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Mac or PC - which to choose?!
Help me decide which is best.


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#1 louise07

Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:42 AM

Hi all,

Hoping for some advice on my next computer purchase.

I have always been a PC user, had no problems or reasons to change over to a PC, however as I am now needing to replace my computer I am starting to wonder whether now is the time to switch to a Mac?

My reasoning for this is that we have multiple apple devices, lots of apps and an extensive itunes library and I am wondering whether it is best to switch to a Mac for using/managing all these things?

Our main uses of the computer are for photo editing and storage, managing and processing video footage, itunes, surfing the web and a little bit of word processing.  Having never used a Mac I have no idea whether it is better than a PC or if I will regret the money/change (I am looking at an iMac, had a quick fiddle with it at the store and love screen resolution, lack of bulk and cords etc...but other than aesthetics I have no clue about technology).

Is it worthwhile to change over or will I regret it?

TIA!

#2 axiomae

Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:52 AM

I got a job doing reception in an office that was Mac based when I was a student (10+ years ago now!) and I was converted. I will NEVER buy a PC again. PCs to me are slow, clunky, poorly organised and they constantly get viruses etc. I have never had a mac get a virus (and I download a lot :/) and I have had very few issues with crashing, losing work etc

I would say, in your case, yes! If you use it a lot for photos and videos, iPhoto and iMovie are free, quite powerful, programs that come with Macs which are wonderful. You will use them a lot if that's mainly what you do on the computer. You can buy Office for Mac, so that's fine, and if you have multiple apple products it's a logical extension.

There is an initial learning curve, but you can buy PC-Mac guides in the newsagent or have someone show you. Once you learn, you'll never go back!

#3 StopTheGoats

Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:56 AM

I think Mac's are genuinely better than PC's. They are intuitive and better for photo editing etc. Software is cheaper and easy to update. The new Macbooks are very light and more than powerful enough for your needs. It would be more convenient for you if you already have other apple devices.

In saying that though, Apple's arrogance is starting to get inconvenient (flash, war with Google etc) so when I next upgrade my phone and tablet I'm switching to Android. I'll probably stay with the Mac.

#4 feralstreak

Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:58 AM

Mac all the way for me! So easy to use and so pretty! And I agree with Axiomae, iPhoto is fab. We use it all the time.

#5 9ferals

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:00 PM

I love my Mac (have had one at home for years, recently got one in the office) and would stick with that from preference.
Every now and again I come across something (usually Flash) that doesn't work but that is happening less and less now.
If the main things you want to do are photos/video etc then Mac should be a great choice.
Be aware that there is a learning curve, it isn't the same as a Windows computer. But, you can get free training at the Apple store.
And you will pay more for a Mac, but in my opinion it's worth it - it starts up so fast, no (almost) viruses, things just happen smoothly, especially if you have iOS devices.

#6 IsolaBella

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:00 PM

We have just gone to an iMac for similar reasons. best Decision Ever. No going back for us now.

We got the new 21" with all the extra bits inside.



#7 MrsLexiK

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:00 PM

I like Mac's but I wouldn't buy one for the simple fact of keeping everything together.  I have a very very large itunes library, 2 ipods, and 2 iphones I have found everything to be ok with using a PC.  

My current PC is just a screen, no cords for the mouse and the keyboard, and a hell of a lot more free space and RAM etc then the Apple. I think Apple is coming to the end of their reign especially for phones (I wouldn't buy an iphone 5 when my contract is up for example) so I wouldn't be buying one simply because I wouldn't be sure that all my devices in the future will be Apple.

#8 ~sydblue~

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:03 PM

If you already have multiple apple devices, then a Mac would be your best bet.
I have a 15" Macbook and the Ipad, Iphones and Itouch are all synced to it.

#9 liveworkplay

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:04 PM

In your case I would say try a Mac. I use Macs for work, PC at home. I must say I am a bit meh about Macs. Yes they are simple and aesthetically pleasing, but I really, really don't like how you are "locked in" to Apple and at their mercy.

I detest the Mac-sheep saying "Once you use Mac you'll never go back" rolleyes.gif


(we have always used a PC at home and never had virus/malware problems )

Edited by liveworkplay, 29 January 2013 - 12:56 PM.


#10 Country (deci)Mel

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:05 PM

My DP is a software developer so we have multiple computers in this house.

About 7 I think!

I have a Mac - DP fully supports this as he recognises it as the superior home user interface.  

While he won't probably ever have one - and I KNOW we will never EVER use Windows in this home! - when my little MacBook decides to go to the big recycling bin in the sky it will be replaced by another Mac.

We don't use iPhones, Android all the way - and DP has ripped the operating system out of his iPod to run something different - yet all our Mac stuff and our PC stuff work in happy harmony together!



#11 spersephone

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:07 PM

I'm planning to switch to an iMac in a year or two (budget wise it's not the right time yet).  For many of the same reasons as you.

I've had a PC since 1998 (actually I had some even before that, about 1990, but I really got into it in 1998 when I discovered the internet).  I've always been a big PC person, but a few years ago I got my iPod Touch and was hooked on the Apple system.

I do lots of video editing and heaps of photo editing, and I believe from my research that Macs are simply better at this stuff, and better at managing the programs that do these (they're very RAM intense on my PC).  

I'm certainly willing to do it myself, but I just don't have the $1500 or so I need spare at the moment.  I'm in the process of saving for lots of things, and I'll be studying next year so there's a small discount if you're a student.  I am likely to take this up either at the start of the year (if I can afford it, but it might be best to try to pay off my HECS upfront instead), or at the end (I'm doing a one year postgraduate course).  

I'm really looking forward to it.  I have a laptop which will remain my link to Windows if I need one.  I've been researching programs that I use and their equivalents if they're not available on Mac.  I found a brilliant home budgeting program that works across devices and I've almost forgotten about Quicken because of it.  



#12 Peppery

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:08 PM

I purchased an iMac in October last year, i absolutely love it. Prior to that i was always a PC owner.

I find it extremely easy to use and navigate.

#13 VioletPurple

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:18 PM

Once you go MAC you never go back.  biggrin.gif

#14 louise07

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:19 PM

Thanks everyone for the speedy replies!

One further question, I googled last night to confirm that you can use flash on the new imacs, but it sounds like (based on a couple of replies here) that this isnt the case?

Edited by louise07, 29 January 2013 - 12:20 PM.


#15 Frankly my Dear

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:43 PM

QUOTE
One further question, I googled last night to confirm that you can use flash on the new imacs, but it sounds like (based on a couple of replies here) that this isnt the case?


I believe that this is the case with iPads/iPhones, not actually laptops/desktops.

I don't have any issue using websites with flash on my macbook (I'm pretty sure I don't anyway)

#16 erindiv

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:50 PM

I have never liked Macintosh. I always swore I would never have an Apple product... but then I got my iPad.

I dislike the whole idea of being 'stuck' with Apple products. With PC stuff there are lots of brands you can buy that are compatible, but Mac is just Mac.

Plus I'm way too used to PC now so Mac systems are alien gibberish to me.

I've also never had a virus on a PC. Virus protection is a useful thing.

#17 Cyaira

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:59 PM

I would never buy a Mac. They're quite overpriced for what you get. Plus, with a PC I can just upgrade parts (cheap) as I need myself - not so with a Mac! Macs have nowhere near the flexibility of a PC in terms of software and hardware.

#18 Anemonefish

Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:00 PM

I converted to Mac a couple of years ago. Previously, I'd have to replace my laptop every couple of years, and the battery would usually go after a year or so. The battery on my Mac still lasts as long as it did when I bought it, and I haven't had any problems with it.

The only frustrating thing is that it occasionally freezes when I'm working on a Word document. Apparently it's a common problem. But auto-recovery works so much better on a Mac, so although it's frustrating when it happens, I find I haven't actually lost much when the file reopens.


#19 debut dad

Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:01 PM

I've been in IT for over 10 years now and it's been great to see the rise and fall and rise again of Apple. I hope they can keep their shareholders happy and come out with more great innovative products.

I myself am a PC user though and in business, more and more businesses I work with who have gone to Mac for the "cool factor" are now going back to the PC. This is probably only true though in the enterprise sector.

For home use though, I don't see Mac users to run into any of the issues large businesses would (normally security, management and compatibility), so if you choose to go with Mac, I'm sure you'll have no issue at all. In saying that, if you choose to go with the PC, you'll have no issues as well plus you will more than likely either:
a) save money as Apple products are kind of over-priced
or
b) you get much more technology for your hard earned dollar.

It's like Ford vs Holden again... both computers will still give you access to facebook and let you send and receive emails original.gif

#20 FiveAus

Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:25 PM

I have a MacBook Pro, I converted to Mac a couple of years ago after being a PC technician for almost 10 years. I was sick to death of having to always have virus protection up o date, nod the exorbitant cost of Windows software.

I love it. Absolutely love it. Top quality machine, lovey user experience and bloody brilliant software.

I couldn't give a rats kabana about being "locked in" to Apple. It's no different to being a slave to Microsoft.

At the same time that I bought my MacBook Pro, I also bought my daughter the white Mac unibook. Neither of us have had a jot of trouble with our lovely Macs. They are beautifully made, and high quality machines.

This last Xmas, I bought my husband a new Windows laptop. Supposedly a reliable brand, cost the same as my MacBook Pro, running the latest Windows. It's barely a month old and already it's failed. I was unimpressed with it from when he started using it.....so bloated with crappy software, trial ware, antivirus software that pet interrupting everything with announcements and pop ups. Windows 8 is a big departure from previous versions, and not in a good way.

You get quality and reliability with a Mac. You take your chances with the cobbled together rubbish that runs Windows these days.

#21 IsolaBella

Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:00 PM

Just going to add that my big concern (going to Mac) was how I knew all PC shortcuts. Apple just uses the same most of the time except instead of using the Ctrl button you use command on Apple. So ctrl C becomes command C



#22 Butterflyferal

Posted 02 February 2013 - 07:02 PM

QUOTE
I detest the Mac-sheep saying "Once you use Mac you'll never go back" rolleyes.gif


I know, right? I used to sell computers and people used to behave like buying a Mac would help cure cancer rolleyes.gif
Having said that I just made the decision to stay using a Mac based on it looking so darn pretty so I really have no credibility. biggrin.gif

#23 SummerStar

Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:59 AM

QUOTE (JuniorSpies @ 29/01/2013, 12:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think Mac's are genuinely better than PC's. They are intuitive and better for photo editing etc. Software is cheaper and easy to update. The new Macbooks are very light and more than powerful enough for your needs. It would be more convenient for you if you already have other apple devices.

In saying that though, Apple's arrogance is starting to get inconvenient (flash, war with Google etc) so when I next upgrade my phone and tablet I'm switching to Android. I'll probably stay with the Mac.

You know android doesn't have flash anymore though right? Adobe stopped supporting mobile flash so that argument used for so long by android fans is no longer relevant.

#24 SummerStar

Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:04 AM

QUOTE (MrsLexiK @ 29/01/2013, 01:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My current PC is just a screen, no cords for the mouse and the keyboard, and a hell of a lot more free space and RAM etc then the Apple. I think Apple is coming to the end of their reign especially for phones (I wouldn't buy an iphone 5 when my contract is up for example) so I wouldn't be buying one simply because I wouldn't be sure that all my devices in the future will be Apple.


Compared to what? Macs and pcs don't have a standard amount of ram or hd space. It depends on the model you choose then if you choose to upgrade that at purchase. So the one you have might have more ram/hd space than a particular Mac, but not all of them.
I hate the Mac vs PC debate and the iPhone vs android debates. I have both Mac and PC and had both android and iPhones. They're all good and suit different people for different reasons. There is no right or wrong or this is better than that. It's personal choice and preference.
Also the sheep comment, PC users are sheep too just running with a different flock. They can be just as defensive of their PC as Mac user can be when recommending that.
These debates are better when people say what they use and why without resorting to the attacks on the opposing machines.

Edited by SummerStar, 15 February 2013 - 09:05 AM.




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