Once you go Mac -you DO go back. Sorry but I just couldn't resist that pun. To make a long story short, I bought a Mac in 2009 but after a few months discovered it was not for me and ended up selling it on Craigslist and going back to Windows. I need to tell you my story because you too may have been tempted to move from Windows to Mac. If you research whats better windows or mac – you'll find that most people on the web only talk about how wonderful Macs are. I need to tell you the stuff that they don't so you can decide for yourself.
3 Things I did not like about the Mac.
1. There is no MS Outlook for Mac. This was the MAIN reason why I switched back to the Windows. The email and calendar software that the Mac uses did not suit my needs. The Mac email program is primitive next to MS Outlook.
Microsoft does have a program called ” Entourage ” but I found it difficult to use. For example, I have a very large email list that I send a personal training email newsletter to (email me if you want me to add you to my newsletter list).
I keep people on the newsletter list separate from my other contacts. So, I have 2 lists of contacts. I could never figure out how to add two separate email lists to Entourage. That meant I had to use the Apple mail program.
FYI. While I could easily move my contacts from Outlook (in windows) to Apple, it took me ALL DAY to figure out how to move my contacts from the Mac back to Windows. Tip. If you ever have to move your contacts from the Mac back to Windows, Apple has a program called MobleMe that will do it. That's what I did. Nothing else but MobileMe worked.
Apple Mail was not as good as MS Outlook. In Outlook, I could highlight one contact and press the Shift and page down buttons and highlight multiple people at once. This made sending out my fitness newsletters much easier.
In Apple Mail, I could only depress the Shift and down arrow. This meant it took longer to highlight everybody. This might sound very petty, but I found it frustrating and time consuming.
Also, I could never figure out how to get the spell checker in MS Office for Mac to work with the Apple mail. I wanted the spell checker to automatically correct my spelling mistakes (I make a lot of them!).
I also did not like the Mac Calendar program. The calendar in MS Office for Windows is far superior.
2. And then there was Quicken… There were NO SOUND EFFECTS in Quicken for Mac. If you use Quicken for the PC, you know that when you enter a transaction, you hear a sound to let you know you did something. You don't hear anything in Quicken for Mac.
You would be surprised at how much you rely on that sound to let you know you entered a transaction correctly.
3. My Quicken files (from the PC) would not transfer to Quicken for Mac (at least, I couldn’t figure out how to do it), so I lost several years worth of financial data. That may be a Quicken issue or Apple problem. I'm not sure but I want to mention this because you may find yourself in the same boat I did.
Are Macs Easier to Use?
If you currently use a PC, you will find some things difficult in Mac. I think like that PC. I don't think like a Mac. So for me, some things were different.
For example, I even had trouble setting the time on my I-Mac. It took me over 5 minutes to figure out where the on/off button was too. The button was so well flushed with the machine that I couldn't even feel it at first. For this and other reasons I think that the idea that Macs are easier is just marketing spin.
If you are in the fitness industry -or own a business, think about how you will use the Mac before you buy it. Will you use it for fun or will you use it mostly for business? For example think about:
- Will the Mac software let you do what you need to do -business wise
- Does your favorite software have a Mac version? Also, is the Mac version as good as the Windows version? Does the Mac version of the software let you easily import your data from Windows to Mac?
- If you use Firefox for web surfing, do your favorite Firefox themes and Firefox ad-ons and extensions have a Mac version? When I had my I-Mac I noticed most Firefox Themes were for Windows.
Regardless, whatever you do, go to the Apple store and play with a Mac first. Bring questions with you so that the salespeople can help you decide if a Mac is right for you.