Many people question (before they experience ComputerWorks) should I get an Apple\Mac?
Let me preface with, I do work on Macs own many Apple products, this is just my opinion of them based on a plethora of facts
Most people think Mac/Apple computers don't get viruses, they do, in fact that was actually hype to sell more computers.
I have proved thousands of times over, the PC that people thought was slow and problematic was nothing more than in need of a tune-up. If you drove a car 100k miles and never changed the oil, plugs, etc, it may not even move. The same goes for a computer. The average computer users PC is about 3 to 4 years old has been upgraded from a prior version of windows (usually improperly) missing drivers and updates. Usually an antiquated antivirus, firewall disabled, viruses, spyware and malware, etc.
There are not many Mac users compared to PC) An estimated 8% of the worlds population use mac compared to the pc. My point is we are using our computers for all their worth and then some, and expect them to be like the day they were new years later without any maintenence. Macs have problems too, you just don't hear of them as much because they have a much smaller audience. The other points I'd like to make is a Mac is a Mac, it's pricey, they are not offered by great companies in the computer industry like HP, Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba, Dell, Sony to create competition for a better price point. If you want a new Mac you are going to pay. The PC however you can own brand new as little as $199.00 to as high as thousands. Software for the PC can fill a computer store where for the Mac can fill a shelf. Support for PC is plentiful and reasonable where a Mac is scarce and the price for support you can buy a PC. They are good looking though as all apple products are. As a matter of fact, because of the "looks" of their products, they have always captured my interest. They pushed the rest of the industry to "shiney up"!
Apple's (NasdaqGS: AAPL - News) tablet computer is this year's hottest adult toy.
And for you stock holders, listen, I'm no Warren Buffett, but, knowing Microsoft spent the past 2+ decades securing the Windows operating system, while Apple bragged about not getting viruses, then why do we find viruses everyday on apple products. It's only a matter of when, not if, "the Apple falls from the tree, and that misnomer becomes common knowledge".
When Steve Jobs (may he RIP) unveiled the second iPhone in 2008 he actually made fun of the slow first model—the same product that he had hailed a year earlier as the eighth wonder of the world. The audience yukked it up. I'm not a big fan of buying a product for $700 from a company who's going to deride it a few months later.
This isn't a technology company. It's a luxury brand, like Tiffany. And it's wooed customers so they will pay almost anything for its products. Last Christmas, Apple's gross margins were 41%. That's incredible. It's good for Apple, good for stockholders—but not so good for shoppers.
Competitors Are here Right now as well as many serious rivals already here that blow it away in its low price and function, ie, the Microsoft Slate, Samsung Galaxy Tab and tons of others. These will give you a much wider choice of size, style and operating system. And when these companies duke it out for market share, you know you'll be able to get a deal. So why buy apple?
No Flash Do you want to watch video clips on the Web? On a boring old laptop or PC, you can do that for free. On the amazing new iPad? Only sometimes. Most Web video runs on Adobe Flash, and the iPad can't—or rather, won't—handle Flash. So there are plenty of video clips you won't be able to watch. And plenty of others you will have to pay to watch, either by renting them from Apple's iTunes, or by paying for a subscription service like Hulu Plus. Mr. Jobs had a very public bust-up with Adobe over Flash this year. I have sympathy for his position, as Flash can be unstable. But it's still the software most Web video clips use, and I want that choice.
The Cost of the Add-Ons The iPad starts at $499 plus tax. That's nearly twice as much as a netbook. And I know if I get the cheapest iPad I'll regret it. It has only 16 gigabytes' storage. And it can only go online when you are in a WiFi hotspot, like at home or in Starbucks. A lot of the iPad's best features need an Internet connection. So if I want to use them wherever I go, I'll want the model with a 3G data plan that works everywhere. And those start at $629, plus at least $15 a month. Total cost: at least $809, plus tax, in the first year, and $989 over two years. This I don't need.
Just an expensive shiny toy, where other pc based products simply blow it away and now make even better looking products than Apple.
It'll Get Boring This year's totem is next year's meh. Economists call this "the hedonic treadmill." Human beings quickly get bored of each new item. We always want the buzz from something newer, better, bigger, faster or fancier. But the treadmill never stops. Think of how amazing the first Palm Pilots seemed back in the 1990s. Look at them now. The iPad may look like the eighth wonder of the world today. Soon it will seem so old.
The Whole Apple Cult is Starting to Creep Me Out, I already knew about the fans. Last summer, three-quarters of the people standing in line so they could buy the new iPhone the moment it went on sale already owned an iPhone. But now it's the company, too. And think of that news coverage of the iPhone troubled aerial had been "blown so out of proportion that it's incredible. Hmmm, out-of-proportion media coverage—you sure you want to go there Apple? This is from the guy who marketed a new telephone under the slogan "This changes everything. Again." Maybe this stuff shouldn't matter to me, but I have to confess it's turning me off.
I do understand the music and ad industries use of Apple and I will Never give anyone grief for owning one as I do as well, it's just my opinion and I do repair, sell, own and work on them, I just don't love them like I do PC's. And there's plenty I can bash with the PC trust me I do. Especially the past year of Internet Explorer. Lets face it, technology is an ever changing fast paced world and in its infancy compared to where it's going.
Why get Windows 7?
A better desktop. Windows 7 gets you around your PC faster than ever. The taskbar has bigger buttons and full-sized previews—and you can pin programs to it for one-click access. Jump Lists provide shortcuts to files, folders, and websites. And Snap, Peek, and Shake give you easy (and fun) new ways to juggle all those open windows.
Smarter search. Type in the Start menu search box, and you'll see results instantly, grouped by category—documents, pictures, music, e‑mail, and programs. Search in a folder or library, and you can fine-tune your search with filters like date or file type—and use the preview pane to peek at the contents of your results.
Easy sharing with HomeGroup. Sharing files and printers on your home network should be simple. With HomeGroup, it finally is. Connect two or more PCs running Windows 7, and with a minimum of fuss you can start sharing music, pictures, videos, and documents with other people in your home.
Built for speed. Windows 7 has key performance improvements to take up less memory and run background services only when you need them. It's designed to run your programs faster and to sleep, resume, and reconnect to wireless networks quicker. And with 64-bit support, you can take full advantage of the latest in powerful 64-bit PCs.
Better wireless networking. Connecting to wireless networks on your laptop—formerly a bit of a hassle—now takes just a couple of clicks. Choose from the list of available networks in the taskbar, click one, and then connect. Once you've connected to a network, Windows will remember it so you can connect again later automatically.
Windows Touch. Use your fingers to browse the web, flip through photos, and open files and folders on a touchscreen PC—for the first time, Windows includes true multitouch technology. With gestures for zooming, rotating, and even right-clicking, it's a whole new way to work with your PC.
Plays well with devices. Device Stage, a new feature in Windows 7, works like a home page for things like portable music players, smartphones, and printers. When you plug a compatible device into your PC, you'll see a menu with information and popular tasks like battery life, how many photos are ready to be downloaded, and printing options.
Watch, listen, and stream. Internet TV, part of Windows Media Center, gathers programming from sites all over the Internet—shows, sports highlights, video podcasts, and more. Add a TV tuner, and your PC becomes a digital video recorder you can use to watch, pause, and record live TV. And with new features in Windows Media Player 12, you can enjoy your media library around the house—or around town.