Then I got one.
In early August, I was wanting to build an iOS app. My wife had come up with an idea for one and I knew that a native app was needed for full integration of the requirements. I first built a web app to get it going. I had picked out a MacBook Pro with 256 GB HD and 8 GB of RAM. I have to say that a Mac is the way to got these days.
- It is fast. With the SSD drive, Intel Core i5 processor and 8 GB of RAM, you won't be without speed. Compared to my platter drive, Intel Core i7 and 8 GB of RAM on my HP, I never feel a slow down while it is trying to figure out whats going on.
- The screen is killer. It's so sharp it's hard to believe that I could have been doing with out it. My HP Envy 17 is terrible. To some degree I think that's because I wound up turning the brightness down pretty far to save battery. In general though the Retina display is just that sharp.
- The battery keeps going and going. With the HP Envy I would fret about being on the battery as I watched it go down during my commute. I would definitely have to charge it overnight to use it the next day. Now, I can use it for two days (approximately 8 hours of usage) before I need to plug it in to charge.
- Integration. I have an iPhone 6s Plus and the great thing is that my Mac works with my iPhone like never before. If I get a phone call my Mac can pick it up, assuming were both on the same WIFI connection. I can FaceTime and send iMessages through my Mac as well.
- Weight. I was commuting with the HP Envy 17 plus my work laptop. I think the total weight was about 12 pounds in my back pack. The Mac is so light that I barely know its there.
- It is a bit smaller. I do miss the screen real estate of the Envy 17. This MacBook is the 13" model. I didn't want the 15" model due to cost and reduced battery performance. I also loved the additional numeric keypad on the HP Envy.
- It's one of those things of when you need it, you need it. There is no optical drive on the Mac. I had to burn a CD (gasp!) for my wife's car and I had to use her computer to do it. A few times as well, I've thought about plugging into my Ethernet port on my router. I would need an additional adapter to do that.
All in all, great machine. I use my computer even more often now!