So I made the switch. I had thought about it last year, I almost settled on a Mac Mini but I decided to wait to see the new line of Mac Minis that were to be released in the year. Then Ross came along and it was forgotten about.
So what makes someone who has been against the high price of Macs and the general rubbish spreading of Apple buy one?
Well mostly Windows 8, I’ve had a play around with it and I find it very “Meh”. Also I find that most new laptops that I’ve had shoved under my nose to fix or sort out have been horrid either in size, the touchpad is just naff or the sheer amount of crap the manufacturer loads onto it is irritating.
I want to start making more and more games. I almost have the complete set of graphics for Space Debris and I am planning my next game. I want to be able to have the option to deploy the games onto Android, iOS, Mac and Windows and I think Macs are a good platform for deploying onto Android, iOS and Mac. For Windows I already have my desktop PC.
So, after about a week am I happy with it?
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I love it, it is quite slick has some nice features and the trackpad isn’t rubbish.
OS X is very nice, I’ve never had a long play about with it. I think a grand total of about an hour over the whole of my time using computers has been spent using it. I remember reading about full screen apps every article I read made it to me sound like that would be the default behaviour of all apps. Thankfully it doesn’t seem to be that way and actually the full screen option is rather nice. To go through all fullscreen apps & get back to the desktop you simply do a 4 finger swipe.
I also tried facetime which is quite nice, Emma uses it to facetime her folks and show off Ross to them. I think it might come in quite handy as Ross gets older and also I can facetime everyone who has an iPhone too.
So as I’ve said I find trackpads on some laptops to be horrid, they are either just a smooth surface and positioned in such a way that I accidentally touch them while typing, or they just don’t seem to respond when I am trying to move the pointer somewhere. Then of course you have areas on them for scrolling up and down, left and right which just annoy me as I goto move the pointer but end up scrolling the page.
The touchpad on the Mac is multitouch as I alluded too earlier. Two finger taps bring up the right click menu, Three finger taps on a word brings up a dictionary definition of that word. It works very much like a tablet; pinch to zoom, 2 fingers to scroll and go back etc.
I don’t know what they are like on new laptops with Windows 8 but I guess now touchscreens are becoming the “in-thing” they will begin to be forgotten about.
I haven’t used much of the software like Garageband etc but I’m sure when I get back home after this break I will have a play around.
So was it worth the money?
Difficult to say, hardware wise they aren’t as well specced as cheaper windows laptops, but at the same time it isn’t bogged down with 30 day trials of Norton, (Insert Manufacturer) quick start rubbish. So the experience is quick and unobtrusive, also I guess because the hardware isn’t as variable applications tend to run well enough on the “budget” Macs.
Before I would probably have said “No way in hell” now I’m not so sure, if I can still use it in 3-4 years time and never have to reinstall then Yes it is worth it.