Goodness, Steve Job's sense of humour alone is enough to convince me to buy a Mac. That is one hell of a funny man. He had me in stitches, and I read everything, including the technical specs that normally bore me.
The new Mac Mini looks impressive, though.
"At the end of every hard-earned day, people find some reason to believe." -- Bruce Springsteen
I wanted to buy a Mac. And so I listened to the experts, and waited until after MacWorld to buy said Mac, because that's when new products are usually announced. So when nothing was announced, I went and bought a Mac Mini about a three weeks ago.
Dammit, Apple. If they had released this damn thing last WEEK, at least I could have exchanged it.
"It's the four pillars of the male heterosexual psyche. We like naked women, stockings, lesbians, and Sean Connery best as James Bond because that is what being a [man] is." -Jack Davenport, Coupling
I bought a Treo 650 off of ebay to replace one that was stolen. I think it was under $100 at the time and was at the end of its run as a current smart phone. You might not have great luck since you are looking for a $600 phone without a subsidy.