This is purely personal, I’m not making any recommendations here, just my observations of what’s good about each of the two after almost 6 months of using an Apple Macintosh G5 at work and a Dell Laptop at home. Some of it’s based on cold hard facts, the rest is just my perceptions.
First off… advantages of PC’s over Macs:
• Sepy Actionscript Editor They’re porting it to OS X, not a big reason.
• Price, price (did I mention price)
• Office’s native platform Office just feels nicer on the PC to me… can’t quite explain it.
• ActiveX controls (3cim, timecharge) Some of the companies I work for or do work for have web apps that require IE 5.5 or higher.
• Counterstrike… minesweeper… I’m not much of a gamer. Buying a mac would ensure things stay that way.
• Dreamweaver, Flash are just plain faster and easier to use on the PC.
• Filezilla and leech Ftp programs that take RBrowser and kick it all over the room.
• Way better IM programs Can iChat do desktop sharing? How about games? Ok.. so it does video and voice, but only with AIM, not MSN…
• Camtasia I’d miss Camtasia studio.
• Gospel link, LDS collectors library – These are programs that have large collections of books written by memebers of my church and, you guessed it, PC only. PAF is a family history program my church distrubutes and my family uses–again, PC only.
• Swift 3d This is more just for fun, but I really do like using Swift every once in awhile.
• IE 6 – for testing… blech. Personally, I can’t stand IE, but everyone uses it so I have to keep it around somehow to test things.
• Taskbar. I like the taskbar better than the dock. Sorry… I just do.
• No fear that the next software pkg I need won’t run on Windows. Another one of those intangibles.
• Pocket PC support without buying any 3rd party software (and I like my iPaq). Now if Apple came out with a sub $500 handheld, I’d jump ship and get it in a heartbeat… I have no doubt it would be good.
• Better networking in my experience anyway.
Ok. That having been said, here are the advantages (in my mind) of the Mac over the PC.
• Expose – One of the things I miss the most when I’m not using a Mac.
• Apple (command) Key location. Whose idea was it anyway to put my left pinky through so much stress pressing ctrl? The command key on the mac makes so much more sense.
• Resell value – My laptop (1.13ghz Inspiron, all the goodies) is worth maybe $500 now. That’s a pretty big drop from the $3000 I paid for it. On the other hand, a Powerbook from around the time I bought my laptop is worth a few hundred dollars more and it cost a few hundred dollars less new.
• iPhoto, iMovie, iDvd, iTunes, Garage Band – I really love the iLife suite. In fact, that’s one of the big deciding factors for me. iTunes runs on the pc. I know. It just feels so much more at home on the mac though. Adobe Albums (for what it is) makes a lot more sense than iPhoto, but for some reason I still like iPhoto better–I think a lot of it is because it takes care of organizing all my photos automatically. I have to tell Albums where they are. iDvd and iMovie… more goodness I don’t want to live without.
• Final Cut – Speaks for itself.
• Good looks – I’m a designer. My laptop is ugly. All Dells are ugly. Some gateways are okay, some Alienware computers are okay, but on the whole, Apple’s just look better. That’s important to me.
• Quicksilver – Woah… just wrote about this one the other day. This is one piece of software that I don’t want to live without.
• Fink, X11 – Cool. I can run my linux stuff on my mac and do it easily. I don’t even want to ever hear the words cygwin again. No. Stop.
• Responsiveness – I like being able to click the Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Word, Entourage, iChat, iPhoto, iTunes and whatever else I feel like clicking all at once and still browse the Internet while I’m waiting without major lag. I’ve never seen a PC that can handle that.
• MacJournal – Yet another piece of software I don’t want to live without.
• Free SDK – There’s probably one for Windows as well, but developing for the Mac seems so much more sexy and fun. I’m not really even a programmer, but using a mac makes me want to become one.
So that’s my off the cuff list. I’m sure I’m forgetting things. Which way will I go for my next computer? I’m not sure, but at the moment… that G5 is looking really tempting.
[updated 6/8/2005 to fix some encoding issues]