Hi all, I've been a long, long time lurker, but decided to post since this is going to be my first mac and I really want to make the best choice. The first computer I ever owned was an Apple IIc. The last time I used macs was in high school. Long story short, I becamed seriously interested in Apple as a PC alternative after the original REV A 12" Powerbook came out. The machine was slick, a tad expensive and had some really bad problems (heat). Anyways, with the REV B Powerbook out I thought my choice was clear until the iBook G4 showed up. Being a Systems Admin at a large Canadian university, I know Windows and all its idiocy like the back of my hand. Hands down, OS X is THE Linux for desktops. In other words, IT OWNS! I'm ordering the system most likely tomorrow, so here's what I came up with so far: I live in Toronto, so all prices are in CAD with edu discount. Fixed cost 1 will be the 512mb memory module I will be purchasing: $134. This money I will spend regardless of which 'Book I will go for. Fixed cost 2 is the Airport Extreme card which is another $130. The other thing that I need is bluetooth, but because the iBook is cheaper, I won't cost that seperately. So, here are my options: 12" 800mhz G4 iBook 256MB DDR266 SDRAM (128MB built-in & 128MB SO-DIMM) 60GB Ultra ATA drive Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) Bluetooth Module Keyboard/Mac OS X - U.S. English APP for iBook - Enrollment Kit 12-inch TFT XGA display 800MHz PowerPC G4 ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 w/ 32MB DDR video memory Subtotal $1,804.00 12" 1Ghz G4 PowerBook 1GHz PowerPC G4 256MB DDR266 (256MB built-in) 80GB Ultra ATA drive @ 4200rpm Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English APP for PowerBook (w/ or w/o display) - Enrollment Kit 12.1-inch TFT Display Subtotal $2,558.00 So, for an extra $754 I will be getting: + 200mhz more processing power + 256k more L2 Cache + 20gb more storage + Line In port + 128mb more built in memory so total will be 768 vs 640 on the iBook. + Better build quality - Less battery life +- The casing. This part I'm undecided on. The casing on the iBook is fairly cheap. Yes, it is polycarbonate plastic which is impact resistant to an extent, without an PowerSleeve it will be covered in gunk and scratches in no time. The Powerbook on the other hand is a beautiful brushed aluminum and will stand the test of time when it comes to resistance to scratches and such, but at the slightest drop, the metal will permanently bend out of shape. +- Another tossup is heat. I heard the REV B. PowerBooks arent FireBooks anymore and the G4 iBook that I used didn't get all THAT hot. So, please, please help me decide which to get. Is the extra money really worth it? I will be primarily web surfing, iPhoto, iTunes + iPoding etc. Nothing too advanced. For games I have my PC desktop. I want this thing to be with me pretty much all the time and I'm not going to be doing anything that intensive on it. However I do plan on keeping it for at least three years before replacement and want it to last that long. Thanks for reading this and for any advice you can shoot my way. p.s. I think AppleCare is a good investment, what do you guys and gals think?