mac's are great for archiving photos, video's and regular desktop stuff. some children's software is not compatible with OSX, so i just go to the apple store for that. obviously some games are not available, but with consoles, who cares. i still like the navigation of macs. you can also emulate unix, and window's on a mac, something pc's can't do. choices are limited, but in a good way, usually limited to 3 tiers. most features are integrated nicely on macs. they cost more, always have, always will. but then if you don't want to pay for cosmetics, get a pc. to me, it's like purchasing a car. one usually doesn't get the cheapest, the go for the options, then try and save 2-300 bucks on a computer. to me, the daily navigation saves me so much time, especially with separate logins for kids so they can't delete stuff accidentily.
i've had an apple ever since about 1978 starting with visicalc, the first spreadsheet, not excel. i was employee 300, so i kind of have a soft spot for them. made a little money with stock and free computers to pay for college.