Mac vs PC

Mac vs PC: Are you an Apple Snob, a Windows Fan, do you use a mix of brands & devices – or where do you stand on the whole debate? 🙂

Mac vs PC: Are you an Apple Snob, a Windows Fan, do you use a mix of brands & devices – or where do you stand on the whole debate? 🙂

About Lynn Terry

I'm best known online for my Internet Marketing Blog and my Low Carb Diet blog (where I also talk about my fun travel adventures). But there is SO much more to me than work, food & travel. Which is why we're here. ;-) So let your hair down and let's have some REAL fun! *cheers*

32 Responses to “Mac vs PC”

  1. Joey McNair January 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    I’m a Mac guy and have been for a long time. I’ve also used PCs quite a bit over the years as well. I don’t think of myself as a snob about Macs but I do have a strong opinion that they have many advantages.

    Interestingly though, going forward, I think this discussion will shift more to iOS vs. Android. There is a lot of productive work that can be done on an iPad and I believe that will only grow. If more developers pick up on Android, the same could be said of that platform.

    You’re right though, pick the right tool for the job.

    • Lynn Terry January 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

      Many advantages indeed. There are pros and cons to both. I do love my Macbook Pro, and am looking to add an iMac to my growing collection (lol). I love it for video editing, product creation – basically any type of visual creative work.

  2. Traci Knoppe January 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    Hey Lynn
    I have PC computers, mainly because all the expensive programs I own are PC versions and converting to Mac would be costly, not only for the computer – but for those programs.

    That said, I would love to own a Mac for the video & graphic editing capabilities alone!

    I do own an iphone and I have an Amazon Kindle. I too won an ipad, but it was a version 1, and I wanted a version 2, so I took the cash instead. When time came to get one, I choose an Amazon Kindle because I figured it better suited what I needed.

    So I too buy what suits my need. 😉

    • Lynn Terry January 15, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

      It’s the only way to go in my book 😀

      Of course, that goes with my general philosophy of “don’t should on me” and not following the crowd – but following my own path. 😉

  3. Judy January 15, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Hey Lynn,
    I have a macbook and a pc. I’ve had the macbook for 16 months and I love it!! I only use my pc for the programs that won’t / can’t be run on a mac so I don’t use the pc much. I’d get an iphone because of the ease of compatibility but the screen is just to small. If they made it bigger I’d go with it. I want to see the Samsung Note when it gets released. Phone/mini tablet! That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

    • Traci Knoppe January 15, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      Hey Judy – same here! Love the capabilities of my iphone, but my old eyes need a bigger screen! My cell contract is up for renewal next month, and I’m seriously considering switching away from the iphone for that reason. I’ll check out the Samsung Note. I’ve been eyeing up the Samsung Galaxy too. 🙂

      • Judy January 16, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

        Hey Traci, Samsung Note to come from ATT. Release was to be in Oct/November 2011. They have it on their landing page as “coming in 2012.” I find some of the review interesting – saying “it’s too big.” The Galaxy looks mighty fine too.

    • Lynn Terry January 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

      Both of my kids love their iPhone 4S, but I’m super happy with my Droid X. Specifically for the super large screen, and the fact that it serves as a mobile hotspot for up to 5 devices. Does the iPhone do that as well?

  4. Gary January 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    Hey Lynn,

    It’s never been much of an argument for me. I have always been a PC person.

    Although I have used Macks, iPods, iPhones and iPads I have never had the urge to go Apple. I have also briefly used some of Apple’s software like iTiunes, Safari and some others but again not to my liking.

    My old DELL D 600 laptop just died last week so I went looking for a replacement. I got a HP 2000 notebook.

    I have to agree that it is more important to get what you need rather than the next shiny thing that catches your eye.

    I also have a Acer netbook and a Samsung Intensity wireless phone. (not SMART)

    I find that I am doing more and more in the cloud so it is important to keep it simple. (not an Ultrabook this time)

    I watched most of the keynotes at the Consumer Electronics Show and with all the Snapdragons, sandybridges and Ivybridges comming down the pike there’s just no point in trying to be on the bleeding edge. I suppose we will be hearing about all of the latest on Apple products from Ed soon. LOL 😉

    Hope you are having an AWESOME day!

    smiles 🙂

    • Lynn Terry January 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

      I like the cloud 😀

      What does it mean to you when you say “go apple”?

      To me it always sounds like “crossing over”. I’ve even heard that term “crossed over to the dark side” or “once you go mac, you’ll never go back” etc. Too funny. None of that held true with me. I got the Macbook, and STILL use my PC’s daily as well.

      • Gary January 16, 2012 at 8:46 am #

        Hey Lynn,

        I guess to me “Go Apple” would mean to make Apple the primary provider of computing services and electronics that you use. (to really embrace the Apple brand)

        You know even Apple says that there is lots of room for both PCs and Macs and there are things that each does better. I LOVE these little segments with the Mac guy and the PC guy.

        Hope you are having an AWESOME day!

        smiles 🙂

  5. Howard January 15, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    Hi, Terry! I’m the low-carb guy that comments fairly often on your other blog.

    I’m typing this on my laptop PC running Win7, connected to my 30-inch monitor. Across the room is my iMac, which is currently turned off. I used the iMac quite a bit for a while — and I did install a VM program so that I could also run XP on it (there were two programs for which I could find no Apple equivalent, which I use on an almost daily basis). However, I have used my iMac less and less in the two years that I have had it. If I get more into video editing, I will probably start using the iMac more, but right now, I just use it mostly when I want to print something. Now that I got a network printer, though, I use the iMac even less.

    To my right is my desktop system with removable drives, for which I have XP and a half-dozen Linux distros. I turn it on about four or five times a year now, usually for digging up some legacy stuff. I don’t even bother running the Linux stuff on it anymore since I installed VirualBox on my Win7 laptop. Since I’ve deployed the monitor on that box elsewhere, I have to move one of my monitors over there if I want to use it these days.

    I used to have an iPhone, but I got tired of the walled garden, and when I saw the line of Apple FanBois waiting for the upgrade, I decided not to factor myself in with the epsilon-minuses, and got a G1. I have since upgrade to a G2x, and rooted it. I plan to install a custom ROM, since T-Mobile is nagging me to get the next upgrade which will un-root my phone. I use my phone for lots of things, including reading email, running a metronome program, a tuning-fork program, GPS navigation (better than my wife’s Garmin!), timer/stopwatch, barcode scanner with competition search, EverNote access, and a few others. Since I have about a half-hour commute these days, I have it rigged up to play podcasts over my car stereo, which I would otherwise not have time to hear.

    My tablet is an Acer A500 (Android), with which I’m reasonably content, but I plan to install a custom ROM on that, too. I use it for a variety of things, but mostly for carrying around my sheet music for violin and piano, and for reading email & RSS news feeds. Typing on either my G2x or my Acer is a royal pain — although I can use a USB keyboard on the Acer (which helps a LOT).

    At work, I have a dual-screen XP system. Under XP, about the only thing I do is access company email and schedules. It’s main purpose is to connect to Linux systems, the location of which I don’t even know, for software development and testing.

    Like you, I gravitate to using whichever tool does the job.

    • Lynn Terry January 15, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

      “…when I saw the line of Apple FanBois waiting for the upgrade, I decided not to factor myself in with the epsilon-minuses, and…”

      This is the type of mindset I’m referring to and interested in. It has become like high school social classes, where people either want to be “in” or insist on *not* being in. I find it curious how we got to this point over electronics. 🙂

      • Howard January 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

        I suppose if Apple should come out with a phone that is obviously better than the current Android models, I might consider moving back to iPhone. My stepson has the latest iPhone, and it does look rather nice, and has some neat apps. But I didn’t see anything really compelling. And I would have to go back to AT&T, which is another minus (T-mobile does have iPhone, but they seem to have a lot more problems supporting it).

        (Aside: I would be willing to dump T-Mobile in a heartbeat if I could find a mobile carrier that fit my needs better. Several come close, but none fit perfectly.)

        I find some of Apple’s marketing tactics a bit off-putting, and the fact that some people actually fall for that sort of tactic equally so. The business with people camping out overnight outside of the Apple stores was deliberately encouraged by Apple’s announced plans of a limited supply during the first few weeks (a self-fulling prophecy). I have a hard time imagining that there could ever be a piece of electronics worth spending the night in line for. As I mentioned, I was actually going to upgrade to the iPhone 3 until I saw that — and then I decided to go with Android.

        • Lynn Terry January 15, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

          Cool, to each his own 🙂 I’m not an early adopter, and shop online, so those are not issues for me.

  6. Robert Nelson January 15, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    Have a dual boot machine with two versions of Linux and Win XP SP3. Have much less problems in Linux and find myself less and less in Windows ( but do use win for your weekly webinars)

  7. Sherie January 15, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    Hi Lynn. I’ve always used PCs, mainly because my job computers were always PCs. Now that I’m self-employed, I’m still running 2 PCs. My cell is a Droid 2, until I upgrade in about 6 months. I need to figure out what my new phone will be – I would prefer a bigger screen.

    Even though I have 2 PCs, my HP laptop is my main workhorse. I also use a Samsung notebook when I don’t want to lug the laptop around. It works great when meeting with clients and showing them samples of my work without having to slap a honking-big laptop on their desk. LOL

    I just purchased a Nextbook 7 last week for reading books and for my grandkids to watch movies and play games on when we’re on the road.

    My computer tech has been preaching Linux to me for a good year. I finally let him load it on one of my PCs with a parallel system for my Windows XP. That way, I won’t risk lose anything important, and if I don’t like working with Linux we’ll just pull it off. Now I just time to learn to use it. LOL

    I have been thinking about a Macbook Pro for awhile but I’m not sure yet. (unless I win one, of course!) LOL

    For NAMS, I’ll bring the laptop and my Samsung notebook as backup, plus my video cameras. Getting pretty excited about the trip!!


  8. Tricia January 16, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    I am a mac and a pc.. I have a hp touchsmart 300 pc. I have a dell second computer and monitor running. I also have a ipad, iphone and my next purchase will be a macbook pro.

  9. Wade Watson January 16, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    My first computer was an Apple II back in about ’82 and I’ve watched the whole microcomputer evolution since. In the early days of the Mac it was the clear winner for graphics work and even word processing, since Microsoft actually created Word for the Mac at first. At this point there are no strong functional differences, so the choice is more personal. I’ve long used PCs for versatility and economy. Apple’s prices are generally higher for the equivalent product and PCs are much more open to tinkerers and tweakers like myself. Apple’s insistence to control all their hardware and software has produced products less prone to problems, but that was the same situation with Communist Russia. Democracy is versatile but a bit messy and the same can be said for PC computing. Still, I prefer both.

    • Lynn Terry January 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

      Very well put – great points. I used to love to do custom builds and upgrades. I rarely tinker anymore, but don’t mind to when I want a better graphics card or more ram.

      Some people know this, some don’t, but my first biz was an electronics shop and I was big into gaming – and custom builds for gamers. 🙂

  10. Karen D. January 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    Hi Lynn,

    As you said, Wade Watson put it well.

    My personal preference right now is a Mac, and I’m writing on one now, but I’m not a Mac or PC snob.

    I have used both over the years, and happily so.

    Having spent a fair amount of time working in various types of businesses, I used PCs there because they were a cheaper option.

    I’m also not a fan of some Apple tactics, nor would I ever wait in line overnight for a product. In addition, all of my shopping for these items is also done online.

    The iPad seems to me a superfluous gadget. Something perhaps created by Apple to ride the wave of the iPhone, and Kindle, to make a lot of money?

    Not having an iPad myself, this is a guess based on input from friends, and other sources, so please don’t start throwing them at me now. 😉

    Regarding lack of instructions with Apple products, I’m right there with you.

    For example, for each version of any Mac OS I’ve used, I’ve needed to purchase the corresponding fabulous David Pogue “Missing Manual” series in order to understand how to fully use each level.

    As I am aware of your background in electronics, and gaming, I found your comment about not being a techie kind of funny, but maybe you meant a particular kind of tech? 🙂

    • Lynn Terry January 16, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

      LOL @ throwing iPads. FYI: they shatter. 😛

      (personal experience haha)

      It’s funny that I used to be SUCH a techie. Cutting edge even. I was broadcasting wireless video over the internet via a cell modem in the 90’s, was a beta tester for the cable modem, etc. But having been out of it for almost 12 years now… things have changed dramatically. And so has my desire. 🙂

      • Karen D. January 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

        Good points about the shattering iPad :-), and how quickly technology–and our desires–change. 😀

        Care to share how/why you found out an iPad shatters? 😉

        A different kind of beta testing? LOL

        You do have an interesting, and impressive, resume. 🙂

        Videos over modems. Any modems. Wow.

        Speaking of modems…we are so spoiled now with super fast connections.

        Only a few seconds of the sound of a modem connecting takes me back to so many times in my life.

        The computer equivalent of aromas as memory triggers? Ha ha.

        • Lynn Terry January 18, 2012 at 7:53 am #

          LOL here you go:


          • Howard January 18, 2012 at 8:20 am #

            Oh, dear! That photo almost made me ill.

            Now I’m really glad that the first accessory that I purchased for my A500 tablet was a case with a flip cover. So far, I have avoided dropping it.

            BTW: The A500 was not my purchase — my wife bought me one for my birthday.

          • Karen D. January 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

            Yikes. Glad you weren’t hurt with this one. A definite design flaw.

            Thanks for the link. 🙂

          • Lynn Terry January 20, 2012 at 10:41 am #

            Yeah, you should have seen the guy at the Apple Store trying to make me “clear my data” on the shattered screen. I said no way lol – you do it! 😛 THEN he put my NEW iPad back in the box full of shattered glass. 😐


      • Howard January 18, 2012 at 8:14 am #

        A techie, eh? I was a bit surprised to learn that about you.

        I guess I’m still a techie at heart, since I earn my living writing software. But I used to be more so. Unfortunately, my track record for jumping on various things that I thought would be trends was so bad that I’ve pretty much abandoned the idea of adopting anything cutting-edge. For instance, I got the Tandy PC just 31 days before they dropped the price by $1000 (30 days is the limit for returns…). I also got 2 VLB buss systems about a month before the industry decided it wasn’t the way to go, and everyone stopped making VLB peripherals. Nowadays, before I make a major purchase, I wait for the early adopters to write their reviews.

        Mind you, I’m not as bad as my attorney friend Ted. He quits using a system only when it is no longer possible to get it repaired. I upgraded his primary client database system from a 286 running MSDOS — in 2011. And now it’s on Windows XP running on a Pentium IV (!). Whereas I have found it cost-effective to stay one level behind cutting-edge, Ted wants to find the lowest level he can still buy.

  11. Mike January 16, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    Like you, I try to use the best suited platform (PC, Mac or Linux) for the job. I love how people have so taken on the Mac ads that they identify with a brand so closely as to say “I’m a x”. Perhaps we should have Mac or PC as entries under “Religion” on our census forms – but then we’d have to add sports teams and that’s a whole nother can of worms 🙂

  12. Gary Anderson II January 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Hi Lynn,

    I know I’m going to open myself up for a few slams by saying this, but here goes anyway…

    It’s no secret that I hate PC’s, but not for the reasons most Mac Fanboys would say. I hate PC’s because…well, I just can’t seen to keep one running well longer than 6 months. So, they make me feel stupid (here come the jokes about now!)

    I guess I’m just not smart enough to keep a Windows operating system running well. I sometimes jokingly say, “Mac are for Dummies” (to the offense of fellow Mac-FanBoys) coz I can keep a Mac running right, which basically requires very little brains.

    In some ways I’m not very smart, as in PC’s. But in other ways I’m an absolute GENIUS! Like sleeping and eating 😛

    Just having fun!


    • Lynn Terry January 18, 2012 at 7:54 am #

      LOL 🙂

      Hate is a strong word… 😛

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