When I started writing this, I was back home and had gotten the chance to play with the Microsoft Surface the weekend before. My dad, a fellow tech nerd in arms, was game for driving to the new Microsoft store nearby and we dashed through the cold to indulge our inner nerds. Keep in mind that I was an early adopter of Windows Phone 7 and have just switched back to Android with hope for the platform and design language. I wrote the first part of this piece when I had just purchased my 13'' early 2011 Macbook Pro. In the time that has passed since then, I've upgraded to Mountain Lion and also set up Boot Camp to Windows 7 for some things that were PC only. At the end of the piece, I was left straddling the fence. Since then, my Dell has been retired completely. I rarely look at and will probably recycle it in the next few months; this was made inevitable when I installed Windows 7 on my Mac. The Dell hardware was and is sluggish and starting to really show its age. My Mac, on the other hand, is approaching on its first year and I am still constantly amazed by how snappy it is. I can draw a better comparison now between Windows 7 and OS X using my MBP as the hardware baseline.
Windows 7 on the MBP is a dream. It's snappy every time I use it, like I've just installed it for the first time. That aging problem that I've had with every PC in my life hasn't happened yet (the installation is still considerably new, so I may have to reanalyze a few months later). But having spent the better part of a year learning the interaction patterns of the Mac's multi-gesture trackpad has really done a number on my mapping of the keyboard. I remember the keyboard shortcuts that were drilled for years, but the location of the Command Key on the MBP is where the Ctrl key was on my Dell. Needless to say, I've slowed down a lot on Windows since I use it for maybe fifteen minutes if at all I need it. There are certain features I miss like automatic window resizing for having two windows pulled up while completing a task, but from a high level perspective there's nothing from a user experience perspective that gives Windows an advantage over Mountain Lion.
Does this mean I've picked Macs over PCs? Yes, but not a resounding yes. I will probably never buy another PC unless there's a very compelling reason, but both are experiences that become very simple once you've spent time with either of them. Had I grown up with a Mac, I'm sure I would have struggled to transition to PC the same way I struggled with learning the ins and outs of OS X. For the majority of my general desktop tasks, I can live on either operating system - the only task I have not tested is the use of the Adobe Creative Suite on a PC. But I pick Macs for that snappy feeling I get every time I use it, which was a huge experience frustration I've had with every PC I have ever worked with.
There's also the complication of tablets in the equation now. I love my Touchpad a lot, but when I first got my Mac, I was using my personal Touchpad infrequently. At my current job I have a new iPad to test our products with, but I find that except for very few things, I can do everything I want on the iPad. There are a few websites that are not mobile optimized or look better on a bigger screen, but the majority of the computing based things I do in my personal life are a great experience on the tablet. Tablet apps sometimes aren't as robust as their desktop counterparts, but that's a whole different tale; the point is that when it comes to picking a Mac or a PC the answer isn't very clear cut simply because there's a lot of different factors I consider in this throwdown, and for a lot of those factors the answer is Choice C - None of the above; smartphone or tablet
So am I a Mac or PC? I have to say I'm more Mac, but overall I'm very much a tablet/smartphone person (I'll spare you the cheesy version of this answer).