Mac or Windows, which would you prefer?

@mehale (2200)
United States
October 1, 2008 9:34am CST
I have been doing some research on Mac computers as I have always used Windows based systems. I am going to be in the market before long to replace my current laptop and wanted to look at all my choices. It would seem that you can now run Windows and Windows programs on a Mac computer so that is not an issue any longer. I also like some of the features of the new MacBook Pro quite a bit. The cord has a quick release that will not damage either the notebook or the power cord if it gets yanked by accident. The notebook itself is a true desktop replacement in speed and power - considering that I have to use a laptop most of the time due to my traveling and work this is a big plus to me. I am seriously considering buying a Mac as my next computer. What do you think? Mac or Windows, which is better? Why?
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@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
1 Oct 08
Well it all comes down to what will you be doing. Sure you can run windows on a mac, buy why damage it in that way Mac OSX is leaps and bounds above Windows. If you are gonna buy a mac then cripple it with Windows you are probably gonna save time and money buying a PC based laptop. Unless you are talking about running parallels or boot camp and running Mac OS for the most part and kicking into Windows when you need a PC based program that you can't buy for the mac. That being said there are some things that PC's do better than macs, games are more likely to be available for a PC then a Mac.
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@mehale (2200)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I should have been clearer - sorry. What I meant by being able to run windows, was using the boot camp option. I have a couple of programs like PC Miler that I use on a daily basis for routing - I drive a truck cross country for a living - and wouldn't have been able to run it on the Mac os. I would want to use the Mac OS most of the time. Just use windows when I have to, I did not mean install windows full os on it. I like the Safari browser a lot and would be very interested in trying and learning the Mac OS. Is there a large learning curve for those of us who have used nothing but windows?
@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
1 Oct 08
I am a computer technician and for almost ten years I was PC based only, more recently I was hired by a company that has mainly macs, they gave me a macbook and I have never looked back. There was virtually no learning curve. Mac OSX is incredibly intuitive, and the GUI is much more logical than Windows.
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@mehale (2200)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I really think I would like it. I just want to get some hands on before I buy one. I don't like the idea of ordering a totally new system from the internet sight unseen, or by phone either for that matter. So far I cannot find anything but windows based systems locally, though. Who carries them? There is a best buy about 50 miles from us, but I have not seen anything but windows there either.
• Singapore
2 Oct 08
I think the Mac is more suitable for someone who has never ever used a computer before and need some initiation to the world of computers. Otherwise... go for a PC. You are better off too in that many more programs are available for PC and relatively few for Mac. Cheers!
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@mehale (2200)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Yes, that is one of the issues I have been considering. It could be a problem, but supposedly you can run a "boot camp" edition of windows on the mac and run windows programs in it. Not sure how that works though.
• United States
5 Oct 08
The idea that there are fewer programs for the Mac is a myth that I wish would die. It was probably true many years ago, but it certainly isn't today. All the major programs from Microsoft and Adobe, and many other companies have Mac versions. Plus, there are programs that are Mac only. I've seen people beg for Windows versions of some Mac programs because they're so good. Go to any shareware site, and you'll find hundreds of Mac programs, and at decent prices or even free.
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@mehale (2200)
• United States
6 Oct 08
It is really good to know that there are a lot of programs out there for them now. Thanks
@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
1 Oct 08
I have never used Mac before, but I heard from friends that they are more reliable, stable compared to windows. Besides, a lot of people use it for graphic intensive design platform (like graphic CAD). Since MAC now has integrated windows environment inside their system, why not give it a try? If you really can't get used to it, you can still use the Windows OS. I would be eager to try out if got the chance. I have try using it when I visited a shop nearby, and found that the MAC OS is really different.
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@mehale (2200)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I agree with you. I have never actually had any hands on experience with a Mac. There are not any for sale locally where I live - small town, LOL. I want to check one out and get a little hands on with it and then I think I would like to use the Mac system. I use apple's Safari browser almost all the time now. It is faster, and I like it a lot better than IE or Firefox. I think I will probably give a Mac a try. My biggest issue was that some of my programs that I need would not work on the Mac system, but since you can also run windows that would not be a problem.
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@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
2 Oct 08
Safari browser? Never heard of it. Should be Mac's program right? I am curious on how they could integrate the Windows environment into the Mac system. That's actually cool and I couldn't imagine how they could make it happen. Well, you need to travel a distance to where they got sales for Mac. Good luck to you, for your new quest in acquiring an all new computer
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@mehale (2200)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Safari is Apple's browser. You can download it with Itunes. It is also the browser that the Ipod touch and Iphone use. It will work on a Windows system and I really like it.
• United States
2 Oct 08
I used an old Mac in Kindergarten. At that age, I actually knew a few things about computers, so don't just assume I was stupid. I knew how to add/remove programs, uninstall games/apps, etc. I only used the Mac when none of the other computers were available. This, of course, was back when Win98(2nd Edition) was popular. I still enjoy heading up and using my old dos-game pc. I have a small 13" monitor for it, and play lots of the old classics(Monkey Island anyone? Maybe even a little ZORK? :) Anyways, enough with the memories... lol... I would have to say Windows all the way! Mainly because of it's ease of use. Ever noticed how a Mac has a nice GUI? Well, so does Windows, but Windows allows you to mess with the GUI, thus Windows will even work on an old computer. All I can say is that those who use Apple products should use a Mac. Thus, if you are a iPod head-banger/sound-pumper, then go ahead and use a Mac. But, and I quote the Bible(with a word changed) "As for me and my house", WE WILL USE WINDOWS!!!
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• Singapore
2 Oct 08
I think those hardcore apple/mac fans are just that - they want to make themselves out to be different from the rest so they try to find all kind of justifications that mac is better (it is not on many counts).
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@mehale (2200)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I honestly don't know if it is better or not. I just want to try one out for a bit - would not even consider buying one without at least test driving it in the store for a little while. I have used Windows for as long as I have used a computer, but I do have an Ipod and like the safari browser, so it was a thought. LOL. Thanks for the comments.
• United States
2 Oct 08
I started out as a PC user, with DOS. When I needed to get something more modern, my son gave me his old Mac, and I've never regreted switching. I've never had any virus protection on my Macs, and never had a virus. Of course, I practice safe computing, and as Macs become more popular, people will start attacking them, so that's not the best reason to go with Mac. I would say that simplicity and great software are the best reasons. I've never heard of a Mac person having to reformat a hard drive, reinstall the OS and start over. Maybe it happens, but rarely, while it seems to be a very common necessity with Windows. There's a huge amount of excellent software, much of it free or inexpensive. I download new programs for free trials all the time, and have paid for and registered them without any problems. Some types of programs aren't even available for PCs. As for the person who thinks that Mac owners are just a bunch of fanatics pushing their own little club membership, that applies equally to Windows fanatics, especially the ones who've never used a Mac and don't know anything about them. Ask yourself how many Mac users switch to Windows because they're unhappy with the Mac?
@mehale (2200)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Thanks for the useful information! I still want to test drive one before I buy it, but I actually think that I would like the mac OS. I will definitely check them out further.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
1 Oct 08
I am considering buying a Mac for my laptop. I already have most of the money saved for it, and as soon as I have this health issue taken care of, (if I do not die first) I will buy the Mac. I plan to be the Mac book Pro and I want to get Office included, so it will take some time to save for it.
@mehale (2200)
• United States
1 Oct 08
That is the laptop I am considering as well. I will probably go for it, though I am still in the thinking stage and have not completely made up my mind. Hang in there you'll be ok!
@know21 (1251)
• United States
1 Oct 08
 a desktop computer - desktop computer
Since I have been using Windows for 16 years, I would go with Vista because of the simplicity of it. But if I had a Mac in the first place, I would rather spent $129 for upgrading to Leopard instead of spending $159 for Vista Home Premium or $259 for the Ultimate edition.
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@mehale (2200)
• United States
1 Oct 08
I currently run Vista on my laptop and one desktop. The other has XP. I really like the Safari browser of Apple's though. I just like the fact that the Mac OS is more stable and secure and would really like to give it a go with a little hands on. You can get a new MacBook Pro with Leopard already installed for around $1900, and most of the big Windows based laptops are around the same amount of money - unless you buy one of the cheaper ones like Walmart carries. I would prefer to spend a bit more and get what I pay for. I have had bad luck with dependability issues on the cheaper systems. They do not seem to stand up to living in an 18 wheeler well. LOL.
• Philippines
8 Oct 08
It highly depends on the applications you want to run on your Mac. If you are programming, I suggest you use Windows. While emulation may be able to assist you in running some programs on top of another OS, it will eat up a lot of your memory and slow down your system. If you are willing to shift to all software of Mac then get a Mac. :)