Ten reasons why Apple Macs are better than Windows PCs

“As you may have guessed, we’re rather big fans of Apple computers here at Macworld,” Martyn Casserly writes for Macworld UK. “From the pristine beauty of the iMac with 5K Retina display, to the svelte pleasures of the 11″ MacBook Air, we enjoy them all.”

“But why do these devices cause such loyalty and affection from users, when they could buy a perfectly good PC for a lot less money?” Casserly writes. “Here are ten reasons why we think Macs are better than their Windows based brethren.”

MacDailyNews Take: There is no such thing as a “perfectly good PC,” nor are Windows PCs brethren to anything except the antichrist.

10 reasons why Macs are better than PCs:
1) Environment
2) Seamless integration with iOS through Handoff
3) Your Mac is also a telephone
4) Security
5) They come with excellent software included
6) Build quality
7) They’re faster
8) MacBooks have the best screens (so do iMacs – MDN Ed.)
9) Macs have more powerful Wi-Fi reception
10) User satisfaction

Each of the ten points listed above discussed in detail in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: “Macs have more powerful Wi-Fi reception” – when it’s actually working, which is far less often than it should be. There fixed that for ya, Martyn. OS X 10.10.1 has helped somewhat, but vexing, inexplicable Wi-Fi disconnects still happen when they shouldn’t. (Our iOS iPads and iPhones never lose our Wi-Fi, but some of our OS X Macs do with startling frequency – despite many, many attempts at “fixes.” Why is that, Hair Force One?)

Otherwise, to end on a positive note: Windows PCs are crap. It’s not that difficult to be better than Windows PC. Even Google can manage it. However, Apple’s Macs, current Wi-Fi issues notwithstanding, are so vastly superior, we can’t believe that some of the ignorati are still walking out of Worst Buy with crappy Windows PCs. Poor bastages! Wake up ye already, we commandeth!

53 Comments

    1. This is retro; lists like this were common back in the 90’s when arguing endlessly with the IT a-holes at work bout whether they should support Macs (and them endlessly saying no). As far as I am concerned, they only need a list with two entries:
      1) fsck you
      2) re-read number 1

      1. I was a photographer back in the day at a newspaper where the only Macs in the building were in the photo / graphics department.

        The IT doofi hated them, even though (or perhaps because) we maintained them ourselves.

        A few years after I had moved on, I learned the newspaper’s entire front end system had been replaced with Macs.

        God, I wish I could have been there to see the faces of the IT doofi. Happy days, happy days.

        1. I can relate. These IT dorks used to laugh and make jokes as they walk by my cubicle back then. They related people coming in with Macs as a Cancer or Cockroach that must be killed or they will spread around. I’m like WTH, and just kept quiet back then. I hated those days in the office.

      1. You’re OK by me, Howie. Consultants like you are a breath of fresh air, compared with the stale, enervating atmosphere of corporate IT meetings. You get things to run; they bring things to ruin.

  1. By the same token,

    Why do people buy anything other than the cheapest car available when there are other perfectly good cheaper options available for less?

    Must be some sort of reality distortion field cult in the automotive world.

    /s

    1. A colleague who knows I use Macs at home once told me that I must enjoy paying extra for things, since I willingly pay the “Macintosh Tax” every time I buy a computer. My response was to ask him what model of Yugo he drives, since he obviously sees no benefit to paying anything more than the lowest upfront cost.

    2. A sad fact is that not everyone has the ready funds to buy the best or even the better.

      Many are only able to afford the barely adequate, if that, even though they realize that in the long term this is not cost effective.

      They simply have no choice.

      (My apologies for being such a Debbie Downer.)
      Happy Holidays!

  2. 1. Integrated environment is still the gold standard
    2. Excellent keyboard, display, battery stamina, durability, touchpad, etc
    3. Security built in on a very high level
    4. Touch gestures, very convenient OS design
    5. iCloud, incl iCloud Drive also for foreign file formats,
    6. 365 days (free) support, incl Application support for Apple Apps
    7. Great virtualization for other OS (VMware)
    8. Friendly and generally optimistic users, absence of frustration caused by fragmentation and ignorance
    9. Design
    10. Reliability

    1. Naming Security, the huge difference here is:

      While the Mac was build to be secure, Windows still uses tricks to call it safe: UAC, ASLR and DEP are almost useless. To make a Windows machine as secure as a Mac you need to spent a lot of money and need advanced IT skills. At the end you are constantly in trouble having overseen some leaks…

      This makes Windows users somewhat paranoid over the years, and this paranoia will be projected onto the Mac as well. Being indifferent is of course more convenient. The lack of convenience on Windows must of course be compensated (sounds cynical, right?)

      So you will find a lot of Windows users who hate the Mac, because the can’t stand relaxed Mac users…

      How many people are switching back to Windows from the Mac, in percentage ?

    2. I fully disagree with number 8 ” friendly optimistic users”

      All u have to do is critisize a lshortcoming of an apple product!
      They will bash u and rate u low as if u have insulted their religion.
      Regardless of how legit the issue at hand is.
      More often than not mac users bash migrents if they point out a problem or critisize an apple feature or lack there of !

      As a matter of fact that is the one thing i trully dislike about the Apple environment..
      Hostile approach to criticism !
      And preferance to push problems unde the carpet rather than face them !

      1. I cannot agree nor disagree.

        You could really avoid generalization when it comes to behavior in forums.

        Some need a religion, some need to bash. Nobody knows which group is acting more inadequate.

        Do not think Window users do not defend their “religion” any better, au contraire: it sometimes too absurd listening to what they say.

      2. I think you may be confusing all Apple users with a relatively small number of long-time, loyal Apple fans …with attitude !

        Apple has been slammed, put down, disrespected, and generally hated so many times, for so many years, by so many people — users, analysts, journalists, bloggers, trolls, and assorted other morons — that, yes, some of us are sensitive to it.

        If critics express their opinions evenly and without whining, and do not give readers the suspicion that they are trolls, insincere, or petty, then I believe most of this crowd is pretty okay with criticism.

        Just be careful how you complain about Apple to folks like us. We are sensitive about it and even a little defensive.

        1. I understand your point.
          I doubt i bash apple i just say it like i see it and try to explain why something can be better or address a problem etc.
          Those who choose to bash my comments due to sensitivity can look at the history of my posts and see if i come across as a troll before they bash!
          MAC DADDY above is a perfect example!
          Does he think he is donig apple a favor by guarding apple with his low life attitude ?
          All he is doing is polluting the apple envirnoment and staining the image of apple !
          But yet he proudly calls himself “Mac Daddy”..
          People like him are dime a dozen in apple forums of all kinds.
          It does Zero good! And a lot of harm! Not to me but Apple itself !

          1. The frustration is because Windows users resort to name calling and/or out and out lying. There’s never a civil discussion, especially about the weak points of Windows. They’ll blow it off as if all computers have those weak points, which is just not the case.

            A conversation with a brick wall will generally yield the same results.

        2. There are certain key words that tend to act as joy buzzers. Trolls know them all and use them gleefully and sadistically. Criticism that avoids such linguistic excitations will generally be met with approval even by dyed-in-the-wool Apple fans.

  3. 1. Freedom from Microsoft
    2. Freedom from Microsoft
    3. Freedom from Microsoft
    4. Freedom from Microsoft
    5. Freedom from Microsoft
    6. Does not crash
    7. Does not crash
    8. Does not crash
    9. Does not crash
    10. Does not crash

  4. I think the biggest draw of Mac is not easily quantifiable like ‘better wi -fi’, it’s something which some have called (for lack of a better term) ‘ease of use’.

    When you use a Mac you enjoy it, the designers have lovingly thought it through how you would use it, everything, hardware software, is put together with care and as best they can to work beautifully together, in short it’s not just a list of parts thrown together (to fill a features list). Macs are as much ‘art’ as ‘science’ (The Apple philosophy famously put forward by Jobs: “intersection of arts and science”).

    other companies have tried to emulate it by hiring ‘interface gurus’ etc but it seldom works out well as it’s not part of the companies DNA, features are controlled by salespeople rather than designers, the interface guys are thrown in when the OS (and or hardware) is almost done, like an after thought, and asked to ‘make it palatable to the consumer’ and it doesn’t work.

    1. Macs generally last very long. I still fire up the ol’ Mac Plus every so often and also use my 14 year-old Pismo Powerbook. With a few notable exceptions, my Macs have lasted 8 years or more without issue (that’s about when I send them elsewhere).

      But like any other computer, there are lemons, and it sounds like you got one. I’ve had a couple of Macs fail miserably during the AppleCare period, and Apple has always done right by me. If your MBP is defective and has a documented history of problems, replacement is covered under lemon laws.

      1. Thank you, Zuno. The old ones last decades, but as time goes by, the newest models are lasting less and less.

        We’ll see if Apple comes thru for us… There’s a lawsuit going on right now over the MBP2011 defects.

      2. I was told there is huge pressure to lower costs. The way to reduce costs is by manufacturing huge numbers of things very fast. Like flapjacks on a griddle. Occasionally some parts fail. Unfortunately, it is the cost some of us have to pay to keep prices down. At least this is how it was explained to me (many years ago now!) when my brand new MBP 17″ hard drive failed 6 months after purchase. I still thought my 17″ MBP was an amazing piece of hardware & software. It was one reason I began buying Apple shares in Spring 2003. The others were my iPod, iTunes, and my “dot Mac account”.

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