This post was most recently updated on April 12th, 2019
To some, the Mac(Macintosh) is strange because they have been so used to a computer running Windows operating system. I am one of the very few African who is very familiar with the two operating systems. In this article, I will try and convince you 11 reasons Macs are better than Windows. I switched from windows to mac in the year 2013 due to security and battery life constraints associated with windows.
Virus attacks have been a recurring incident with on my windows PC. I must admit that it wasn’t easy initially. Currently, I am very happy that I made the decision as all I get now is fulfilment and satisfaction. In the succeeding sections, I would be sharing my experiences as a Mac user. Most of these features are not available on windows-based Pc. Hence I conclude that Mac is better.
Brief Origin of Apple Macbook
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh.” Just like with Apple iPhone, there has been a huge phobia, especially from Africa and Asia about using the MacBook. This is because they believe it has huge limitations which can hamper the user experience.
I was in this school of thought before my switch, but now, am better off. Without taking much of your time, let me walk you through why you should buy a mac and how to enjoy it.
Note: my review is based on A windows computer running windows 10 pro operating system with latest updates installed and my mac is a MacBook Pro with retina display 13inches running macOS 10.12 Sierra. We have a newer macOS which is 10.14 Mojave as at the time of writing this
11 reasons Macs are better than Windows are As Follows:
Now, we are at the business end of this post.
1. A Mac Computer can also run Windows 7, 8 or 10 Os
First off, as a Mac user, you can enjoy a full window OS either on a virtual box on the same partition or on a separate partition. This feature alone can allow you to enjoy all you pc apps and games without limitations. Apple includes the Bootcamp assistance to help with the installation of windows on Mac. You can find this app under inside your “Utilities” directory on Mac.
2. 11 reasons Macs are better than Windows: The User Interface
That notwithstanding, you can never compare the user-friendliness of a Mac Os to that of windows. On a Mac PC, everything app is just very easy to access and launch. They only need a bit of getting used to.
Basically, launching any app on a Mac computer is one-click.
The send to desktop as shortcuts of windows is available on mac is named “Alias”. Also, if you use “cmd” command a lot of windows, the “terminal app will cover this for you on Mac.
Furthermore, task manager on windows is the same as “activity monitor on Mac”. The joy of it all is that you can use all of this more easily. Rename a file or folder on mac by right-clicking and selecting Rename.
Also, you can shortcut all your apps to the “dock” Windows 8 was a flop in terms of design and customer satisfaction, with Microsoft trying too hard to push touch-based computing on a desktop using populace that didn’t want it. Updates have cleared up some of the mess, and Windows 10 is shaping up to be a very good OS.
However, there’s still a long way to go. In contrast OS X Mojave, Touch has been ignored, with trackpad and mouse gestures proving to an excellent alternative as it is a super-responsive.
The argument is that, do we really need a laptop or desktop computer with a touch screen at this time? The dell under review has a touchscreen that is almost useless to me except if I want to show off with it. A Mac computer will not crash on you, even if it does, it will recover fully without you losing any of your files
3. 11 reasons Macs are better than Windows: The Build Quality Comparison
In all its ramifications, a mac pc is more solidly built than most Windows-based PC irrespective of its manufacturer. In some cases, PC manufacturers copy mac’s designs. Let me quickly add that Microsoft’ line-ups of computers are really living up to the hype and it is a great match for the Macbooks in every department.
There’s no denying that Macs are expensive. If all you want is a simple machine for Facebook, shopping and a little work then a Mac isn’t really the best option. Buy a Chromebook instead or a surface pro windows computer.
But if you want a device that is built to the highest standards, with top-grade components, elegant styling and almost fanatical attention to detail, then Macs are some of the most beautiful consumer electronic products on the market right now. My reader, you can hardly beat the build quality of a mac with any Windows PC
4. Security & Privacy
Research shows that we currently have 60,000 known viruses for windows based computers, 40 for Mac and 40 for Linux. Mac is a close Unix OS. Therefore, you can actually have a virus free experience. The worst you can have is adware.
Also, you can hardly download a virus to your mac while it’s damn easy getting your windows infected. The reason is that unlike Windows-based computers, Macs are very secure. I formatted my windows at least thrice a year because of one security threat or the other.
At the moment, I have not had any reason to do the same with the Mac. Mac users have flaunted the apparent invulnerability of their systems in the faces of their PC using friends. While we don’t necessarily condone such behaviour, there is indeed a good deal of truth involved.
Macs are continually known to suffer fewer attacks than Windows-based PCs and by quite a margin. Things are admittedly changing, though, with internet-based attacks on the rise, and hackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their approaches. For the time being the Mac is still the safest platform, but users would be well advised to add a dash of caution to their surfing and clicking behaviours, lest complacency ushers in the avoidable troubles for you.
5. Mac has an Outstanding Battery Life
A typical MacBook Air can go for as long as 11 hours on a single charge. On my Mac, I average between 8 to 9 hours of battery runtime.
For this reason, alone Many professionals and businessmen and women have also migrated to Mac. If you are a traveller and you don’t want to constantly worry about power, you will surely get a Mac computer. The best windows computer cannot challenge a Mac computer in a battery duel.
6. Mac has been having the Wi-Fi hotspot feature long before it debuted on Windows
I remember when I was using a windows computer, it is either I go through series of coding and tweaking or i download a wifi hotspot app like(connectifyme) before I can use my windows as a wi-fi hotSPOT.
Enable Internet Sharing and Configure Your Hotspot
The Wi-Fi hotspot option is part of the “Internet Sharing” feature in Mac OS X. You’ll find it in the System Preferences window. Click the Apple menu, select System Preferences, and click the Sharing “icon”.Select the “Internet Sharing” option in the list. You’ll now need to select the Internet connection you want to share with the devices.
7. Customer support
If things go wrong then it’s reassuring to know that Apple offers various good support and service options. Apple consistently ranks as one of the best for customer support. Most Apple products come with 90 days of complimentary phone support and a one-year limited warranty.
The support services offered by Apple include telephone support, support using online tools, and support at Apple Retain Stores where you can book an appointment with a Genius. There are also a number of Apple Authorised Service Providers who can help you with any issues you face.
8. A Mac integrates with iOS through Hand-Off
Apple has further strengthened the ties between Macs and iOS devices, if you own an iPhone, iPad or an iPod touch and you do not own a mac, you are missing. This something that has carried through to OS X Mojave. Thanks to the Hand-off feature, you can start an email, note or document on your iPhone or iPad and continue on your Mac without syncing or saving anything to a cloud drive like OneDrive or Google Drive.
This also applies to web searches, reminders, maps searches, and calendar adjustments. This close integration is a powerful selling point, as it means your devices all work together to help you complete your tasks without fuss or frustration.
9. Windows bring Confusion because there are too many PCs to choose from
Currently, we have countless manufacturers for windows. This might sound like a good thing. However, it’s true that sometimes less is more. Apple offers six different computers that come in various specs and with various build-to-order options. Apple’s Macs include the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook, Mac mini, iMac and Mac Pro, and from those, you’ll find a Mac that suits your budget, lifestyle and power requirements.
If you are a professional or a graphic designer, you go for MacBook Pro. If you are simply a light user, go for Macbook air. The pros are the most powerful mac computers that is capable of performing any task.
10. Macs have the best screens
I know this is debatable, but if you compare a high-end mac with a high-end windows computer, Mac’s display is more accurate and more visually appealing than that of windows. Many might scoff at the idea of a Retina screen (after all isn’t it just an HD display?), but the current range of Retina MacBooks and iMacs boast screens that feature anti-reflective coatings and no air gap, which makes them the best on the market right now.
11. It offers More User Satisfaction
In the end, a Mac is an electronic product, and it needs to justify its princely sum to the paying customer. This is, as they say, the bottom line. Thankfully the Mac has spent more than a decade at the top of customer satisfaction surveys, which is no mean feat when you consider that they are expensive items that promise much to the prospective buyer. The fact that Apple delivers the good, literally in many cases, is probably the most compelling argument of all and shows that most people who purchase Macs have few if any, regrets. I am a living testimony, I have no regrets. However, Nigeria buyers should beware of whom they buy their MacBook from. Please buy from a trusted dealer only this is because there is no official Apple store in Nigeria yet.
12. Apple optimises the Hardware and components
Mac computers have virtually the most solid hardware you can think of. Every component in every Mac is optimised for performance and to ensure that it requires less power. Where the argument that Macs feature better-quality components has been moot since the switch to Intel processors in 2006, with Apple using many of the same components in Macs as their PC counterparts, the fact that the company can design its operating system to use these components better is significant. It’s why Apple can issue firmware updates that improve the way certain components work in Macs, and why a new operating system update can actually result in an old Mac achieving better battery life.
PC fans often note the fact that Macs aren’t user-upgradable. These days the only way to add more RAM or a bigger hard drive to your Mac is if you purchase it as a build-to-order option when you first buy the Mac from Apple. For some, this will be negative, but for many, the idea of upgrading their Mac a few years down the line isn’t something they’d even consider doing.
If you want to be able to customise your machine then a PC might be a better option, but many people just want a machine that works. Unfortunately, one of the negatives of upgrading a PC is the conflicts that arise and the issues faced when the required drivers are missing.
Speaking of drivers: on a Mac, you can plug in a camera, printer or install software and it just works. Everything you connect to a Mac computer simply works
ARGUMENTS AGAINST A MAC COMPUTER
The die-hard fans of windows computers put up a stern but valid arguments against using a Mac computer. We have three major arguments on this, however, only one is very reasonable. I will list the three arguments and counter them as follows:
- Mac computers are expensive and overpriced: Yes, Macs are expensive and only those who think they can derive the required utility from them, go for them. Conversely, MACs are not overpriced, they give you values for every cent spent n them. I agree that they are for professionals, the rich or classy people in society. I wouldn’t have gotten a Mac merely for the fun of it.
- Just like Mac, windows can also run other OSes like Unix, Linux as virtual machines. You cannot, however, run a full mac os on a window’s partition. In the meantime, you can only taste what it looks like to enjoy mac on windows.
- Software ecosystem: Contrary to what some people believe, there is no good software for windows that you won’t find on Mac AppStore(the slight exception is for games software). for every good windows software, there is a corresponding better Mac equivalent. All other things being equal. from my personal experience, I already got all my favourite windows apps on my mac. this includes some games.
- Macs are not user-upgradeable: Only recent macs cannot be easily upgraded after purchase. old macs are upgradeable while you can pre-upgrade new macs at the point of ordering.
- The hotspot and better battery advantages are no longer valid. We now have the Microsoft surface pro notebooks with an equally good enough battery life. Also, Windows 10 can now be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot from within the settings. If you can find this feature on your windows, please update your windows version
Apple devices are majorly misunderstood especially by the ignorant. the same thing happened to the iPhone a couple of years ago and now, every trendy youth in Africa wants to use the iPhone. Do not get discouraged to buy a MAC computer.