Thinking about crossing over

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sbeirs, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. sbeirs macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2006
    Hi all,

    I am thinking about switching over to Apple after my Laptop's fille system died w/o warning and took my photos, schools papers and most of my CD collection with it.

    I was wondering what advantages you see in switching over to Mac Vs sticking with windows and any disadvantages. I plan on surfing the web, e-mail, light photo duty, and typing paper as I am still a student and keeping some rental property records

    your opinions will be appreciated
  2. Cameront9 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 6, 2006
    This has been asked hundreds of times...your best bet would be to browse/search these boards.

    But for what you want to do, a Mac would be great. Advantage: NO Viruses, spyware, or any of that stuff. It just works. iPhoto would certainly take care of your light photo duty. There are many free/open source text editors for your paper typing stuff--or just use Text edit. MS Office works well, too.

    And one sounds like you lost a lot when your old computer crashed--ALWAYS BACKUP. ALWAYS. Multiple Backups, if you can. This goes for any computer--Apple, Linux, or Windows PC.
  3. tweakers_suck macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Two things.

    Number 1: backup your data whatever you decide to buy.
    Number 2: buy a Mac:D
  4. I'mAMac macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2006
    In a Mac box
    NOTE: This will be much easier in Leopard because of Time Machine.:D Makes me feel good and happy.
    O yea, definitley get a mac. Ive been using PC my whole life. Got a MAC and LOVED it. no viruses or any crap. just pure performance.
  5. paleck macrumors 6502a


    Apr 11, 2005
    with the Tequila!
    I think it is mostly personal preference. My best suggestion is try one out at an Apple Store or use a friend's. See if it works for YOU.

    As far as the programs on the Mac:
    • Web - Safari, Camino, Firefox and probably lots more
    • Typing papers - Microsoft Office or iWork
    • Photo Editor/Manager - iPhoto will do pretty much everything most people would need
    • E-Mail - Entourage (Office) or

    I'm not sure how you currently keep track of your rental stuff now....

    The most important thing is that you feel comfortable with a Mac otherwise you are just going to resent yourself.

    I switched to a Mac for the stability more than anything, but its still important to keep backups just in case.

    Hope that helps!
  6. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    Hard drives can fail on even the finest computers.

    You must back up important data on any system, but you'll see that organizing and keeping track of your data is far easier and far more logical under Mac OSX.

    You'll know where your stuff goes and where it belongs.

    You'll find yourself using your machine more and maintaining it much less.

    Your current needs are well covered by pretty much any machine available.

    The Core Duo 2.0 GHz MacBook would more than handle your needs for years to come and provides enough kick to do some things you never thought you could do.

    You can check prices at retail, education and refurb for the best solution that suite your needs.

    If you're looking for a more powerful desktop, the Core Duo iMac is the way to go.

    If you already have a great display and your needs are basic, then a Mac mini
    might cover you.

    Try to configure a system that will cover all your needs for the next 3 years and leave room for more.

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