Apple vs PC - Which is the REAL dog's bollocks?

OK.....here's the story in short -

Everything I read and listen to is saying the the Apple Mac is the dog's bollocks (also know as 'really good').

Does anybody out there use a Mac for any part of the work or pleasure?  I listen to many different podcasts about internet marketing, etc...and they all talk about their Macs.  The Beckhams bought all of their children Mac Books, people that are attending these techie seminars are all carrying iPads

What's the big deal?  Is the Apple really that good?  How hard would it be for me to make the switch?  What applications and programs would I be without (Articulate aside - they don't have a Mac version do they?)

I look forward to hearing your comments.

Cheers,

Dave

11 Replies
Joshua Norgaard

Dave,

I just purchaed a MacBook Pro for school. There are a lot of pluses and minusses with each. For me, I like that Mac's stay relevant for a longer period of time, are not as virus prone and their operating system doesn't take up a tone of RAM. The new OSX Lion has a lot of really nice features including a multi-touch pad that allows you to combine your finger gesters to do various tasks. Plus the Apple Store now has apps for MacBooks. So far I love it. I cannot wait to get CS5.5 on it.

Of course the downside is that there are not as many programs, the price is higher and you have to be mindful of Mac Only fonts and other conversions issues.

I'm still a relative Mac newb but enjoying it so far.

Phil Mayor

HI Dave

I use both PC and a Mac for developing, also we have macs at home.  I decided to buy a Mac when my dell laptop gave up the ghost and Vista had been launched, I thought if I am going to learn a new OS then it may as well be OS X.  I now spend less time managing the OS, and when I recently had to buy new laptops for work I got two macbook pros, we use parallels to run Studio and it works great.  There is no need to be without any programs because using parallels you can have the best of both worlds!

My desktop at work is still a PC and I have no issues sharing files.  Macs are good but I do miss somethings I have got used to on a PC, there is no maximise button (this really irritates me) you can zoom the screen but you have to manually resize (once done it remembers this though).  Also using parallels the keybord is mapped incoreectly, often it helps to just plug in a windows keyboard

I love things like Facetime and recently spent 3 days away from home for work and used my iphone to video conference with my six year old each day (I am sure I could have done this using skype)

I like Apple and Windows 7 is a definite improvement but I still find it nags me to much.

hope this helps

Phil

James Brown

My daughter loves her Macbook Pro and so does my son-in-law. It really depends on your preference. If you want an excellent multi-media device without all the anti-virus and MS bugs, then the Mac is the bees kness. I don't think I will ever own another PC. Maybe a tablet with Android installed, but other than that I have no use for one.

Dave Newgass

Thanks for the input on this...

So...let me get this right - you can run PC programs on a Mac?  What is parallels?  I have to assume that Apple are pretty clever in syncing up an iPhone and iPad to Mac.

Interesting stuff.  I have to imagine it would take a bit of time to learn the ins and outs.

The beat goes on!

Cheers,

Dave

Widya  Y

Parallels is a program which then make it possible for you to have more than 1 operating systems in your mac. So you can install Windows 7 and then run windows other programs including Articulate. It is nice as if you had 2 computers of 2 different operating systems. Mac is great in video editing so with both operating systems you can smoothly shift between programs you like.

Parallels is basically a bridging program. You have to install it first, then you install Windows or even Linux.

Hope you have a better idea Dave.

Steve Flowers

I run a mac as well and while I like it, I'm not sure the price difference provides value equivalent to the price premium. I do have to say I seem to have less trouble with my macbook pro than I did with any of my previous laptops. 

My wife just purchased an 11 inch macbook air. She loves it. I've read a few nice things about these machines and according to my better half the performance of the little machine is great. For $950 it wasn't that much of a premium over a comparably sized netbook (not that a netbook would run nearly as great as the air.

http://techcrunch.com/2010/10/26/13-inch-macbook-air-review/

This fellow loves his MBA and iMac setup:

http://elliotjaystocks.com/blog/a-note-about-my-new-mac-set-up/

He claims the little macbook air even runs photoshop well. If I had it to do over again (just bought a new Macbook Pro a few months ago) I'd go with a similar setup.

Simon Perkins

I really don't get all the fuss over Apple and OSX.  Overpriced hardware IMO.  And an OS that sure looks all pretty and shiny but in reality (everyday use) seems to lack functionality.  Finder is something I really don't like; poor contextual menus and not nearly enough info available.  Much prefer Vista and W7.

I'm not knocking Apple: I have a MBP and a Mini (both on Lion), but a properly specc'd/build PC wins hands-down for me (given what I need it for).

IMO, part of the anti-PC/Windows 'thang' comes from those who don't own or use a properly specc'd PC.  Or they don't maintain it properly.  Or they run badly configured AV/firewalls that interrupt all kinds of processes etc.  And then they see a Mac and think it's great.  But if they were to use it for long enough, and peer through that shiny veneer, they might just realise that a properly 'sorted' PC is actually all they want/need.

Just my tuppence of course

Phil Mayor

I would not vote for a native version of studio, I would much prefer that the resources of articulate are focussed on improving the current suite and storyline.

I do not have a problem with using parallels to run studio etc and although I expect home use of Macs is probably in the 20% bracket, corporate use is definitely around 5%, and not worth the effort.

@Simon, the nice thing is we have a choice, I am happier on a Mac and hate Windows 7 (installed on my Mac), but I am happy to use XP (On my desktop PC).

Mrrs Taylor

Hello,
I have used my Mac computer for one year. I think it is better than other brand PC. It worked well for me but a month ago, it has some fault and all my files on it lost. Luckily the files are also on my iPhone. At last, I used iPhone 5 to Mac Transfer to backup my files to my Mac. If you enconter the same trouble as me, try it and you will find many surprises about it.