Apples And Oranges - Finally, The Truth!!!
Any who come on here regularly will know that, like many others, I am frustrated with apple accessibility's lack of progress in addressing bugs. There is excellent work being done to address this from an advocacy standpoint, such as the report card, however that's not a short term solution so, instead of continuing to gripe, I've decided to put my money where my mouth is, remove it slowly from my mouth, place it in a shop keeper's hand (hopefully whilst keeping intense eye contact), and buy a... build up dramatic music... A windows machine. That's right, a windows machine. Gasp
I think it's about time I head back over that turbulent chasm to recon what I left behind all those years ago. I do have a VM on my M1 MacBook pro 14, but it's not really the same. I want the full fat windows experience including touch screen, keys in the right places all on Microsoft's own hardware.
I have, on order, a Microsoft surface laptop go 2 and, as I am curious to compare it with offerings from apple, am going to write a comparison article. Trouble is, as the title indicates, it is going to be difficult. though the surface laptop go 2, from here on named SLG2 as I will quickly get tired of typing it out, is indeed a small form laptop however, it has a touch screen and, the mid range version I've got coming, comes in at £629. There are obviously no Mac computers that come close to this price point but comparing it with an iPad feels a little difficult too. Price wise the closest option is the base iPad 10 (£499) and the magic folio keyboard (£279)... Ouch!, which blows past the SLG2's price to £778, and that's for absolute base configuration.
So, as this seems like a bust too, I suggest I compare three ways, to MacBook, to iPad and to SLG2. Cost will simply have to be one of the categories and we will then have to see how we might weight the value of each convoluted offering.
Current Points Of Comparison
My current thoughts are:
- Build quality
- Screen/touch experience
- Web browsing
- Word processing
- Media consumption (music/movies/shows)
- Integration with iPhone
- Screen reader options
- App options
What else would you like me to include?
Obviously, all of our use cases differ. For example, I'll also be comparing 3D printer slicing software such as Prusa Slicer and Bambu Studio between MacBook and the SLG2, but that won't make it in here as it's not a common use case. I also don't do any music production or podcast editing, so these will not be covered. Saying that, are there any obvious ones that I've overlooked and you'd like me to compare?
I'm hoping there will be similar requests which I can then slip into a pre-existing comparison point, or a subcategory.
Final word for this part... I'd like this to remain an exploration of curiosity. I admit, I am already biased against apple's offerings, I purchased a new computer for heaven sake, but I shall attempt to be even handed in my views avoiding such things as confirmation bias, loyalty (Still feel it for ya apple, kiss kiss), and so on. I'd ask that this thread and the next, the actual comparison, is a place of inquiry rather than passion. I'm guilty of the latter, technology standing in the way of solving the problem that technology should be solving is something we all experience.
So, what do you want me to look at? If you could have three machines, an iPad with keyboard, a MacBook and a windows laptop before you, what would you compare?