PC or Apple? How to advise a friend.

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August 4, 2011 at 02:24:31
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How to advise a well-off friend who has asked me whether he should get the "best" HP desktop, or the "best" Apple. He runs some business applications, does simple photo editing, and email by Gmail. His current desktop is a 4-years-old Dell running XP.

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#1
August 4, 2011 at 02:39:08
If he's unable to make his own decision on this sort of thing, tell him to talk to someone who knows. Everyone's needs and preferences are different, so there's no "one size fits all answer". All you will get here are a list of personal preferences and prejudices, mine included.

Personally, as he's already using Windows, I'd advise him to go with a Windows machine, but not necessarily an HP. That way he can make use of his existing experience and any software that he has. You don't say that he is dissatisfied with any aspect of his current setup, so why change? Indeed, why buy a new computer in the first place? The answer to that might help his decision.


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#2
August 4, 2011 at 02:58:11
Personally i hate Apple and i will not recommend anyone to buy their products.
U don't need the best hardware for simple photo editing and email.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.


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#3
August 4, 2011 at 03:09:43
"Everyone's needs and preferences are different, so there's no "one size fits all answer". All you will get here are a list of personal preferences and prejudices, mine included."

I think those would be useful to him. But not just a "I love/hate X', but why?


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#4
August 4, 2011 at 03:23:01
I'm afraid that my preferences (and certainly my prejudices) can be of no help to your friend. I don't know him, don't know what factors influence him, what his computing needs are.

Macs and PCs are all very fine machines. OS X and Windows are very fine Operating Systems. There is no given reason to prefer one over the other, particularly if money is no object. Tell him to either (i) go and discuss his needs with someone at a good computer store that supplies both sorts of machines, or (ii) buy the one that looks flashiest, costs most, and will increase his percieved status appropriately.

It's clear that you don't know the answer, so how can you possibly advise someone else? By listening to a bunch of people that you don't know, all with their own agenda? I don't think so. Do yourself and your friend a favour; don't offer him advice on things that you don't know about.


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#5
August 4, 2011 at 04:35:00
but why?
They think their hardware are better than others.
For e.g http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-list...

http://www.amazon.com/Apple-MacBook...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.


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#6
August 4, 2011 at 05:13:05
@ijack

Stop with the insults.


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#7
August 4, 2011 at 05:31:11
Curiouser

I don't intend to insult you. If you knew the answer to your question then you wouldn't be asking it here, would you? If you don't know the answer then ask yourself whether you are doing your friend a service or a disservice by advising them. I honestly think that your friend needs to discuss this with someone who can advise them properly, taking into account their particular requirements, rather than passing on second-hand opinions with no chance of discourse.

I'm sorry that you take this simple truth to be an insult so I'll leave the discussion at that and eagerly await the views of others on the subject.


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#8
August 4, 2011 at 06:01:37
Here is my two cents on this topic. Apple computers cost much more than PCs but offer little more value. That same analogy can be applied to many purchases. Buying the more expensive of anything can result in getting less value for your dollar. This doesn't stop folks from spending though.

If your friend is the type that buys top shelf in other areas then perhaps Apple is the way for him to go.

Perception is that Apple computers are superior. Reality is that while the incidence of virus/malware might be less, this is only due to Apple being a minor player in the market, not due to a superior OS or hardware package.


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#9
August 4, 2011 at 07:07:27
@ijack

Let me list the insults:

1) "Tell him to either (i) go and discuss his needs with someone at a good computer store that supplies both sorts of machines, or (ii) buy the one that looks flashiest, costs most, and will increase his percieved status appropriately." ii assumes that he is the kind of person who would do that. He is not, although he is well off -- with no need to show that he is.

2) "It's clear that you don't know the answer, so how can you possibly advise someone else? By listening to a bunch of people that you don't know, all with their own agenda? I don't think so. Do yourself and your friend a favour; don't offer him advice on things that you don't know about." That is replete with unfounded assumptions. Actually, I had my own idea of what to tell him -- very similar to OtheHill's answer -- but wanted to get some other information, ideas, opinions, whatever.


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#10
August 4, 2011 at 07:59:51
Clearly I underestimated your knowlege. After all, you didn't say "I have some ideas but I'd like to know what others think", you just asked a straightforward question.

As for (ii) - I have no idea about your friend; you haven't really told us anything about him. For some people that is their main thought when buying things. That's why I suggest that he should have a discussion with someone, not have a bunch of views from a website - from people who do not know his requirements - relayed to him by an intermediary.

Sorry that you don't like my attitude. I don't much like yours. But we're both wasting our time here, so enough.

I really don't need this sort of crap.


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#11
August 4, 2011 at 08:05:22
ijack, not to escalate any hostility, but Curiouser did point out the his friend was "well off". That comment led me to respond as I did in #8 above.


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#12
August 4, 2011 at 08:15:48
Indeed. It was one of the reasons that led me to suppose the possibility (note just possibility, no certainty implied) that there might be an assumption that a more expensive computer was necessarily better.

Before making a sensible answer to this question (and I still think that my original suggestion - have the friend discuss his needs with someone - is the most sensible) I would like to know why the friend feels the need to change his computer. The answer might be very different depending on that. Is there a problem, or is it just a case of wanting the latest thing? Does he have software that he wants to use with the new computer? Any other special requirements?

These sort of questions can't really be explored properly by going through a third party. Why not just ask the friend to post here himself so that the options could be explored properly?

Anyway, I've had enough of this topic.


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#13
August 4, 2011 at 08:44:20
I agree.

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#14
August 5, 2011 at 09:09:42
I wouldn't buy or recommend either a MAC or an HP. And, I would say that "best" is relative.

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