Help me make my coworker switch

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Veldek, Jun 25, 2004.

  1. Veldek macrumors 68000


    Mar 29, 2003
    Hi all,

    my coworker has finally given up with his laptop. It had Windows ME (!) and crashed every now and then, the CD-ROM drive was dead and his daughter dropped it some time ago. He wanted to get it repaired, but the techguy said it's hopeless. So he decided to get a new one.

    Well, he already owned an Apple desktop a lot of years ago (don't know exactly but at least 10-15) and is also interested in it today. But he wants to get a Toshiba. I think an iBook could be a good choice for him, as he only uses it for Word, Internet and games for his daughter (6 years old). He already told me that the games he has are Mac compatible. Now, what really disturbs him about buying an iBook is the fact that with a Windows laptop he gets Word and Works with it, but the iBook has no really good word processing app (I don't count TextEdit) and so he would have to buy MS Office which is quite expensive and would stack up to the price of the iBook.

    Do you have any arguments I could use to convince him in favor of an iBook? I want to show him a test where the iBook 12" is first place to start with and recommend him to go to a local Apple reseller and play with one for himself, but is there anything else I can tell him?
  2. CubaTBird macrumors 68020

    Apr 18, 2004
    tell em...

    Tell him to get a a total of 768 ram, tell him the battery life is ~4:45, and tell him not to buy from the apple store. Especially the ram, (trust me, bad experience, long story, some thread around here :eek: ) So yea...
  3. Veldek thread starter macrumors 68000


    Mar 29, 2003
    Well, RAM is a good advice if he already wants to buy an iBook, but he doesn't yet, so this isn't exactly what I need.
    The battery life is a good argument, but he normally plugs his laptop in, so he doesn't really need much battery life.
  4. mac_gal macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2004
    Have you tried mentioned the major flaws about Windows?

    (1) Viruses
    (2) Trojans
    (3) Crashes (hmm, sounds like he should know this firsthand)
    (4) Everything else ;)

    It might be helpful to point out the durability of an iBook. This should be a huge factor, considering a 6-year-old will be using it. Maybe you can refer him to the thread on here about the iBook that was run over twice, and survived. ;)

    Might he or his daughter qualify for the student / teacher price on Office? From Microsoft's web site:

    To license Office 2004 for Mac Student and Teacher Edition, you must be a Qualified Educational User or the parent or guardian of a Qualified Educational User who is a minor. Qualified Educational Users include:

    Full- or part-time students
    Home schooled students
    Full- or part-time faculty or staff of an accredited educational institution
  5. EminenceGrise macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2004
    The iBook comes with Appleworks - whether or not this qualifies as a "good wordprocessing app" or not is up for debate... It depends mostly on what you need from a word processor. IIRC, it doesn't import (or is it export... maybe both) Word documents, but TextEdit in Panther can deal with most basic Word docs (text wise, anyway). How important is compatibility with Word? If it's a must, then MS Office is really the only way to go. There are some other word processors out there for Mac OS X (Mellel, Nisus Writer Express, etc.) that look pretty good and are relatively cheap (less than $70US), but I've not used them. They also have some tradeoffs feature wise compared to Office. OpenOffice may be a good choice, but it's not OS X native yet, so you lose the benefits that come along with that - and the setup is a little more tricky than the normal Mac OS X drag and drop (it requires X11).

    Also don't forget the iLife Apps - you can't get those anywhere but from Apple, and are almost by themselves reason enough to switch. Throw in the "Virus/Worm of the Week" that comes with Windows (this week it seems to be visiting cracked websites that install spyware....) and, to my way of thinking at least, it's no contest. Not many people have an IT department at home to keep up with all the Windows patches and all. Tell him: "you don't necessarily want everything that 'comes for free' with a Windows laptop." Hehehe
  6. brap macrumors 68000

    May 10, 2004
    AppleWorks not enough?
    If not, tell him to get the Darwin port of Openoffice. Sure I remember seeing a project attempting to make it fit in with Aqua.

    So... he gets iLife, Panther and all the other goodies a new Mac comes with, and can edit all his MS Office documents. For free.

    Edit: here is the Aqua OOo port, but sadly it's pre-release. Maybe it'll be enough for him.
  7. Mord macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    it dose apple works can open and save in .doc format can we please dispell this myth that it cannot, only powerpoint (it's very lame with cheesy effects i use keynote when i have to do presentations) and very complex document with embedded stuff in it come out slightly wrong but otherwise it is fine

    i also second openoffice it is good but using x11 is a pain

    depending on your ethics you could just get a pirate copy (yarr!)
  8. Veldek thread starter macrumors 68000


    Mar 29, 2003
    @mac_gal: The idea that his daughter could qualify for the Student version is a very good one. Well, she comes to school this summer, but it's first grade. Does this already qualify?

    @EminenceGrise: Wow, I didn't think of AppleWorks. If this is able to open and save as Word documents (thx Hector), then this could really be an alternative!
  9. TednDi macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2004
    What more do you need to know??

    More secure, better designed, doesn't crash, really cool, software works.

    IS'T windows! :D

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  10. sethypoo macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    Sacramento, CA, USA
    I'd just like to add that the online Apple Store is the best place to buy anywhere. Great customer service, coupled with knowledge of their product makes buying direct from Apple the best bet.

    I'd get RAM elsewhere, like Crucial, though.
  11. wPod macrumors 68000


    Aug 19, 2003
    Denver, CO

    it says k-12 schools. . . so im guessing 1st grade would be fine!!! (come on, apple wants to get them young and keep them around!)

    id have to say the best reason to switch is b/c it doesnt crash and doesnt get viruses.
  12. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Actually, he was talking about the Office 2004 Student liscensing agreement. Apple's Student discount is for higher education students only. The K-12 reference that you posted is for school employees.

    So in summary, the co-worker will qualify for Office 2004 Student/Teacher edition, but not for discount prices on the iBook.
  13. applemacdude macrumors 68040


    Mar 26, 2001
    Over The Rainbow
    Get it thru other means...

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