Mac Advantages / Transition for a Windows User
Quite a few
- Lower TCO
- higher security, much higher
- higher resale value
25+ years of Windows use and upgrades and STILL using it
I have used Windows since 1.0. I test new versions of Windows – I run it and support it on a few dozen machines. I know it well, check out
I am a Mac user and a heavy Windows user and an Android user and an iOS user and a casual Linux user.
Fanboy Accusations are Nonsense
A lame attempt at “Mac Shaming” 😀 I guess people got tired of “rape victim shaming”, “native American shaming” (they were all warlike savages, but Brits were colonizing China and India with hugs and chocolate) so now its “Platform shaming”.
On forums whenever someone praises an Apple device or OS someone tries to destroy their credibility by calling him or her a Fanboi. I have a big problem like that because it is textbook projection usually being stated by Windows Fanboy, Android Fanboy, Linux Fanboy.
First lets define what a Fanboy is. At it’s heart its the embodiment of “confirmation bias” i.e.
and the ONLY way I trust a review of any product to not have Fanboy tint is from someone who has massive time in with both devices/software/platforms. If someone owns a Mac and rarely uses a PC/Windows machine I will not trust their review of latter and vice versa. Same for Android and iPhones. Same for Linux and Mac, Or Linux and Windows. I would even go further and say they should use each device for the same tasks to have a credible opinion.
There are plenty of Windows and Android and Linux fanboys. Big whoop its called ‘confirmation bias’. I switched to Apple 2.5 years ago after over 30 years of Windows (20+ computers I owned) and using 4 Android phones and 2 tablets since Android 1.x and once I switched I found all my beliefs about Apple were flat out wrong and based on confirmation bias.
Some of my fave Fanboy articles
Daily Reasons I am impressed with Mac OS X
Well for starters my MacBook Pro not only runs a Mac OS X which has:
- much better 2 monitor support for my programming and productivity. Best part when I unplug a 2nd or 3rd monitor all my Windows switch over to 1st monitor.
- A free non-crippled IDE (XCode) to create apps (whereas paid VStudio is a necessity to build Win Apps).
- My MacBook can run Linux apps. My PC cannot except in a VM.
- It can dual boot Windows (or run simultaneously with Parallels). Because Apple takes the device drivers for its hardware more seriously than Dell and HP the 10% of the time I do run Windows on it, it has none of the device driver glitches I encountered in most of my 20+ Windows installations on 20 pieces of approved Windows hardware.
- It has an app store for Desktop Apps whereas Windows does not. The Windows app store is for Metro apps only, they have no desktop app store.
- Only 110 viruses to worry all of which the current OS protect against. I still have to clean family and friends Win 7 and Win 8s given how weak the OS security is and MS ‘blames the user ‘ while claiming great security. The 14 Windows 7 and 8 machines I cleaned this year beg to differ with that and the 100s more I read about in groups.
- Apps are cheap and powerful,
- Built-in OS apps are friendly and powerful not throw away.
- Printers, Bluetooth devices and USB drives install in seconds without taking minutes of “detecting device” and “insert CD” that Windows 7 and 8 still do on just mundane devices.
The Hardware and The Accessories
- I learn tons from MacLife and MacWorld magazine about how to use my Mac for awesome things with apps. My Windows magazines are about registry and tweaks and protecting myself more because the OS is not with little emphasis on productivity apps.
- I use Dvorak on Windows and Linux – KBCovers.com meant I don’t have to use an external keyboard for my laptop if I want labels. For me this is a godsend!
I was/am a Microsoft Fanboy!
I have owned well over a dozen very high end PCs, and made offices I consulted at buy several hundred more. I was always too snobbish to buy a Mac and always had an excuse. I believed the Microsoft FUD since Window 1.0/DOS 1.0 hook line and sinker.
I put it off forever but when I bought my Macbook Retina Pro it was great value for money compared to PC and so much faster. TCO is way lower – I spend no time on troubleshooting tasks that ate up so much time on PC and backups are reliable and Apple Care is higher value than Dell/HP Premium support and if you never use it – they refund it I am not kidding Apple TV airplay support and iCloud and Time Machine = priceless. Since it has 5 million + pixels and very fast SSD disk, graphics cards, and Thunderbolt and USB 3 ports it is better value than any high end Windows laptop I have owned. I never am buying a Windows machine again for family – its worth the extra. Too many hard disk crashes on PCs over the years and backup is not reliable whereas Time Machine is reliable, gives past version of files too, and easy and FREE (and WinClone to back up BootCamp and re-size Win partiition is $20). 2+ years with no security breaches is fab too – I got attacked constantly under Windows and I defended myself but most lose that war and I end up fixing.
2+ years with my first Mac has been a dream. And I just like Mac OS X – after using Windows since 1.0 its nice to use something more thoughtful and better looking and reliable in so many subtle and practical ways.
Apple treats their customers so well – Apple Care and free/useful cheap OS upgrades and unbelievable iCloud backup and Time Machine magic. The fastest most stable Windows machine I ever used is my MacBook Pro Retina. It runs Windows 7 so well and bug free (Boot Camp/Parallel drivers are glitch free unlike the HP and Dell hardware and other vendors I have used). I only buy Apple Hardware for family and clients now – support is so much better than HP and Dell Premium support and HW is so much lighter and reliable and fast.
The Hardware compared to Windows
- 5 megapixel + resolution
- Apple TV integration
- fast off/on of Lid close
- long power cord+small brick
- lightness and thin hardware
is amazing. To be fair the Surface 3 gets closer to the Mac hardware as do many very light convertibles from Asus and Lenovo. But the overall experience is marred by some ugly things:
- Windows 8.x and Windows 10 compared to Mac OS is substandard on deep technical levels and every superficial level.
- Speed is worse
Surface 3 has come a long way baby but every level of Mac blows it away.
The Overall Experience compared to Windows
I love that Mac OS X you can reboot and it re-opens all apps/browser tabs, etc. it even did so after Mavericks upgrade all apps re-opened perfectly.
I hated to drag my HP laptops across the room because of weight,thickness, and huge power brick.
Plus KbCovers.com keeps my keys so pristine and in my case gives me nice Dvorak labels.
Parallels and BootCamp using the exact same partition (so changes in either environment is consistent) is even more amazing. No more looking up KB articles, downloading drivers, or just allowing errors that crop up to continue because the KBs and HotFixes don’t work (“ahem “delayed write” and hundreds of other Windows errors). Its a breath of fresh air to compute for 2+ years with no major errors, and hardly any minor errors.
I regret I waited till 2 years ago to buy my first Apple Computer. In the meantime the last 2 weeks I am fixing 3 Windows 7 computers for friends and dad who were badly hosed by every kind of malware in universe. All of which could be stopped if Ms had WebService based install black lists since these bad programs were all known entities – there is no excuse that Windows installed them.
Not a Typical Mac User
I am not a typical Mac user. I hardly use my Apple devices in lazy ways, or with little computer knowledge. I do some god awful complex tasks with them that would be impossible or 10 x harder on lesser Windows or Android or Linux devices.
How it works with my iPhone and Android Phone
BTW I use my phones a LOT and downloading 100+ apps on my Android or iPhone the first week – I am a very heavy smart phone user.
As for Android phone
- I reboot my 4 Androids I own a few times a month (sometimes on bad days 2-3 times a day)
- Apps hang and crash routinely
- because it becomes so slow it won’t let me answer a phone call or skype or the GPS location features freeze.
- And compared to iOS it takes numerous clicks (4-12 to do what I do in 3 or less with iOS)
- It has 1/1000th the apps. Apps I love on iOS don’t exist on Android.
As for my iPhone and Android…
- I reboot the iPhone once a month on worst month.
- The screen was too small on my 5c I was spoiled by Galaxy Notes so I awaited the 6+ to make it my main phone because Apple will have realized screen size does matter.
Apple TV – a killer differentiator
Apple TV is an awesome streaming TV solution (I have reviewed them all)
- has great wireless support and great features to be my second or third monitor or show my screen to family or students without HDMI cables. AirPlay for Mac.
- AirParrot for my dual booting Windows 7. Windows has no such gizmo except Chromecast which is severely limited – I own it.
- has amazing sound quality even on lousy TV speakers, and really good picture quality.
That being said for App Quantity (not Quality) I use my Roku HD – Apple TV is ahead on app quality but lack of store (which Roku has) and some other things Roku has edge for everything but Airplay and sound quality for music and noticeably better picture quality for video. So Apple TV is their weakest product, I am not such a ‘fanboy’ as you call it to not know their flaws.
Called a h8r on every platform
I am called a h8r or FanBoy on all platforms ironically
- I mention flaws I find in iPhones, Macs or iPads and people call me a “windows lover’ or ‘Android lover’ hardly a fan boy.
- But in Apple the flaws I complain about get fixed in later OSes.
- Win 8 so many things not fixed and I have been using since Win 1.0 and DOS 1.0 and things just remain unfixed.
Mountain Lions, Mavericks, iOS 6-8 fixed what I needed and added so much more that Windows and Androids have never had and probably never will.
I run Windows on my Mac all the Time
Summarizing my preference for booting into Mac OS X instead of Windows!
Apple makes great Phones, Tablets, Desktops and Laptops and a streaming TV box. The majority of Windows laptops and desktops are just worse hardware and a worse OS.
The only thing Apple does not have great device for is E-Reading with E-Ink i.e. the Kindle Paper White.
I use 4+ Apple devices as of 2.5 years ago after years of only using Windows and Android devices. I quit drinking the koolaid that ‘Apple devices were inferior and closed compared to Open Windows and Android’ bs once I experienced the power and elegance and speed and safety of Apple products every day.
What about Cloud computing?
Browser based apps are why I bought a Chromebook as my next PC with 1920 x 1080 resolution. But Desktops still can do many things the cloud cannot particularly for Developers like me (Cloud IDEs are very young), and me and others rely on hundreds of apps that don’t have cloud counterparts yet. So I will at times use my ChromeBook to TeamViewer into my Win machines, Linux machines, Mac Machines to run Desktop apps and Corporate Apps not available in cloud, or the Cloud versions are too far behind feature and power wise. I embrace cloud apps but they are a bit young. Zoho.com is a real favorite and iCloud is way ahead of Android and Windows cloud. And Amazon’s server cloud and dev stack way ahead of Azure.
If its all cloud why do I need a Laptop?
If all our apps on our intranet (+-80,000pc) are browser based, why would I need a Windows machine?
They are built on Desktop and Laptops. Development tools to build cloud apps (Vstudio, Eclipse, Xcode, PhoneBase, SQL Server, Oracle, etc.) are all built on Laptops and Desktops by Developers with Desktop Apps. So without Laptops or Desktop Development Apps you would have no Intranet apps that people like me build. I look forward to the day that all development is based in browsers (IDEs, DBMS front ends, etc.) but we are a few years from that now.
Should YOUR NEXT PC be a Mac?
Who should not get a Mac?
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