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Hey guys,

Here's my story:

I've been using Windows 7 from 2009 until 2012 and then in early 2012 switched from my self built PC (AMD PH II X4 965, HD 5850) to an iMac 27".
Since I've switched to the Mac I haven't really kept up with what Windows is doing.
I'm currently running OS X Mountain Lion.
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I'm in the market for a laptop and I was wondering whether I should stick to Apple or switch back to Windows.

Here is my pro and con list for Windows and Apple:

pro Apple:
- Great ecosystem for their devices
- sleek user interface / design
- snapshot back-up software (Time machine)
- great battery life on their laptops, also has a lot of recharge cycles before it degrades/dies
- low maintenance (no need to have an anti virus/malware client, a lot of app updates
- best trackpad out there
- OS has very useful multitasking features like work spaces and mission control

con Apple:
- (almost) no upgradability
- safari is extremely unstable, crashes several times a week
- MS Office hasn't been updated for quite some time and the interface is slightly different
- not so user-friendly to sync Android phones
- more and more pressure to use iCloud, while I'm not a fan of the cloud
- Apple dumbing down on certain products like their software iLife or not updating i.e. Aperture

pro Windows:
- upgradability
- more freedom for the user
- native MS office client
- easier to sync with Android phones

con Windows:
- maintenance required
- no snapshot backup software (?)
- battery life is worse
- trackpads are worse than Apple's
- no multitasking features except for alt+tab (?)


Here is my usage scenario:

- Lightroom 4 (eventually LR 5)
- NIK Software (plug-in for LR/Photoshop)
- Microsoft office (latest version would be a plus)
- surfing the web
- decent music player
- hassle free syncing for my android phone with my machine


Feel free to chime in and share your opinion! I'm grateful for any input. smile.gif
Edited by Aeru - 11/12/13 at 6:47pm
    
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You can cross No multitasking features off of the Windows list

http://www.lockergnome.com/windows/2012/02/28/how-to-create-multiple-virtual-desktops-in-windows-7-for-free/

Just go with whatever suits you better and what you like. You can also dual boot if you want to.
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You can cross No multitasking features off of the Windows list

http://www.lockergnome.com/windows/2012/02/28/how-to-create-multiple-virtual-desktops-in-windows-7-for-free/

Just go with whatever suits you better and what you like. You can also dual boot if you want to.

Thanks for the link!

I used to dual boot to be able to play League of Legends, however dual booting is kind of an annoying comprise to make if u have to constantly boot between the operating systems to run a certain application or access data.

I'm trying to find out which one suits me better, if Windows 8.1 is still far behind OS X or if it's a viable alternative or not. smile.gif
    
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post #4 of 5
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Originally Posted by Aeru View Post

con Apple:
- (almost) no upgradability
- safari is extremely unstable, crashes several times a week
- MS Office hasn't been updated for quite some time and the interface is slightly different
- not so user-friendly to sync Android phones
- more and more pressure to use iCloud, while I'm not a fan of the cloud
- Apple dumbing down on certain products like their software iLife or not updating i.e. Aperture

That really depends what you mean by "upgradability." If you mean things like changing your window borders, then yes, OSX is much less upgradable. If you mean developing software, I think OSX is much better, especially considering how you can run (and code) lots of Unix software through MacPorts.

Otherwise, if you mean hardware, then that really isn't an OS vs. OS topic.
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pro Windows:
- upgradability
- more freedom for the user
- native MS office client
- easier to sync with Android phones

-More freedom in what sense? I think OSX is more of a Swiss army knife, kind of like Linux, because of the flexibility of the Terminal and other utilities.

-Native MS office client? I must be behind the times :S They have some type of Office that they bundle now?
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con Windows:
- maintenance required
- no snapshot backup software (?)
- battery life is worse
- trackpads are worse than Apple's
- no multitasking features except for alt+tab (?)

Isn't it kind of hard to compare battery life between two pieces of hardware? I agree with you on multi-tasking features, though - windows is horrible in this department. My work computer is practically useless because of this. Windows' alt-tab isn't even as good as OSX's lol

Edit: I forgot to add - windows does have some helpful things like the "maximize window to left/right" feature. That helps when trying to compare things on 2 windows, for example.
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Here is my usage scenario:

- Lightroom 4 (eventually LR 5)
- NIK Software (plug-in for LR/Photoshop)
- Microsoft office (latest version would be a plus)
- surfing the web
- decent music player
- hassle free syncing for my android phone with my machine

I think you could go with either and do the other in a VM thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by TinDaDragon View Post

You can cross No multitasking features off of the Windows list

http://www.lockergnome.com/windows/2012/02/28/how-to-create-multiple-virtual-desktops-in-windows-7-for-free/

Just go with whatever suits you better and what you like. You can also dual boot if you want to.

I've tried Desktops since it supposedly isn't a program itself but rather a utility that "unlocks" this feature that windows already has... And it's terrible. You have to choose wisely which desktop you open up your program in because you can't move windows from desktop to desktop.

I'll have to check the other ones out, but I think it's pretty sad that the "most popular OS" still hasn't caught up to its competition with this feature and it's still called a modern OS.
Edited by The Hundred Gunner - 11/14/13 at 12:04am
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The general message I'm seeing on the various Apple sites is that Mavericks is a bit half-baked in function and can be quite buggy. No more and no less than Windows 8.1 of course.
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