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Old 11-01-09, 08:06 PM   #1
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PC vs. Mac

Many of you have seen the ads with the dweeby PC guy and the oh-too-cool Mac guy.



I am traditionally a PC user, but I am probably closer to trying a Mac than I've ever been. But... I am just plain annoyed at the smug "cool guy" that represents Mac and if anything they make me want to stick with a PC.

In the Wiki about the ads, It states, "In an article for Slate magazine, Seth Stevenson criticized the campaign as being too 'mean spirited', suggesting, 'isn't smug superiority (no matter how affable and casually dressed) a bit off-putting as a brand strategy?'"

That pretty much sums up the way I see it.

Do the ads evoke a strong response from you one way or the other?
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Nobody cares what you think. Or what I think. Money talks.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Apple Inc. said Monday that record sales of Macintosh computers and iPhones lifted its quarterly profit and revenue, which trounced Wall Street's forecasts.

Shares of Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) rose 7% after hours, at one point hitting an all-time trading high of $204. The previous high in regular trading was $202, set nearly two years ago.

Mac sales soared 17% from a year ago to 3.1 million units, a quarterly record.
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It does annoy me a bit, mainly because they're mostly playing off the way each guy is dressed. In my opinion, the PC guy is pretty well dressed (except his pants are too long), and the Mac guy looks like a slob. That being said, I have no preference either way regarding the actual computers. I have a PC but wouldn't mind trying a Mac. Unfortunately they cost more than my car.
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Unfortunately they cost more than my car.
What do you drive? A 1988 Yugo? The 21.5" iMac is $1199, more like $1100 if you shop online and find it discounted. The Mac mini is $599 if you want to plug in an existing monitor. Mac laptops start at $999, the 15" MacBook Pro is $1500.
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What do you drive? A 1988 Yugo? The 21.5" iMac is $1199, more like $1100 if you shop online and find it discounted. The Mac mini is $599 if you want to plug in an existing monitor. Mac laptops start at $999, the 15" MacBook Pro is $1500.
A 1991 Civic. Actually, it was $1600, so I guess they have several models that are cheaper. But they would have to be about $300 for me to be able to buy one. Though if I could use my current monitor the Mini might be something to consider.
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If I paid attention to marketing campaigns, I would never buy any products. The majority of ads are annoying to me.

That being said, I've had 2 macs and love them. The far outshine all of the PCs I had in the past.
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I like the Mac guy. He was on one of the best movies of all time, Dodgeball.
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I think the ads are pretty hilarious, and well done.

And I think macs are ridiculously overrated, os x is stupidly crashier than windows 5 and above, and operating system settings are stupidly difficult to modify in macs.
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I like the Mac guy. He was on one of the best movies of all time, Dodgeball.
He was also the doctor in Idiocracy, THE best movie of all time.
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Eh, Macs just work. That and Quicksilver. I could drop jaws with it at my old job on the Mac Pro. Since that was the only good thing about that job, I quit.
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I liked the commercials at first, but the plunky piano music and occasional tidbits of misinformation got old quite quickly.

I can't imagine ever again purchasing a prebuilt computer designed to run Mac or other OSes. Although, the Modbook is tempting at times.


Dodgeball was pretty good. Idiocracy was much better. Mr. Long was also in Drag Me To Hell, which was awesome!

I enjoy the PC guy's bits on the Daily Show.

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I get a kick out of computer geek musing on computers and how they can't hack it, they run Linux, they want to overclock their processors, etc.

These are the guys that comprise .000000000001% of the computer market. The rest of the world just wants to read their email, surf the web, and run their businesses.
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I like the Mac guy. He was on one of the best movies of all time, Dodgeball.
Dodgeball was the movie that made it apparent to me that Hollywood has hit bottom.
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The new Windows 7 ads on TV are very good, a huge improvement, and from all reports Windows 7 is a winner, all good news. Microsoft opening store in the vein of Apple stores is absolutely key, having a venue for end users to go to get their computers diagnosed and their questions answered is crucial, as is presenting Windows-oriented hardware and software in the right light. Worked big time for Apple, I think it can work for MS.

Competition is good, if MS can make its customers happier, it will push Apple harder. Good to see MS getting its sheet together.
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These are the guys that comprise .000000000001% of the computer market. The rest of the world just wants to read their email, surf the web, and run their businesses.
I think "the rest of the world" would be amazed, that after a short course on how to assemble and repair PCs, they could go from spending, oh, let's say $400 per year, per workstation on computer upgrades and replacements to spending about $100 per year. And, if they're used to getting new Windows-based Dells/HPs/etc, their new computers are going to run much better without all the preloaded junk on there.

No overclocking, linux running or hacking required.
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i have to say... i really like my macbook better than my pc. i got myself a macbook and gave my pc to my mom. now, it's less games, more riding, and picture taking.
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Sigh. INFOGRAPHIC TIME.



Apple has been making PCs, with few exceptions, since 1976. Saying "Mac vs. PC" is like saying "Toyota vs. Cars."
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Well, more like Toyota cars vs. non-Toyota cars, but yeah. I'm still trying to come up with an appropriate car analogy for the little server sliver up there.
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I have a pvr, they still make these ads?

Advertising does nothign for me. One way or the other. I am a LONG time geek, jock, jackass, mountain biking person. I don't fit into a box...advertising tries to find boxes for you to fit into...
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Well, more like Toyota cars vs. non-Toyota cars, but yeah.
No, Toyota cars fall under the generic umbrella of "cars", just like Macs fall under the generic umbrella of "PCs".

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Toyota industrial vehicles.
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The new Windows 7 ads on TV are very good, a huge improvement, and from all reports Windows 7 is a winner, all good news. Microsoft opening store in the vein of Apple stores is absolutely key, having a venue for end users to go to get their computers diagnosed and their questions answered is crucial, as is presenting Windows-oriented hardware and software in the right light. Worked big time for Apple, I think it can work for MS.

Competition is good, if MS can make its customers happier, it will push Apple harder. Good to see MS getting its sheet together.
Didn't think about it that way, but that's an excellent point.

I've seen Windows 7 used pretty recently and I have to say it looks as good as the hype. It took ideas from MacOS and improved upon them. Which Apple will probably also end up doing with some of MS's features of Windows 7.

PC-wise, I have to say I don't ever see myself going with a Mac. But as far as MP3 players and cell phones, I'd never consider anything else. Imo, Apple is superior in that market because of the pure fact that they kept things simple, and they update their product every year without fail.
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Don't really enjoy that kind of comedy?
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Of course they're all under the umbrella of cars, just like most Macs are under the PC umbrella, but in this thread, I think the OP is more interested in the Mac vs. Non-Mac PC battle.

For instance Toyota cars vs all cars, would mean you're pitting some toyotas against other toyotas, say red Camry vs blue Camry or Prius vs Corolla.

We want a good, old fashioned one camp vs another camp battle here. No Toyota on Toyota or Mac on Mac violence allowed.
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i think the "smug cool guy" just puts off the vibe that he doesn't really care about his machine.

where the "dweeb" is so concerned with his computer, the mac guy just knows his computer works and isn't so up tight about it.

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