Moving Grandparents over to Apple!

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  1. paperinacup macrumors 6502

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    I am convincing my grandfather to buy an iMac G5 because he believes his P4 2.8ghz is 'outdated'.

    Can you guys help me out with some convincing arguments to help ease the switch over?
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    First off, I'd just show the iMac form factor. Live anywhere near an Apple Store or Apple retailer? The fact that that slim-as-a-monitor (almost) package is the entire computer and that it comes with wireless and Bluetooth (so, aside from the power cord, there would literally be no cords if you get a BT KB and mouse and wireless router) is, in my mind, very powerful. It's small, quiet, powerful, and attractive.

    OS X is, of course, simpler and more powerful. It might, though, take time to convince a Windows user that it's easier to use OS X. However, the lack of adware/spyware is a plus. Exposé is a cool touch. Dashboard is actually more useful than I originally gave it credit for. Basically, it's a great, safe OS running in a powerful yet unobtrusive computer.
     
  3. Cooknn macrumors 68020

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    All you have to do is get them in front of an iMac and they'll be hooked. No more viruses, or spyware and everything 'just works'. The only issue I had when switching an 'over 50' was that she said it was hard to see the text at the max resolution for the iMac - which is really the only resolution that looks good IMHO. She changed it to something funky and jacked her text size way up in Safari as well :eek:
     
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Another option would be to use Zoom (F7/F8, be sure it's set up in System Preferences->Universal Access, and use the options to set the min/max zoom (you need to set the min slider - the lower one - first, else the "max" one won't slide) to something small like 2X so hitting F8 won't immediately zoom you into giant-pixel land. When she needs to see, tapping F8 gets her a close-up view, but the rest of the time she has full-res access.
     
  5. Cooknn macrumors 68020

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    Sweet :D Thanks for the tip!
     
  6. BKKloppenborg macrumors regular

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    damn, you lucky they know nothing about computers lol... To bad my Grandpa isn't alive still he would buy me a Laptop or Powerbook :D he used to buy me expensive things and my parents hatted it lol... One chritmas he bought be a Very expensive Fish tank..
     
  7. paperinacup thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Heh yeah there computer now is NOT outdated at all. But it has ALOT of problems lol it had them out of the box. Talked to him about a 20" iMac and he likes the idea.
     
  8. Cooknn macrumors 68020

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    My kids' grandma (my ex mother in-law) sold me her old 2.53GHz Pentium 4 for $500 when she bought her new 20" iMac :eek: Although my 14 year old has an iMac, the P4 is in my 10 year old's room. Works fine for Warcraft, heh. Bottom line is that when Grandma saw my older son's iMac, it didn't matter to her that she just dropped $2K on that PC. Mac's draw you in and all of a sudden money is no object :D
     
  9. paperinacup thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Heh yeah he is GIVING IT AWAY!!!!!!!!! $2000 computer and $500 monitor being GIVEN AWAY.
     
  10. BKKloppenborg macrumors regular

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    to me? :D
     

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