The day was Wednesday 11th June 2014. The time was approximately 1pm. I had just woken up from my nightshift to find my new toy had landed. To say I was excited was a vast understatement. This was the day I finally migrated from PC to Mac.
A bit of background for you, anyone who knows me will tell you that I am an absolute tech geek. I love all different kind of gadgets and devices but for years I swore by using Windows PCs. I guess it was because it was so easy to use and you could customise each PC to the way you worked. When Windows 8 was launched I was totally excited, it looked so cool and great to begin with. Even after owning an iPhone and iPad I had always said that I would never go to Mac. This was because in past experiences of using Macs they were found to be tricky and very alien like to what I was used to.
Windows let me down the minute Windows 8 was released. With so much hype I thought that it would be the bees knees but it really wasn’t to be. The software was buggy and there were a lot of empty promises made. It was an ongoing battle trying to sort out OneDrive (or SkyDrive as it’s formally known) that I just ended up getting really annoyed at it. Even through this, I vowed to stick by it and not go to Mac. As far as I was concerned, Mac was a no go. I just wouldn’t get it I kept telling myself.
Anyway, so iOS 8 was recently announced along with OS X Yosemite for the Mac. I found myself watching the live stream of the conference in which they announced it and I am so glad I did because I finally woke up to the potential of the Mac, let alone iOS. They made it look perfect, with so much more promise than Windows ever did.
After a lot of research, I finally decided to take the plunge from my old Windows device. It was time for a change and I was determined to master using a Mac.
Well, let me tell you. I surprised myself at how well I got on with using a Mac. In fact, in a lot of ways it is so much easier and simpler to use than a PC. I was setup in seconds. There was only one minor issue I came across, which is the fact that Mac’s can only read NTFS HDD external drives and not write to them (or not supposed to anyway). Then again, I am eyeing up the amazing thunderbolt and the possibility of a thunderbolt drive to stream my movies and shows from.
All in all, I am extremely impressed. I won’t lie to you, Mac’s are expensive. However, I am so so pleased I made this purchase and it’s safe to say I will be Mac for life now. Even using Windows PC’s now I see a lot of drawbacks that it can’t do in relation to a Mac. Who knew you could have an unlimited amount of desktops? How brilliant!!
What gets me though is how Windows charges users to use office applications such as Excel, Word at ridiculous prices whilst mac casually lets users have similar products for free. I can tell you how much I am going to love saving £7.99 per month on that alone. Don’t even get me started on the iCloud/Cloud Storage prices. Let’s just say, the latest Apple keynote said it all.
Apple have won me over completely and utterly. They have fantastic customer service, offering to go out of their way to show me some tips and how to get the best out of my Mac by literally showing me on my own screen! This is remote access of course but it was great to see how excellent their customer service was.
I urge anyone who is sitting on the fence to go for it. Take the plunge as you will absolutely not forget it! iMac is the one to beat!