I enjoyed your article and although I am NOT a developer, I agree with your comparison & comments.
When I shifted to the MAC world in 2009, I did so based on a recommendation from a friend who worked in my company's IT department. He had his MacBook Pro 15", at the office and let me "play" with it for a few minutes. Aside from a few menu items being on different sides of the screen and a slightly different GUI experience, I found the MBP to be a snappy laptop with promise. He also had the "mighty mouse" which gives the mouse the same functionality as the Microsoft PC mouse in Windows. This is really a "must" if you are to work your way around the desktop in a smooth and easy manner.
I've since purchased an iMac 21" i3 with 8GB of RAM. I'm not sorry for that purchase either. Both computers do just what they are advertised to do....compute.
As a general user, I find the applications from the MAC Store to be quite sufficient for my needs and I can run about 95% of the types of applications that I once ran on my Intel based PC.
I've been a member of the TechRepublic and ZDNet for about 4 months and have enjoyed reading the various articles/blogs comparing the MAC against the WIN Operating Systems. I often get amused by the strong opinions on both sides and can't help wanting to join in on some to request that both sides "grow-up", but that thought quickly drops, as such comments would only gender more strife.
Like you, I believe that one's choice of computer is not necessairly based on the OS, but the entire package. I agree with you about the quality of workmanship and design features in the Apple line of products. I also have an iPad2, 16GB of RAM and simply WiFi. I enjoy and appreciate the design and functionality of the iPad. It nicely integrates with the iMac and MBP and I'm able to use the iCloud/Dropbox and GoFlex external storage and sync functions seemlessly. I also use Google Chrome and Firefox with their sync features to keep all applicable bookmarks/favorites/settings and the like synced between all three computers.
I must agree with most people I talk to about the Mac. It is NOT cheap. But, I only purchase computers when absolutely necessary. I invested a good hunk of change to get the three machines that I have and don't expect to make any further purchases for some years to come. As a note, I just upgraded the Laptop to the latest OS, i.e., LION and noted that the laptop really runs a good deal faster. Oh, yes, one other small item asociated with that upgrade; I installed a 512GB Solid State Drive. I wonder if that had anything to do with the improved performance.
All-in-All, I believe there a some great platforms on both sides of the Isle and I can't end this comment without a short sentence about the LINUX OS. It too, is a great OS, with some fine features and somewhat unlimited possibilities.
Again, I appreciated your article and look forward to reading the posts that will follow.
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