need advice

Discussion in 'iMac' started by fallensp, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. fallensp macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2009
    hey guys.. nid some advice here. i'm planning to switch to mac for the first time, and now i'm facing a dilemma on which mac to buy. i'll use the mac for the following purpose.

    1. learn to develop iphone app ( xcode, obj c etc..)
    2. developing web base aplication ( php, ajax, html bla bla...)
    3. watching movie.
    4. surfing.

    these are two model that i'm interested in.

    1. imac 21.5 inch basic model.
    2. mac mini ( 2.26 ghz, 4gb ram, 160 gb hdd, magic mouse & wireless keyboard, mini port to DVI adap. )
    if i go with imac, it will fully utilise my budget allocated. If i go with mac mini i'll still have some extra to spend on accesories/upgrade or monitor. i'm currently using a 19" samsung lcd. So can you guys give me some advice on which mac should i choose ?

    these are my concern.
    1. performance wise.. imac 3.06 ghz vs mac mini 2.26 ghz will have a very significant difference? base on my usage of course.

    2. the screen... is the imac 21.5 screen really good and worth the penny? based on my research there are having some problem with the imac screen recently ( yellow tint and flickering). if i purchase mac mini and top up another $200 for lcd, will i get a better lcd compare to the one imac had?

    thank you for reading guys.. plz give me some suggestion if possible thumbup.gif
  2. ScottFitz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2007
    I just bought a 21.5 base model to replace my old white 17" c2d. It has taken me three units to find one that did not have the yellow tint on the LED screen. Other than that ( and that's a HUGE issue), this machine rocks. I'd get it far and away over a Mac Mini. Once you get a good monitor for the mac mini, you're not that far from the price of the all in one.

    If you decide imac, you might want to wait a month or two and let apple sort out their LED issues.
  3. knewsom macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2005
    Another idea.

    I'd actually advise looking at some of the refurb 24" models on apple's website. They'll be a good discount, and Apple treats them as "new". If there are ANY issues, you get the same treatment as if you bought a new machine. This should allow you to step up in GPU and display quality without worrying about the yellow tinge.

    Good luck!
  4. fallensp thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2009
    thanks for the suggestion.. but unfortunately apple store in my country does not carry refurb set. :(
  5. knewsom macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2005
    Well, then you may want to hit the classifieds and try and find one that has Applecare.

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