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Are you a Mac lover or PC lover? Here is some comparison between Mac and PC.

Mac vs PC

Mac vs PC - Piece by Piece


Operating System
Easy on the eye, easy on the brain Better than ever, but not as good as OS X Mac
Exterior Design
Unrivaled Hit-or-miss Mac
Core Hardware
Limited options Wide variety PC
Integrated Accessories
The norm Sometimes Mac
Newly affordable Low-cost models available PC
Limited warranty, in-store Genius Bars Better warranty PC


While Vista is more robust than previous versions of Windows, it still gives you somewhat less than OS X. For example, it doesn't offer an equivalent to the Mac's GarageBand* (which lets amateur musicians record and edit tunes), or to iWeb* (which makes it easy to build Web sites). And what's there may seem a little less complete. For example, iPhoto lets you create and order books, calendars, and brochures graced with your own pictures, but in Vista you'd have to export your Windows Photo Gallery pictures to another program to do so. And you can set up custom search parameters for the Mac's e-mail client and use them anytime thereafter, but you can't do that with Windows Mail.


Variety of Third-Party Applications


If you don't like what you see in your bundled applications, you can find replacements in third-party programs. The variety of third-party applications that run under Windows is exponentially larger than that for Macs—especially for games. For every Windows application, there's usually a Mac version as well, whether it's an e-mail program, word processor, spreadsheet package, photo editor, or inventory software. In addition, the Mac has long run Microsoft's ubiquitous Office applications, including Word and Excel.


On top of that, the long-term trend in computing is toward "cloud computing," where you access applications over the Internet rather than on your computer. In other words, both the software and your own information reside at the hosting company's Web site. A big advantage of cloud computing is that you can access your information and do your work from any computer—Mac or PC.


In fact, you've probably seen this in action with e-mail programs without even knowing it. When you use a Gmail or Yahoo! Mail account, you're computing in the cloud.


This remote-application trend will grow. Google, for example, now offers Google Apps, a suite of programs with Web-based word processing, spreadsheet analysis, calendaring, photo-organizing, and e-mail capability.


The Purchase


Price: There used to be just one school of thought on the price of PCs versus Macs—Macs cost more. But that's no longer the case.


When you take two machines identically equipped, be they desktop or notebook, PCs and Macs cost about the same, sometimes a bit in the PC's and sometimes a bit in the Mac's.


Mac vs PC -User by User:


Joe Average
Great user interface, good e-mail client (Mail), decent browser (Safari), decent chat client (iChat). Productivity applications (word processor, spreadsheet program, etc) sold separately. Decent user interface, so-so e-mail client (Windows Mail), decent browser (Internet Explorer). Productivity applications (word processor, spreadsheet program, etc) sold separately. Mac
Family Guy
Full suite of multimedia applications that play well together (iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand). Various multimedia applications that work together less seamlessly (Windows Media Player 11, Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Movie Maker). Mac
Worker Bee
Microsoft Office is an option, most specialized business applications are not. Runs just about any business application. PC
Graphics Artist
Superior graphics, superior third party graphics software. Serious graphics cost extra, third-party graphics software catching up. PC


In addition to the base price of a system, you need to consider ongoing costs, like the following:

  • a. Every Windows-based PC needs antivirus software, and that requires an annual subscription.
  • b. Both companies release an OS upgrade about once a year. The Windows update is free; the Mac's is not (the most recent one cost $129).
  • c. Windows' frequent bug and security fixes take time to download and install, a blow to your productivity (and, in all likelihood, your patience).

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