I bought my first Apple product which was a powerbook almost four years ago with a 1.2 Ghz of Powerpc Cpu. I was running Panther. After a while I upgraded to Tiger with all those blows and whistles. And now that Leopard is available, I upgraded to Leopard and still I am working with my laptop without problems. I wish it was a little bit faster but it really does the job. I am not going to install a benchmark maker or refer to numbers given by vendors to promote their own products but it really works.
You mentioned that apple just works because it chooses the hardware too. I have tried pre-packed products like PC notebooks from different vendors including sony, hp, dell, etc and all are similar because of Windows.
Have you ever tried to eject your usb storage and windows says you can't? and you are sure that no file is being used and no windows is open.
I am using Windows everyday if not mac. Our company servers are all hp running Windows 2003, my own laptop is hp right now writing this post and my company desktop is windows. I assembe tens of pcs everyweek for fellow workers. I am not going to deny Windows being Ubiquitous. They are everywhere, so are the threats and support of software for them. But there are many people who wants systems to work in their car and are not as creative as you and I am to look for bits and cpus around the house to make a full-featured PC.
Thank you all for the reading. next posts I try to be more car pc focused and informative.