Mac vs. PC: The Real Story! August 23, 2007Posted by robzel in Apple, Apple Computer, PC, Personal Computer.
There are few things that drive people’s passions as much as the discussions involving Macs vs. PCs. In reviewing discussion forums, you can see the venom in some of the discussions. Each camp vehemently defends its camp touting the virtues of their favorite platform. Where is the truth? Perhaps it is the eye of the beholder. However, this author has a definite opinion. Read on if you care to know.
I am one of the few folks out there that actually owns both a Mac and PC. I have been using a PC for years and I continue to use a PC for business. When my home PC was getting long in the tooth, I did some research comparing the virtues and pitfalls of each platform. Based upon my research I decided the Mac was a better platform for my home needs. Here was my thinking:
Look and Feel: Have you seen the new iMac? Need I say more? The PC is a box and a monitor, plus a keyboard and a mouse. In all these years the basic PC box looks like… a box. The Mac keyboard looks cool and is comfortable to use, although I must admit the mouse is a bit clunky. Mac wins this comparison.
Hardware: Mac and PCs both use similar hardware. However, if you buy and iMac there is almost nothing you can upgrade save the memory. With the available upgradeability the PC has more choices and therefore configurations available. PC wins this comparison.
Software: Where the Mac really excels is in the integration of hardware and software; it seems that Apple has created an almost organic combination. While Vista is nice, it is still a generation behind the current Mac operating system. It will be two generations behind once Leopard (the new OS) is released. While there are fewer choices for software compared to the PC, Mac software if more stable and seems to be more intuitive. Also, the preloaded iLife software is great right out of the box. The same software is not available on the PC. Advantage Mac.
Performance: Admittedly, I have not been able to perform scientific tests comparing PCs and Macs. However, the two machines I own are both recent purchases with dual core chips, 1Gig of ram and large hard drives. The PC is in an office environment and the Mac is used at home. Turning on the PC is a long process, waiting for Vista to initialize, and then boot up. I have time in the morning to get my cup of coffee before the PC is fully up and running. In contrast, the Mac takes less than a minute to boot up. The Mac advantage continues in running applications. Office 2007 runs much slower than Mac Office 2004. Then of course there are the bugs in Vista and seemingly constant Vista updates. With similar hardware configurations, Mac is just faster.
As you can probably tell, I really think the Mac is a better product. If I could I would use a Mac for my business needs as well. Unfortunately, the PC seems to have the advantage in the business environment, with more choices for hardware, software, integration, and support. I do think if Apple wanted to, they could make great inroads into the business market especially for small businesses.
If you are in the market for a PC, I would strongly advise you to check out the new iMac http://www.apple.com/mac/ before buying a PC.