I’m no longer a Mac virgin. I got my first MacBook Pro a couple months back, and have been aggressively using it daily. When I was making my decision to purchase my new computer, I did a lot of online research to try and find out exactly what the benefits were to buying Apple merchandise. Having grown up using a PC, and having conducted most of my work on one, I entered into this market with a pretty keen eye for what was important to me.
There were a few things I needed to make sure of before buying, and here’s some of what made the list:
- Full Compatibility with MS Office
- Easy transfer of old hard drive data
- Calendar synchronization
- Easily adaptable operating software
Not a long list, but a list nonetheless. Here’s a list of some the pros and cons I’ve noticed within my first few months:
- Twitter is integrated into EVERYTHING on the new Mountain Lion OS. It’s so easy to share content (which is huge for me).
- MS Office is not only the same, but slightly prettier.
- Files are so easy to find with the SPOTLIGHT tool.
- The new ‘MESSAGES’ feature allows incoming SMS messages to be delivered to both my phone and desktop.
- Multiple desktops: I can now have several different programs open on the go, and simply swipe my finger to toggle between them.
- Intuitive mouse pad: Much like using an iPhone or iPad – it’s easier to navigate through your computer than on a traditional PC model.
- It’s really darn pretty.
- Icon hovering preview: I became accustomed to hovering over my taskbar’s open programs on windows, and seeing what was in them. There’s an app called Hyperdock that does this upon installing on Macs, but I can’t bring myself to spend the $19.99.
- Adapting: I still do the control+alt+delete a lot, but I know I’ll unlearn eventually. There’s a laundry list of Windows shortcuts that I have to re-learn for Mac – but I’m willing.
- Minor difficulty with Mac Mail: Setting up new accounts can get a bit challenging, but nothing too horrible.
- MacKeeper Ads: I stream a lot of video – and as many I’m sure are aware, pop ups are inevitable. The issue I have with the Mac Keeper ads is the annoying sales pitch voice that starts talking upon loading.
- Only 2 USB ports: You can buy an expansion plug in, but I was a bit bummed.
I’m sure there’s more to share as my usage continues, but as a starting point – these were some real standouts. I definitely recommend making the switch, because the benefits surely outweigh the downsides.
What are your thoughts? Do you prefer Mac or PC? Why?