To many, there is no winner in this contest. Mac wins hands down. And I belong to this group. I am an Apple Fanboy! But ever since Windows 7 Beta (W7B) hit the scene, I’ve been wavering in my loyalty. And it’s not only about the looks that W7B has brought. Which, for the record, are quite slick.
One of biggest problems with Windows was that BSOD. And so far, I’ve seen only one instance of it come up since the Beta was announced about a couple of weeks ago. Not bad!
One of the main reasons my Apple solidarity is beginning to waver is because of the lack of support for a range of things. My BlackBerry, for instance. It doesn’t always entirely sync with the Mac. There’s some selective work going on there. And then there’s some other stuff I’d like to use for daily work (like Windows Live Writer), but I can’t.
Now, about 90% of my work is on the web and Mac does pose some problems on this front for me too. Changing folder permissions on a server is one of these.
One of the biggest things about having a Mac is the reaction it gets from people (yes, still!). It’s odd how many people will look at you as if you’re from Mars or you have too much money if you own a Mac (neither of which is true, let me add). And I would be lying if I said I wouldn’t miss the snobbery owning a Mac allows me. (One of the common reasons I give when my iPhone doesn’t pair over Bluetooth with others is that “Apple doesn’t talk to inferior products!). I know there will be a lot crow to be eaten… live by it, die by it!
All said and done, the biggest reason is the lack of games for a Mac. I love the odd indulgence and with a Mac, I’m kind of stuck to Tetris (or Quinn, which I have). I wouldn’t mind the odd Saturday spent on Cricket or Formula 1 and I’m not too keen in investing in a console for that.
Over the coming weekend, I’ll be installing W7B using Boot Camp on my Mac to give it a test run. If it goes well, who knows? Maybe this year, I shall return to the Windows camp. Not without some kicking and screaming before, though!
Of course, the transition wouldn’t be painless. For one, finding a Windows machine with somewhat attractive looks and a good keyboard has long been a struggle. Only the Sony Vaio (and select Dell models) comes close. But the FW series of the Vaio is somewhat expensive to be honest. For the same amount of money, I could get a Mac! And that’s where I keep going in circles. A recent Lenovo acquisition by someone in office did make me take notice, but didn’t stay on in my mind for over 5 mintues. It looks rather large and ‘unlaptop-ish’ after a while. More so since I’m used to a 13″ MacBook. Not that I’m looking to change computers tomorrow. No sir-ee! It’s a long way back to move to Win.
So while I ponder and investigate options, I would like some help from those in the know. Should I? Shouldn’t I? Or am I on this side forever? You know… once you’ve gone Mac, you can’t go back?