Well, I’ve never thought I’d write this post. In 2007, I’ve written a post about top 10 reasons why you shouldn’t get a Mac. It was well reflected the real situation back then though. How things have changed in 4 years! Today Apple has become technology giant and even outgrow Microsoft in stock values.
So here I am, writing this post, why you should consider getting a Mac over a PC.
1. Mac OS and most softwares require no tedious activation procedures
Apple really target the mass market. What do I mean by that? Well, in general, majority of people all over the globe are lazy and stupid. While Microsoft is busy how to prevent their softwares from being pirated, Apple just focuses on the quality and target the general populace. The result? It is very simple to use. When I started using OSX, I was surprised to find out that no activation is required. When I install iWorks suite, no serial or activation process, it just installs and done. Most softwares install and uninstall process on Mac OSX is as simple as drag and drop.
2. Multi-Touch and gestures
Apple innovated multi-touch and gestures. Magic trackpad and Magic mouse are really fun to use. In Lion, swiping four fingers up to bring Mission Control and three fingers swipe left and right to switch full screen apps are really intuitive.
Apple hardware are warranted by Apple. Period. This is their brand to protect, so they took care of it whenever you’ve got issue with either hardware or software. For Windows user, the PC vendor may push the blame to Microsoft or any other software provider and vice versa. Furthermore, you can extend AppleCare by up to 3 years and it covers almost anything that goes wrong.
4. It doesn’t crash
This is not really true, but yeah majority of the time it doesn’t crash. Let me put it this way, if Windows crash once a week, Mac will crash like twice a year.
5. iLife and Time Machine
There’s iCal, Apple Mail, Address Book, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iTunes, and iDVD. For Windows part, you’ve to download Windows Live essential and still no equivalent GarageBand and Windows Live essentials isn’t as well integrated as iLife. Any Windows backup software I’ve tried are not as user-friendly and dummy proof as Apple Time Machine. This is not entirely Microsoft fault though. Due to a lot of anti-trust lawsuits, Microsoft simply cannot bundle these apps like Apple do. I guess that’s a small price to pay for when you are a market leader.
6. Macs don’t need an anti-virus software
I agreed that there is Anti-Virus for OSX as well. But unless you are clicking everything on the internet and entering your password whenever there’s a prompt, you simply don’t need anti-virus. OSX underlying OS, Unix, is too strong in security for any bad boy.
7. Long-lasting Battery life
Battery life on Macbook, Macbook Pro and Macbook Air are all fantastic. This is as a result of integrating hardware and software so well. I sincerely say that Windows notebook don’t even come close when you compare battery life with the same size and weight as Macbooks family.
You may probably say What!? Macs are more expensive. Yes it is true if you compare the initial cost. Then you are comparing Apple with Orange (no pun intended). The total cost of ownership of a Mac is a lot less than a PC. Apple hardwares hold their value over the years. Let’s say you spend $999 for Macbook Air today. A year later, that Macbook Air can fetch at least $400. You can count yourself lucky if your one year old PC notebooks get half of that resale value.
9. Macs run Windows, if you need to. PCs are not able to run Mac OS.
This is a bit unfair to include as advantage as this reason is mainly due to Apple not allowing their OS to run on third-party hardware to protect quality of service. But at least if you need to run OSX and Windows legally for whatever reason, you’ve got no choice but to use Mac.
The last but not least is design. Apple products have the feel-good quality which always gives you the comfort that you are using a great product. From the iMac to the new Macbook, Apple’s design has remained flawless compared to the competition. Unibody Macbooks are really durable and amazingly beautiful! Apple had said they’ve left their competitors years behind when they introduced unibody Macbooks and it really turns out to be the case.
In conclusion, I’d encourage you to invest in Apple hardware nowadays. But remember, we can’t take technology for granted though. Steve Jobs, the mastermind of Apple’s success, has already left his CEO role at Apple and Windows 8 demos are really look stunning. So Mac vs PC war will not end in the foreseeable future.