For most Apple users, the idea of going back to a PC that runs Windows is unfathomable. Apple’s beautiful hardware, coupled with its easy to use operating system and interface, has made the decision easy for most tech geeks and home users alike. As Apple grows in market share, however, many first time Mac-users have begun to wonder what life is like on the other side of the fence. How does the Windows operating system compare to Snow Leopard?
When it comes to simple performance specs, both systems pack a punch. While Mac has traditionally been known as a stronger option for users who work on graphic-intensive projects, Windows latest offering holds its own. The two operating systems are consistently neck-and-neck in the race for speed. Having said that, Mac machines do feature a significantly faster start-up time.
The price point is one of the major sellers of the Mac OS, surprisingly enough. Though on the whole Apple products tend to be more expensive than their Windows counterparts, Snow Leopard was introduced at the low upgrade price of $29. In comparison, the cheapest edition of Windows 7 costs $120 for the upgrade.
The simplicity of managing your system preferences is one feature that is hard for any computer user to ignore. Snow Leopard is light years ahead in this domain, as Apple makes all of the computer’s preferences and settings easily accessible through the System Preferences pane. Furthermore, the lack of drivers needed to make peripherals compatible with the computer is a great plus for consumers.
One of the best features Snow Leopard has going for it is the elegance factor. Windows machines have a tendency to be clunkier and more old-school in terms of their design and organization. Apple, on the other hand, is known as a pioneer in the field of computer design, creating devices that are not only easy to use, but also gorgeous display pieces for any environment. Windows is run on machines that are not made by the company, but instead are constructed by a variety of different manufacturers. This is in direct contrast to Apple, who has consistently manufactured its own hardware for decades. This difference is one key reason that Snow Leopard seems to be better integrated with the computer than Windows 7.
Microsoft has definitely stepped up its game in recent years, as it has seen Apple continually pull customers from Windows to Mac. While Windows 7 is an impressive product, however, it still can not top the simplicity of Snow Leopard. The seamless and intuitive user interface makes completing both every day and complicated tasks as simple as can be, and the gorgeous hardware that is part of any Apple device is enough to make nearly anyone green with envy. While the two companies continue to duke it out to see who will be the king of technology, it will be interesting to see how the two operating systems adapt and change to fit an ever-changing customer base.