My laptop will be 5 years old at the end of this year. It’s a Dell Inspiron 1520 (running Windows 7). It has served me well, but it’s been wigging out on me the past few months. The video driver has been crashing and it won’t run more than an hour (if even that) on the battery. Luckily it has recovered every time the video driver has crashed, but one of these times, I’m afraid it won’t. Then I’m screwed.
So I’ve been thinking about getting a new laptop. I don’t really have the money to get one, but I really do need a computer. I pay all of my bills online. I’m not going to do that at a library or at work if my laptop dies. And I won’t go back to mailing in payments.
I never really considered anything other than a Windows PC in the past. But lately I’ve been considering a Mac. Scary thought. LOL
The reason I’ve been considering Mac lately is the fact that I’ve gotten into iOS development at work. While I prefer Android over iOS (mainly because I have an Android phone), I don’t hate iOS. I’d like to spend more time on iOS development. I don’t think I’m going to get the opportunity at work. We’ve only had one client want a mobile app. Maybe there are more that will or new ones that will come in, but I can’t count on that. That means that I need to do it on my own.
From what I’ve researched, it’s not possible to develop native iOS apps on a Windows machine. So if I’m going to do iOS development on my own, I’m going to need a Mac OS in some shape or form. I have 2 options:
- get a new Windows laptop and install a Mac OS virtual machine
- get a Mac laptop and install Windows either in Parallels or via Boot Camp (that was suggested to me)
I have had numerous people tell me to switch to Mac. While I am considering it, it’s hard to stomach the price tag. The Windows laptop that I’d probably want to get wouldn’t be that much cheaper, but it would be cheaper.
I need to figure out what will work best for me, regardless of price. I can always put the laptop (whichever flavor) on my credit card and pay that off over a few months. So I’m turning to you (all 1 or 2 of you LOL). Help me figure out which OS would be best for me.
As I mentioned, I want to do more iOS development. I also want to do more Android development. I need to work on my own websites too (as you can tell from the looks of this place … it needs help), so that means php and MySQL development as well.
In addition to development related stuff, I also do the “normal” things that “normal” people do with computers:
- surf the web
- pay bills
- manage my checking and savings accounts
- listen to music
- store digital pictures
- stream radio broadcast and in-car audio during NASCAR races
I plan on going through my computer to see what software I use on a regular basis and use that to help make a list of pros and cons for each OS. I’m hoping that YOU can help me out with those lists. Software suggestions or personal stories or whatever that might help me figure out what will work best for me. At this point in time, I’m open to either (while my checkbook might not be LOL).