I figured I'd share my story a little bit. I feel guilty for not loving the Mac and iPad as a VoiceOver user. They're fantastic if you have low vision. I just feel like I have to go all-in on the ecosystem, and I know this is stupid.
I've been using iOS and MacOS since 2010. I was more low vision at the time and didn't lose my eyesight until 2020. VoiceOver was an insanely frustrating experience - buggy, covoluted, and just not great in my experience. It was a year and a half of frustration. While trying to complete an assignment, I had enough and asked dad to put an old HP workstation in my room.
My god, Windows and NVDA was like a breath of fresh air. I had to do some training to learn JAWS - as I needed to learn it for my future career - and Windows, as I had only used it from a sighted/low vision perspective. But it ran so much smoother, so much easier than MacOS. I then got a laptop through an education bursary.
I recently went back to Mac for a month, now with more knowledge of using a screen reader. And sure, it's a slightly better experience, but it still had its frustrations. I manage my Dungeons & Dragons character sheet as a spreadsheet and Numbers would stop showing a table if I switched sheets, for example. I would have to close and re-open Numbers. Microsoft Word and Excel aren't great experiences on the Mac. Selecting is so hit and miss. Even yesterday, I was curious to see if I could take some notes from my weekly reading, and I couldn't even select the text with VO + Enter or Option + Shift. It took me 2 seconds on NVDA.
I guess I want to know I'm not alone in preferring Windows. Even for sighted people, I feel like they prefer Mac. My other blind friends prefer Mac, and I guess that's where the feeling of... guilt or something comes in. Because maybe it's a me issue that I just don't get along with MacOS.
I also just want to interate this isn't a Mac-bashing post, you're allowed to like what you like. The Mac has a lot of strengths - I love the image description feature, NVDA doesn't even have that and JAWS barely does. I love the ability to copy the last spoken phrase to the clipboard. And iMessage, it is so much easier texting from a computer.