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Apple Mac or Microsoft?
on 10 June 2013
I have always been a little cynical about Apple and it's appeal, iPod, iPhone, iPad... lemming anyone? It has always seemed to me that people care more about being able to say "I have the latest iPad" than what it actually does or doesn't do.
Having said that ever since the first MacBook Air was advertised on the on TV I've had that kid in a candy store look whenever I've spotted one and have often wondered if they are worth the massive price tags. Is the MacBook air another case of iPad envy, does it really do anything differently to my numerous Windows based PC's / Netbooks???
I should say I love Windows 7 home premium, and was loathed to change to 8 so when I came to replace my much loved Acer Aspire One original first generation netbook, and found modern netbooks sadly underpowered for anything, even basic interneting, I decided to bite the bullet and go Mac!
It's fast (like for like it runs programs faster, opens website quicker and seems to work incredibly well)
Efficient (seems to do the same things as Windows with much less fuss)
Stylish (It does all the things windows does but it does it with more style, like the difference between a Skoda and a Porsche)
Intuitive (I love two finger, one finger clicking and scrolling and find myself trying to do it on my windows netbook at work, much easier than the usual scroll pads and yet still just a scroll pad)
Easy Access to new programs (I miss my Microsoft word, but via Apps I downloaded open office for free, write and several over programs just to try out without any problems and very cheaply... Office is what £90 these days? even the most expensive programs in the app store aren't more than £10 or £20 and most are much cheaper.)
Loads of Freebie downloads on games like Spider etc
Lack of any Real games (I can't get my Sims 3 to work no matter how hard I try, gave up in the end)
Lack of Phone Hook up (it didn't like my Sony phone being plugged in!)
Lack of Security (I'm told Mac is safer but after years of faulty virus software ~ Norton etc, it feels wrong not to be able to download my AVG)
Why Did I Write this Review?
I wasn't going to, but then yesterday my approx 5 hour battery life suddenly became nearer 2 hours and I had a minor 'I've only had it two months!' panic. I decided to visit the apple website and see what I could find out... two minutes later (and that's the gods honest truth) I logged into my a activity monitor, switched off the 'runaway program' and was back to normal battery use (I also found out that you can click on your battery bar and it will not only tell you how much battery power you have left but it will also tell you how healthy your battery is and mine is reading normal.)
If that had happened with a windows laptop it would have taken me four hours to get tired of not being able to find anything even remotely helpful on the microsoft website before I rang by nephew for assistance.
MacBook Air? Priceless