I just bought myself an iPod Touch for 150 GBP. My first Apple device. It's reliable, well crafted and easy to use. And, despite the 'proprietary lock-in hell', I'm still able to use Chrome, MS Office and Photoshop - on my laptop.
It's nice to take a stroll around a walled garden from time to time. You should try it.
I think that's what he was referring to.