Hey everybody! I recently posted a post about the differences I noticed between my Macbook and my previous Windows laptop. I think everybody knows about the little well, battle between Windows and Apple users. People who are really into computers and software and use Windows mostly don’t like Apple products - and vice versa.
I don’t like this battle - I’ve used both Windows computers and now an Apple laptop - and I like both systems. I used Android phones and iPhones as well - another Apple vs Android ‘battle’ that is going on and I liked both as well (even though I currently prefer my iPhone over my previous Samsung Galaxy phone).
I think many Windows users are very judgmental about Apple products. Some of them know much about computers and have a substantiated opinion, but I feel like others just copy the opinion from people they talk to.
I am non-biased - I don’t know a lot about computers and why they work the way they do - and that’s why I wanted to write this article. I want to give people who want to invest in a new computer or laptop the possibility to legitimately consider their options, without being told what to do by a Windows-fan, an Apple-fan - or whatever. That’s why I made a list of what I think and what I found out about the differences between Apple and Windows computers - personally.
This is what many people are concerned about. If you go onto a website and start at the lowest price, you can purchase a Windows machine for probably 250 euros, while the cheapest Macbook Air would be 850 euros (it depends on where you buy it). It’s a major price difference and I completely agree to the fact that Apple laptops might be overpriced. Apple computers are super-duper expensive and if you believe the internet, many Windows machines have the same specs or even better specs for a lower price. Like I said - I don’t want to go into this any further because I don’t know enough about this subject. What I do know is that I had the money for a Macbook, wanted to buy something that would last me a couple of years and that I didn’t mind investing more money in it.
THE WAY IT WORKS
You can’t compare the way two completely different systems work because you’d have to find two laptops with the exact same specifications. What you can compare, though - is if you like the way it looks. The ‘lay-out’ a laptop has and the way it works is very important. The previous laptop I owned came with Windows 8 and I found this very complicated to use. It felt like there were two completely different machines, put into one machine - everything you did while using the desktop, wasn’t visible when you changed to the Windows layout. I gave that laptop to my little sister, and she was used to an older Windows system - and she found it extremely confusing as well. Once you get used to it it’s no problem but I just don’t understand the reasons for this because I think many users would agree with me. In the contrary - Apple is very easy. Many people might think Apple’s too easy, but I don’t like complicated systems so my Macbook is perfect for me.
THE WAY IT LOOKS
And when I’m talking about ‘the way it looks’, I mean the way the interface looks. Once you’ve gotten used to the different interface, everything looks so smooth and pretty on a Macbook. I personally prefer the ‘slick’ Macbook design over the Windows design - I don’t know how to describe the Windows interface, it’s just more complicated and less animated.
THE BUILD & WHAT COMES WITH IT
Macbooks feel very solid and like they’ll last you a long time. I’m not saying they will - as I’ve only had mine for a few days - but they feel like that. Macbooks come with really handy chargers as well - with an extra cable to make it longer. The charger’s small - easy to carry - but I didn’t need it thus far as the battery lasts me long enough to survive a day at school. Anyway - the charger of my last laptop was very bulky and took up a lot of space in my bag. I did have to take this one with me, though - as the battery ran out pretty quickly. But, again - this is not a comparison to my previous laptop as it can’t be compared, but I feel like many Windows laptop have bulky chargers.
Okay, so we now know that I really like the way my new little toy works. I didn’t write this post to convert you into Apple-ism, though - so I’m going to be a bit more realistic right now. Below are two little lists - one for reasons why you might need a Macbook, another list why you might not need one.
A MACBOOK IS NICE, WHEN…
- You’re a student, living far away from your school. Train rides can feel very unnecessary and unproductive but once you have a laptop with a great battery life, it won’t feel like this anymore.
- I’m a blogger and I like working on my posts on-the-go, but I’m not going to talk about the battery life again. Programs like iPhoto and iMovie are handy and are free if you’re an Apple user - they come in handy if you’re interested in photo- and videography.
- I don’t have a Macbook Pro so my laptop didn’t come with a Retina display - but Retina displays are amazing and if you’re a photo/videographer, this is great.
Those things could apply to Windows laptops as well, though.
YOU DON’T NEED A MACBOOK, WHEN…
- First of all - you don’t ever need a Macbook. There are many nice laptops out there and it’s a fact that Macbooks are really pricy.
- If you don’t use your computer that often, buying a Macbook is a complete waste of money. I talked to a friend today and she asked me, ‘should I buy a Macbook?’ and I asked her what she’d use it for and she told me, ‘for some schoolwork, but not too much - I don’t use my laptop that often’. It’s not like Macbooks are magical machines which make your work prettier and easier so investing in an expensive machine like this one isn’t necessary if you’re not going to use it intensively.
- If you don’t like simplicity and Apple products in general, don’t even consider buying a Macbook - if you don’t like iPhones: the Macbook design is quite similar to it.
- If you don’t have a lot of money. Like I said a few points ago - it’s not a magical machine.
Macbooks are nice but there are many similar machines out there for a few hundred euros/dollars less. However - if you’re into simplicity, nice accessories and nice design, a Macbook is great. If you’re not going to be able to buy bread for a few months after your big purchase, don’t even think about it - but, if you have the money or are prepared to save for it, it’ll be a great purchase.
I talked about ‘Macbooks’ in general but I wanted to specify this: I have a 13” Macbook Air - the 8GB RAM version. You have a few versions which are a bit cheaper but I think they’ll be similar - the more expensive versions will be even better because of the better specs. I don’t know anything about older models and older versions but I based this article on OS X Yosemite.
I hope I didn’t sound too pushy or negative in this post. This post isn’t sponsored or anything - I’m just trying to give my genuine opinion.