Okay, I'm going to stop laughing now and reply. I would advise the OP to ignore SK1's post. Lets clear some things up. *Cracks knuckles* You don't get what you pay for with a macbook. They are overpriced, period. Their value:money ratio is poor. END OF STORY.
I mean, I feel like, and its entirely possible that I am misunderstanding you, that if I responded to your post the way you did mine, we'd be playing a dumb language game. What do I mean by that? Well I mean I think you'd be misunderstanding my posts and therefore we'd have trouble understanding each other. I want to make this pretty clear, I am speaking from my own personal Windows vs. Mac experience, as I've been using both for years. In no way am I into Mac culture or ideology or anything like that, I am speaking solely from my own experience with my Macbook versus my PC's. On the other hand, your post sounds like you took mine personally, which is why you added in that little "Im going to stop laughing now" which shows me you have some sort of ideological tie to Windows or Dell. This is plainly stupid and if we spoke in that manner we'd be playing the game which I mentioned above. So therefore, if we are going to try to have this discussion, I think we should do so as objectively and unbiasedly as possible, without mixing in Ideology or trying to make things personal. Theres no need to try and bump up your own Ego by belittling another person when we are supposed to be talking about Laptops. Enough of that now:
Windows XP is pretty much the opposite of what SK1 has stated. It is a fast, stable OS. It's been out for 7 years for Christ's sakes. It is not the OS that makes the computer slow, it is user error. Windows Vista is also coming along nicely and is nowhere near as bad as it was when it first launched.
See what you're doing here is just getting into an opinion versus opinion discussion. It isn't "user error" that makes the XP or Vista slower, it is that they're poorly made and are susceptible to Spyware, Ad-ware, etc. which slows down the computer, along with all those little processes Windows runs in the background, again, slowing down the computer. You can't compare how fast the Mac OS is to Windows, I know for a fact that my Macbook will boot up from a shutdown, wake up from sleep, and open Word much faster than a Windows based PC. And you can't deny that Windows crashes, freezes etc, I've not once seen a Blue Screen of Death in my Mac OS.
Windows does take advantage of the hardware. Where the fuck did you get the idea that it didn't from? If it didn't, huge businesses around the world wouldn't be using it as the back bone and vital infrastructure to their operations. Why would a company invest in an OS that wouldn't use their purchased hardware to it's full extent? Doesn't sound logical to me.
This post is just tinged with ideology and emotion. First of all, did you know that all the major servers around the world don't use Windows? They use IBM based architecture and run Linux. I think its pretty obvious that most businesses use Windows because it became more popular in the 80s-90s when companies like IBM reigned supreme, IBM would never be allowed to run Apple software, therefore, the place for Windows to emerge. But the companies, again, in case it wasn't understood, who really need to take advantage of their computers, do not run Windows, they run Linux. Lets not make this personal, just the facts.
Viruses and their evil ilk can all be easily maintained. Again, the majority of the horror stories are due to user error. Opening infected e-mails, bogus websites, allowing third party installs, etc. There are a number of small, good anti-virus programs to choose from on Windows. Install one and forget about it. I know this works because my family is nowhere near as vigilant as I when surfing the web, so they are more inclined to click on shit. But I've never had a problem.
Okay, but wouldn't anyone prefer to not have to worry about it at all? Why would one choose to have to install a bunch of anti virus or anti adware programs, scheduling time to scan the system, etc. With a Mac, you don't even have to worry about it, there is no hassle.
Again, with the broken Dells, it could be numerous reasons why they broke. Mishandling, accident, bad hardware batch, bad batch of plastic, etc. To counter the assumption SK1 makes that all Dells are shit is that I have 2 Dell laptops, one for over 2 years that runs at 100% load nearly all the time, and travels with me to school, and I've never had a problem. It does have a few cracks in it, but that's because it fell from well over 4 feet off the ground onto concrete. It still worked fine. Unlike the thousands of cases of previous gen macbooks (and even iPhones and iTouchs) that developed cracks in the plastic casing for no apparent reason whatsoever. Quality stuff those macs are.
First of all, what I said was not an "assumption" as you tried to categorize it. An assumption would be me trying to make a general proposition and categorize it as true. I was in no way trying to do this. I was simply stating, again relying on my personal experience, that all of my friends have had to replace their Dells by now, since we started school 3 years ago, while my Macbook is still running strong. This is not an assumption but a fact, just two weeks ago when I was in Philadelphia both of my friends Dells harddrives crashed, again this is not an assumption, but a fact of what occurred in my personal experience just two weeks ago. I could go on an on, you'll just would have to take my word for it. (Or don't).
You know what the real difference is between a PC and Mac laptop? The OS. The hardware found in Macs comes from the same companies (Intel, Foxxconn et al.) as the hardware found in PCs. Shocking, I know. The only reason Macs have become popular is because they finally chose to use hardware that had been found in PCs for many years prior. Macs weren't popular when they were running IBM procs.
You said it best, the OS, and guess what, its the OS that will allow you to access the internet, document applications, watch a DVD, etc. not the hardware. And the Mac OS is just simply better than Windows. But saying its the same hardware as a Windows based PC is just not a true characterization. Can I stick my PC memory on a Mac? Nope. Why? Apple uses different motherboards, memory, etc. The hardware is not the same, just the Intel chip.
There are plenty of companies too that produce nicer, higher quality laptops then Apple does, for a lesser price to boot.
Now this is an assumption.
Just the facts:
Personal Computers: Apple skyrockets
Customer satisfaction with PCs retreats for a second year, falling 1.3% to 74 to match the level of 2004-2005. Except for Dell (up 1%), the drop is connected with the Windows-based machines - Hewlett-Packard, Gateway, and Compaq are all down by 4%. Not only is Apple bucking the slide, it registers its greatest ACSI increase ever (up 8% to 85) to lead the industry by a wide margin. The satisfaction of Apple PC customers is 13% higher than Dell in second place and 21% higher than Compaq. This is one of the largest gaps in customer satisfaction in any industry covered by ACSI. It is also a record high for Apple.
Windows customer satisfaction: 69%