I'll start at the beginning. Thirty days ago I bought a 15" Macbook Pro (Santa Rosa). I have been interested in learning the Mac OS for awhile, and the only way I could really do it would be forcing myself to use it on a daily basis. So I sold my 17" Dell Inspiron e1705 and went all Mac.
I still use PC's on a daily basis at work and to run certain aspects of my life, such as recording my podcast, running my webserver, etc.
The following is a real-life, honest listing of likes and dislikes comparing Windows Vista to Mac OS X.
These are my negative experiences:
- The green "maximize" button on windows doesn't really do ANYTHING predictable. It certainly doesn't maximize most apps. Just what the hell does it do? You have to click it to find out.
- I don't like the transparency of applications with multiple child windows. If I'm in Photoshop in Windows, I have a parent window, with a background that all the child windows and open documents reside in. In OS X, everything is just floating and doesn't seem like it belongs. Every window feels like it's an orphan, and if you have apps and documents from other apps open behind Photoshop, it is dizzying sometimes. There are several apps like this and it's annoying.
- This is a common one - why doesn't the app close when I close the last window or document open in that app? What's worse, is some apps do this, and some don't. No consistency. This should at the very least be a preference I can set! Odds are, if I close the last open Word document I have, I'm done with word. This would be solved by having the docs open in a parent window as stated above.
- Crashes happen way more frequent than you're led to believe. I've definitely had more lockups and freezes on OS X that I've had on Windows since Windows 98. Just my experience.
- Why doesn't the delete key delete things? If a file is highlighted and I hit delete, it should get deleted. That's common sense. But no, I have to push apple key + delete. Annoying. Also - it works like a backspace key, not a delete key. Please label things correctly, Apple.
- When I click on a sound file, it will play in Quicktime. If I click it again, nothing happens. I expect it to replay, but it doesn't. I then have to go up to the QT window and click play if I want it to play again. Why not intuitively play it again if I click it again.
- Let's say I'm on CNN.com and I see a paragraph in an article I want to print. Is there no way to do this in a Mac? On a PC, I highlight the paragraph, go to Print, and choose print selection. OS X doesn't give me this option. Another "we'll make it easier by removing options" feature, I'm sure.
- This probably has to do with the entire Unix system underneath OS X, but this constant need to run disk utility and repair disk permissions is exhausting. I get, about once a week, this problem where certain letter don't render on my screen. A, Q, P, W, 7, etc. just don't show up. A space shows up where they should be, but not the letter. This is across ALL apps, whether written by me, or on a website, in an IM, email, etc. They just don't exist. I repair disk permissions and they come back. WTF?
- Fonts suck. I do a lot of graphics work. I mistakingly thought I could just bring all my fonts over to Font Book. It lets you install duplicate fonts with no warning. It causes weird problems where certain buggy fonts will change your fonts on websites and email and system-wide, inexplicably, and you then have to track down the buggy fonts and remove them to get your system to behave.
- Hey Apple - a lot of the world uses Windows. Make your shit work with it. Networking shared drives and printers are a nightmare. I plain couldn't get the printer to work, it would just print gibberish. I tried adding it through CUPS, updating and swapping drivers, etc. No dice. Why can't OS X remember I want certain shares mounted all the time and do it automatically if they're available? At least add them on bootup and on wake from sleeping. If there's a way to do this. PLEASE tell me. Adding certain shares as mounted drivers works fine in the Finder by going to Go > Connect to server..., but then if I try to make an automator script with THE SAME EXACT smb:// or cifs:// command, it doesn't mount it. It's the most frustrating thing in the world. Automator will mount some, but some refuse to mount unless I do it manually. Is there ANYTHING that will make Apple play nice with Windows. It's ridiculous.
- Bonjour is a joke. It won't find anything. I went a bought a new network printer because OS X won't cooperate with my shared Windows printer. Bonjour is cumbersome, misleading, and just doesn't work. I had to add the printer as an IP printer to get it to work. Thisi s tough, since if Bonjour DOES list the printer, it doesn't give me it's IP. If Bonjour finds the printer and lets me add it, it says it's constantly busy and just won't work. Completely unacceptable and not helpful in the least. By the way, Vista found and had the printer working in seconds. Easy as could be.
- Screen resolution on Mac notebooks is horrible. They just added 1920x1200 to their 17" line in this last revision. Dell's been doing it for years. It's about time. 1440x900 is unbearable coming from 1920x1200. They could do 1680x1050 on the 15". It wouldn't hurt.
- I can't close the lid of my Macbook without it going to sleep. No option. Yes, there's a hack for this, but it states that the heat could damage the Macbook or my screen. Solid.
- The microphone is mounted IN THE SPEAKER ENCLOSURE. On top of that, it's centimeters from the FANS in the system. I'm no engineering genius, but this is retarded. Why isn't it up by the camera? The background noise is significant and intolerable sometimes. This is a horrible design flaw in my opinion. The auto-muting that the mic does when no one is talking is annoying as well.
- There is no comprehensive mail program for the Mac (that I've found yet). I went from Mail, to Thunderbird, now to Entourage. Entourage would be good if it didn't crash every 5 minutes. I attribute this to the fact that it's a PowerPC app and it's running under Rosetta. I can't wait for Office 2008. Entourage is close to Outlook, and Outlook is - like it or not - the Cadillac of mail programs. Mail and Thunderbird have horrible layouts, lack features, and are generally annoying. Mail just lacks the basic features I need. Thunderbird has annoyances like the whole way it wants you to setup profiles, doesn't attach SMTP servers to mail accounts, and more. None of them (except Entourage) utilize the widescreen to maximize screen real estate to view mail efficiently. The three-column format of Entourage (and Outlook 2003-2007 on the PC) really has nailed this. There are hacks that will make Mail an Thunderbird force display a widescreen layout - kind of - but they don't do it well. The reply and forward headers of Mail and Thunderbird are annoying to anyone who uses "real" mail clients. "On June 23 Patrick wrote:" is not sufficent for a reply header. A little professionalism, please. To, From, Subject, Date, CC, etc. That's what people need.
- Audio editing programs leave something to be desired. I miss Audition on the PC. Amadeus Pro lacked basic features for selecting a bitrate when encoding and MP3 - I had to work with the developer to get him to put it in. Adobe Soundbooth is brand new and looks promising, but it's still dumbed down like so much in OS X. Some of us like to do things with things - can we please have some control? Garageband is a joke. I'd be happy to take recommendations on apps for multi-track waveform audio editing - something powerful.
- Video editing is really frustrating. iMovie HD is for idiots. Your options for titling and effects are very limited. Move up to Final Cut Pro and you've got overkill. A buddy of mine that used to work at the Apple Store says there is nothing else for editing video. Is there anything equivalent to Avid's Pinnacle on PC for the Mac? That is what I need. Let me pick a format I want my movie in iMovie. The world doesn't revolve around Quicktime. As a matter of fact, my Mac froze playing a QT movie trailer on apple.com. QT movies play jittery and just aren't smooth on a PC - they screw up all the time. When they work, they're pretty, but they don't always work. I don't like how if I add a title to a movie in iMovie I can't choose the duration. It doesn't get it's own track. It renders it right to my movie. Super annoying. I can't figure out how to make a title overlay an entire clip. I can only get 5 or so seconds at a time. Neat.
- Java crashes Firefox and Camino if it gets to intense. IRC chats, Paypal Multi-Order shipping, etc. None of it works consistently.
- Flash can cause my processor to go nuts. Not only this but there is no real-time flash encoder for Mac like there is for PC's. What the hell?
- Some widgets don't work at all. My Woot! widget doesn't and never has worked.
- iSync needs to be compatible with more phones. It doesn't work with my old Samsung or my new Blackberry. What the hell, Apple?
- System updates are ok because they are centralized, but I'd like an option to not have to restart immediately. The new Vista update system kicks OS X's ass if you ask me.
- My Microsoft Laser Mouse 8000 was a pain to setup, and had to be rigged. So all the awesome Bluetooth wzards and help on the Mac were useless. Also, the mouse disconnects every 5-10 minutes for a few seconds. It's very annoying. I refuse to buy a Mighty Mouse from Apple. This is a new, top-of-the-line bluetooth mouse. It should just work.