Finally switched, got new iMac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Kinkade, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. Kinkade macrumors member

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    So I finally did it. I placed my order today for the 2.8 core 2 extreme iMac. After 3 iPods and an iPhone I decided enough was enough with PCs(I actually decided that months ago, but decided to wait for new models), and I am getting my very first Mac.

    I am somewhat versed in OS X, But I haven't had to much time to really get into all the features, but I am sure I will adapt fast. I have a few questions though.

    1. I want to install Windows for a few games, but which is better: XP or Vista? I used Vista for ten minutes and got disgusted, but is it all that bad or should I stick with XP?

    2. I have a semi-extensive video library that I want to convert for my iPhone and :apple:tv when I get one. Whats a good program for this?

    3. I saw the keynote and videos for the new iWork on apples website, but I still wounder if it is finally an acceptable replacement to Office. For those that have used it; how is the word processing mode in Pages, and is Numbers a good replacement for excel?

    Thanks for your help. I have been reading these forums for a while and have got a lot of useful information.

    One thing I have to say though is that I don't think waiting for the next revision is worth it. I was playing with the old white iMacs in my local Apple store the other day and I was thinking that the older specs would have been worth it to have been using the better operating system for these past six months.
     
  2. Aea macrumors 6502a

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    1) XP is MUCH better.

    2) No clue, I have a feeling iTunes *might* be able to help with this though, but I'm clueless.

    3) Numbers is a big disappointment for most people, pages is a suitable replacement for word if you're not a heavy power-user, keynote is the real winner in the group however.
     
  3. psychofreak Retired

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    Unless you want Vista-only games...

    I love Pages, and use it with NeoOffice(a great free Office suite) for my school work :)
     
  4. zioxide macrumors 603

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    http://www.apple.com/iwork/trial/

    Try it out for yourself and see.
     
  5. Willis macrumors 68020

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    1) XP... its more stable... oh god, did I just say that?

    2) I use iSquint for converting video files... http://www.isquint.org/

    3) Just stick with Office if thats what you're used to and give iWork a whirl and see what you think for yourself

    or use Neo Office
     
  6. blueicedj macrumors 6502

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    If your putting Windows on for games, go with XP. It runs a lot faster on any machine because Vista demands a lot of power and uses up more resources. Really all Vista offers is a prettier interface. Besides, you'd have to make sure the games were compatible with Vista.
     

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