Half a year ago I had saved enough money to replace my old laptop, which had turned into a stationary PC because of a broken screen.
My sister had been using Mac for years on MacBooks and told me that I had to try it out. I talked with a lot of friends about this - both Mac users and PC users - and the Mac side of my friends told me it had been an easy transition and that they were all happy about it and the PC side said I shouldn't bother. I should add that the PC side actually haven't tried Mac too much.
So with that in my mind, I went and got myself a MacBook Pro with the anticipation of a good experience. At first it seemed like my transition would go well and that life with Mac was indeed as smooth as I had been told.
Being quite a big gamer, I installed Windows via BootCamp to accommodate that need. I had Portal 2 installed for Mac via the Steam client, but it just didn't run as smooth as I had hoped on the Mac platform. So, with both Windows and Mac on my laptop, I thought I would be satisfied.
Then I gradually became more and more frustrated with the difference of how Mac handles things like folder structure compared to Windows. There are other things that irritate me, but I have been booting into Windows for the last 4 months, so I have blissfully forgotten those in the meantime. I just remember the frustration with Mac. Also, the lack of support from Logitech for Mac made all the nice buttons of my favorite mouse unusable. I did get a copy of SteerMouse, but that has gone sour and doesn't recognize the button assignment anymore, destroying workflow. Also things like the way the interface of Photoshop is not collected into a single window but is kind of scattered along the edges of the screen irritates me, as I often click in the area next to the canvas area to get out of the selection menus. If I do that in Mac, the interface disappears altogether as I have clicked "outside" the interface. Word's interface is also different from PC, which destroys my workflow every time I try writing something in Mac. I guess I am slowly remembering what irritated me about Mac now. Destruction of workflow.
The thing is that I have all things photography installed on my Mac, so I hardly ever get any post-processing done, as I am in Windows all the time. I have a 250 GB partition for Windows and a 500 GB partition for Mac. The 500 GB more or less just sits there, as it is not possible to copy to the drive from Windows, making them slightly useless for me. The Windows partition is almost full and cannot accommodate photography related programs because of games taking up the space.
I know almost all of my issues with using Mac is not because of Mac itself but comes from what I have been used to with PC. My main grudge is that my sister and my friends on the Mac side all said that the transition would be painless and easy. For me it hasn't been. I'm also the kind of person who takes a long time getting into new stuff because I am lazy. If it doesn't work logically based on the experiences I have had with previous encounters of similar scenarios I get easily frustrated. I would probably embrace Mac if someone with knowledge of how to make it behave as I expect it to (or to tell me how to expect it to behave) would sit down with me and work through my issues.
For now, though I regret spending a third extra of a very good PC laptop's price for the Mac, just to have a Windows laptop with a small hard drive and decent battery life. The battery is quite neat, though, as I can play Skyrim for 50-60 minutes which is the duration of my bus ride to and from university.
All in all, I will probably not be getting a Mac again based on personal preference and my disappointment that it wasn't as easy to go from PC to Mac as my friends and sister had let me to believe.
For me, PC is the right choice.
Esben - used to be a wide angle photographer but then I took a Fuji X100 in the knee