5 OS X Features You’ll Love as a Mac Switcher

I have long been thinking of getting a Mac, but since I am not a developer or designer, there wasn’t really a compelling reason to do so. But when the AppStorm network called for writers a few weeks ago, I jumped ship and bought a MacBook Pro. And boy – am I loving it or what!

Apart from obvious things like being the coolest looking operating system on the fastest hardware available (and being totally immune to viruses and spyware), there are a lot of reasons why I consider this to be my best purchase of the decade. You can find five of the top reasons that made me a Mac fanboy after the jump.

Breezy Installation & Uninstallation

Installing an App

Installing an App

Apps downloaded from the Internet or from a CD/DVD can be installed in far fewer steps compared to a PC app. Actually, in most cases, installation will be complete in just a couple of steps.

The first step is double clicking on the .dmg image, and then dragging the app into the applications folder. That’s all the work you have to do. Some apps do need your attention but still the of number of steps is far less than in Windows.

Uninstallation

Uninstallation

Think that was sweet? Try uninstalling an app. All you have to do is go to the Applications folder, right click on the app and click “Move to Trash”. No need to don the reverse engineer hat like in a Windows PC where you will have to hunt down the dependencies installed. And you’ll never need to concern yourself with the registry ever again!

Preview Files With Quick Look

Quick Look Preview

Not a fan of launching apps to view files every now and then? You will love Quick Look. With the help of Quick Look, you don’t need to open an app to see what the file is about.

Selecting the file and tapping the spacebar will show a sneak preview of the file for you to check if this is the one you were looking for. Huge time saver in my experience.

Awesome Bundled Software

Depending on your luck – and from where you purchased your PC – you will have a scary level of bloatware and rubbish on your computer right from the word go. The more bundled apps you have, the more useless they tend to be in the first place.

A Mac, on the other hand, comes with a set of world class software built by Apple. You have apps to edit music (Garageband), movies (iMovie), DVD authoring (iDVD), photo editing (iPhoto) and much more. You can start working on a Mac as soon as you unwrap it.

The Menu Isn’t Attached to App Window

Controls

Controls

As you can see from the screenshot, the controls and options for a particular app don’t form part of the main window. This is a great idea for two different reasons.

First, we have a uniform toolbar interface across all apps which avoids a lot of confusion. Secondly, it saves screen real estate if you go full screen with the app. You will appreciate this if you have got a MacBook or MacBook Pro with a smaller screen.

Stability, Stability and More Stability

Your Mac come with more hardware power than most people will ever need. Consider my MacBook Pro for instance; it comes with a Core 2 Duo processor and 4GB of RAM. Now with my PC, the maximum I had was an AMD dual core processor with 1GB RAM and most of the time I had trouble running more than three or four apps.

Because Apple design the hardware and the operating system, everything is finely tuned and optimized. A Mac is like a rocket ship in disguise when it comes to performance.

Thanks to a solid foundation of the OS, the computing experience is unhindered by crashes and BSODs (Blue Screen of Death). Even at an extreme scenario when an app does not respond, you can force quit them at will with no effect on the other software you’re running.

Final Thoughts

Except for a couple of quirks like the window control buttons to the far left, and using the command key instead of Control key for typical keyboard shortcuts, my Mac experience is dreamy and downright awesome.

To top it all, I can run Microsoft Windows side-by-side using Parallels or VMware, helping me swap over until I can cut the cord for good!

Are you a satisfied Mac switcher? Let us know what you love most about your Mac in the comments!


  • http://www.fahmid.com Fahmid

    Just Love it!

  • http://www.emorydunn.com Emory Dunn

    You make some very nice points about switching too a Mac but uninstallation is not one of them. Uninstalling an application is not as simple as moving it to the trash. Most applications put files elsewhere on (in both the system and user libraries) and unless you go and remove these as well then you haven’t really uninstalled the application.

    • http://developerpanda.com/ Deb

      That’s true. Apps tend to leave residue files if you just delete them from the Applications Folder.

      I use AppCleaner to completely remove softwares. AppCleaner is free.

    • Quine

      However, those files sit there idly and take up a few kb of space at most. Also, Since the library system acts like a hash, it doesn’t slow down other apps.

      So deleting programs from the applications folder actually *does* uninstall them enough to not worry about them again.

      • http://www.infrasoundkids.com Luke

        Disagree, especially apps with extended libraries. e.g. garageband, logic pro etc. Also pesky plist are really annoying.

    • http://www.joaocoliveira.com lycosman

      Actually, that happens on Windows, too. Even using the Add/Remove Programs (that now has some other name) thing.

  • Henrik

    I agree with everything except for the performance part. It’s still irritating that Mac is way, way behind the hardware curve most of the time. Discussion price per hardware is just ridiculous with Mac – it’s awful, and it’s not what people pay for.

    Running a parallell installation of Windows, I can say that practically all the programs I have where there’s both a Windows and a Mac version, the Windows version is snappier. The last time I noticed this was when running Starcraft 2, where I got roughly double the framerate on Windows.

    I think maybe because Apple control the entire ecosystem, there’s no real need for optimizations beyond what they consider acceptable.

    Still, I stay as much as possible in Mac OS X because of the UX qualities.

    • http://inket.me inket

      Yeah, about that.

      While I agree that games are faster in Windows, I have to say it’s just by a little margin.

      StarCraft II’s performance may have been affected by the bad graphic drivers Apple released in 10.6.4(?).

      But, we don’t have to worry about that anymore. Apple is working on optimizing the drivers (with Valve, ATI & Nvidia) and it’ll be alright around 10.7′s release.

    • Quine

      A lot of those issues are the developers’ faults. For example, SC2 for mac has a lot more bugs and performance issues because they didn’t spend as much time optimizing it for OS X. The OS X graphics drivers also aren’t on par with the windows ones, so it’s a bit of both.

    • http://twitter.com/c_t_montgomery Connor Montgomery

      You know, even though hardware is more expensive or not as “powerful” for the Mac, when the OS is faster than Windows, I don’t see why you would care…

    • http://www.mikekey.com Mike Key

      I have to agree partially. This is the main reason why I would never switch to a Mac is performance vs cost. Seems like I could get more in a PC for less.

      But oddly, my Macbook Pro feels just as powerful as my 3.4ghz AMD Phenom X4.

      While the Mac Pro is debatable, the build quality of the Macbook Pro is what sold me in the end.

      When I started really comparing the quality construction of the physical hardware compared to laptops built by HP, Sony and Dell you discover it’s the difference between a Corvette and Porchse. A Vette usually has more power for lower price, but the Porchse is better build, with better materials and quality all around. The Macbook Pros are better build, lighter and weigh less.

      I know Dell and a few others have new entries that take things up a notch, but they usually aren’t under 1000$. For me that physical hardware and the fact that a Macbook retains such high value compared to PC’s sold me on my final decision to switch.

    • Terence

      What people need to look at on the mac (and everything for that matter) is the life cycle costs. When I talk to people about mac’s I acknowledge that the initial acquisition cost is higher. However if you take into account that a lot of the software is cheaper, you spend far less time and effort over the life of the computer keeping a mac running, well the costs equal out. I like the fact that I don’t have to constantly shell out a couple hundred a year for Microsoft Office updates, don’t have to shell out for anti-virus, and good old time savings!

      Plus, my 2.5 year old MBP is still speedy. I never had a PC laptop last this long and still be good as new.

  • Nathan

    Macs are NOT “immune” to viruses, they are simply not (or hardly) targeted.

    Congratulations on your new hardware all the same.

    • a Martin

      @Nathan

      True, but they *are* immune to the viruses that are bad for Windows, which practically (at the moment) makes the virus issue on the Mac more or less non-existent.

  • http://www.orenjidesigns.com Dania G.

    I switched to Mac about 5 years ago, and I am never switching back (though, I do have Parallels installed for my job and gaming reasons). At first, the change was a bit awkward. The OS was alien to me! I was not a fan of the one click mouse either, but eventually that changed, lol. I was forced to learn how to use it at my college, and grew to love it to the point that I felt I could not live without it! I eventually purchased my own iMac and converted my boyfriend, bwahaha.

  • Chris

    Some of the points you hit on are pretty poor.

    A previous commenter already mentioned that uninstalling an application in OSX is not as simple as dragging it to the trash bin.

    Your Stability section is awful in my opinion. Now I am both a mac and windows user with a high preference to the apple side of things. Comparing a new MBP to a PC that is probably years old is a terrible comparison.

    Of course a MBP with 4GB of memory is going to perform better then a PC with only 1GB of memory. Why don’t you just compare the MBP to a 10 year old PC. The MBP is sooo much better because it’s faster then my 10 year old PC, well duh. Upgrade your probably few year old PC to at least 2GB of memory or how about 4GB so it’s equal to your MBP and then see how things perform.

    For the cost of a MBP you can get a PC laptop that will kill it.

    Sounds like this article was written by a beginner.

  • dam_k

    My favourite are Expose, Quick Look and Spotlight :)

  • ChrisM

    I switched over to a Mac three months ago. I’ve enjoyed the discovery along the way. I’d like to say that as an experienced PC user, the MAC interface is nice. My hardware is snappy! I love my tricked-out MBP!

    I’ve also experienced not-so-easy uninstallation. Fortunately, there is “AppZapper” to help find all the extraneous files that installations can and often hide in the file system..

    I have Parallels installed for an easy way to check out Windows Apps for my business, as well as the occasional game (Starcraft2 ahem). I think the best thing that I like about it is that I can run 10-12 apps at the same time, not experience crashes, and the hardware doesn’t bog down.

  • http://www.metzener.com/ Dave M.

    As has been mentioned a lot in the comments, uninstallation is not as easy as throwing away an app icon. AppZapper and applications like it do a pretty good job of removing 99% of the applications that can be installed on a Mac.

    However, there are a class of applications that use install programs that do more than just leave preference files laying around. Some go into “launchd” and add themselves. Doing so means that hopefully there is an uninstall procedure/program that accompanies the install. If not, your in for quite a problem.

    A great example of this is Carbonite. That off-site backup company that Leo Laporte love to shill. I tried them out a short while back and regretted it big time. Carbonite is one of those applications that adds itself to launchd. Furthermore, they don’t have an “uninstall” app that accompanies the install. The mess it left behind after installing was huge. It took me several days of digging in launchd’s configuration file to remove all references to Carbonite and not have my Error Log all but fill up my free hard drive space.

    Since Carbonite is pushed as the “backup solution everyone should use”, its pretty likely to be installed on many folks machines. Even those that are not computer geeks like myself. If they later decide they don’t want to use it anymore, they are not going to be able to remove the Preference Pane and be done with it.

    Fortunately, applications like Carbonite are few and far between, but they do exist and are not for a limited group of people.

  • http://dezinezync.com/ Dezine Zync

    It took me less than a second to switch from a PC to a MBP. Really.

    • http://log.tuananh.ws Tuan Anh

      throw the old PC and start new with Mac. that’s how I did =))

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  • http://log.tuananh.ws Tuan Anh

    ease of installation is also a weak point of Mac.
    it doesnt make use of shared lib. so an update of a single lib will cause u to manually update every single app.
    also, putting executable file for both PPC and Intel based together is a waste of hdd space.
    I know there is an app to slim the app but I hate doing this for every app.

  • Terence

    In my early computer life I was a mac user (can you say macintosh SE?) but switched to PC’s along the way when windows came out. This was mostly because I have to use AutoCAD for work, and it is only on the PC. However, when apple switched to the intel chip and you could reliably run windows on a mac, I went back. I bought my MBP 2.5 years ago, and it is still going strong!

    One feature that I absolutely love is Time Machine. When I had to replace my hard drive, I was totally up and running in 3 hours, including installation of the hard drive. Try that on a PC, where you can easily spend and entire day reinstalling software (and I have had to do it many times).

    Now I am looking at replacing my PC server with a mac mini server, and my family has all gone to mac, including my mom.

  • http://xyrer.wordpress.com Gustav Xyrer

    One could argue that some points are not exactly accurate, like being totally inmune to viruses, Mac users are way more protected, common sense does the rest of the job. Uninstallation is not always so clean, which I really would like OSX to leverage and not having to rely on 3rd apps for that.

    Aside from that, all those points have made me a Mac Fan also, another cool thing I like is how easy is to synchronize my nokia smartphone with bundled software, ( I suppose other brands too) just by using Isync, all my contacts get integrated into Addres Book and my calendar with Icalc, I have tethering thru bluetooth without configuring a thing and there is a bunch of hardware that gets this treatment too.
    Once you go Mac, you never go back.

  • http://www.suberapps.com Ben

    This is indeed your best purchase of the decade. :)

    I have to say for uninstalling – sure you can move the app to the trash but there will be some files associated with the app lying around in your system.

    I recommend installing AppTrap first before deleting apps (http://onnati.net/apptrap/)

    The way it works is that when you delete an app from Applications, AppTrap will work in the background to delete the leftover files.

  • http://reys.be/blog/ Mike

    I think the reasons mentioned above aren’t all the reasons I, personally, would use to convince people to come to Mac.

    Just as an FYI: There is also Virtualbox for running a Windows machine on the Mac. But for those really eager to try and not invest in the hardware yet. It is possible to run a Mac OS X in a VirtualBox machine (manual explains how to) with Windows as a host machine. Now isn’t that interesting?

  • Ed

    To be honest – it took me a good month to become as productive on my MBP but along the way I grew to appreciate some of the finer things about the OS that you won’t find on a PC.

    I recommend visiting sites like mac.appstorm.net on a regular basis but also recommend you install some great helper programs like Growl, Houdini and the must have app Quicksilver.

    And before you unwrap your new mac, I strongly recommend investing in a 1T drive and setup Time Machine before you do anything else – you will thanks me!

    Also spend some time with Finder because it replaces your old friend windows explorer and if you don’t get comfortable with it from day one, you will be getting ticked off when the time comes to locate files, etc.

    Learn to love the command key – find keyboard shortcut cheat sheets and have them nearby…

    Learn some basic terminal commands too like chmod – when the time comes you need to drop down to the command line, you will be glad you spent a few moments learning what these commands do

    I recommend the following apps:

    Utilities:
    Clean My Mac
    Quicksilver
    Growl
    Caffeine
    Houdini
    ColorPicker
    FileZilla
    Senuti
    Thunderbird
    Firefox
    iStat Pro

    Offline Storage:
    DropBox

    mySQL tools:
    Sequel Pro
    mySQLWorkbench

    Editors:
    Textmate
    Eclipse

    VM:
    VMWare Fusion running Windows 7

    • http://mac.appstorm.net David Appleyard

      Thanks for sharing Ed – Those are some great app recommendations!

  • Paul

    I also like the uniform tool bar, but could you please explain how exactly it helps to save screen space?

    • Justin Stravarius

      When you go fullscreen, options are out of the screen and this matters very much on the small 13″ screen of MBP.

  • sheala

    Agree with all these. I also like when you close a document in an app, you don’t close the app.

  • Daniel

    The thing i like most about mac/osx compered to windows is the consistency in the user experience and the fact that every detail of the user experience it thought through. A great example it setting up internet sharing via WIFI on OSX compered to winXP (haven’t tried it on windows 7 or Vista) but on OSX it is done it more or less 3 clicks of the mouse but in windows it is almost imposible, you have to configure ip adresses and setting up custom network preferences on each computer…. and still it only works half of the time…

    There are tons of simular examples when compering Windows and OSX, like i said before i don’t know how it is on Visat and win7 but lets face it there is still alot of ppl out there running XP

  • http://lilumi.org.ua lilumi

    where you get WinRAR for macos ?

    • Steve

      Try Stuffit Expander, it does zip, archive, and a few more things, the deluxe version has a few more extra features, but I just use the free version.

      • http://lilumi.org.ua Lilumi

        I saw on second screenshot WinRAR in Application folder and i am asking the author – where he get this application?

        I need to create password-protected rar archives with encrypted headers

    • Justin Stravarius

      I got from the rarlabs.com. But I could not get it working properly, so went with Rucksack instead.

    • http://www.metzener.com/ Dave M.

      The best unarchiving utility for the Mac is “The Unarchiver” by Dag Ågren located at: http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver.html

      It handles just about every archival format there is and is very fast and easy to use.

  • http://monkey-house.ca Greg

    Juuuust awful. There are Apple-heads who present far more compelling arguments and actually understand why the Mac is superior in some ways. This article doesn’t really cover them. In your order of points:

    1. As already mentioned in the comments, simply not true on the Mac side. On the PC side, not entirely true, either. I’ll grant that Windows installers generally have more steps, but they’re not difficult and usually come with default options pre-selected (ie. install path). Less true is the un-install, though. They typical Windows un-install is to run the un-installer either from the application or from the list of programs. It’s not rocket surgery.

    2. You’re not seriously saying that you have to launch a whole application to see a preview in Windows, are you? Seriously? Simply not true!

    3. Bundled Software — Yup, Mac simply pwns Windows in this regard.

    4. Menu location has never confused a Windows user. On the contrary, Mac switchers can’t always find the menu options for the window that has focus because they’re looking at the window itself. It’s not intuitive until you know it, and that’s the same for menu-on-window as well. Space… it’s a poor argument. The dock in typical configuration usually takes up far more real-estate than anything menu-related.

    5. Stability — this is just a myth at this point. Those days are long gone, and I have equal uptime between my PCs and the Macs I work with. I can’t remember the last time I even rebooted my Win7 machine. Not exaggerating; it’s been months and I’m a heavy user. Macs ARE very stable. Its underpinnings are awesome. But they’re quite comparable at this time, as in BOTH are stable.

    There are a lot of usability enhancements particularly in the latest Windows that even Mac users respect (and have ripped off for 3rd-party apps). There’s really no reason to be a hater anymore. You like and get along with Macs, great for you! But Windows-based PCs (again, particularly talking about Win7… we all know Vista was awful) are still a comfortable, ergonomic (in terms of UI), and STABLE fit for a lot of people. No need to bring us down to make yourself feel better about your expensive purchase. ;-)

    • Justin Stravarius

      In the order of your points:

      1. I have been a bit off with regards to uninstallation on a Mac. But it is not as easy as you suggest in a PC either. Try uninstalling Microsoft’s very own WebMatrix and you will find uninstallation actually becomes as complicated as rocket science (or surgery as you put it). And that’s just one example.
      http://www.microsoft.com/web/webmatrix

      2. I cannot preview a file as in the screenshot above from a Vanilla Windows 7 installation. Seriously.

      4. I am not sure how you came to such a broader conclusion. It did confuse me a bit during the first run.

      5. Yep. Windows 7 is pretty stable.

      And I was just offering my perspective as a new Mac user and am not belittling Windows users as you have noted. Windows, Mac or Linux, I just love technology and I don’t look down on people on either of those platforms. I am not sure how you came to that conclusion.

      • Lawrence

        To answer point 2.

        Of course,you can,
        In explorer, on the top right>below the search bar> between the list view button and the help button is something called “Preview Pane”.

        Try that. Very Useful.

        BTW this is only on Windows 7. Haven’t really used Vista. :)

  • Mj

    Wow thanks! Didn’t know about quick look!

    I’ve had my macbook for about 6 months now and had some wifi problems (though it might be the router), for a macbook pro 15″ with icore 7, it’s not as fast as I thought, it has hang several times already, and the battery last only about 3-4 hours… but for some reason, I’m still loving it!

    I love discovering new stuff about my mac and aside from a couple of bumps along the way, the experience has been great. I’m definitely NOT going back to Windows!

  • http://www.mikekey.com Mike Key

    I am a very recent and very happy Mac convert. I hated MAC’s for the longest time. I’m also a web designer, which might make me an odd-ball.

    Anyways, I got into my first Macbook for the simple reason, everyone else had one. I went to a developers conference and was amazed how many people in my field had them. And aesthetically speaking, the Macbook looked more professional and was built far better. The more I looked at them, the more I realized it was better hardware.

    But I still wasn’t sold on OS X. So I bought a newer slightly used unibody Macbook Pro off ebay for 1200$ and started playing with it, and it won me over in like a day.

    So much of my work and what I do is online now adays and photoshop is on both platforms that the transition was a none issue.

    Add in blogs like this, and dropbox and I move from my desktop to my Macbook Pro with ease.

    I am enjoying this so much, I just bought my wife a 13inch Macbook Pro, Cinema display and a Henge Dock, plus the mini bluetooth keyboard and trackpad.

    I’m actually jealous, while I have a 15inch macbook, my main workstation is a PC, with two 24inch monitors, but I feel like I’m in a soviet bunker while she is in the high rise studio apartment.

    At some point, I hope to upgrade my workstation to a Mac Pro in the very near future.

    I’m totally drinking all the cool aid now.

    Whew, that was long.

  • Derek

    Things aren’t as rosy they seem after you actually use Mac OS for a while. Plenty of apps require launching an installer, and aren’t easy to uninstall. The bundled software is somewhat lacking (iDVD doesn’t support MPEG2, the most common DVD codec). Detached menus are a pain in the ass on a multi-monitor setup — the menubar only appears on the primary screen! The kernel is reliable, but the apps crash just as much as on any platform. Furthermore, if you have third-party drivers (such as for a USB wifi adapter), the user experience sucks (it won’t be controlled like an Airport card), and your kernel is very likely to crash frequently.

    • http://www.moosedesign.com MooseDesign

      Another perk of the Mac universe: quality applications, widgets, plugins and whatnot… many of which are completely free.

      Par example, you need only Google for a solution to menus on multiple monitors e voila (assuming you are running Snow Leopard)! And its free to boot…

      http://www.downloadsquad.com/2010/06/03/secondbar-put-the-os-x-menubar-on-both-of-your-macs-dual-monito/

      If you are getting lots of kernel panics, that is very unusual… You might want to either contact the manufacturer of the hardware that is supplying what you describe as both a crappy UX and faulty drivers. Hard to blame OS X for poor quality third party drivers and UX though. That seems unfair.

  • http://www.henk.nl Henkie de Gekste

    I agree on most of your points and certainly the switch from windows to Mac OS was an eye opener for me as well. I REALLY love quick look, I use it for everything.
    I also love the preview app. You can do fast image editing, and you can view PDF files 10 times faster than in adobe reader. Some of the other bundled software is a bit lacking though. For example, iPhoto drives me nuts.

    Some of your points are less correct though, especially installing and uninstalling. Installing actually involves more steps than installing a windows app. And uninstalling? It’s not possible on a mac! You need third party software like appzapper, which is not free! To this day this glaring omission still baffles me.
    Just dragging an app to the trash leaves tons of stuff behind in all your library folders (just like in windows).

    The fact that the menu bar isn’t attached to an application is something I’m still not entirely used to. Especially in the beginning I always discovered I had 15 apps open without an active open window. In apps like photoshop it can actually be annoying that you leave the app when you accidentally click just outside your document.

    Overall though, the whole OS user experience is just so much more streamlined than in windows. Not only that, but it keeps getting better with every iteration. While windows 7 to me still feels like windows XP with more transparent windows. It still has the same issues and never really reinvented itself. Something that Apple is quite good at.

  • http://www.moosedesign.com MooseDesign

    Just an addendum to your reason to like the placement of the pinned app menu bar. A UI concept so important that Apple patented the specific menu implementation and has sued to keep Windows from replicating it: Fitts Law.

    By having your application menu in a fixed place with a fixed border (the monitor edge) you can literally throw your cursor to the top of the screen and rapidly click your target.

    The time to acquisition for a menu target is an order of magnitude slower in the Windows arrangement. With the menu bar under the title of a potentially floating modal window (or even maximized window) user testing shows that the time to acquire a menu item in Windows is considerably greater because the user will perform one of a number of actions: 1) overshoot the menu target items and have to return and reacquire (sometimes repeatedly) and/or 2) anticipate the latter and slow down before getting to the target.

    Further, there is the issue of a visually “stable” UI where elements are in consistent and repeatable places. This holds especially true with the menu bar. On the Mac, it is always in the same place, every single time. For an unpinned menu it can be in multiple windows for a single application, at any place on the screen.

    The issue confronting switchers is one of learned behavior (looking at the modal itself for the menus). This is not something that is wrong with OS X. It is something that is wrong with Windows.

  • skz

    henkie: in photoshop press the F key and it’ll become a “full document window” app ;)

  • skz

    derek… about the multi monitor setup

    http://blog.boastr.net/?page_id=79

    ;)

  • André

    I switched two years ago. While working as a developer on Windows-Based-Systems, i bought me a Mac Mini because of my iPhone. After a few Months i was so amazed about this little piece of hardware because it´s a working horse.
    By working reasons i owned high end windows machines, but a mac “feels” faster to me. And the biggest reason ist: Working on my Mac cools me down, while working on a PC makes me nervous.

  • Richard

    I publish print/electric newsletters. I switched to MAC 4 years ago, after using DOS (most of you re probably too young to have used DOS) and Windows computers for over 20+ years (BTW, I went up as far as XP Professional, so I cannot speak of the newer Windows OS) I just got fed up with the Windows-based computers – I had constant hardware and OS problems, viruses, etc.

    So here is what I like about the MAC: the GUI is far more intuitive; far, far less hardware and software problems; and when I need to speak with tech support, I am speaking to someone in the US or Canada and I don’t have a language barrier; finally, I have no virus problems. So, in the the end, I spend more time using the computers than fixing them.

  • Emilia

    After many years of struggling on buying or ot a Mac, which is kind of a standard in the graphic design world, I finally did it, well my parents did as a present. They got me a 21 inches iMac. My love for it just grew and grew… How not to love that beautiful mouse?
    Anyways, I think my switch was very good and soft, now whenever I use my laptop I really miss my Mac, it’s so much faster and I can have several big programs working at the same time.
    The bottom line is I love it… but for me my Mac only has a big ugly flaw: iTunes, I really hate it, and unless somebody suggests a better media player I’m shtuck with it… I miss my mediamonkey…
    Well, like everything in the world, nothing is completely perfect.

    • Brenda

      I totally agree about iTunes!!!
      Try Songbird. Just Google it.
      Hope this helps :)

  • http://www.fingertapapps.com Luke

    My company made the switch last year after a twenty year affair with win-doe!s We’re never going back.. ever. Windows users try and compare Mac to a PC which is both funny and sad at the same time. There’s no comparison, none at all!

  • http://cargocollective.com/vitorhugo Vitor Hugo VHM Maia

    Your second point it’s true.
    You can preview files in windows BUT if you don’t install 3rd party apps the range of files you actually preview is vastly inferior.

    Windows by itself does not recognize file types such as RAW images, any Adobe ecosystem file (AI, PSD, EPS,etc), compressed archives (rar, zip, etc) and many others.

    So my point is if you run a clean install on both Osx and Windows and throw some files to QUICK LOOK you will have a preview in 99% of the files, while in windows you will not.

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    • http://cargocollective.com/vitorhugo Vitor Hugo VHM Maia

      ups !!!

      this is reply to GREG comment

  • katak

    the most feature which i love very much, Spaces…

  • GERMAN

    You know, when playing some games such like the Sims3 or Spore (well generally most EA games), the Mac has to partially emulate a PC, which it’s a little unfair if you compare performance. So yes, the worse performance is mostly because the developers just don’t spend that time optimizing it.

  • beau

    i enjoy using my macs far more than any windows OS. for me, the UI differences are easy to see with this comparison: open up System Preferences and compare it to Control Panel on Windows. one is sleek, efficient and looks good, the other is cluttered, confusing and has a lot of redundancies (and opens multiple windows for no reason)

  • Joe

    While I agree with all your favorite features of the mac, the reason I purchased mine was for portability. My HP laptop overheated CONSTANTLY. The battery life was about 2 hours a year after purchased it, and it was SO FREAKING LOUD. The primary reason for me having a laptop was for school, and i couldn’t use it because I have to deal with any and all of these three issues when I tried to use it in class. My macbook pro (same model as yours), has a battery life of about 10 hours, never comes close to overheating, and is as quiet as a mouse. It’s not bulky or heavy, and suits me perfectly as a student.

  • http://twitter.com/brandonsadkins Brandon

    The performance comparison is the weakest (near baseless) point of this article. If you’re going to compare systems, compare:

    1) Desktop with 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4GB Ram
    2) MBP with 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4GB Ram

    The comparison in the article is laughable. I’ve been running Windows 7 for over a year, both the RC1 and full versions, and I’ve not had one full OS crash.

    It depends which OS you’re running on the desktop. Additionally, regarding games and other GPU-intensive applications, PCs will win out there unless you buy top-of-the-line Macs (iMacs with ATI 4850 or higher, Mac Pros with high-end cards).

    The 9400M and the GeForce 3xx series are fine, but they aren’t THAT strong for gaming. With Steam on Mac OS now, Apple could really step forward here – but I understand they want to keep battery life high. At least in the desktop market, they should be pushing higher than they are right now. Still slightly disappointing.

    Nevertheless, I’m no Apple hater. I love my Macbook, and with 2GB of RAM and a 2Ghz Core 2 Duo, Snow Leopard feels wonderfully fast. Also, Mac just wins hands down on applications and the app install process. (I love Espresso, Coda, etc – you can’t find anything comparable on Windows).

    In the end though, if I’m doing heavy gaming or video editing, I’ll be using my 2.8Ghz Q6600 Core 2 Quad desktop with an ATI 4850 (slightly older but still powerful). Of course, this will change once I have the money to get a powerful Mac desktop and upgrade to a newer Macbook. The thing with Apple is that you’re paying a premium for product/industrial design (admittedly beautiful).

    For video editing, I could build a PC for $2499 (base configuration Mac Pro) that would completely smoke a Mac Pro in terms of performance.

    • Justin Stravarius

      I was referring as to how recommended, optimum system requirements of Windows and OEM machines with poor system resources undermine user experience when compared to a tightly controlled Apple system integration process. Ofcourse Windows 7 is a pretty solid OS if run on a capable machine.

  • Amac

    *Sigh* Its a shame that potheads like you dont have a clue what you are talking about.
    *Damn* mac fanbois

  • Josh Smith

    I am always trying to convince my friends to switch to macs, but they all think macs are better, because my friends are retarded. The thing is, they don’t really know. They’ve never even been to an apple store or used a mac. Anybody with any experience on both must admit that macs are better than PCs, because they just are – fact.

  • http://designing.cz Petr Stehlík

    I switched to Mac (MacBook Pro) this week. It`s awesome machine and mostly I love the trackpad and its gestures.

  • Steve

    The issue with the fixed menu bar is that with dual screens or very large screen etc you have to move the mouse a LOOOOOOONG way to get to menu items. I prefer it fixed to the App window myself. Always been a grip I have with Apple OSX.

    OK you can use keyboard shortcuts for a lotta actions but not all….

    I prefer my menu to be consistent yep but attached to the application window itself.

    • a Martin

      Well, in Mac OS X the menubar is always on the top of the screen. Just fling your mouse up there, you can’t ”miss it” (i.e. over shoot it) like you can on Windows. I can see a point doing it the Windows way when running two or more monitors (since you get one menubar for eaxh screen if one app is running on each) but you still have to ”aim” every time when going for the menu.

      Fits law, check it out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitts's_law

  • Steve

    BTW.. I am a convert and I LOVE XXXX my MAC.
    Was an MS Windows person since Windows first release and a PC/MSDOS before that. But since my conversion I am becoming a MACFANBOY.. And proud of it…
    Doubt I will go back unless I have to for business or application reasons..
    I am even converting my servers from Windows to MAC server during the coming year..

    The world for me is a better (and far ore reliable) place because of Apple and my MAC!!

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  • r0

    MAC might be the best OS n hardware. But there are times when i really miss my PC, a lot!
    comparing my macbook and my PC. There are times that i need to use my force close more on Mac compare to my Win7 ctrl-alt-del. Ouhhh, my mac only 2 months old. And my pc, I think nearly 3 years old + 3 terabyte of unorganized data and apps.

    Nothing is perfect

  • Master

    I agree with some of the points, but not everything is always so happy

  • Jason

    The Windows uninstall/remove programs feature is a joke. If I encounter an unusual problem/bug with a program in Windows, I uninstall and reinstall. The idea behind this is that the program’s entire settings, preferences, and files have been reset so the program should work as if installed for the first time ever on your system. Not true–in more than half the cases I uninstall and reinstall a program only to find the same familiar settings and preferences I’ve had before, and thus stuck with the same problem, as if nothing had changed (for example programs such as MSN Messenger, Vuze, certain games). Has anyone else encounter this problem on Windows (I am using Windows 7 by the way). Does Mac OS have the same problem?
    If not, that’s another point scored by Apple.

  • A Lorenzo

    I switched in 1997. I remember all the baffled looks on people’s faces as I wheeled my Beige G3 out of Comp USA. It just wasn’t the thing you did back then.

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  • Ashley

    I switched over to a Mac but still miss some of my Windows programs. Then someone told me about the Parallels 7 software. I am in love. You can run Windows on your Mac. It’s amazing. I get the best of both worlds. Want a copy? I have a friend giving 4 away.

    http://www.nightlion.net/reviews/osx/2011/parallels-desktop-7-for-mac-free-giveaway-contest-4-copies-available/

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