OS X is as good as everyone says it is.
One of the reasons that it is so good is that it is designed and built to take advantage of the environment in which it is operating. The Computer built by Apple. The Computer, on the other hand, is designed to take advantage of the OS. So, everything is working together. You must have heard the expression "it just works". Did you ever stop to wonder why? Why is Plug and Play on a Win box referred to as Plug and Pray?? Ever wonder that? The Intel powered machines will be built by Apple, to very strict standards. Something we cannot say about all Win Boxes.
As a Windows user who is never going to spring for an Apple, you actually mean Mac, I guess you will just have to put up with the mediocrity that you have become used to. This is your loss.
I don't understand the $200 thing. Are you saying that because you decide to buy a new machine and because you have never owned a Mac or used OS X, that Apple should provide you with a computer for $200?
That's what it seems like. I wonder if Rolls Royce will give me a deal on a new Roller because I have decided I want one and I have never had one before.
Once again, Apple is a HARDWARE company and selling OS X that runs on any, and every, x86 box, regardless of quality, is NOT the way to make money, selling the hardware is what puts $$$ in pockets. Look at the iPod. The money is made there, not at the iTunes Music Store, although it is now turning a profit.
BTW, with OS X you get a system wide spell checker and dictionary, even when posting to forums like this.
Must go now, people in the real world are calling me