New to Mac and new to iphone

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by maccabi77, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. maccabi77 macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2012
    I am starting an iphone course, and looking for advise of what computer to buy.
    during the course I will be able to use a mini but only on premesis. What should I buy to use at home?
    A mini Mac that could be used maybe as a portable computer, or an imac or maybe a laptop which is more expencive, Taking into account I will be bying a second hand computer as to save on money.
    What are the major diferences between the computers
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    For your purposes the major differences will be ease of portability. It sounds like you want a laptop if you are going to be moving about.
  3. maccabi77 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2012
    during the course I wont be moving to much, just taking a disk on key from place to place. A laptop could be easier , but it means a smaller screen and more expencive
  4. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Any Mac will handle the basics- surfing, watching movies, email, running most programs.

    If using it for a demanding application like photo manipulation, a basic Mac book will work for that too. I don't know much about them, but I would not choose a mini for anything other than the basics mentioned above. For something like that, more RAM is better.

    Doing anything with high video demands, a good video card might help. Go to Apple's page and read through specs and what they say each model can handle. Most likely, it would be a higher end iMac or a MacBookPro.

    For home use, it would be an iMac, a MacBook Pro (mobility) or a Mac Book (for mobility). You'd have to investigate which model best handles your needs. Again, if it is the basics, a Mini could be considered.
  5. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    I've had MacBook Pros and iMacs. I like both, and have to say that for Graphics work, the iMac is good because you can keep the monitor angle the same from day to day - although if you use an external monitor on the MBP this is negated. It's really a matter of Portability vs Screen Size vs Power. It goes something like this...

    Obsessive portability for basic stuff = MacBook Air
    Performance & Portability = MacBook Pro 13" or 15"
    Screen size & power = Beefy iMac or Mac Pro
    Good balance among all three = 17" MacBook Pro (now discontinued, dammit)

    I personally don't see the sense of the Mini; For a few hundred more you can a machine several times as good in every area.
  6. soloer macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2004
    The mini is good if you have your own monitor and want something that's very quiet. I have a mini now, having moved to it from an iMac. I loved the iMac, but it kept having screen issues, and I got tired of taking the entire computer in to get worked on all the time. I finally got to the point where I decided I never wanted another desktop where everything was lumped together.

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