MacWorld UK: 10 reasons Macs are better than PCs

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    Your Name Guest

    It's that time of the decade again. MacWorld (UK version) has posted
    another "10 Reasons Macs Are Better Than PCs" article ...

    10 reasons why Macs are better than PCs
    Why should you choose a Mac over a PC? Martyn Casserly
    offers ten reasons why Macs are better than PCs.

    1) They make people happy
    Computers are meant to make our lives easier. This
    is harder to achieve when the device in question
    keeps popping up messages from its anti-virus
    software and hiding essential features behind a
    baffling new operating system. Macs are simple to
    use and incredibly reliable, which is why they¹ve
    scored the highest in customer satisfaction surveys
    for ten years straight.

    2) They come packed with useful software
    When you get your shiny new machine home the first
    thing you want to do is use it. With a PC this will
    take a little time as out-of-the-box Windows 8 has
    hardly any useful, quality apps. In fact
    manufacturers are paid to include trials and
    various useless software that can be hard to
    uninstall. A Mac arrives loaded with the excellent
    iLife package, a powerful mail client, and very
    soon the full iWork online package - all for free.

    3) They offer good value for money
    One criticism often aimed at Macs is that they are
    too expensive. Certainly they¹re not cheap, but
    that¹s because they only use quality components,
    which often compare favourably against PCs at a
    similar price. Add to that the aforementioned
    software, plus the fact that Apple optimise both
    hardware and software to get the most out of a
    machine, and you end up with a bargain.

    4) They don¹t run Windows 8
    When Microsoft released its brand new version of
    Windows it was greeted with a collective Œwhy
    would you do that to us?¹ cry from the majority
    of its users. The touch-centric, unintuitive
    interface made PCs much harder to use, especially
    older machines. In contrast OSX Mountain Lion is
    a polished, elegant experience, with the upcoming
    Mavericks looking to refine the design even

    5) They do run Windows 8
    If you are hesitant in switching to a Mac because
    of certain Windows software that you absolutely
    need, then fret not. Windows runs on a Mac, and
    it does so rather well. In fact pretty much any
    modern operating system can. Even Linux inventor
    Linus Torvalds famously uses a Macbook Air as his
    daily machine.

    6) The Apple Store
    Every computer, at some point in its life, will
    have a problem or two. On a PC you¹ll most likely
    need to find a repair shop and hope for the best.
    With a Mac you pop online, book a slot with an
    Apple Genius, then take it to the store where Mac
    specialists will find the solution, often for free.

    7) Accessibility
    Macs have always come with plenty of ways to
    enable accessibility for users with special
    requirements. By selecting from the menu in
    System Preferences you can enable voice control,
    screen zooms, high contrast displays, have your
    Mac read out any text to you, or flash the screen
    when a message arrives.

    8) They don¹t get viruses
    Viruses on Macs are as rare as pictures of Miley
    Cyrus without her tongue sticking out. Windows on
    the other hand is akin to the battle of Helm¹s
    Deep, with virus laden orcs bombarding the
    stronghold in relentless fashion. Only Norton the
    bold or McAfee the white can save them now.

    9) The Trackpad
    While Windows 8 is designed around a touchscreen
    interface, Macs have an incredible range of
    simple to use trackpad gestures that make
    navigating the system fast and friendly. They also
    have the best trackpad on any laptop by an
    absolute mile, which is very important if you
    consider how often you use one on a daily basis.

    10) They¹re British!
    While the box may say designed in California,
    USA, we all know that deep within the heart of
    the Cupertino campus resides the design genius
    that is Jony Ive. Born and raised in Chingford,
    London, Ive went on to become the head of design
    at Apple. So in effect all modern Apple products
    hail from these golden shores.

    Somewhere I've still got my old official version of this type of list
    (with more than only 10 reasons) published by Apple themselves back in
    the late 1980s.
    Your Name, Oct 9, 2013
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    Lewis Guest

    Nope, the stats on repairs show that the Macs are more reliable and last
    long than other computers.
    Completely untrue.
    No they don't. Out of the box a Windows machine can't play audio files,
    video, open Word documents, or even open PDFs. Want to add an
    appointment to your calend-- oh wait, no calendar.
    Having used hackintoshes, they are not nearly as reliable and stable as
    a real Mac.

    Accessibility on OS X is simple for anyone to use, and a fucking cluster
    **** on Windows, so much so that most people sentenced to windows, buy
    third-party software to be able to make their machines accessible rather
    than use the 'features' Windows offers.
    And yet you can still get viruses and you WILL get malware.
    The gestures are hat make the trackpad so good on the Mac, so not at all
    useful to have it crippled in Windows.
    Oh, well, **** off.
    Lewis, Oct 10, 2013
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Kinda replied too quick there...
    Not at all - if it were untrue, the Hackintoshers would not be having
    all their fun.
    Depends on the package you bought.

    Having met a few people who run them, they are reliable and stable
    enough (in the sense that you wait a little before doing Apple system
    updates to make sure it's been tested and fixed). For those wild eyed
    folks that's more than enough.
    Reference? (for both - I've seen no evidence of success on Mac any more
    than on windows).
    I used to run a lot of windows boxes and while the viruses/malware would
    get on board they would always be caught by whatever A/V I was using.

    99% of the things one does on a Mac with a trackpad or mouse are
    identical - with the exception of the Lion "go the other way" page drag
    taken from iOS.

    You too. And thanks for the advice on the 24 GB memory.

    "Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional,
    illogical minority, and rapidly promoted by mainstream media,
    which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible
    to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end."
    Alan Browne, Oct 10, 2013
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    Your Name Guest

    In all it's "wisdom" Microsoft even removed the DVD player from Windows
    8, so manfacturers have to now include their own software for playing
    DVDs. :-\

    Despite having regularly updated anti-malware software and being rarely
    used, my mother's old Windows 2000 PC got SO clogged up with the
    malware and anti-malware silliness that it committed suicide and was
    thankfully replaced by a second-hand G4 MacBook. The anti-malware
    software didn't even recognise nor find most of it, let alone block or
    remove it - and that's using softweare which is supposedly very good
    like AVG (I forget what the other main free one we tried was, but it
    too was popular among PC users). :-\

    It was a similar situation with a laptop someone asked me to look at,
    which the anti-malware checker I used found something like 390 pieces
    of malware on it ... plus who knows how many additional ones that it
    didn't find.

    Most Windows users who think their computers are malware free would be
    shocked to know exactly how much garbage has been installed without
    them knowing about it.
    Your Name, Oct 10, 2013
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    JF Mezei Guest

    I thought Mac users are satisfied because we get more sex than Windows
    users ?

    Think about it: what girl is attracted to a loser guy at a Starbucks
    with some windows laptop ? They are atracted to the cool, educated, well
    dressed and rich guys with the laptops that sport the lighted Apple logo.

    :) :)
    JF Mezei, Oct 10, 2013
  6. All I know is nowadays neither of the two largest commercial OS
    developers want my business. Given the choice between OS X 10.7+ and
    Windows 8 (what an abomination of an OS), I'll pick OS X 7+ any day of
    the week! But that would only apply if I could not find a new PC with
    Windows 7 (the best version of Windows in recent memory, and a very
    decent OS overall), and Linux/BSD Unix wasn't now a viable solution for

    Since I'm happier to leave Windows just for Windows gaming needs, I can
    see my next computer being a cheap yet fast PC dual booting between a
    *inx for day to day, and Windows XP or 7 if I must upgrade by then, for
    gaming that requires Windows.

    So yeah - MacWorld UK and US editions seem increasingly out of touch to
    me. There was no question in the mid 80's through early 00's that Macs
    were a far superior desktop computing experience for myself. Now... form
    over function (beginning with iTunes, spreading to QuickTime Player, and
    savaging app after app's UI intuitiveness and consistency), an
    infatuation with iOS style design and touch when I've absolutely zero

    I guess I'm no longer Apple's market. And you know - that's ok too. I'll
    accept it and move on. I just hope a desktop KB and mouse focused *inx
    OS remains supported and capable enough for my needs into the future. I
    don't know what I'll do if form over function and iOS style creeps into
    every modern OS.
    Jamie Kahn Genet, Oct 10, 2013
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    Guest Guest

    that's not buyer bias.
    accessibility on windows is comparable to a mac.
    Guest, Oct 10, 2013
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    Your Name Guest

    Nope, they're attracted to the muscle-bound moron on the loud motorbike
    outside Starbucks who doesn't even know how to spell "mouse". :-\
    Your Name, Oct 10, 2013
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    Alan Browne Guest

    If I need Windows it's WinXP or 7. Period. (Vista is what drove me
    away from Windows in the first place).
    I don't mind UI's improving - as long as they _improve_ which, with
    Apple, is not always the case. Some things about iOS 7 are mystifyingly
    stupid "improvements" - try setting a timer with the new, skinier timer
    wheels, for example. You have to have much better aim.
    Windows is so desperately bad and ugly that you don't have to worry too

    OS X Mavericks with wonder boy Ive having more influence might get
    beautiful and ugly at the same time.

    "Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional,
    illogical minority, and rapidly promoted by mainstream media,
    which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible
    to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end."
    Alan Browne, Oct 11, 2013
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