Good day everyone. I am in the process of saving up for a Mac. I am considering the Macbook Pro 13'' as a main computer to replace my 3.5 year old Sony Vaio. My laptop is slowly dying, so I am in need of a new one. I have started looking into Macs partly by influence of a friend. Said friend has a 13'' Macbook Pro from 2009, with 4GB of RAM. He used to tell me wonders about OS X, although in truth he never really detailed what he meant. Being not the most tech-literate person, I tend to have troubel distinguishing what is true from what is not. The most complex term I understand regarding technology would probably be Kernel? Anyhoo, I had heard OS X was a great OS and all. However, I cannot say I am unhappy on Windows 7 either. It does lag and shutter from time to time, but that surely is to be expected from a not-so-young laptop which has had its fair share of repairs from Sony itself. Today, I saw my friend messing on OS X. While it did look good, design and aesthethics really are the least of my concerns. His computer ended up with a long beachball, and struggled to keep everything opened. I couldn't really blame the computer, as my friend is quite the power-user kind of guy: 3 browsers open at the same time, each one with 8+ tabs, Adobe Reader with 5+ files, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Powerpoint with 3 files, and some other minor apps (Mail, Twitter, Adium). What impressed me was when another friend of mine, who posesses the very same Macbook but with 2 GB of RAM only, had a crashing situation happen on Microsoft Powerpoint. And this time, there was not app overloading to serve as an excuse. Red Flag. I have always heard a lot of OS X regarding "stability" and "smoothness". I would like to know if issues like this are common, and if not, what they could be due to. What can my friends be doing "wrong". I would like OS X because of some specific software (ie. Garageband), but I would hate paying premium for a laptop with not-premium hardware, and a so-called-awesome-OS that would end up disappointing me. Of course I could run Windows 7 on a Macbook Pro; but for that I don't need to pay 1000+, do I?