• Serena McGowan

Apple vs. Windows, Who is the Real Winner?

Updated: Mar 30

This debate has been circling the internet for years. There will always be the “strictly Apple” people and then the “strictly anything other than Apple” people. I think what it really boils down to is usage. How are you going to use this computer? Are you designing? Are you coding? Are you writing documents? Are you presenting your findings? These are all factors that should play a role in which computer you’re investing in.

When I was looking to upgrade my laptop, the first priority was the processor. I knew I was going to be working with graphics, code, editing, and potentially designing websites so I needed something that would be able to handle all of that simultaneously. I started looking at Windows computers but in the end, I landed with the Macbook Pro. This computer stood out the most because it was specifically designed for IT professionals, music producers, photographers, and videographers.

Before investing in the Mac, I did own an Asus. The Asus was the first laptop I ever owned and carried me throughout my undergraduate career. It was one that folded back into a tablet and the screen was a touch screen. It was great for all my basic IT classes and electives. However, once I started giving it a heavier load, it could not keep up. That’s when I knew I needed something more powerful.

Let’s compare the brands in depth. While Apple and Windows both have their pro’s, there are also con’s and we’ll be looking at both.

Both have very user friendly operating system set-ups. You can either bypass the log-in option or log in with an account to sync your information across the board. Logging in on same operating system devices allows you to sync contacts, text messages, photos, videos, and more. However, once you’re all set up and ready to begin using the computer, I think Windows wins with their start menu and organization. The start menu has all your most recently used apps right on top for easy access. Yes, you can pin apps to your dock with macOS, but it takes time to customize everything the way you want it.

Another Win for Windows (ha, see what I did there?! #cornytechjokes) is the massive variety of hardware choices. Monitors come in all different shapes and sizes and range from basic to curved and touch screen. Windows also has many different accessories that work with it. Even though Apple offers a set size for monitors, a cool feature is that you can run the macOS operating system either on an Apple monitor or a non-Apple monitor. Windows, unlike Apple, provides an array of customization for building your computer from the bottom up at a reasonable cost. You can build a basic computer or include all the bells and whistles.

Both companies deploy their computers with default applications. Depending on your interests, I think this category could be a tie. Apple computers come with some awesome editing applications. Windows computers come with media players. Both come with games so that’s an added win. Personally, I think the default apps on Apple computers are better.

In the end, it comes down to what you’re looking to use it for.

If you’re looking to just create files for work/school and don’t want to pay an arm and a leg, I’d advise moving toward a Windows machine. If you’re doing more with design and are looking for a machine that is specifically for that, side with Apple. If synchronicity is important, side with your phone manufacturer. The possibilities are endless. It just all boils down to being realistic financially and making wise choices based on your needs and wants.

Feel free to agree or disagree, let’s talk more in the comments below!