1. I actually highly recommend Windows Phone; the ecosystem has roughly 100,000 apps in it now. A few years ago, when Android hit that number, people said, "that covers all the bases". I think WP7's app choice covers *most* of the bases. So *from me* there is no contradictory logic. I can't vouch for other writers.
2. I never said "you can't even get a top personal finance app". I said I can't get "Quicken Home & Business". There are is a version of Quicken for the Mac, as well as Quick Books. What I can't get is something that does what *this particular version* of Quicken does. I'm in a rather small boat, someone using Quicken to manage personal finances AND a business. Most businesses move to Quick Books and keep their information separate from person, few consumers try managing a business, let alone with the same package as their personal stuff.
3. I never said I can't "use it for work - developing software for the majority of machines in the world". I most certainly could, if I was doing something other than .NET development in some specific niches. I could even write Windows .NET apps on it in Mono if I really wanted to. I can write Web apps in Ruby, PHP, and Java on it. Etc.
4. "I'd hate to own a computer of any kind that's completely useless when Internet service goes out." - It's not. I have tons of locally installed applications and it's able to do everything without an Internet connection so long as you have local apps installed. Outside of the specific version of Quicken I use, and the .NET development stuff, the Mac has an equal for EVERY local desktop app I use on Windows.
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