Don't put the onus on me. It's your claim that Apple somehow uses superior materials and workmanship. Though my Playbook and some Android devices I've tested appear to possess excellent craftsmanship. And my device isn't manufactured in China.
Given that the typical lifecycle of an Apple product is so limited, I don't understand the issue with build quality anyways....
I'm simply saying (n response to YOUR claim) that when I look at other products compared to Apple products, I don't find they compare in build quality. You're saying they do. Since you seem to think many competing products compare well, the onus IS on you to provide at least an example to support YOUR claim.
I am still using an iPad 1 which I bought the first day they were released in the US in april 2010. I am very happy with it. I understand why it doesn't support iOS 6 and I am convinced I'll still be using it for a couple more years. Saying it's no longer supported is not really accurate. New apps are released every day that run on iPad 1.
The whole time I've been using it, I have enjoyed its durability, its design and feel. To me (and apparently a few others looking at the 100 million iPads sold since), this is worth something.
I could not disagree with you more about Apple products having a limited life cycle. The 10 or so Apple computers my household has owned over the past 15 years have lasted us on average 6 years. The same can be said about the 4 iPads, the iPhones and the iPods we have owned, although we have voluntarily replaced some of those more quickly to take advantage of new features. Every one of those products has sold extremely well on the used market by the way (for good $), which tells me there's always someone interested in acquiring the product later in its lifecycle, where build quality definitely factors in.
You are certainly entitled to disagree.