I’ve been a Apple Mac user since the early 1990s so obviously I am biased – the same as anyone is, whatever computer you are used to has to be the best.
However, since I got involved in web design about 10 years ago, I’ve had to run a PC to test my sites and make sure everything is working across all platforms. This has given me dual view or running a PC and Mac side by side to compare the two operating systems.
What I have always loved about Macs is that they just work, in simple terms that you can intuitively understand – you’ve got a Hard Drive, so it’s called a Hard Drive – there’s no messing about with b / c / or d drives? You want to move a file from one place to another, you just click and drag it there.
Keep it simple stupid
Macs work from your perspective, making things simple, not technical. They boot up faster, they are more stable, the type is clearer, and graphics are better. You get everything you need in a box, rather than loading and registering software from dozens of different companies.
I think they have always been a winner because virtually the whole interface is image / icon based, rather than file sub directories and root folders. Plus, there is the added benefit that you can customize virtually every aspect of how you computer looks and behaves – I know this sounds daunting to most users, but it’s nice to have the option if you want it.
Mac’s reliability and stability have also come on leaps and bounds, and since the launch of OS X I haven’t had a single crash in 3 years.
While I’m getting into this, you also have to take into account the usual Mac hype about no viruses. Now this is true, it’s something that no Mac user has to worry about because we are such a minority (less than 10% of the market) that no self respecting juvenile hacker would want to bother us.
So I don’t have to worry about subscribing to Norton or some other software program and there are no annoying pop up windows that just tick me off. It just works they way you want it to.
When I have gone on about Macs to my PC friends, they have come back with two arguments: that you can’t run PC software on a Mac and that the machines are too expensive. Wrong on both counts.
It’s easy to run your current PC software on a Mac, and for all those hard nosed business people looking for quality, value for money and reliability – this is an independent survey carried out the highly respected Which?:
Laptop Best Buys
|Apple MacBook Pro||£850||73%|
|Dell Studio XPS||£799||70%|
|Dell Studio 1555||£749||70%|
|Acer Aspire 77352||£414||70%|
|Dell Studio 17||£699||70%|
Desktop PC Best Buys
Results of survey carried out by Which? magazine:
Apple gets an impressive 94% in our customer satisfaction measure. It’s also rated highly for support, earning a good overall rating. Apple computers are reliable too, with an above average reliability rating.
The Sony range is rather limited and priced at the luxury end of the market, but they’re well regarded, as is reflected by its customer score of 80%. There isn’t enough data for Sony to get a reliability rating, it receives a disappointingly poor rating for support.
Novatech is popular with customers, achieving a satisfaction score of 79%. There isn’t enough data to get a rating for reliability or support.
Owners’ verdicts – At a glance: the brands rated most highly by Which? subscribers.
Information courtesy of Which?