I've been a Windows user my whole life but as of late, I've been seriously contemplating making the jump to a Mac. The main thing holding me back is that I don't have a lot of experience with OSX so I'm kind of concerned with making the transition. I've been using an iPhone for the past year and an iPad for the past 9 months and I have to say that I'm quite impressed with how intuitive they are and how little maintenance they require.
What I use my computer for:
- Mainly as a central hub for all of my media (music [iTunes], movies [VLC], documents [Microsoft Word/Evernote], pictures, etc.]
- Downloading and unzipping files [Winzip]
- I have my laptop hooked up to a 17" Dynex TV that I'm using as a monitor (hooked up via VGA) and it's also hooked up to my 42" LG TV via HDMI for
- Web browsing (including Netflix) [Mozilla Firefox]
- Accounting - currently just starting out with this (mostly using Excel) but from what I've heard, Macs don't handle accounting software
very well. However, if I got a Mac, I would keep my current laptop and use it for anything my Mac couldn't do
- Very minimal (if any) gaming
Why I'm thinking of switching:
- I've found over the past few years of owning my own PC's, I've been having to upgrade almost every two years and it's been getting
frustrating in that regard - I tend to upgrade because I find my computers get laggier and laggier
- I really like the UI of iOS and how intuitive it is
- I have an iPhone and iPad which I feel would work even better with a Mac (it would essentially complete the ecosystem)
- When I do anything moderately intensive (such as using iTunes before v11 was released), open lots of tabs in Mozilla Firefox, use
certain streaming services (mostly the ones that bands use to stream concerts) my laptop gets super hot (even though I'm using a
cooling mat) and my PC will crash.
- Simple things are starting to make my computer lag out which is pretty frustrating.
- If I stay with Windows I'd be getting Windows 8 most likely, so I'd have to learn a new OS either way
So I have a PC, and my wife has a Mac. Both have their ups and downs - personally I'm a PC person all the way, but here's my 2 cents on the issues.
1) Based on the things you use your computer for, you have no reason to go Mac. PC's do all of that for 100's of dollars cheaper. Also, if you're in accounting, chances are if you get a job somewhere and they have software they require you to use, they'll be PC exclusive.
2) Upgrades. This really depends on the kind of PC that you purchase. A lot of computers these days are well loaded to survive. I purchased a computer 2 years ago and it's still running fantastic, running this year's games, and I paid around $800 for it. If you're feeling adventurous, build your own PC! reddit.com/r/buildapc has a lot of information on how to go about this and you could spend around $600 on a PC that will last you for a long time.
3) You don't have to go with Windows 8, and I personally wouldn't recommend it. Just get Windows 7, no need to learn a new OS.
4) Even though I'm a PC person, I also own an iPhone. I think Apple does tablets and cell phones exceptionally well, but I think if you're not using your Mac for things like Audio/Video/Photo production, they're really not worth it.