One of the most popular questions is whether to get an Apple Mac or Windows based PC or laptop?
See the table below to allow you to choose which device best suits your needs.
Apple v Windows Comparison Table
|Cost||Generally more expensive for the same hardware specification||Costs are lower, but beware of poor quality low end machines.|
|Performance||Both the software and hardware is designed by Apple, the experience will be pleasant.||Because there are multiple manufacturers involved, you may find that the same or similar spec computer will not perform as well as an Apple Mac. This is natural but there is not a huge difference.|
|Software||The software will work in perfect harmony with the hardware because Apple design both. Unlikely to experience software incompatibility issues or spurious error messages.||Beware of malware, viruses and general junkware. Big manufacturers tend to install a lot of utilities and software which take up memory and processing power before you even start to use the device.
This is one major disadvantage of a windows based computer or laptop.
|Reliability||Much less prone to viruses and malware. Partially because Apple is in control of both software and hardware.|
Battery life on Macbooks also tend to be better.
|Extremely vulnerable to viruses, malware, scamware and the like. A windows PC must have anti virus software as well as regular anti malware checks.|
|Intercompatibility||Great if all your devices are made by Apple. With the latest introduction of Yosmite, you can write an e-mail on one device and finish off on another seamlessly.|
Poor if you have anything non-Apple. For example, you cannot use a standard micro USB charger for your iPhone without purchasing an adapter.
|Most hardware and software will always be designed to be compatible with the latest version of Windows. If you are a user who likes to install a lot of software and utilities, you will find guaranteed support.
Hardware devices also tend to use standard ports so need for additional adapters, for e.g. HDMI, Micro USB.
You can take it to school or the office and know you do not need adapters to connect to an external monitor.
|Choice||Apple's choice is limited. There is little flexibility in choosing colours, look, feel, style, screen size and specification. It is only as flexible as the products on offer.||Because hardware is manufactured by different suppliers, there is a huge variety of designs and specifications to choose from. Sometimes, this has the drawback of having needing to do more research for comparison purposes.|
My own view can be summarised as … Continue Reading ››