The Mac "Experience" is what I've always wanted

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by Tanto, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. Tanto macrumors member


    Jun 1, 2010
    I'm writing this because I've found the computer experience that I think most everyone has been searching for in a personal computer and thought I would share. Obviously I'm posting this in an area where most everyone will agree (c'mon it's a MAC forum!) but sometimes it's nice to reflect on what we really have under our fingers.

    Many things these days are built under the assumption that it will be discarded within a few years or when it breaks (whatever comes first) so with that design philosophy, there doesn't seem to be a great deal of concern with making sure that all aspects of construction and design are fully taken care of. Sure, there are some aspects of design that have to allow for customization but there are some of us that simply enjoy having a great product right out of the box that we just turn on and it simply works. To be honest, there are few products that I've used that I used and immediately felt like I got every cent of what I spent to get it. Usually, there was always some point where I felt somewhat cheated that I had not gotten exactly what I had asked for.

    2 years ago, I got rid of my Blackberry Pearl and walked into an Apple Store and purchased an iPhone and wow, what a difference that made in my perspective of Apple and everything Windows. I appreciated the solid heft of the new phone in my hand and how smooth, functional, and at the same time, simple operating system that was at once powerful yet easy to use. What occured was the realization that I had been missing out on something really great. For the first time everything worked and when I did need to "dig" into the OS it was easy to find everything that I was looking for, usually in a click or two. I'm sure anyone who has used Windows can relate to having to dig through multiple menus and tabs just to find what you were looking for that seemed to be hidden for no reason whatsoever. What was impressive was that a company (Apple) had taken the time and care to really think out their product and deliver a nearly unparalleled build quality that combines such functionality and simplicity that still looks great in your hand or on a desk.

    That brings me to my next point which is the heart and soul of why I'm writing this. For years the computer world has simply crammed more and more complexity into their products to keep up with new standards and technologies for the sake of progress and largely ignored the fact that it's great to have a whole lot of capabilities but what's the point if it's so complicated that you need to have a fair mastery of Windows just to make something work? I remember playing around with Windows 3.1x, 95, 98, 2000, XP, Vista and eventually 7 and I never felt like I got the experience that was really possible with all the hardware and software that was out there. It always felt like I was still working with a prettier version of Windows 95 in all honesty. Windows XP started a slight transition in the model with trying to simplify certain processes but I think that it was at best a half-hearted attempt that just made things more frustrating and it only got worse with Windows 7.

    So a few months ago, I started working with a lot of people who had a Mac and at first I dismissed it as nothing special. The first time I used the interface and looked over a regular MacBook and especially the MacBook Pro , I was simply blown away. I could hardly believe that it was all so simple, well-thought out and powerful at the same time. Everything that I had been looking for in every PC experience and ultimately been left disappointed.

    So after a couple months, I was completely hooked. I sold my recently purchased Windows laptop and bought a 15" MacBook Pro. Now I look back at all the years that I used Windows and it makes me appreciate the MacBook Pro that I'm using to type this post on.

    Now I have the computing experience that I've always been looking for. Thanks for reading.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)

    When you run into the various inevitable problems that new users typically have, ask Mroogle before you start a new thread on it. It'll save you time.
  3. Tanto thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 1, 2010
    I agree. I searched using MRoogle and only found archived threads that I couldn't open, let alone post in and the ones I did find talked more about specific buying questions that I felt did not entirely encompass what I wished to post about.

    If you can provide a direct link, I will gladly PM a moderator to have this moved to a pre-existing thread.
  4. BarnacleGrim macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2010
    And here I keep complaining about Apple's poor build quality. :rolleyes:

    But you're absolutely right about Microsoft. Windows 1.0 through ME was a piece of crap shell running on a piece of crap CP/M clone. And then there's the piece of crap OS/2 clone...

    But it does show you that you don't have to work hard to become the biggest software company, you just have to fool a lot of executives.

    Mac OS X was long overdue, though. A NeXT-based Mac OS when they switched to PowerPC would have been awesome.
  5. KeriJane macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    A Warm Welcome To Tanto!

    Hi Tanto.

    Welcome to the Forum.

    I'm a Windows to Mac switcher also, having switched a little over 2 years ago.

    Yes, it's a far better experience.
    Yes, Macs have fantastic, nicely made hardware.
    Yes, Macs have virtually none of the common Windows problems.

    They're not perfect, but what is?

    One thing about this Forum though, there's an awful lot of Mac Critics and Haters. You'd think they would stay away from a Mac Forum but they don't.
    They are best ignored.
    There are also people who consider newbies to be a pain and will brush you off in a hearbeat. Don't let them get you down.

    It is best to use MRoogle to search for existing answers and/or threads on the topic, especially if you have a specific question but otherwise feel free to start a new thread.

    Enjoy your Mac and MacRumors! :)

    Have Fun,
  6. Tanto thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 1, 2010
    Thanks Keri.

    I think every forum that supports a certain brand/product/idea attracts haters. Most are blatantly rude and post in a manner that quickly gets them banned, from my experiences using forums at least. It is good to see someone who can intelligently debate their opinion though.
  7. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    This brought a tear to my eye. It how MR used to be. :(
  8. Amasashi macrumors member

    May 17, 2010
    For years I used to believe that a computer was a complex machine that requires learning, tinkering, and above all, mastery to fully utilize it's capabilities. In my younger days, acquiring such know-how through trial and error and quite a bit of frustration made me felt accomplished.

    Like you, I took my first step into the world of Apple with an iPhone. I was simply blown away by how much easier it was to use than an HTC running Windows Mobile. Which got me thinking, if the iPhone was so vastly superior to a Windows-based smartphone, then the same would go for Macs as well!

    6 months later, I purchased my first Mac, and for the first time in almost 20 years, the computer is working for me and not the other way around. With Windows I always had to work to maintain it in a usable condition, or else suffer problems from the odd lag here and there to the blue screen of death. With a Mac, I feel like I can use all of it's capabilities and push it to the limit without ever worrying that it'll become unstable. Plus, Mac offers a whole slew of functions that really help me be more productive.

    It's what a computer should be. I can't believe I spent all those years on a PC thinking that Apple products were just expensive toys for artists and rich people. I'm glad I was shown the light. Steve does indeed know best, ha ha.
  9. Tanto thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 1, 2010

    I am the same way. It wasn't that I was not longer able to fix my problems with Windows but that I just got tired of constantly doing it. I wouldn't trade all the knowledge I gained from having to "dig" in the many flavors of Windows to make things work but now I'm at the point where I want to leave that experience behind and just do what I want to do and nothing else.
  10. Amasashi macrumors member

    May 17, 2010
    I'm glad for the things that using a PC has taught me, and I would definitely never give it up, but I'm tired of always working out the nooks and crannies just to "keep up with the times".

    Except for hardware. Like a natural geek, I still enjoy fawning over the latest tech. Simply installing hardware is much easier than trying to make software work, though I no longer build my own computers or advise other people to. Mid-line premades are a better choice, money- and time-wise, IMHO.

    I remember in your original post you said something about never getting your money's worth with a PC. Same here. I use the computer for very simple things, namely internet, multimedia, Office (though now it's iWork, LoL) documents, and watching DVDs. I only enjoy the multimedia, not create it. Any basic computer should be able to handle that out of the box, right? Not with a PC. I always had to make sure my PC had mid-high end specs just to run these simple tasks smoothly. And even so, I would never leave too may programs open at the same time. That's just asking for a crash.

    Of course, I soon realized that it wasn't the hardware's fault, but the software's. Apple has proved that time and time again.
  11. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    OP gets it.

    Congrats and may your Apple journey continue!
  12. dball4 macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2010
    I felt the same way and after doing Tech support for my university I grew tired of constantly fixing others and my own computer problems. So I decided to switch and starting tomorrow I will be a Mac user. My work wants me to create how to videos for the Mac to help new users so that is my summer project with my MacBook. I can't wait to enjoy my Mac!

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