I have to be honest – I was a slow convert to Apple products. It started with my first iPhone. I lived in England when I got my first iPhone 3. Yes, 3. I absolutely loved it. Then I got an iPad, as in the original iPad. I loved that too. I had bought both on sale, which was why I was still plugging away on my old PC laptop. I was (and still am) appalled at the price tag of the Apple computers. I mean, I got my PC for a whopping $500. How could I possibly justify spending literally three times that on an Apple laptop?!
Fast-forward four years – I was newly married to a wonderfully generous man and staunch Apple supporter. He had (still has) a version (sometimes several) of every.single.item Apple made. I needed a new laptop to take with me on my deployment as I planned to start my Masters. My husband insisted I deserved only the best (or something like that), so we stopped at an Apple store on our drive home from our honeymoon, just days before I deployed. And we splurged on a brand new Apple MacBook Pro.
It was pretty and shiny and fast and had all kinds of fancy bells and whistles my PC didn’t have. It may have cost an arm and a leg, but it was just so pretty…
Fast-forward again, another five years this time, and it still hums along with zero issues. Well, for the sake of honesty, that’s not entirely true. My husband did have to replace the screen after my toddler pulled it off the couch and destroyed it. And then there was the time I clicked on a fake link for installing Adobe Flash Player and downloaded a virus…but all in all, my MacBook has not had any problems that were not caused by *ahem* user error.
Despite the initial cringeworthy price tag, my MacBook Pro has been worth its weight in gold. It got me all the way through my Masters – hours of research, hundreds of pages of papers, and hours of exams. It’s helped me stay connected to friends and family all over the world. And it’s helped me discover and explore a new adventure in blogging, which has rekindled a love for writing that my Masters almost killed.
Don’t tell my husband, but I’m secretly an Apple convert. I love having functions like FaceTime and the Apple iCloud that sync with all of my Apple devices. I love how clean and bright the Retina display is, especially when editing images. I love that the keyboard lights up for easy use in dim lighting (like airplanes and road trips). I love that it’s still as fast as it was when I first bought it almost five years ago. I even love the sleek, minimalistic aluminum and black design of the frame. I love my MacBook and will be sticking with Apple products for the foreseeable future, especially when I need a new laptop in about five more years…
What are your thoughts on the PC v. Mac debate? What do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below!