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Microsoft VS Apple: What Would You Choose?

Let’s pretend that the lifelong argument of Windows vs <insert feline animal here> has never been brought up.  From a design standpoint, why do people favor one over the other?  Leaving everything out of the equation other than the design of the Windows logo and the Apple logo, and perhaps the physical appearance of their machines, what drives people from needing to purchase a computer to making the decision to buy one from Microsoft or Apple.

Buying a computer is a respectable sized investment.  It’s similar to buying a car in that it depreciates almost immediately, it accrues wear and tear over time, and things can and do break depending on the user/brand/etc.

So, obviously buying a computer without doing any research of your own wouldn’t be very smart; but if you had to use your design instincts to guide you and ultimately make the decision to buy a Windows based machine versus an Apple made product, which would you choose, and why?

For a long time I thought to myself, I will forever be a Windows guy because I am also a gamer, and most games aren’t compatible with Macs without using Boot Camp or some other dual booting program which in my opinion kind of defeats the purpose of buying a Mac in the first place.  Currently, Apple simply seems to be what’s “in.”  Many people prefer Apple products for one reason or another whether it’s word of mouth, advertisements, previous experience, you name it–personally, I feel that they’ve left out a category of consumers that I fit into, so they aren’t my complete package.

This argument forces the designer in us to leave technical specifications aside and choose our computers based on what we see, not what drives it.  Looking at comparable Windows devices and Apple devices as well as their logos, is one really that far behind the other, or are they on par with one another?

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