I though I might as well bring the feedback to the front page since this post is viewed in context with the reply on the previous post:
That’s a really nice system you’ve spec’d out, and I agree – to me, Windows has matured significantly in the past few years, Office gives *the best* experience on Windows, so like you, it may be difficult for me to justify spending more for OS X at upgrade time when I cannot guarantee that I’ll be giving myself the best working environment for my money.
Windows 8.1 is quite usable right now, if anything bothers you the third party stuff can rectify it, though really most of the little things will be addressed by Windows 10.
I keep flip-flopping between a laptop and a desktop but at the end of the day, for a home system, a desktop would serve me best, and when I’m out on the go, I’d might as well pick up an inexpensive “Winbook” that can remote into the mothership and otherwise do the job whilst still being near disposable.
I’ve made the decision then and purchased it online with the estimated time of deliver being on the 6 March 2015 and I’ll look at getting a Lumia 830 but I’ll keep my eye open at the big announcements are at GSMA where the much rumoured HTC and Samsung S6 will be announced so by then I’ll have a look at what is available. That being said though I’m stepping back and wondering whether it makes any sense investing in a flag ship phone when a mid range ‘good enough’ alternative does everything I need – get a cheaper phone and upgrade every 18 months or have a flagship phone then feel the psychological pressure to upgrade even though there is no definitive need to upgrade. Like the iMac the problem with the iPhone is that you either go out and purchase the biggest one knowing you can’t expand or I can purchase a Lumia 830 which has 16GB then when I want more storage I can go out to purchase a sdcard at a later date which means I’m not forced to spend up big upfront.
In terms of replacing my MacBook Pro I’m scoping out the cost of a Surface Pro and hopefully we’ll see a refresh soon but even so the current Surface Pro 3. A great desktop, a great laptop along with a phone that does that job that I need. Things will start to get interesting when Windows 10 is finished and made available.