As many of you know, I'm a cartoonist, as well as an IT Specialist, and many of my cartooning friends use Macs - in fact, many creatives use Apple Macs (in various guises) and will continue to do so, no matter what. Many have tried to convince me to convert, and many times have I thought about it - and declined.
"But why do you decline?" you may ask. "Surely they're stuff is great!".
Let me start by linking a review of the new Apple iMac 21.52 2012 version - this is for balance (!)
Ok - Apple make good products. They are well engineered, look stunning, perform well, and provide a great user experience. They are also expensive, difficult to repair / upgrade, and are somewhat proprietary in their nature. Back in the Nineties, I was using Atari STs at home, PCs at work. I loved my Atari - it was quick, slick and a joy to use, but it suffered form the same blight as the iMac, as it was expensive to upgrade, and proprietary. By 1996, I was solely PC based, and have been ever since.
PCs may be a bit clunky, a bit large, and not as sexy as Apples, but they are cheap to upgrade / repair, and cheap to purchase - I can buy a PC that will out-perform an iMac for less money, and for those of you who would argue that buying a PC means that you're locked into that user experience, I would point out that not only can you run Windows on a PC, but you can run Linux (my personal favourite is PCLinuxOS) or even OSX (although you're not supposed to...)
In short, a PC is cheaper to buy, cheaper to run, and just as good. I liken the Apple/PC choice to that of buying a Ferrari/Honda - both will get you where you want to go, but it'll be cheaper and more reliable in the Honda (and yes, I DO drive a honda)...