Mac vs Microsoft

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  1. kingofwylietx

    kingofwylietx Well-Known

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    So, I'm wondering about the advantages of each when compared to the other. I don't want to start a 'XYZ is better' thread. I'm just wondering about actual advantages. It's for my mom, I've always used a pc, she'll just Google, email, and download pics from her camera.

    The reason I bring this up is that every week I get a phone call from her asking how to do something to her computer. Or whether it's safe to install a program or let it run because the installer window has popped up. She isn't very good with updates, though they are set to download automatically. She has a lot of trouble with computers.

    To start I heard that Mac: 1. doesn't need near the number of updates. 2. Is more user friendly for those 'less' familiar with computers. 3. Is less susceptible to viruses.

    Microsoft, 1. Is more prevalent in the marketplace. 2. Is compatible with more programs. 3. I can usually talk her through issues because I'm familiar with the OS.
     


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    google, email, and pictures...I would get her a Mac.

    I am a PC user myself and had my cousins MacBook for about a month and although I am fine with PC, Macs are a bit more user friendly for those who are not familiar with computers.
     
  3. DirtyD

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    Only downside to a Mac is cost....
     
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    Yeah that is true.
     
  5. TxEMTP69

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    I haven't used a mac in years, but remember them to be user friendly

    PC's i'm much more familiar with, as for virus suseptability is in my opinion because there are much more PC's out there than MAC's, therefore more attacks and more publicity about them.

    From what I remember about MAC's i like both. I use PC's more and therefore I am more comfortable. As for DL'n updates, you could set up a bookmark for the update page and she could go there to do it vs the auto updates. Though I think auto update is fine also. hope this helps a little
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  6. Personally, I would recommend a Mac if cost is not too much of an issue. I have a Mac desktop with the OS X operating system and love it. Having used PCs for most of my life and dealing with all of the issues that come with them I am so glad that I got a Mac. As far as viruses, they hardly happen because like said before they are not the main target since there are more PCs to infect. The only other thing is getting used to where some things are located on the Mac coming from a PC. My updates are automatic and just pop up the window telling me it needs to restart to load them in. Overall the Mac is a simple machine to use for basic tasks as well as some more advanced tasks if need be.

    The one really good thing is that there is a program called VMware Fusion that I use which allows me to run Windows XP at the same time. When I have to download pictures off my camera I have to use the Windows program but I have it set to automatically put it on my Mac desktop. Also, with this program you can still use programs that are only compatible with Windows. The only thing would be that you need an anti-virus for the Windows if you plan on accessing the internet through it. When I updated the program it gave me a free one-year subscription for McAfee.

    The other thing I like about my Mac is that is has bluetooth capabilities so I can transfer things between my Mac and my phone. Hope this is not too much info and maybe can help you decide!
     
  7. DCortez

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    PC works with the pc/online games I play, Office, and replacement/upgrade parts are very easy to find. Since I'm caveman, I wouldn't consider a Mac any time in the future.

    Constant updates don't bother me any more.
     
  8. GM.Chief

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    I have very little experience with macs. I personally would go with PC for that reason. If you know PC and can explain PC to her, that's what you want. IT's a huge PITA to try and help someone through a problem when you aren't sure about it.
     
  9. carneyman

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    My inlaws got a mac, and they aren't computer people. Now they call me up all the time when they need something done, cause they don't know how to figure it out. They were fine with their pc, but their daughter and son-in-law talked them into a mac. It was a big waste IMO.

    Bottom line, if she is at least familiar with a pc, then stick with it. With a mac you would probably be getting twice as many phone calls on how to do stuff, especially if she already doesn't know anything about computers.
     
  10. kingofwylietx

    kingofwylietx Well-Known

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    Yeah, I'm just wondering if I can dramatically reduce the number of 'my computers messed up, when are you coming to see us' calls. I love my parents, but they waited several weeks to use their computer because they wanted me to install the AV program.

    Me, I'm a pc guy because I'm pretty good with them. I'm just wondering if a Mac might be better for them. Cost isn't a factor, because I'm not paying for it.

    So, adding to my list:
    To start I heard that Mac: 1. doesn't need near the number of updates. 2. Is more user friendly for those 'less' familiar with computers. 3. Is less susceptible to viruses. 4. Can still use Microsoft programs if needed (with proper software)

    Microsoft, 1. Is more prevalent in the marketplace. 2. Is compatible with more programs. 3. I can usually talk her through issues because I'm familiar with the OS. 4. costs less


    Okay, most Macs seem a little less 'robust' when looking at the specs (processor speed & amount of memory). Do they perform as well, worse, or better as a comparable pc with the same specs? I heard they can do more with less.....but that may have been sales talk (the salesman said the Mac OS requires less than 20% of what Vista needs just to operate).

    You guys are being very helpful.

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