Someone recently commented that he was surprised I don't use a Macintosh computer. Macs are the cool things to get these days and i can understand why he would assume I'd want to use one.
At the same time, I take immense pleasure in researching and buying the best things in the world, so I'll explain why the Mac didn't make the cut.
I need a laptop. Considering my perpetual state of traveling, this is an obvious one. If I had a desktop there's an excellent chance I would have a Mac.
The strongest asset that the Mac has is it's operating system, OS/X. This operating system is light years ahead of the competition. Vista is a total piece of junk. I like Windows XP just fine, but I'm well aware of it's many shortcomings relative to Mac OS.
In fact, if I could run OS/X on my laptop, I'd do it in a second. I tried this unsupported transplant once but it didn't quite work. From what I understand it all works now except for suspend and hibernate, which I can't live without.
So none of this a criticism of the operating system. There are a few Windows programs that I'd hate to give up, but the software for the Mac is generally very high quality and quite often superior to its PC counterpart.
But let me make one thing clear - Windows XP is totally fine. I have software that does everything I could possibly want to do. I have modified my themes and such to make it look as minimal and neat as I could possibly want.
People like to whine about it because it's old, but it works. It does almost nothing that I don't like or couldn't fix.
Yes, Mac OS is better. It's more fun. I like linux. But not having MacOS is not impacting me in any negative way.
In my opinion, Macs have ZERO other benefits. You can talk about all the little things like the built in cameras and good bundled software or design, but at the end of the day, none of those things matter to me at all.
There are two major things preventing me from getting a Mac. There are little things I don't like too, like the general form over function attitude (yeah yeah, argue all you want), but these two things are showstoppers.
#1 Terrible Screen Resolution
I need high resolution. I like to see a lot of detail when I'm working in Photoshop or Lightroom. I keep all of my fonts and UI elements insanely small. This looks terrible and unusable on a lower resolution screen.
My 12" laptop screen does 1400x1050. I would like it to be higher, but that's pretty good. A 15" Macbook (which is WAY too big for me) only does 1280x768 TK
Could I get used to a lower resolution? Kind of. I had a backup laptop that I used when I had my main one repaired. It was usable but very annoying. Screen resolution is a real productivity increaser in the real world, and I'm not ready to give it up.
#2 Terrible Pointing Device
I hate trackpads. Not just the Mac ones (from what I understand, they are the best trackpads you can have), but all trackpads.
The trackpad is a terrible way to interact with your computer. The eraserpoint that ThinkPads have is perfect in every way. It is the ideal pointing device. I like it much better than even a standalone mouse.
Here's the main reason: I barely have to move my hands to use it. My wrist pivots and my thumb and forefinger use the eraserpoint while the rest of my fingers stay an the keys.
With a trackpad I have to move my whole hand down and back. This sounds like no big deal until you master the eraserpoint and experience the sheer joy of effortlessly moving between keyboard and mouse without moving your hands.
This is another gamestopper. I will not use a laptop with a trackpad. I've had them before, used them for months, and still hated them.
And I don't need this fancy multitouch crap. This is another example of flash over function. It doesn't make things faster, it makes things cooler. One matters, one doesn't.
So that's why I don't use a Mac, and probably never will. I believe that they will eventually increase the screen resolution, but I don't think that they will ever get rid of that ridiculous trackpad.
The problem is that the trackpads are much easier to use for new users. Laptops with them sell better because the laptop is immediately more usable. Then these people get hooked on them, not knowing that if they spent a month or so with the eraserpoint, they would like it a lot more. Not everyone, mind you, but most people.
This phenomenon has caused trackpads to become the dominant pointing device, and I doubt that will change.
Maybe they will eventually allow OS/X on PCs and I can have the best of both worlds.
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I agree. But for different reasons. I have a windows computer not because I prefer it over a man but for games. Here in the largest city in my state I can find any game I want for a pc. I cant find anything for the mac in my local stores.
I used to work at apple and the 'zazz always seems more important than the functionality. I'm by no means the most knowledgeable person here. I remember when I worked there they would speak of how awesome the hardware was (and it was) and that being a good reason to use it. This concept simplified, pretty much, mac has made some bad ass hardware that has been imitated but not so often duplicated. Their line of printers put their line of printers out of business, and it took 10~15 years for the rest of the market to catch up. (Apple laser printers rocked) They switched their chipset to intel in recent times... now before this, all I heard was smack about how intel was cheap and crappy by the Apple cultists, and some still stay true (to both apple and their point.) Apple doing this really sold them to someone other than me.. I mean, if your going to form essentially a cult around your technology, stay true to it.
First time I used photoshop or any other application within the same genre, it was on a power mac back in '96ish or something like that. It was pretty cool... not necessarily on point, just seems like all you have with mac these days is nostalgia, old innovations (and a few new ones still), and too much flair.
Vista is the largest turd any company has ever tried to force down customers throats... If you disagree, then I'm glad it works for you.
I like your blog man! Have to get a drink when you aren't traveling around (and if you are still in Austin)
Multi-touch is that awesome. While I would say the majority of my commands to my computer are done with the keyboard (I couldn't imagine a computer without a tactile sense of control), when it comes to needing it, I love the multitouch.
If you haven't checked it out, you should try out Quicksilver. Launching apps and executing other commands becomes one of the most fluid things ever with it.
I hear you man, Expose is phenomenal. I use spaces as well to keep my apps organized as well.
I've been using PCs for so long. I bought one macbook 6 months ago and I have to say that this is the best I've ever done (talking about computers). I work as a computer engineer so I spend so much time working with a computer. I feel so good when I go home and use my mac instead the PC of the office.
I think trackpad is something you get used to. I think, trackpads in mac are the best I've ever test because the many posibilities it have depending if you touch it with one finger or two. It can be so good if you get use to it.
Another thing I like about the macbook is the 5 hours the battery lasts and the weight it has. I think it would be so good for someone travelling that much. I use to travel so much too, and that's why this is so comfortable for me.
Talking about the OS, I've been using Windows for a long time, and even Linux, and I would not go back to them now that I use MacOs. I had many problems with Windows having to format the computer several times, and it doesn't happen with MacOs (at least for what I heard).
We all know everybody have its owns likes, but I'm so happy to have changed to Mac. I think that if you use it, you don't leave it.
Arun, not having a right click was very frustrating at first, now I would rather have 1 big long 'left' click on my laptop versus a split track pad. with 2 buttons for left and right click. Tynan is probably right, the macs trackpads are probably the best.
scroll with 1 finger
tap the pad with 1 finger-left click
tap the pad with 2 fingers-right click
scroll down a page- anywhere on the trackpad with 2 fingers not just to the very right.
You can't live without your nub mouse, I'm lost without Spotlight or Expose (hot corners)
This won't quite be the Apple bashing that people probably expect. To start off, I don't hate Apple. I think that they're a spectacular company that does a lot of very smart things. I think that they build relatively high quality products and do a good job of supporting them.
Even if I don't buy any of their products, I'm glad that Apple is around. They're responsible for pushing forward a lot of technologies that are later adapted and improved on by companies I do buy things from.
I also think that Apple makes the right product for a lot of people, maybe even you. An iPod is probably the right music player for more people than any other music player. The average consumer will probably do better with a Mac laptop than the average PC laptop.
For the longest time I hated, detested and utterly never understood why people bought mac or any other apple products. They were (and still are) expensive, mired in propietary gadgets, and very restrictive. People used to tell me all type of stupid stuff to justify them buying mac/apple products. They don't crash (wrong), they don't get viruses/infected (wrong), they are easier to use (wrong, you just double click on stuff just like windows).
But I did it, I finally gave in and bought one of the new macbook pro retina. With the student discount and some upgrades it came out to a decent price. Here is why I ended up getting it.
1. Two OSes for the price of one. You cant run mac comfortably on windows. I've tried hackintosh and vmware, They work, don't get me wrong, but they are mired with problems, slow, unresponsive and require a ton of work when new updates come out. But on a mac you can fully install windows and run with barely any issues. While the optimization might be different and not be true to specs because the hardware is so mac focused (you get a lot less battery life for example), you just end up being able to reliably run both Oses (and linux as well, but you can do that on any computer) with no hassle.
2. The price has gone down. Right after I found out you can run both Windows and mac, I immediately felt a bit relieved, but was still disappointed at the huge price I would have to pay compared to similar windows laptops/ultrabooks (atm the best ultrabook is Asus 301A w/ corei7 4558u by the way, truly a beast of a computer). I was planning on getting the Asus, but it was expensive. Heck any good laptop running a 58u or 28u were expensive. I wanted retina resolution and 28u or 58u processor (these processors run at higher wattage and have a significantly better integrated graphics processor called iris). I expected mac to release without 28u or 58u and be at least 200-300 dollars more expensive if one where to get the 8us. But they surprised me. Not only does every new macbook have an 8u processor and retina display and is all flash, but they lowered the price by 200-300 by doing so. slap on a 100 dollar student discount (insert: they didn't even ask me for confirmation, but I am a student though).
3. Apple makes very strong, durable laptops. I gotta say the best thing by far about the actual laptop is the build. The keyboard is great, very spring and good to type with with very useful shortcuts. The trackpad, is well, flawless. very responsive, large and tons of very handy gestures. The screen is great and not glossy, which is the only thing about the asus I hated. the all aluminmum build means its is tough. It also weighs a lot less now, and only around .5 pounds more than air, but u get a much better screen, processor, graphics etc. Overall the actual laptop is just very strong and feels premium. A lot of other manfacturers have tried to copy or at least impose design style into their laptops, but most of the time they feel cheap, or weak, or just fragile, not with apple. albeit, the asus is covered in gorilla glass, which might make it awesome.