Preface I switched Fall 2006. Bought a 24" iMac and 15" Macbook Pro. I got tired of the constant crashes, required tweaks, virii, and increasing complexity. I'm an application developer so I spend 8-10 hours every day in front of my XP machine where I also log terminal time into a unix box. I know my way around a PC but it's always been a pita. For a home machine, I want simple, effective, fast, secure. The Mac seemed like a perfect choice. A full review would be too tedious and has already been done by more competent writers than I. So here are just a few of my highlights. The Good Sleep mode with near instant on. Easy installation and removal of software. iMac takes up less space and it looks great. No worries about virii or spyware. Very stable. Good Apple support. The Bad: Somwhat sluggish. Opening files or applications is not snappy like in doz. The Apple keyboard and mouse were not easy to switch to. I ditched the mouse after 10 minutes. No big deal. I tried the plastic keyboard for a year and I kept thinking I'd get used to it but I still prefer an IBM or HP keyboard. I have the newest Apple slim aluminum keyboard now. It's funky and I like it but it's not easy working on a HP keyboard all day and then switching to the Apple. iPhoto. You should be able to do more editing of photo's here. Plus it's slow after you load a few thousand pictures. Perhaps I need to learn more about it but after using it for a year I'm not a big fan. I think Picture Manager was more intuitive and easier to do the things I wanted like batch conversions. HP Photosmart is not a bad alternative. Resizing windows. Seems silly not to include the ability to resize a window from any edge or corner. This is annoying to me. Wireless compatibility. Couldn't get the built in airport to work with the PS3 so I had to use a wireless router. Had troubles connecting to PC laptops also. Mail is not great. I think Outlook offers more, especially as integrated with its calendar. I have Entourage installed but Mail isn't that bad that I feel the need to switch. The Ugly: File management. For me, the quickest and most efficient ways to keep things organized is through file mangler (explorer). Apple's Finder is exremely lacking. I constantly have to resize windows or click on a different view to see what I want. I tried Xfolders but didn't like it either. I like seeing things in a neatly organized tree. Why can't the Mac do that? Why doesn't apple-tab work to bring the selected window to the front? Things go into the dock and never come back. Some things you can click on the dock and open or close, others you can't. Some things you have to click on five times just to open. Very inconsistent and annoying. The doz taskbar is quick and efficient. One click open, one click close. Alt-tab instantly brings the selected app to the front. It can't be that hard. Incompatibilities with Windoz Office docs. I can create a simple Word doc in doz and open it in Word for Mac and it's different which requires reformatting. Same thing happens when using NeoOffice. Bummer. Also, there are a few apps that I need that won't run in OS and virtualization is painfully too slow. The Conclusion: I may try to dual boot up Vista and see if I like it better. I'll continue to learn about OS X and try to do things more efficiently. I just expected that after a year things would be much easier by now. Some things are but many things aren't. By far, the biggest advantage of the Mac is stability and safety against attacks. Part of the reason why I'm posting is to ask for help. I truly want to have a great Mac experience but it hasn't really wow'd me yet and I'm still struggling with some major issues particularly with file management/organization and application switching. By the way, I'm still on 10.4 and haven't seen a real need to move to Leopard. I will try Leopard before I make any final judgements. I think that after a year of constant use I have put in enough time for this whole Mac experience thing to reveal itself.