Update: I'm back to mac! My update on page 2 My response and my thanks to everyone at the bottom of this thread So, my transition from pc to mac has been a little rough around the edges. Through this process, i didn't just convert. I went all the way. A couple weeks ago i had a windows 7 laptop and an android phone and decided after a long night of watching youtube videos about the iphone and getting caught up in the hype, i decided to sell my android and switch to iphone. I've been loving my iphone so much and the simplicity/smoothness compared to my windows pc, that it made me think a macbook would be a good switch too. So i went out and bought a mac and ahhhhh! Little things get to me. First: hearing people talk about how simple it is while having to relearn almost everything almost seems contradictory. From gestures to right clicking to dragging to new screens to what files aren't compatible with mac. I'd pull my hair out if i had any. I'm hoping someone can clear a couple things up for me: 1) apparently, mts files from my hd camcorder aren't compatible with mac. At all. I can't even view this stuff let alone edit it. Am i missing something or do i really have to go through all the trouble of converting EVERYTHING just to view and edit stuff? 2) I thought i was going to like iPhoto alot more than i do. It seems to be great at doing a couple basic things like redeye removal and such, but if i just want to add pictures from my iphone to an existing folder, it won't show up in iPhoto. I have to manually import everything. And i could set it to where things import directly to iphoto, but then everything would be separated into "events" and i want all my iphone stuff in one folder. If i just want to view 5 new pics i took with my phone, i don't want an entire event created for it. What are the benefits of iphoto that would make me like it more? 3) and on photos, when i connect my iphone it doesn't show up as a drive like on pc to drag and drop files. I (think) i only have the option to import through image capture and when i imported everything over to a folder, i can click on the pictures and see them bigger. But i can't scroll through them. Is this not possible without iphoto? 4) imovie was the biggest letdown. Besides not being able to edit my own stuff because of the mts issue, everything is in this storyboard-like view that bundles everything together into one thing. I can't just look at the audio or the effects or add extra video overlays and the picture in picture options are about as limited as you can get. I couldn't even place text where i wanted to. What's up with that? My $40 video editing software on pc was better than this. Isn't this what mac users brag about when talking about the higher price tag? "but it already has amazing software on it to justify the price". Yeah. Even windows movie maker could let me move my text and put it where i wanted it. If i wanted to edit video on the macbook, could i put windows on it and use my pc editing software? Is that easy to do for a newbie? Like if i wanted to browse the web or manage pictures/music i'm on the osx side. But if i want to edit video, i use windows on the macbook? Do i have to buy a copy of windows 7 to do this? 5) my macbook gets pretty hot when it's only been on my lap for 20 minutes. As much as i love the design and build quality, this is a little bit of a dealbreaker. The lenovo laptop i got for my girlfriend runs cool when it's been on the bed for an hour. Why the difference? Or is mine just defective? Lastly, why is mac any better than pc? So far, i just don't see it. And i've been googling the crap out of this trying to decide why my expensive laptop is better than a pc thats half the price. There might be something i don't see. I don't know. The only answers i've seen are: macs don't get viruses (neither have my pcs. I've literally never had a virus and i check for those often) macs are simpler and more user friendly: then again, how hard is a pc to use? Want to look at your pictures? Press start and click on the "pictures" folder. Want to go on the internet? Click the browser. What's complicated? macs include better software out of the box: imovie was a huge letdown. I assumed since people talked about how good iphoto was, it was more like paintshop pro than a simple image viewer (though there could be something i'm missing) the email program doesn't seem to be any better than outlook or anything else, of which there are a ton of free email apps for the pc. And safari is just like any other browser. Best software on here is itunes and that's also on the pc. I love the build quality, i love the support i'll probably get from apple (even though hp has given me great support in the past and their warranty covers accidental damage for cheaper whereas apples only cover defects) and i like the "cloud" it comes with. What am i missing that makes mac better? So far to me in my short time with mac, nothing seems to be "better" so much as "different" and entirely "user preference". The more i google articles about why mac is better the more i'm like "...that's not better. That's preference!"