Folk know my preference and I have spoken about being happy using whatever is in front of me several times, but *my* mac setup allows me to be more productive ... I've done a comparison swap back to windows and spent time on Ubuntu as well ... it is partly me and partly just one of those things.
There are lots of things I don't agree with Apple about ... yes, some machines are over-specced / under-priced ... some machines have been an absolute disaster ... but most are good, have lasted longer (both in hardware and usability) then most windows PCs I have had.
There are many who love or hate Macs or Apple who will just take offence at what the other side say. If that is the case feel free to move on ... most of us on here who like and use macs are intelligent human beings are have made a choice. There are lots of wonderful arguments with points, but it gets into being like politics. Some times an opinion or preference is a personal thing. Trying to quantify things purely logically is just not going to work.
As for the rep issue ... if I say something that someone does not agree with and they neg rep me then I take that on the chin, the same way I appreciate those that either give me thanks or give me pos rep. Malicious rep will get spotted so by all means speak with mods / admins ... but I gave up worrying about it a while ago. You sometimes get neg rep for *not* taking a position (and you also get splinters).
On a slightly different tack - anyone noticed how little Apple stuff there is at bett this year?
Are Apple making too much money from ipods/ipads and consumer stuff to bother with education?
I'm just a little curious about a comparison made earlier in the thread. How many people would select a 'status' car (such as a BMW) over a cheaper, more practical car - potentially with better performance and much cheaper (though potentially more regular) maintenance? I'm really starting to think that the whole debate is caused by a fundamental difference in the way that people perceive value (incidentally, I'm on the anti-Apple side, but that's my natural dislike of designer branding coming in to play, so is a biased opinion).
This may of been said already (I doubt it as these arguements always get out the hardcore on both sides) but...
I'd like to start by stating I'm a Mac user and Mac fan, however, at home, I also have a windows based machine, and I'm a network technician for a windows based network (which has 2 macs on it but aside from that).
Quite simply, and the OP hints at this, buy whichever does the job best for you! For me, I am a freelance designer working in multiple disciplines, so the Mac has been my tool of choice, but I have the Windows machine for when I need to run disk diagnostics and recover files for my windows based clients.
Although I'm a Mac Fan / MacBoy, if someone came to me and said "I'm a gamer and I want a machine to play games with. Which Mac would you recommend?" I'd say "none of them unless you only ever want to buy from a limited choice of games released on the Mac platform, and even then, choose a PC" You simply cannot beat a PC for the gaming capabililties (unless you look at the dedicated consoles out there, but that's not the arguement here).
If someone came to me and said "I'm about to start a media degree and I'll be doing loads of image and video work with a bit of audio editing thrown in their for good measure, which PC should I get" I would probably say "have you considered Mac?" and show the various options they have with that.
Now, even at this point, the person might have a desire to work with a PC, and their are adiquate tools out there (Adobe Premier and After Effects for the Video, ProTools for the Audio, Photoshop for the Image work etc) and they might be scared of learning a new platform, so I'd spec them a high end PC.
Simply put, choose what is best for yourself, not what you think is the most fashionable item, not what is the cheapest option, not the option which gains you the most popularity because you're jumping on the latest Apple / PC hate campaign, but what does the job the best. What is best for you might cost more than the competition, but is it really competition if that is what does the job best? It's one of those things where you'll just enjoy the job more if you're using the correct tools.
Rydra (17th January 2011)
I have both mac and PC at home.... which I use all the time. (I have both an Imac and MacBook Pro plus a standard PC and normal laptop)
One thing about macs (and no doubt this will be questioned) is the design....... My imac is space saving compared to my PC which share the same desk.....
When I am out and about, I tend to use my macbook, simply because of battery life.....
With the macs, you can dual boot between mac and windows which is one up on the PC but the PC make up for this on cost and ease of upgrading. (yes I know both can also run virtual computers giving access to other OS systems)
Many of the open source packages for the PC are slowly becoming available for macs.......
The argument about PC vs Mac has been a long standing one and one that will continue......
At the end of the day, it is down to choice and what you are going to do with the machine..... (choosing the right tool for the job)
Now, internet TV is taking off majorly with iPlayer, BT Vision, Apple TV, etc...
"FaceTime! It's new! It's great! Only on iPhone!"
No, it's not new, it's not great and it's not only on iPhone, video calling has been on phones for years now, you can't just put a f-in silly brand name on it and claim it's something new!
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