|Originally posted by chadbang
The only thing that steers me away from an ibook is the small screen. Right now I own a Powerbook G3 233mhz, but it doesn't have USB or firewall ports (i did buy a firewall pc card, but I'd also like USB), and I love my 14.1 inch screen. I couldn't imaging moving to a small screen.
I thought that, too (coming from a PBG3). But the iBook screen is so much better than the PBG3 screen (brightness, clarity, etc.) that to be honest I don't even notice. But check one out locally first.
|The ibook is pretty okay to look at, I just like the look and feel of the G3 better, which seems more rugged.
Sadly, it isn't. The iBook line is built to be much more rugged than the "Pro" line. My iBook actually flew out of my backpack (stupid me forgot to zip it up, and then literally swung the backpack off my back to try to put it on top of the car)... it flew about five feet in the air, bounced off the car, and then hit the cement parking lot floor. It didn't even wake from sleep during the event, and when I opened the lid it woke right up and worked like nothing had happened
|Uh, question, if you aren't doing video or picture or audio editing, why use a mac??
LOL, see, I knew this was going to happen
Because anything you can do on a PC you can do on a Mac. That's like asking "if you aren't using your company's proprietary DOS-only accounting system, why use a PC?
|And what, exactly, are the features you can get on a mac laptop that you cant get on a pc laptop for 1 grand?
Check out this comparison of $1300 laptops... and remember that the iBook in the two charts is now $894:http://www.aapltalk.com/shootouts/ib...tout_1300.htmlhttp://www.aapltalk.com/shootouts/ib...out_1300b.html
The interesting thing about that comparison is that the author gives the Windows machines *every* benefit of the doubt imaginable, but the iBook still comes out way ahead. Now drop the price by $400
|it's a given that a computer for home use can do all that other stuff as well, and all I am asking is, why pay for a mac to do that, when you won't be using it for what a mac is better at--editing audio, video, and pictures.
Because to some people, even if you don't do those things, the Mac is better at many other things, too. For example, Microsoft Office for Mac is a much better suite than Office for Windows. And Entourage (Microsoft's commercial email app for Mac) is vastly superior to their offerings for Windows. Unlike a few years ago, when most of the 'cross-platform' stuff kind of sucked on the Mac, some of it is as good or better on the Mac now. Many of the games that do come to the Mac platform have extra features, etc. that the PC version doesn't have.
And as you mentioned, for things like movie editing and MP3s, Apple's free software that comes with their systems are the best products on the market. And who *isn't* doing something of these things nowadays? MP3s? Digital pictures?
There's the (debateable) feeling that Macs are easier to use for all of those things. I say debateable because Macs are a bit more difficult today than they were a few years ago (mainly because they have a lot more functionality now), and because Windows has improved vastly over that same time period. However, in my experience Macs still have an edge, but it's not as big as it used to be.
Plus there's the fact that when things go wrong, Macs are easier to fix -- as someone who has supported both for a living before, I can tell you that's not a minor issue
Again, the gap has narrowed, but it still exists.
Anyways, if you don't like Macs (or don't know much about them), great. I have no problem with you. But just remember that people who use Macs aren't fools who have been duped
It's funny, I have more than one friend who claims all Mac users are either "fanatics" or "Microsoft haters." He simply can't deal with the idea that maybe people who use Macs have made rational decisions to do so based on the machines themselves.
Does that answer your question, Gluegun?