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Mac Versus PC: Which One Should I Buy?

Mac Versus PC

For years, there has been a heated debate about which is better: Mac or PC.  Many people have strong opinions about why they prefer one over the other.  You might have heard from friends about how they love their Macs and their reliability.

In writing this article, we are not looking to renew a heated debate.  Instead, we hope to help individuals and businesses who are looking to buy a new computer and are not sure if they want a Mac or PC.

Below, we have outlined several areas where Macs and PCs differ to help you with your purchase decision.

Mac and PC Prices

In general, Macs are marketed as premium computers with quality parts and Computer Pricedesign, so they tend to be more expensive.  Currently, a 12-inch Macbook Air may cost about $1,300, while a 13-inch Macbook Pro runs about $1,500.

For PCs, the cost range is lot greater.  On the one hand, you could buy a basic Windows 10 laptop for a couple hundred dollars.  On the other hand, a Dell XPS 13-inch laptop can be comparable in price to a Mac, especially when you start to add more memory or other features.

If you are looking for a basic computer for reading emails, browsing websites and writing letters, a PC might be the preferable option.  The higher cost of a Mac may not be justified.

Verdict: PC wins because they generally cost less.


In this area, Macs excel.  Apple has spent a lot of time and money in designing sleek, lightweight and modern Macs.  It is obvious they have thought a lot about providing an excellent user experience, while designing practical products.  A 15-inch Mac Book Pro weighs about 4 pounds, while some Dell or HP laptops can weigh over 2 pounds more.  This is a large difference if you are going to be carrying a laptop around all day.


Macbook Pro


The iMac now comes with a super thin display which is just 5MM thin at its edge.  Windows PC all-in-ones, like the new Dell Inspiron 24″, are thicker and bulkier.


In recent years, Windows PC manufacturers have made great strides in design.  A 13-inch Asus Zenbook 430 can weigh under 3 pounds and is ultra thin at 15.9mm.  Dell XPS laptops come with an almost edge-to-edge infinity display for an optimal viewing experience.  Also, many PC laptops, like the Microsoft Surface, allow you to remove the display and use it as a tablet.  Other PCs allow you to bend the display all the way around to adjust to any viewing experience.

Asus ZenbookVerdict: Mac wins this category, but the gap is narrowing. 

Included Features and Software

One feature some computer users like is being able to use a touchscreen on a computer.   The touchscreen lets them scroll up and down or pinch in or out to expand a photo.  This is one area where PCs excel over Macs.  While many PCs come with touchscreens, Apple for the most part has decided not to include this feature.

Touchscreen Laptop

One nice feature of Windows PCs, phones and tablets is that you can use the same user interface and touchscreen features across all devices.  On Apple products (i.e., Macbook Pro, iPad and iPhone), the user interface is different.

In some areas, Macs excel over PCs in how their different devices connect.  For instance, with iMessage, Apple users can start a text on their phone and then finish it on their Mac computer.  They also can use Airdrop to easily share photos with other Apple users, not matter what the device.  Windows PCs are behind in this area.

In terms of the preinstalled software, Macs are ahead of PCs.  They come with Photos, iMovie and other programs.  These allow you to not only view photos, but to edit them in many ways.  With Windows 10, new PCs come with more editing capabilities, but they are no match for a Mac.

Because many manufacturers (i.e., Acer, Dell and HP) make Windows PCs, they often come with preinstalled software which can really slow them down.  HP loads their computers with lots of useless software, like “HP Touchpoint Analytics Client,” which sends your data to HP, but can really slow it down.

Verdict:  Mac and PC tie.   They both offer unique features.

Hardware Upgrades

Following up on the design category, it is easy to why PCs have an edge for hardware upgrades.  Generally, PC makers offer more options when you purchase a new PC.  Also, you can normally upgrade more items on an existing PC, like the hard drive, memory, processor, video card and Wi-Fi card.  Many people design their own customized PCs, like one for gaming.

On the other hand, there are fewer upgrade options on a Mac.  Usually, you can only change the hard drive and memory.

With more detachable panels and larger interior space, PCs make it easier to take them apart and upgrade parts.  These differences allow PCs to be more flexible to changes in technology and the resource requirements of certain software.

Verdict: PCs win this category, because they offer more upgrade options. 

Virus and Malware Infections

In this area, Macs have traditionally had the advantage.  Because newer Macs have operating systems which run on Unix kernel (one of the oldest and most secure operating systems), Macs are less likely to be infected by viruses and malware.  Because Macs only make up less than 10% of the computer market worldwide, those who create viruses are less likely to go after them.


Recently, however, we have seen an uptick in Mac virus and malware infections.  For example, Macs have been hit by ransomware, which scrambles certain files and demands a payment from the Mac user to recover them.

Verdict: Macs beat PCs, because they are more secure.


In general, PCs are easier to repair and the repair cost is lower.  Because PCs are designed to allow their hardware to be upgraded, it is easier to access parts to replace them.  For laptops, all you have to do is unscrew a panel at the bottom and replace a part.  New Macs combine several parts into one, so you have to replace a larger, more expensive part when there is a hardware failure.  For instance, while the motherboard and video card may be separate on PCs, in Macs they are one piece.

In terms of customer service, Apple tends to have the edge over PC manufacturers.  If they experience issues with their Mac, users can make an repair appointment at a local Apple store.  Usually, this goes smoothly and their issue is resolved.  Apple also stands firmly behind their warranty.  We have seen cases where they have given clients an entirely new iPad to make sure they are happy.

For Windows PCs, it can be a nightmare calling any manufacturer’s tech support line.  The caller can wait a half an hour for a someone from a call center in another country to pick up and then get little or no help.

Verdict: Mac and PC tie.  Both have their pluses and minuses in this area.

Video Gaming

In this area, PCs have a definitive advantage.  Because it is easier to customize a new PC or upgrade an existing one, they are better suited for video gaming.  For example, you can add a new video card to PCs to meet the graphic requirements of a new game.

Also, there are so many more video games available on a PC then a Mac.  Finally, PCs let players stream Xbox One and Playstation games, while Macs only allow to stream PlayStation games.

Verdict: PCs win this category by a decisive margin.

Video Games


In deciding between a Mac and Windows PC, your choice will depend on which features are most important.  If you are looking for a basic computer to browse the Internet and check emails, then a PC would be a better choice.  If you plan on doing a lot of photo or video editing, then a Mac may be better.  If you are going to spend most of your time playing video games, then a PC would be the best option.  Typically, there are more options available to customize PC.  Also, many more video games are available to PC users.



iPhone X and 8 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 – Is there a Clear Winner?

Unless you live in a cave, you have probably heard that Apple recently introduced two new iPhone models (iPhone X and 8).  While the iPhone 8 (and 8+) is available at retail stores, the iPhone X may not be available until mid November.

Because the holiday season is rapidly approaching and many people may be thinking about upgrading or replacing their existing smart phone, we decided to compare the new iPhones to one of their chief competitor’s smart phone: Samsung Galaxy S8.  We realize there are other great smart phones like the Google Pixel and upcoming LG V30.   We will take these up in a future post.

Apple iPhone X (and 8) Versus Samsung Galaxy S8 Comparison

iPhone X and 8

Galaxy S8 vs iphone X
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus


To compare these smart phones directly, we put together a chart which shows their features in a simple, easy to understand manner.

iPhone 8iPhone 8 PlusiPhone XSamsung Galaxy S8Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
Release Date9/22/2017 9/22/2017 Pre-orders start 10.27.17 4/17 4/17
Price$699 for 64GB model; $849 for 256GB model $799 for 64GB model; $949 for 256GB model $999 for 64GB model; $1,149 for 256GB model $724.99 unlocked; $1149 for 256GB model $724.99 unlocked; $1149 for 256GB model
ColorsGold, silver, space grey Gold, silver, space grey Silver, Space grey Midnight, grey and silver Midnight, grey and silver
Screen Size4.7 inches 5.5 inches 5.8 inches 5.8 inches 6.2inches
Display Resolution1334 x 750 pixels, 326 pixels per inch 1920x 1080 pixels, 401 pixels per inch 2436 x 1125 pixels, 458 pixels per inch 2960 x 1440 pixels, 570 pixels per inch 2960 x 1440 pixels, 529 pixels per inch
Display FeaturesRetina HD, True Tone, 3D Touch Retina HD, True Tone, 3D Touch Super Retina, new OLED, True Tone, 3D Touch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Quad HD+ Super AMOLED
Dimensions138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm 143.6 z 70.9 x 7.7 mm 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight148 grams 202 grams 174 grams 155 grams 173 grams
Storage64GB/256GB 64GB/256GB 64GB/256GB 64GB - Expandable 64GB - Expandable
ProcessorApple A11 Bionic, M11 co-processor Apple A11 Bionic, M11 co-processor Apple A11 Bionic, M11 co-processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895
Memory2GB 3GB 3GB 4GB 4GB
Rear Camera12-megapixel, f/1.8, 5x digital zoom, quad-LED flash 12-megapixel wide-angle, f/1.8, OIS and 12-megapixel telephoto, f/2.8, 10x digital zoom, portrait mode 12-megapixel wide-angle, f/1.8, OIS and 12-megapixel telephoto, f/2.8, 10x digital zoom, portrait mode 12-megapixel OIS, f1.7, 1/2.5" sensor size, 1.4µm pixel size, Autofocus, touch focus, face/smile detection 12-megapixel OIS, f1.7, 1/2.5" sensor size, 1.4µm pixel size, Autofocus, touch focus, face/smile detection
Front Camera7-megapixel FaceTime HD, f/2.2 7-megapixel FaceTime HD, f/2.2 7-megapixel FaceTime HD, f/2.2 8MP with autofocus, f/1.7 aperture, Auto HDR 8MP with autofocus, f/1.7 aperture, Auto HDR
Video4k at 24/30/60 Frames Per Second (FPS), 1080 pixel video at 30/60 FPS 4k at 24/30/60 FPS, 1080 pixel video at 30/60 FPS 4k at 24/30/60 FPS, 1080 pixel video at 30/60 FPS 4K video @30 FPS, 1080p HD video recording at 30/60 FPS 4K video @30 FPS, 1080p HD video recording at 30/60 FPS
Biometric SecurityTouch ID Touch ID Face ID iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, face recognition iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, face recognition
Battery Capacity1,821mAh 2,691 mAh 2,716mAh 3,000mAh 3,500mAh
ChargingFast battery charging, Wireless Fast battery charging, Wireless Fast battery charging, Wireless Fast battery charging, Wireless Fast battery charging, Wireless
WaterproofYes (IP67 Certified) Yes (IP67 Certified) Yes (IP67 Certified) Yes (IP68 Certified) Yes (IP68 Certified)
ConnectivityWi-Fi, 4G/LTE, Lightning connector Wi-Fi, 4G/LTE, Lightning connector Wi-Fi, 4G/LTE, Lightning connector Wi-Fi, 4G/LTE, USB-C Wi-Fi, 4G/LTE, USB-C


iPhone X (and 8) vs Galaxy S8 Review

In reviewing these phones, we find that which smart phone wins depends on the feature you look at.  The Galaxy S8 costs less, starting at $724.99 unlocked.  Also, many cellular providers have attractive trade in offers of $200 – $300 for older phones.  On the other hand, if you want to add to the Galaxy S8’s limited internal storage, a separate micro sd card runs about $125, which adds to the overall cost.

We prefer the Galaxy S8’s design to any of the new iPhones’ design.  Its bezel-less infinity display with curved glass edges on both sides creates the optimal viewing experience.  Also, it has a higher resolution display with more pixels per inch than any of the iPhone models, resulting in a better viewing experience.  The new iPhone X has a notch at the top of the screen, which disrupts the viewing experience and can take some getting used to.

Also, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has larger battery capacity, which should lead to more time between charges.  In addition, it has a headphone jack, which makes it easier to plug in typical headphones.  Because the new iPhones do not have a head jack, you have to buy a separate cable which connects to the lighting connector at the bottom of the phone or wireless bluetooth headphones.  This jacks up the iPhone’s overall cost.

While we like the Galaxy S8, the new iPhones excel in certain areas.  The new phones come with the built-in option of 64 or 256GB of storage.  The Samsung Galaxy S8 only comes with 64GB of storage.  To expand the phone’s capacity, you have to purchase a separate micro sd card, which costs $125 plus for 256GB.

Because of their A11 processors, the new iPhones have performed significantly faster than the Galaxy S8 in some tests.  They seem quicker when doing certain tasks, like copying files and multitasking.  People who use their phones to surf the web, check emails and run several apps all at once may be better with an iPhone.

The new iPhones also excel in the ability to offer 3D touch and augmented reality features for apps.  Imagine being able to look at constellations or play a video game in 3D.  Finally, the new iPhone X also is rumored to be more secure, because of its 3D Facial scanner.  The Galaxy S8 has a 2D sensor, which is less secure and more error prone.


If you choose one of the new iPhones or the Galaxy S8, we believe you will be pleased with your decision.  They are great phones in their own right.  One of the biggest influencers is the ecosystem you are tied to or prefer.  If you are used to the iPhone interface and iOS operating system, use iTunes, iCloud and other Apple related apps, you will be likely to stick with their products.

The same goes for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and its Android operating system.  If you like the Samsung Galaxy line, it may be best to wait.  Rumors are circulating that the new Galaxy S9 may become available in March 2019.

Either way you decide, good luck with your purchase!















Related References:

  1. “iPhone X vs. Samsung Galaxy S8.” October 2, 2017. Link to Article
  2. “iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S8.” September 28, 2017. Link to Article
  3. “iPhone X vs. Samsung Galaxy S8 – Two Epic Phones Compared.” September 28, 2017. Link to Article
  4. “iPhone X vs iPhone 8: What’s the Difference?” September 17, 2017. Link to Article
  5. “Samsung S9 release date, news and price rumors.” September 20, 2017. Link to Article