PC vs. Mac
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OS wise, I really could use anything. From what I've seen, there's pluses and minus to each OS, but most of the tasks I need to accomplish can be done with any of them.
As for software, I'm a daily user of both Lion and Windows 7 (in fact, I think I use Win7 more often since that's my work computer), and although 7 is by far the best version of Windows I've used in years, it still feels years behind. Even on a high-powered computer, UI animations are clunky and applications seem to lag or hang (or crash) way more often than on OS X. Security popups are totally obnoxious, and the size and depth of the Windows control panel makes even me, a long-time computer- and Windows-user, shudder. The configurability of every detail of every aspect of the OS is nice to have in Windows because you frequently need access to it to fix some problem or behavior, but OS X has taught me that a computer really can just work and it makes using Windows feel like a huge frustration.
I think they both have their strengths, weaknesses, and merits. It really depends on the task as to which is better.
hardware wise all my machines are Macs. but i either have them boot camped or running win 7 virtually. The reason for the Mac hardware is because it has a better resell value than just any PC hardware that is out there.
The reason i run both is because software is to expensive. i already have the adobe suite for MAC i am not going to buy it again for the PC. for the PC side i have the full office sure including Visio, and other PC software that won't run on a Mac or its Mac counter parts i just don't like so for them i run win 7.
Win 7 run great on my iMac and Air with no problems i have all the software i need when i need it and have the benefits of both the Mac and the PC.
i know this is not an ideal implementation for most but to be honest it works for me :)
so to answer your questions both.
Desktop wise, I think it's pretty equal. iMacs and Mac Pros are built pretty strong, but custom built desktop PCs and pre-configured desktop PCs are quite solid as well.
Software wise, I find Windows easier to use and MUCH more customizable, but I think that's also because it's more familiar to me. OSX looks great, but I don't particularly like the menu bar at the top (or at least the way it works, that is). Windows is also MUCH more expensive and has multiple versions (Starter, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise), whereas Mac has one, so that's a plus for Mac.
I think in the end though it really depends on the needs of and the type of person.
I prefer Windows because its what I have grown up with and will work almost always on a custom built pc. I've never tried OSX simply because I never owned a Mac nor do I plan on building a Hackintosh.
Edit: I should add I have no proof that Macs have less errors, just what I've heard.
If anything, after getting more exposure to Macs since starting at my current college, I can see why people like them, but I simply can't comprehend window management on them, as well as the cost of the hardware, though I could almost be convinced into Macbook Air.
You can't beat Macs for build quality, and the OS is very optimized for the hardware
- My Acer Laptop scored higher in GeekBench in Mac OS X than in Windows. Seriously.
You can't beat Windows for compatibility and openness. It's great everywhere, enterprise, home, etc. I have the perfect solution for anyone looking for the best of every world:
With this idea you can have everything, all of the main Desktop OS's: Mac OS X, Windows 7/8 (8 for my setup), and Linux. You also get all the tablet OS's: iOS, Windows 8, and Android. Here's my idea, in bullet point/number form:
- Buy a brand new mid-to-top spec Apple iMac.
- Buy an iPad (2 or 3, I am MOST DEFINITELY waiting for the 3, can't wait)
- Once you get it, you have a few options, here's what I'd do:
- Install Windows 8 in Boot Camp, install all drivers and install LogMeIn.
- Install LogMeIn on Mac OS X
- Setup Virtual Machines in VirtualBox for Ubuntu Linux and Android (or get the Android SDK)
- On the iPad get the LogMeIn free edition. Register your Mac and Windows installations.
- Once done, connect to WiFi and use Mac OS X, Linux, and Android, or reboot to Boot Camp and Use Windows 8 in a tablet interface (it's much more satisfying).
Nowadays, for more than 90% of users, there is no difference. The workflow for them is - switch on computer - start web browser - do stuff in web browser.
But one advantage to Windows is games.
PC vs MAC?
PCs are generally cheaper
You have more choice
At the higher end Macs get really expensive.
I like the imac (whereas the all-in-monitor PCs generally look ugly)
No virus or system Threat - Windows has a lot more viruses. I agree. Have you read the news lately? www.bgr.com/2012/05/14/os-x-malware-apple-security...
windows copies mac shamelessly - The dock isn't a good example. Windows 8 (which your other post tries to put down) has nothing like the dock. Can you provide a source?
Is using a pc really horrifying for you? That sounds like a drama queen sort of response.