Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by gamerz, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. gamerz macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2006
    Hello, I am really interested in getting an Imac as my first apple computer but i wanted to hear some input from people that already own one have to say about these things:

    1. Are there any downsides to buying a mac??? (and any major problems)

    2. How do you like it?

    3. If you could go back in the past, would you switch your mac with a computer?

  2. KD7IWP macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2004
    American living in Canada
    1. I have not run into any. Lots of people initially told me there would be compatibility issues but I never have run into that. I switched 2 and a half years ago.

    2. One of the best things I have EVER bought. It makes me much more productive since it just works. At school I run a tech service group and we fix student computers, usually it's all Anti-spyware stuff. It's amazing how well my computer works when I am used to seeing theirs all the time. Manufacturers install so much junk on PC's, it's crazy. It makes me very very happy to come back to my Mac.

    3. My Mac is a computer, so why would I switch it with a computer? :confused: I guess you mean PC instead? No way would I ever want to go back. People that use PC's are always so bothered by them (at least by what I see)
  3. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2006
    1) not for me anyways. If you invested in software for xp, you'll have to buy new. Also xp only hardware is the same story. Used to be a bit expensive.

    2) I love it. No viruses, things work.

    3) whoops misread the question. and no love the three macs i've owned over the years.
  4. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    What the hell have i bought?:D

    in regards to your questions though. The one regret i have is not buying the Mac Pro, could have just stretched to it. Would have been a tidier solution in regards to external storage. But that is it.
  5. savanahrose macrumors 6502a


    Jul 31, 2006
    greer SC
    I have had my imac for almost a month now. I just love it. The only thing that I seem to be having any problems with is remembering the shortcuts and not being able to use windows media. I have to sit down and try to figure how to get it working.

    Plus the aol videos (shows, clips etc from aol) that does not seem to work with my mac.

    I have to contact them and find out how come it is not mac compatible.

    Other than that I don't have any regrets.

    I would have to go and use my windows computer to fix someone's problem and I can not wait to get off of it.

    compatiblity wise it isn't bad at all.

    Good luck with your mac when you get it and have fun.
  6. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    Only downside is games can't run "natively" under OSX like the way some of them do under Linux with Cedegra, but in time perhaps that might be solved :)

    A downside is rebuying all your software I suppose. However if you are just a pirate it wouldn't hurt you in the least.
  7. b.hicks macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2006
    1. I initially had some difficulty finding replacements for the programs that I took for granted on the PC. Things like dvdshrink, mp3joiner, Goldwave. Once I had time to do a little research into some of freeware available for the Mac, that problem went away. The opensource mac programs available are really exceptional.

    2. I had a little buyers remorse for the first day or two. I had never used a mac before I bought my macbook. OS X is however, very intuitive and easy to fall in love.

    3. Would I go back to a PC. Well, I only bought the macbook to use when travelling. I had a high end PC at home for everything else. Notice the word "had". I only use the macbook now. It really sucked the fun out of using the PC.
  8. gamerz thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2006
    wow... fast replies... and yes i did mean PC for question 3. Also is there a program on it like microsoft word that would let me do schoolwork with?
  9. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    No, but there is a program that is called Microsoft Word.

    Just that it is not like Microsoft Word :p
  10. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    1. games, mostly not compatible with OSX, MB/MBP has crappy LCDs
    2. I still like it
    3. I still would.
  11. gamerz thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2006
    Iw00t... so there is a program like MS word, but not as good?
  12. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    how bout there is Microsoft Word for macs. dont worry the same program you are used to (well compatibility wwise, the ui is a little different)
  13. AppleIntelRock macrumors 65816


    Aug 14, 2006
    Unless you consider using the world's most advanced OS in a virtually virus free fashion a downside- then no, there aren't any.
  14. NaMo4184 macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2005
    For software

    Go to and search for any software you many think you need.

    You can also make a list of software types that you need and ask about the list in the forum.
  15. gamerz thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2006

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