PowerBook or iBook, which is 4 me??

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Pixeled_Apple, Oct 24, 2004.

  1. Pixeled_Apple macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2004
    MeLbourne, Vic Aussiee!
    Hi! I'm a Newbie, My First post! Should I get a mac???
    I REALLY love the looks of macs they capbilty, performance, features, reliabity, and nearly everything else, When I heard about Mac is built under UNIX and watched the Panther Relase video, and PowerBooks legendary backlit keyboards, macintosh's processors, I was TOTALLY hooked! I'm a real Mac addict.

    I Run plenty of Apps!

    Make Websites, Program (Visual Basic, Java, Liberty Basic, C, C++) create plenty of graphics using Photoshop, Talk to my Friends, Word Process (For school projects) and be able to run: DREAMWEAVER MX, MX 2004 ; PHOTOSHOP CS ; ANY PROGRAM THAT CAN DEVELOP PROGRAMS USING VISUAL BASIC OR JAVA OR C OR C++ ( I can use VirtualPC )

    Which one do you think suits me: ((I really want the pb coz its amazing ambient auto-sensing keyboard!!! :eek: and performance!!!) The iBook :cool: or the beautiful PowerBook :confused: :confused:

    Deep Regards!
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Hmmm... take a chill pill.

    If you really want to get the best out of Photoshop with a laptop, get a Powerbook with the biggest screen you can afford and stick plenty of RAM in it...

    If you want it and can afford it, then you don't need our approval. It sounds like you've made your mind up anyway...

    So? What are you waiting for? Buy it! Now!
    Before you spontaneously self-combust...

  3. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Well, either laptop will let you do those things. Obviously, the main decision you need to make is one of whether you wan to spend the extra on the PB. The iBook is really a very nice system at a reasonable price. The PB is more powerful and more featured - as you know - but a lot pricier.

    As a programmer, the 17" PB might be the most attractive to you as it has the best screen resolution. Aside from that resolution - which, I think, is the only compelling factor to buy the 17" - the 15" PB is a very good laptop for the things you mention.

    If you don't want to cough up that much money, the 12" iBook gives you most of the functionality and power at roughly half the price of the 15" PB.
  4. russed macrumors 68000


    Jan 16, 2004
    you really need a maxed out 17" pb i think! or at least a top whack 15" pb. get it and enjoy it!

    you have basically answered your question yourself in your post. you know you want a pb so get out their and start enjoying it!
  5. toughboy macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2003
    Izmir, Turkey
    if money is limited, I cant see a reason to buy PB these days.. ibook is just upgraded and quite powerful.. I'd go for a 12" iBook, if I'd buy for myself..

    but if you have plenty of money, I'd go for 17"PB.. its a great machine and not that big like you may think.. its really thin and wonderfully cool and carnivorusly powerful.. a 17" Powerbook G5 RevB is going to be my new next portable for example :D
  6. Ambrose Chapel macrumors 65816

    Ambrose Chapel

    Jul 24, 2002
    the PBs screen brightness is better than the iBook's. also, the current iBook graphics card doesn't support a feature in 10.4 called CoreImage. so getting a PB will give you some future-proofing
  7. Pixeled_Apple thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2004
    MeLbourne, Vic Aussiee!
    Thanks alot Guys! I'm 14, and my parents cannot afford a 17", so I'm gettin a 15" SD PowerBook! :D :cool:

    1 More Question: Are they any programs for MAC, that'll let u program in Visual Basic or Java or C or C++ or Liberty Basic ?? (I need Visual Basic the most) If there isn't can I use VB under Virtual PC?

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