PC or Mac? Mac or PC? There’s probably no more hotly debated topic in tech. Apple fans passionately praise the virtues of a Mac. PC fans can’t understand why people pay a lot more money for a Mac. In general, each side is firmly convinced of the reasons why their computer is the best choice.
The debate between PC vs. Mac is even more contentious than the debate of iPhone vs. Android. People are often restricted in their choice of smartphones by their carrier or their contract. They may be committed to their particular smartphone only until their contract allows them to upgrade to a new phone at a significant discount.
Computer buyers don’t have that kind of restriction. They’re free to buy which ever computer they want, within their budget. They may have learned computing on one platform and never tried the other. Or they tried it and didn’t understand the appeal of the other platform.
What is your preference?
Macs are generally more expensive than their PC counterparts, but Macs offer a user experience that many view as superior to that of the PC. Macs used to have an advantage that they were immune to viruses, but lately that hasn’t been true as hackers have begun to target Macs as well as PC’s, though Macs are still safer from viruses than PC’s. PC’s are more affordable and tend to have the most software available.
Today’s poll is designed not only to discover your preference but also to help others, including me, decide which type of computer to buy. My PC laptop is on its last leg, literally being held together with duct tape. I bought it nearly three years ago, when I still lived in England, long before this blog was even a twinkle in my eye. I didn’t buy it thinking I would use it for heavy-duty blogging work, so it has held up very well, considering the circumstances.
My assumption was that I would replace my PC with a new PC, but my daughter, who has a MacBook Pro, is doing a good job of trying to convince me to switch to a Mac. She has shown me cool features on the touch pad, easy file management, and useful apps that can be added. Her 13″ screen is sharp and clear, making my old laptop screen seem almost blurry by comparison. The user experience is compelling on the Mac, but returning to my PC seems as comfortable as putting on my favorite pair of slippers.
The best advice may have come from my middle daughter who informed me, “It doesn’t really matter which one you choose, Mom. You’re going to be happy with either one.”
Which do you prefer and why? Have you ever ventured to the other side and tried a different operating system? What are your recommendations? Please let us know in the Comments section below!
* Lower Mac vs. PC image by Officer Mike