Thinking of getting first iMac

DougY

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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.
 

knewsom

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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.
 
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TomT321

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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!!:)
 
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Trek2100

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Oct 20, 2009
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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.
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.:)
 
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NJRonbo

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Jan 10, 2007
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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.
 
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CeeZee

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Nov 5, 2009
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Wynnewood, PA
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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.
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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