I’m a MAC, and I’m a PC

Comparing and Contrasting PCs and MACs 

“I’m a MAC” and “I’m a PC” are phrases you may have heard over the years through endless advertising campaigns on television. Rival companies Apple and Microsoft both devised these campaigns to display what their own product was capable of. Apple was first out of the gate with their own commercials featuring Justin Long and John Hodgman. Every one of these commercials had the intent of showing a fault of a PC and why a MAC is the superior choice in that specific area. Apple’s commercials made Microsoft look lame and out of date. As a rebuttal, Microsoft launched an ad campaign showing how many different kinds of people use PC and how it is still more than up to date with the rest of the world. According to both of these companies, their products are superior to the other. Where is the hard evidence, though?

A distinct difference between the two competing devices is the software that these machines contain. Software is defined as the collection of computer programs and related data that provides the instructions for telling a computer what to do and how to do it. The two competing companies have their own unique software with its own features and personality.

Microsoft’s newest addition to the Windows family is Windows 8. This young buck of an operating system features a new style of organization for users. Instead of a “Start Menu” like previous versions of Windows operating systems, there appears a “Start Screen” with a grid of updating tiles that represent applications. Windows 8 is an improvement from Windows 7 in speed of applications, shutdown time, and start up time. A good number of PCs also come installed with the Microsoft Office Suite which is full of highly useful application such as Word, Powerpoint, and Excel.

Apple’s most recent software is OSX Mountain Lion. This software keeps the same feel of the past version of Apple’s software with a dock of highly used applications on one of the sides of the screen with the rest of the desktop empty for files to be placed there if wanted. A great feature of the OSX Mountain Lion is the iCloud. The iCloud allows you to access any files (photos, songs, and word documents) from your desktop on an Apple device. For example, if you upload your family photos to the iCloud and pull out your iPhone 5, you will see that you have access to all of those photos. As well as iCloud, Apple devices have iTunes installed in all of their devices. This nifty application is a storefront for one of the largest collections of music and videos on the internet. Also, Apple includes phenomenal media editing software unavailable on PCs. This is one of the most popular highlights of having a MAC.

The most long-lived, sought-after ability of a software is the speed at which programs will run. A test of speed was conducted between OSX Mountain Lion and Windows 8 using an Apple laptop loaded with both operating systems.

The Results:

Category                         Winner

Start up Time:                   Windows

Shutdown Time:                 Apple

CD Ripping:                       Apple

Large File
Folder Copying:                  Apple

Browser Speed
(Safari/FireFox):                 Windows

Overall, it looks like Apple’s software ran faster than Windows. However, seeing that the test had to be conducted on an Apple laptop, these tests can’t be taken to heart as 100% accurate because it is unfeasible to try to install OSX Mountain Lion on anything but an Apple computer.

One side of the coin in computing is software. The opposite side of this metaphorical piece of mintage is the hardware of a computer. Hardware is defined as the machines, wiring, and other physical components of a computer or other electronic system. Windows computers are preferred by many because of how easily they can be customized. Because of the way their hardware is designed, users can replace graphics cards, RAM chips, CD drives, motherboards and other internal hardware at their discretion. Most Mac models, on the other hand, are difficult to upgrade apart from RAM and a few other basic components. Most changes require a visit to an Apple store.

Both of these competing titans each have their own set of pros and cons. Whether it be the fact that Apple has somewhat expensive computers or that PCs don’t have the best video editing software, people will be turned off by one of these computers. The only one that can make the decision of whether MAC or PC is better is the consumer. So, what is it going to be? MAC or PC?

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