I’m going to start his post by saying how fed up I am of people arguing about this, where the truth is, there is only one correct answer. I’m not going to hold back, I’m not going to lie. I firmly believe that there is no comparison between the to machines, but I will stop and say that price really is the only point.
For years I spent my life working behind the Windows XP OS, with my parents using Vista on their laptop. Both laptops were pretty much the same technical specification, with the XP being a year older. That is the only difference. About a year ago, when I had chance, I would sit down with both laptops and do the same tasks – timing them both. The XP on the left, with the Vista on the right. The test would include; turning the machine on, logging into my user name, opening the internet browser, logging into my emails and printing the same email, before shutting the machine down and closing the lid. The XP won, every single time. I often gave up on the vista after it ran past the 30 minute mark, but things have not improved.
I since made the move to Mac, passing down my old Windows XP laptop to my younger sister for her studies which were heavily based on Windows programs. It seemed logical. Of course, with university around the corner, I moved back to a laptop but insisted it was the Mac operating system for only one reason. Reliability. The day I bought home the iMac, I knew I would never go back. It’s not me being bias to a particular company for any personal reason, it’s simply because it’s a better machine. You expect a computer to begin to deteriorate pretty much straight away, from the word go. The Vista laptop certainly did, it didn’t need promoting. Infact, I’m surprised it hasn’t been launched through the window yet! I will honesty take my hat off to the XP, for a machine that’s almost five years old, it’s still working without a glitch, it may be getting slower, but it still functions to a reputable standard. The iMac however? Despite it being a desktop computer, it has showed no signs of deterioration. After two operating system updates from leopard, to snow leopard and then to lion, it’s not changed a single bit.
That is the reason why Mac wins.
There is no comparison, if you need a machine that is reliable and in the long term*, cheaper, buy Mac.
Mac VS. what?
*When I say long term, I am suggesting that over the space of 18 or so months, a Windows based computer will have lost so many brain cells the turning it on takes a fun twenty or so minutes – as does my parents vista laptop – therefore being beyond any form of use to anyone. A Mac however, would still be able to function as a computer, rather than a large dusty object on the desk, so in other words, you could buy two Windows laptops to do the job of one Mac.