It’s been almost two months since I dumped my last Windows computer, and returned to full-time Apple fan boy status. It’s been great. Almost perfect, in fact.
Here are my observations, two months in.
1. Macs are beautiful. Period. That may seem a little silly to those who are still beating away on their dusty, loud and aesthetically challenged Windows computers. But think about it. Many of us spend large parts of our day tethered to a computer for one purpose or another. There’s something really Zen-like about sitting down in front of my cordless, contained iMac, compared to the mess of gear and cables that used to percolate on and under my desk.
2. With only one exception, I don’t miss any of the software that isn’t available on Macs. For one, the cloud has made much installed software irrelevant. I only use 5-6 local programs regularly, and all but one of them have Mac versions. As Macs continue to gain market share, we’ll see less and less Windows-only applications.
3. Much of the core Mac software is wonderful. I absolutely love iPhoto. Love, love, love it. iMovie is not as powerful as Video Studio Pro, but it is incredibly easy to use. And not owned by Corel. I expect Final Cut Pro is plenty powerful, but I haven’t tried to tackle it yet.
I can’t really talk about video without mentioning… the Guy on a Buffalo. I’ve watched those videos teens of times, and they are still hilarious.
4. The Magic Trackpad lives up to its name. I was such a fan of Microsoft’s Trackball Explorer that I bought a bunch of extras when they stopped making them. But after a week or so with the Magic Trackpad, I can’t imagine using anything else, by choice. I still have to use a 5 year old, dusty, crash-prone Dell box at work. My morning buzz-kill-of-a routine consists of booting up that dinosaur, and waiting for it to crash when I try to email a big attachment. If I had my way (sadly, I don’t with the IT folks at my company), I’d bring my own iMac up there, install Parallels, let them put all the corporate bloatware in there, and otherwise maintain my computing efficiency and karma.
5. The day to day experience is, well, just better. I added iOS 5 to three iPhones and two iPads this week, which also required updating iTunes and other computer programs. The process was really easy on Macs. But on the one remaining Windows computer in our house- my daughter’s laptop- it was kludgy and hard. The Windows navigation system seems cluttered, and the laptop touchpad is almost painful to use. I really hate having to add software to that computer.
But it’s not all perfect in Apple land.
Anyone who believes that Macs never lock-up or crash, hasn’t used one very much. They do. Not as often as Windows machines, but it happens. I have had a few moments where I wanted to find every beach ball in the world, and rip them to shreds.
But, all things considered, I can’t imagine ever going back to Windows. That just doesn’t seem, you know, fun.