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Having trouble deciding whether a Mac, PC or tablet is the best choice for you? The decision really comes down to what you plan to use it for.

With that in mind, we’ve prepared this brief guide that examines what people most often use their computers for, and how each stacks up within that category.

Getting Work Done

If you need a computer primarily for work, you can immediately narrow the choice down to either Mac or PC for most professions. Tablets simply struggle too much in terms of horsepower, available software/apps, and interface. Inherent issues such as typing lag and more limited internet browsing capability are a constant bother with many tablet models, and typing on a screen can never replace a proper keyboard. Once you add in the weight and bulk of carrying a keyboard dock around, the portability advantage of a tablet is greatly negated, and it also adds an extra point of failure in terms of the connector potentially breaking or Bluetooth ceasing to function for a variety of reasons.

Certain career fields do find a tablet more handy than a laptop, though. Artists drawing with a light pen, architects, and construction field workers, for example. In general, however, tablets are not well-suited for office work and anything involving typing or the creation of media. You’ll have to go to the extreme upper end of the tablet market just to start to get on par with the lower end of the laptop market, looking at devices such as the Surface Pro that cost as much as a very powerful laptop would.

As far as the Mac or PC choice goes for work, it’s mostly a personal preference call as they are about equally good. This choice will likely be influenced most heavily by what the people at your place of work tend to use. Windows emulation is decent on the Mac, but Mac emulation in Windows is virtually non-existent.

Gaming

PCs are generally seen as the superior gaming platform since they have by far the greatest library. The knock against them has typically been that they were traditionally complicated and expensive to get into for the purpose of gaming, requiring you to build your own “gaming rig” and sometimes struggle with configuration settings and patches to get games running. There’s plenty of options now for buying high-end pre-assembled desktops or gaming laptops that work right out of the box, and digital distribution platforms like Steam and GOG have made getting games running much easier than it was in the past. Hands down, the PC is the only serious choice if you’re serious about gaming.

That doesn’t mean tablets shouldn’t be considered, however. Tablets have a robust lineup of mobile games that often aren’t available on the PC. Since they don’t have the same horsepower, these tend to be more retro-style titles. If you like social gaming and online cooperative or competitive multiplayer, however, there’s a strong case to go with a tablet. And though PC gaming has become simplified in recent years, tablet gaming is as bone-simple as it gets. Tablets have moved into the “easy to play” space that consoles ceded when they started requiring internet connections and large patches to get games to work. Tablets also double as excellent multimedia devices for movies and TV shows, reading and listening to music.

Mac, unfortunately, just doesn’t work for games. The platform has simply never been taken up as one for gaming by developers. The best you can hope for with a Mac is a handful of ports of titles that were first released on the PC, usually months to years later. Mac computers have many positive qualities, but they are absolutely the wrong choice for a dedicated gamer.

Flexibility / Customization

This is another category where the PC stands out as the clear best option. Macs and tablets are designed as “walled gardens” where it’s harder to screw technical stuff up and get viruses, but the price of that is giving up a lot of control and customization. PCs, on the other hand, can be broken down and built back up on a part-by-part basis.

This extends not to just the hardware and physical design, but the software. Mac and the mobile operating systems want you to only run software approved by a central marketplace. This has the advantage of making viruses much more rare, but also limits choice to a great degree. You have to be more pro-active about your security on a PC, but you also get a much greater range of software to choose from.

Price

Tablets clearly win this war, but they do so by offering much less horsepower and flexibility in terms of software. PCs are typically less expensive than Macs, and can save you a lot of money when problems crop up or it is time to upgrade as it is easier to swap out parts rather than paying a high fixed fee at a “Genius Bar” or replacing the whole thing. Macs do generally deliver excellent build quality and a long life span for their price, however.

What Do The People Say?

According to the research firm Gartner, Android tablets are actually winning the popularity contest by far, with over a billion more units shipped in recent years than either Mac or Windows devices (though that number does include Android phones as well). Mac is slightly ahead of Windows in units shipped, at 297 million for 2015 versus 283 million for Windows. If you want to factor in Apple phones, however, then iOS and OS X are just behind Android at over a billion units worldwide.

Web browsing statistics do show that most internet users are still running Windows, however, indicating they are on a PC. And the Steam gaming service reports that about 95% of their users have been running Windows for the last few years.

As far as polls go, a 2012 survey by Business Insider found that older generations had a strong preference for tablets, but younger people opted for a computer over a tablet nine times out of ten. And a 2014 poll of office workers found that 41% preferred a laptop computer, 23% preferred a desktop, and 21% preferred a tablet.

Summing It Up

In summary, these are the relative pros and cons of each format:

 

  • Macs offer reliability, simplicity, security and quality, but usually at the highest price tag and without the ability to play the latest and greatest games.

 

  • Tablets are very easy to use for the non tech-inclined, have a good lineup of simpler social games, and are a wonderful budget choice if your needs are limited to multimedia and basic web browsing. They won’t be so good for most forms of serious work and have the lowest amount of horsepower and available software, however.

 

  • PCs offer the greatest flexibility and the best platform for gaming, as well as undercutting Mac significantly in price. However, they are more demanding of technical knowledge and are more vulnerable to viruses and malware attacks.

 

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If your sense is to exhaust every single conceivable approach to fixing your phone before admitting defeat and going in to get it professionally repaired, then there are definitely some options out there for you to look at for sure.

Brushing Your Cracked Screen Instead of Teeth

Believe it or not, toothpaste is one cure you can use to help with small scratches or dings on your smart phone screen. All you have to do is put a bit of it onto something like a microfiber cloth, and then rub it with circular movements lightly. Don’t do it too hard or you could pull off surface coating or even ding the screen further.

Then, all you have to do is wipe it down with a lightly moistened, second cloth. You need the paste kind of toothpaste, and not what’s actually tooth gel. Obviously, if you accidentally threw your phone out of your tenth story apartment, you’re going to need more than just toothpaste to fix it. The kind of help only professionals can provide.

Flaming Hot Phones

If your phone burns when you touch it, chances are fairly good that it just might be too hot. This can happen for a number of reasons you may be able to fix yourself. For example, it may be too hot because you’re leaving the screen on too much, so make sure you check to see if there are any apps that are keeping the screen on more than is necessary. Most smartphone screens really weren’t mean to be left on all the time, and they can really heat up and drain your power if you do.

Also, it’s important not to underestimate breathability. Heat can dissipate from your phone naturally, but only if you let it. If it’s burning a hole in your jeans, it could be because there’s not enough room for the heat to get out. Best thing to do is take it out and put it in a pocket that breathes more like a jacket pocket. Or, you could wear some pants with bigger pockets.

There’s also the possibility that you have some app running on your phone that’s too resource intensive. This could be a game, a video recording app, or something of the like. It’s best to double-check that your heat problem isn’t something this easy to fix before you go to a professional. However, if none of these things are the case, you will want some help because a heat issue is not a minor problem many times.

Bake Your Screen Back from Scratches

Another approach you can try is using baking soda in order to fix smartphone scratches. Basically, you put 2/3rds baking soda in with 1/3rd water and mix it up. This is going to make a paste. Then, you put that paste onto the smartphone screen using a microfiber cloth. If you rub it into the screen, this should help with scratches. Again, there’s going to be a limit to how much you can use this to clean up scratches. If you used it to deflect bullets or beat off a zombie attack, chances are pretty good that hug extensive cracks will take more than baking sofa in order to solve.

In a  pinch, you could also use something like vegetable oil in order to try to clean up scratches, but this is definitely to be considered as nothing more than a temporary, aesthetic fix. It’s a fact that any scratch beyond the most shallow will require more professional help.

The Old Inevitably Loose Charger

If you’ve had a smartphone before, you know how the charging port can get loose to the point that it won’t even fit your phone anymore. Believe it or not, it’s at least possible you could fix this yourself. If you get a toothpick and sharpen one end of it, or use some other non-metal implement, you can sometimes get the lint out of the plug. Then, it’ll fit on the phone much tighter again.

That could be all it takes. If it sticks on the end much firmer afterward and charges again, you’ll know that lint was probably the only real problem that you were facing. Otherwise, you’ll need to go seek out a professional because it could be some issue with the inside of the phone, something related to software, or any number of other problems, all of which will be too much for you to do a cheap fix on your own.

Waterlogged Rice Maneuver

If you dropped your phone directly into a puddle, a pool, the ocean, or had some type of water dragon took a shot at you, you very well might find that your phone is no longer functional. This is often because of the battery or little droplets of water that may be in other parts of the phone.

One approach that’s worked for some people is to take out the battery, and put it under a clump of raw rice.

The idea is that the rice can absorb little bits of water from the phone, and then once they are all removed, you can grab your phone, put it back together, and it may work again. This may not work for all smartphones, of course, especially those that don’t have a battery you can detach. In those cases, you should really go out and seek the help of a professional.

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