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Computer purchase? Should I purchase an Apple or Windows OS? I have read that Apple has English speaking techs & are rated best for support. Plus they have less problems. I have used both, but I am more familar w/Windows OS. Laptop or desk top? Advice please. Thanks.

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I work in the tech industry and have happily used both types of machines. The decision really depends on what you want from the machine... Both are good with multimedia, writing documents, browsing the web, reading email, etc. they really do just about the same things with a few key differences. Windows PCs still have many more professional programs and games that can be installed than Macs. So some 3D software, home design, and lesser known, niche hobby-like options may not be available to you on Mac. The more widely used options are usually available on both. (like Adobe Illustrator/ Photoshop or Microsoft Office). On the other hand, Apple has an advantage in that their computers come with useful software pre-installed (iLife). PCs usually come with a bunch of lower-end software developed by whatever manufacturer you bought from (Sony media player, Samsung 'this', HP 'that'. ) or security packages from Semantec or Mcaffee which mostly just slow down your system (windows defender/ built in security features in windows is all you'll need or want at this day in age) They use this as a perk for buying, but most people won't use them. I recommend uninstalling all or most of them for better performance. If the PC comes with 'real' software, like MS Office, then that may be an incentive for buying a PC. If you've never used a computer before, consider yourself a new student, ready to learn on either. Both have moments of potential frustration, but both are fairly simple to use for basic tasks (web, email, media). If you have basic understanding on either Mac or PC, it may actually be easier to stay on the same platform, and not become confused when things work differently on the other type. It may feel like learning all over again. And some advice for either... Be careful of downloading attachments in email from people you don't know, or things from websites of smaller or unknown companies/people. That's the main source of viruses and problems in performance you could encounter. The last bit comes to price... Macs only come in on the expensive side, but you can find PCs on a spectrum from very cheap to expensive, but you usually get what you pay for. Since so many manufacturers make PCs, the quality of their hardware varies a lot. Do your research as I've seen some low cost PCs last quite well, and some expensive PCs that are reaped with problems because their manufacturer cut corners. I hope this helps!

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The biggest and the main difference between the Apple and Windows based computers is the "Multimedia". The multimedia of Apple computers is very tasteful and outstanding. The experience of fine picture, sound, graphic and movie quality with color and sound is almost magnificent and unsurpassed. At the same time it carries a heavy price tag and this does make them unpopular. So if you are a graphic artist, movie enthusiast, sound engineer, a multimedia junkie or just someone having a very good taste and aesthetic sense or the like having a heavy pocket willing to pay the price than you should go for Apple. The other most prominent aspect is the most negative feature that is that their hardware architecture is prosperity which means that only Apple can keep the technology they make no one else and this is a blow to their popularity also.
On the other hand the Windows based computers are very good at Multimedia at least not as good as Apple but still improvements are being done with leaps and bounds. The biggest advantage of Windows based computer is that they are inexpensive. if you have interest in solving problems and if you are an engineer type of guy or should I say geek even If you are not so techie you still can do a lot as different professionals are doing from all walks of life. I mean to say that a Windows OS based computer is a good companion of a lay man. The open architecture brings us better opportunity to work and learn on the computer hardware for both Engineers and students. The sole quality for Windows computer being of an open architecture makes it highly popular as different companies starting from IBM, HP, DELL etc are manufacturing it making them a market standard.


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