By Ed Melendez
This is a debate as old as time. Ok, not as old as time, but certainly, it’s a debate that has been going on since personal computers have been made available to humans.
Before we begin I will state for the record I have worked on machines that use Windows-based operating systems, and Mac based operating systems. But this post will try and deal with users of computers who are shackled to their Windows-based machines because they just don’t know any better. Or maybe they are simply afraid of changing from their discomfort zone.
Let us get the myths out of the way first. Whenever I share that I use Apple products it is assumed that I’ve spent way too much for something I could have purchased for much less. So are Mac computers overpriced? Well first, Apple machines are manufactured using high-end parts, such as processors. They are built with cases that are made of aluminum. Mac computers often have thinner sizes and can boast of having a much longer battery life. The bottom line here is that if you tried to purchase a comparable Windows machine you would find the pricing might actually be much more.
How about the myth that you get tons of software options with a Windows-based machine. One thing to keep in mind with the above statement. Do you actually need tons of software to choose from, or do you simply need the best software that just works? If you could get the job done with software that was simple and compatible with your machine, wouldn’t that be the ideal? Your other option is to buy software that is put together by developers who are simply not concerned with what other software you already have on your machine. It doesn’t matter to these developers if their software causes major issues with your machine.
So wouldn’t you prefer applications like the ones Apple offers that are developed under the same guidelines that make their own operating system nearly flawless? The developers who create Apple software are in complete alignment with those who develop Apple’s hardware. One look at Apple’s iLife Suite and iWorks and you’d have to concede that Apple has perfected the world of media and desktop publishing applications. Do you really need more?
Another myth is that Apple computers are simply for designers. The great thing about Apple computers is that they are friendly to all walks of life. Especially those who don’t like computers. Apple machines are intuitive and user-friendly. Software is available for just about anything you can think of, and new applications are being developed every day. You will find that you and your Mac actually do think alike, and guess what, Apple products were developed that way on purpose.
The big question that should be asked is: “What do you want to do with your computer?”
If you want to simply turn it on and let your creative juices flow or if you want to write or put together spreadsheets for your business presentation. You will want a computer that was developed with you the “end user” in mind. You don’t have to be a tech nerd to know how the machine works and you shouldn’t have too. You also shouldn’t be afraid to upgrade your computer either. Nothing is worse than spending your hard earned cash on your four different operating system options like that of Windows 7, which range from $149-$219, only to find you now have compatibility issues that require you to either spend more money to fix or simply do without the hardware that is causing the issue.
Apple has changed the terrain for computer users. With their new operating system, you can now get the latest Mac operating 10.7 Lion for $29.99. This not only helps you to update your system but it also saves you money, and saving money isn’t just for designers.
It was Apple co-founder Steve Jobs who said about Mac computers: “It just works”. Truer words have never been spoken.
Your options today have never been clearer. You can remain shackled to the world of Windows machines that are filled with viruses, crashes, expensive software updates, patches, and a company that is lightyears behind Apple. You can also believe that there are no other options but the frustrating world you now live in. Or you can find a home with Apple. They have long been waiting to embrace you. Apple is an end user focused company that is at the forefront of innovation. As always, the choice is yours. But remember, most people simply use their Windows machines. But Apple users love their Macs.