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#1 NightCrawler.

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 22:53

Coming from using Windows XP and Windows 7, and reading how some people love Mac OS X after switching while others don't - I'm feeling a bit conflicted here. I want to make the switch to try it out but at the same I don't. 
 
All I use my computer for is browsing the web, writing, music, excel, downloading, managing documents etc. Just regular stuff. Would the supposed pleasure experienced from OS X on a Macbook be worth it? Price is not a factor, so just tell me your views based on the actual OS rather than Apples hardware or prices.
 
I would love to hear your views.



#2 Max Norris

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 23:10

It won't have any problems with "regular stuff", assuming nothing Windows specific is in the mix the biggest hurdle would be just getting used to it, the "Apple way" is a fair bit different.  Best bet would probably be to go to an Apple store and mess with one, it's an expensive investment to jump in on a whim.  I know some who like it and some who don't.  It's a good OS, but whether or not you'll actually like it nobody here can answer, it doesn't "do it" for me personally and it hasn't given me a compelling reason to switch, but that's just me and not a knock against the OS, like I said I know a few who love it to death too.  Of course do your homework too, make sure everything you want/need is available, different ecosystems will have different software available.. a lot is multi-platform but there's a lot that isn't too on both sides.  Day to day "regular stuff" typically won't be an issue though, most everything is either available or there'll be a just as good workalike usually, especially if gaming or professional software isn't in the equation.



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Posted 03 August 2014 - 23:16

It'll work ok for you if you do general computing. If price isn't a factor, then no problem, go for it.

 

If you extensively use Excel, I would stick with the Windows version though.



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Posted 03 August 2014 - 23:20

Office for Mac is slightly less good but still OK. Besides that most people will probably enjoy OS X more as the whole OS feels a bit more finished. There are stricter design guidelines and most developers follow them closely. On Windows everything can get messy.



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Posted 03 August 2014 - 23:22

As long as you don't buy a Mac and expect OS X to work the same way Windows does, then you will be fine. 

Go into a store and spend some time playing around with it.



#6 OP NightCrawler.

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 23:37

I've played with it and I find it kind of annoying that the x square and minimize are on the other side and that they keyboards are quite different.

 

But I have told myself that it'd be one of those things I'd get used to, and perhaps at the end I will enjoy using it far more than Windows.

 

I do love the dock, the scrolling and the general sleekness of the OS too. All in all, I feel like I will have to spend a good month using it to know how I feel. 

 

Thank you for your comments, would like for someone who's made the switch to tell me how they ended up feeling after switching. Did you miss Windows? Did you regret the switch? Or did you tell yourself I wish had switched before? Or did you just think meh - both are good.



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Posted 03 August 2014 - 23:48

2 week OS X user here :-) I have been enjoying it, it's quite different than Windows, but not too hard to get used to, one thing though, be sure any application you cannot live without exists in the Mac or at least make sure there's a good alternative, in these two weeks I have come to find out that the OS lacks in this department, sure there's always good "paid" applications for pretty much everything, but the assortment of free choices isn't as great as in Windows.

 

PS: Still a Windows user here and I love it, just got this Mac as a toy and to learn the OS etc.



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Posted 03 August 2014 - 23:50

I use both.  A MBP at home and Windows everywhere else.  Win7 and Win8 at work and Win8.1 at home.

 

For "most" everyday regular usage, the MBP is fine, but as mentioned Office is as good on Mac.  Mainly in regards to Outlook and calendar syncing for me.  Also, easy and quick access to file system is a little more complicated.  Networks shares are sometimes finicky.  Some of it is just not being familiar with it.  I don't have to rely on it, so I don't learn all the ins and outs.  If I need to do "real work", I remote into a Windows machine.

 

Not to mention gaming.  I haven't really tried gaming on my Mac.  I do that in Windows. 

 

If you need to do anything on a Mac hardware-wise, it's a pain.  I bought a hard drive from OWC specifically so I wouldn't have to do anything else, and I STILL needed to by a fan control program because it would go wild all the time.  Plus you need suction cups the get the screen of an iMac.  As for laptops, good luck getting them apart and changing parts.



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Posted 03 August 2014 - 23:55

2 week OS X user here :-) I have been enjoying it, it's quite different than Windows, but not too hard to get used to, one thing though, be sure any application you cannot live without exists in the Mac or at least make sure there's a good alternative, in these two weeks I have come to find out that the OS lacks in this department, sure there's always good "paid" applications for pretty much everything, but the assortment of free choices isn't as great as in Windows.

 

PS: Still a Windows user here and I love it, just got this Mac as a toy and to learn the OS etc.

 

Dude that's preety cool, so you've made the switch! You make good points - apart from Office, Spotify, Itunes, VLC and Chrome (which are all available on mac) I don't have any need for any particular app. I am interested by the potential for using the apps that are not available on Windows like Iphoto etc - have you used them and found them useful?

 

And the big question, so far, would you say you love windows or mac osx more?



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Posted 04 August 2014 - 00:12

If you're comfortable with what you have, why switch?

 

I'd stick with Windows 7 for now. (Y)

And yes, I've used both.



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Posted 04 August 2014 - 00:20

I've worked with both as far back as I can remember. Frankly, as someone who designs and builds system software for a living, in recent years I been getting very frustrated using OSX. A lot of the little things you take for granted in Windows is simply missing in Mac. The lack of a right-button on the mouse was supposed to be "elegant", forcing software designers into a "modal" way of thinking. Now it's just a nuisance. On a big screen or multiple monitors you'll find yourself constantly moving the mouse to the top of the screen since the menu bar stays there and doesn't follow the active window. Lack of drag and drop support and non-active dialog boxes add to the frustration. Windows, particularly 7 and 8.1 are noticeably faster too. Truth is, Windows is a vastly more powerful OS, particularly if you're a power user. Paying so much more for a computer that does so much less isn't worth it IMHO.

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 00:27

I've worked with both as far back as I can remember. Frankly, as someone who designs and builds system software for a living, in recent years I been getting very frustrated using OSX. A lot of the little things you take for granted in Windows is simply missing in Mac. The lack of a right-button on the mouse was supposed to be "elegant", forcing software designers into a "modal" way of thinking. Now it's just a nuisance. On a big screen or multiple monitors you'll find yourself constantly moving the mouse to the top of the screen since the menu bar stays there and doesn't follow the active window. Lack of drag and drop support and non-active dialog boxes add to the frustration. Windows, particularly 7 and 8.1 are noticeably faster too. Truth is, Windows is a vastly more powerful OS, particularly if you're a power user. Paying so much more for a computer that does so much less isn't worth it IMHO.

How about the inability to size Finder windows full screen without manually adjusting it?  Apple apparently thinks their users aren't smart enough to know what they want, so they do it for them.

 

Im aware that Yosemite kinda fixes this, but the whole full screen paradigm that OS X uses that literally overtakes the entire screen, including the dock and menu bar (and other monitors) is stupid.  Is it too hard to just let us click the "+" and have it occupy the full screen but let us easily switch to other apps and not cover up everything else?  It is very disruptive.



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Posted 04 August 2014 - 00:40

I recently purchased a MacBook Air for general use (web, music, productivity) and it is solid. My primary OS is Windows (because work says so) but for "general" usage, my experience has been quite pleasant. 

 

I do light excel for finances on the MBA via Gdocs and haven't had any trouble with that. I don't think you have to be OS specific for what your uses are so I'd suggest whatever is comfortable financially and from a usability perspective.



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Posted 04 August 2014 - 00:40

Keep in mind guys I will be upgrading from my current laptop with Windows 7 to a Touschreen Windows 8.1 Laptop (But I could downgrade to Windows 7 with touch if I don't like it) OR a Macbook - so I will either be using a touchscreen laptop with tilt and stand (I could find touchscreen amazing since I use the laptop while lying down a lot - perfect distance) or a Macbook. Both are the same price.

 

The only things pushing me towards the Mac is the fact that I've never had it. Based on the responses so far - I'm leaning away from the Mac and to the touchscreen laptop (no matter the hate touchscreen laptops get I think I could benefit from it) (but I also could benefit from the great Macbook Trackpad and the elegance of OS X).

 

I'm still feeling a little conflicted :/



#15 Mr. Dee

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 00:55

If you simply want to experiment with the OS X environment, either setup a virtual machine or purchase a second cheap MacBook Pro or Mini that can run Mavericks. I use to have a hackintosh and I must admit, it was fun to play with during the Tiger days, in fact, this was during the Vista betas. At one point I stopped booting into Windows and was booting into Tiger day in and out. The OS X UI is very basic and guess that is what gives it the advantage of being considered as easy to use. At the same time, its not really power user friendly, lack of cut and paste. Its a very modal user experience. Windows 7/8.1 is very flexible.

 

I do like the gestures in OS X though, fluid and fast.