Chupavida wrote:I meant that as "they all come with limitations" not "they all come with the same limitation." For their computers it's mainly software related, i.e. minor things that I prefer like OneNote. On their other devices it is more pronounced and absolutely fucking retarded (i.e. not being able to change the battery out of an iPhone, the first generation not having 3G, iPad not having a USB port, Flash on both, etc).
Also, I just prefer Windows as an OS due to my familiarity with it. I get a bit defensive when people say dumb shit like "Macs never have problems," "lol Windows blue screens," and the like. The reality is that it comes down to a personal preference, but if you want the absolute cheapest option in relation to what a law student needs, I highly doubt Macs will ever win that one.
Of course they won't. The windows world has the "shitty HP I got for $300 after rebates" segment on lockdown.
At the end of the day, a mac is a well-engineered tool for those who can afford one. I'm quite sure I'm more familiar with windows than you are (using your objective standard), but in choosing a laptop for law school I eschewed the wide world of PC options in favor of my MBP because interestingly enough, I didn't like missing out on the significant perks that OSX brings to the table. I'll also let you in on a secret: my mac runs windows too...
The real benefits of PCs just don't come into play when you're talking about laptops.
And your complaints about iEverythingelse reek of: "No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame."[/quote]
I'm not talking about the absolute trash bin PC's. Something in between high end and the dumpster is where you can likely find a PC that meets the needs of your average law student for cheaper than a Mac can with no real difference in reliability.
My complaints about the other stuff are gripes about the fact that they have fantastically solid products that are easily better than almost any alternative and yet they purposefully lock down things that other manufacturers do not for no legitimate reason. I dislike them as a company for doing that.
I understand that Mac's can run Windows. I'm curious though, what about OSX did you really want?
For me, if I were to buy a new laptop, something I haven't done in years, I would probably get a PC after researching how law school software works in regards to Windows on a Mac versus a PC. I've been told that if you have a problem with exam software on a Mac you are sol, but if you are on a PC they will make allowances for it. I have heard that said on TLS but haven't researched it at all. If it were true then, even for the million in one chance that it would happen during an exam, I would heavily consider a PC just for that reason.