PC guy wanting to understand Macs
TL;DR version: I am buying a number of machines this year and want to go all-MS or almost all-Apple and not sure which.
The devices in my house are a mixture of windows phone, android, featurephone, windows 7 machines and windows XP machines. The XP machines are particularly problematic. So I am planning to do a large upgrade this year to get everyone onto the same platform and ecosystem. I had set myself up to get everyone onto Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.
Seeing how pretty much all the guys at The Verge always talk about how they find Macs better for doing their jobs, I want to understand what exactly it is about the Macs. I've asked Dante D'Orazio this in his what's in my bag article but just wanted more detail so I could see how it could benefit me and my family.
For me, I prefer Windows Phone; for my Dad it's a wash between iPhone and Windows Phone software-wise but WP will offer the chance for cheaper phones and larger screens. I use my Xbox for streaming video to my TV for them, I'd probably get them an Apple TV. iPad is easily the best tablet available right now (still find Android ones ugly). I am interested in Win8 convertibles and hybrids etc and I like things like the Live Tiles and the 70:30 app snap but iPad will be ahead in apps (and probably hardware) for at least a year. Those "device" areas I understand quite well the alternative options, it's just my unfamiliarity with Macs that causes foreboding.
I understand the hardware differences between Apple and non-Apple devices so could we restrict this to software please? And please guys, genuine question here, let's not get into a Windows v OS X trollfest. Also what do I lose out software wise by sticking with PC? iCloud benefits? Decent iTunes app?
An example of The Verge's Mac love I think is the Sparrow mail app which is not developed for Windows.