I respect that PC users feel they get a good deal; actually value for their money. Not exactly where I wanted this to go but here goes... even from the software side it is not about the OS. Free with the purchase of the computer are some monster apps: iPhoto, Garageband, iCal, iMovie, iTunes (I realize it's a free download for PC's but it brings in money elsewhere); all are stellar programs that you do not see equivalents for a similar price on a PC (please don't list a bunch of crappy shareware, freeware,or inexpensive prgrams that are junky bloatware and integrate poorly). Throw in the integration real
integration of address book, mail, etc. and it is
about the experience rather than a bunch of crappy trial software and disjointed software. Sony and other makers make attempts but come up short. Microsoft for the size of the company does even worse.
The fact that you state:
[quoteI would never install an upgrade of an OS ontop of the current version. ever. [/quote] shows part of the Mac vs. PC experience; not a problem from 6.0.3 to 9.x or 10.1 to 10.6.1 (10.0 was the only one I didn't use along the way). Other than 10.0 which admitttedly by Apple was an experimental and transistional OS you do not see Mac users en masse ignore new OS's the way Me, 2000, Vista, etc. have been avoided not just not upgraded to. In terms of a PC, early indicators are that it looks like Seven might be the best Windows OS since NT. That is some gap between decent OS's, decent not stellar.
I also will never understand Microsoft's insistence on making different levels
of the OS and offering certain security levels as options. Security should be one of the common aspect of all the OS's. If they worried about bloatware and software and coded properly they could offer all features to all at a reasonable price and guess what? They would make more money because more people would upgrade. Don't even start about the lack of the OS maker being able to effectively deal with viruses, etc.
Having said all of this our son is likely to get a PC netbook for Christmas this year. A cheap (not inexpensive but cheap in price and features) netbook is all it will be used for (web surfing etc.), and therefore is all that is needed. I'll use the extra money to purchase a new 27" iMac, right tool for the right job.
Unless you spend a year on each platform it is tough to be able to judge them side by side. I have been using Mac's since OS 6.0.3 through to 10.6.1 and Windows since 3.1.1 right through to Vista (about 18 or 19 years)... No comparison in my opinion. Every OS makes the PC
slower and less useful, not the same for a Mac that is less that five years old. My white 24" iMac zips after installing 10.6.1 on top of 10.5.x, and takes up much less hard drive space.
Lastly what is the customization you need to be able to use your PC differently? Never really understood why the OS and software can't let you be happy without the customization. Must be nice to have an OS where you finally don't go to the Start button to shut it off
. Really intuitive.