I can justify the purchase of a new one.

If all this listing of products sounds like bragging, it's because it is. I feel good about not owning all the newest electronics. I know my existing in the world is still a burden to the planet and the places these products are made; saying that others are worse than me doesn't make my actions better, but I'm trying.
Some of these choices are motivated by money — as a student,​ I haven't had a lot of money to spend. I don't think much would change if I did though.
So yea, I might be an Apple fangirl, but that doesn't mean I throw money at them every time they announce a new product.


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I recently got a Master's degree in IT Product Design and I'm currently looking for my first job! ✨

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