In talking with PC users about their reasons for not switching to Macs (yet), one of the most frequent excuses given is the relatively small percentage of people that use Macs. Yes, the vast majority of computers used in the U.S. today are PCs, but Macs are gaining in market share at a very impressive rate. For instance, the market share of Mac OS X has risen 31 percent over the last twelve months (November 2005 to November 2006), while its web browser, Safari rose 45 percent over that same time period.
However, I don’t believe that market share should really factor into the decision of whether to switch to a Mac. Some people simply want the cheapest computer available, not the best computer available. When I receive sales circulars touting PCs for a rediculously low price, I can’t help but recall the old adage that you get what you pay for. If you have a need for an automobile, you can buy a very inexpensive car (Kia, Hyundai, etc.) or you can buy an ultimate driving machine (BMW, Mercedes, etc.). Both will get you from point A to point B (at least for a little while), but shouldn’t a potential purchaser consider other aspects, such as which has better safety features; which will require more maintenance in the future; and perhaps even which is more fun to drive?
The PC has really become the “Yugo” of today — apparently cheap on the front end but full of headaches over its lifespan (however long or short that may be). This blog has many posts (here, here, and here for example) touting the Mac’s superiority to PCs. If you are interested in finding the BEST computers on the market today, give them a read and take a look at Macs. There is no reason for an attorney to be caught driving an Yugo, or using a PC, today. Which computer do you want your clients to see you using — the cheapest or the best?