Thinking of getting first iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by DougY, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. DougY macrumors 6502

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    Ive been a PC user all my adult life, and am finally seriously considering buying an iMac. Someone please tell me the pros and cons over PC's. Thanks.
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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  3. knewsom macrumors 6502a

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    Pros:

    1. It's pretty easy to run Windows on a Mac, but not so easy to run Mac OS on a PC.

    2. The Mac OS, is far more intuitive, secure, and less vulnerable to viruses and Malware. Overall, a superior OS.

    3. They're pretty.

    4. They hold value better than any other brand of computer.

    5. They are available with affordable and comprehensive warranties.

    6. A broad and diverse community of users and forums like this one. It's kindof a tribe as well as a computer, though not NECESSARILY.

    7. Less bad programs out there, easier to find good ones, and LOTS of good open-source apps.


    Cons:

    1. pricey.

    2. Different OS, takes getting used to, but most who DO get used to it are thankful.

    3. Less available applications.


    I think that's it. That and much more available at the links provided in the post above.
     
  4. TomT321 macrumors member

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    Hyundai vs Honda

    IMHO I think it boils down to a like difference between a Hyundai or a Honda, both are cars, both get you from point A to point B, but one does it with much more style and dependability and has a much higher resale value and thus probably a better over all value. Just in case there is any doubt I am relating the Mac to the Honda!!:)
     
  5. Trek2100 macrumors 6502a

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    Take it from someone who used to be anti-Apple and am now a Mac fanatic. I think you can sum it up like this. With the Mac you have the best of both worlds, you have OS X and you can run Windows which means there is no software you can't run. It doesn't get any better than that. Everyone says how expensive the Mac is but I take exception to that. Bought my first PC in 1984 - ComPaq deskpro - list price $7,000.00. Second PC in 1995 - Dell Pentium Pro - cost - $5,500.00. Third in 2002, Dell 4550 - cost $3,195.00. Now iMac i7 w/8GB with iWork '09 installed - cost - $2,438.009 incl. tax. If you buy high end they last a lot longer and are not obsolete as quickly as cheaper models. The iMac displays are just breathtaking and the thing is a "beast" when it comes to performance. Just for grins, yesterday I watched 8 movie trailers in QuickTime (8 QuickTimes running at once). I was blown away. You won't regret buying a Mac.:)
     
  6. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

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    Doug,

    I love these questions. I was in the
    same postion you were 3 years ago.

    I am going to answer your question
    and coax you into buying a Mac, but
    I do so with a lot of caution because
    for some reason there are a lot of
    PC fanboys that hang out on this forum
    and attack people that have anything
    negative to say about Windows. Not
    sure why they would waste their time
    in a Mac forum but you wait and see
    what happens.

    I was a PC owner for most of my life.
    Never thought I would ever go to
    Mac mainly because I think people
    are brainwashed into believing that
    Macs are overpriced and that they
    are difficult to use.

    Well, Macs are overpriced. However,
    I do think you get what you pay for.
    As far as being difficult to use? It took
    me about 15 minutes to get over the
    Mac vs. Windows subtle differences.
    Within an hour I was using the Mac as
    if I was using it all my life. In fact, it's
    easier to use than Windows.

    Long story short, my $4k custom built
    PC died several times. A friend had
    just bought his first Mac and was raving
    about it. I took a chance, spent $3k on
    a Mac Pro and it has been the best
    gamble of my life.

    First and foremost if gaming is your
    passion, I would not consider a Mac


    However, if you are creative, want to
    work with first-rate software right out
    of the box that lets you make movies,
    webpages, music and organize your photo
    collection -- then Mac is for you.

    Now an owner of the new i7 iMac I could
    not be any happier with my system. It
    is super fast, doesn't crash all the time like
    Windows, and all programs play together
    nicely -- which never happened in Windows
    thanks in part to its registry.

    ...oh, and you know you can run Windows
    on your Mac. I still have one or two Windows
    programs I occasionally use. Wait till you see
    Parallels 5. You can run Windows and Mac at
    the same time running programs side-by-side
    and even transferring files. It's amazing!

    I promise you that once you go Mac you
    will never go back to PC. I am not trying
    to be one of those "smug" Mac users, I
    am just being totally honest -- and you
    are hearing it from someone who was very
    well versed in Windows for years on end.

    Let us know what you decide to do.
     
  7. CeeZee macrumors member

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    Second this.

    I switched about 8 years ago after working with PCs for virtually decades (from early DOS to the first version of Windows through many additional Windows versions). I strongly recommend going to a Mac. It actually brought the fun back to PCs for me.
     

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