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What Should You Buy? A Mac or PC? – Part 1

Part 1 of a three-part article.

If you’ve only been on one side of the computer fence most of your life—that is, you’ve only used a Mac or (more likely) only used a PC—then maybe it’s time you opened your mind to exploring the other side. At the very least, you should know what the main differences are between a PC and a Mac.

You would be surprised how many don’t know the difference, at least well enough to explain it to someone. Or know why it even matters.

This three-part overview won’t argue one side or the other as far as which is better—or even better for you, which is what really matters. Instead, we’ll leave that to all your friends, who I guarantee will have their own strong opinions on the matter. And even if you think your mind is already made up, this overview might make you look at the discussion in a new light.

From the beginning, there were lines drawn.

So, Mac or PC?

In most cases, the answer to that question is going to depend on whom you’re talking to, what they do for a living, or even how old they are. Fifteen years ago, the differences were pretty simple, and users were mostly in one of two camps:

  • The Mac camp—for creative people: artists, designers and writers
  • The PC camp—for businesspeople

But then each camp developed opinions about the other camp:

  • The Mac camp—users thought Macs were cooler and that PCs were clunky and hard to use
  • The PC camp—users thought PCs were for smart people because they were real computers and that Macs were toys for computer-challenged people

Back then, most businesses put only PCs on every desk. But the marketing department in all those companies (and their advertising agencies) used Macs.

Then about five or more years ago, the argument changed.

  • Macs are cool. PCs are old school and uncool. (If you want to see some great commercials about this, check out these YouTube videos.)
  • Macs are safer to use. PCs get viruses and bugs all the time.
  • Macs are overpriced and overrated. PCs give you more for your money.

And quite honestly, both sides have good points to stand on. So, what’s the answer?

What? You don’t know!

Don’t feel like a loser if you’re not even sure what the simple differences are between a Mac and a PC. You’re not alone. In fact there are a lot of people out there who couldn’t explain—accurately—the difference beyond the facts that 1) Macs are generally more expensive than a PC, and 2) PCs have a much bigger market share.

Both statements are true, but that’s not all there is to it, and that’s not a reason to choose one over the other.

The average person simply prefers whatever computer they used first, or the one they learned how to use at work. What’s all the fuss about?

In part 2 of the this article on Mac vs. PC, you’ll learn how we even got to this point and why people don’t call a Mac a PC (even though it is a personal computer) or why they don’t call it an Apple even though that’s what it used to be called in the beginning.


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