Several guys that I work with have been trying to talk me into getting a Mac. I personally had never played much with Mac until of late. So I thought I would jot down the pros and cons that relate to my personal needs and perceptions.
Before I get to my notes though, I want to throw out their once again that I am a total newbie to Mac land. Not knowing the Mac way of doing things my have put me at a disadvantage from an evaluation standpoint.
- Very sleek, light weight and very quiet.
- Great native multimedia iMovie, iPhoto, and iDVD.
- Wireless profile and network management is very simple and easy to use.
- Auto sync with external displays (projectors in particular for presentations).
- Nice built in camera.
- Fusion's unity for integrating Windows applications seamlessly into the OS X desktop.
- Fusion 2.0's unity for linux for integrating Linux applications seamlessly into the OS X desktop.
- I like the magnetic power cord design.
- Expensive relative to other Core Duo systems. I can buy from Dell a 15" 2GHz Core Duo Inspiron 1525N with 4GB of RAM, a 2Megapixel camera, bluetooth and a 250GB SATA drive for $944. A comparable 15" MacBook Pro costs no less than $2,699.
- Uninstallation is not easy. OS X needs serious help in this department. On ubuntu, I can effortlessly uninstall any program and the programs that depend on that program with apt-get or the gui equivalent. This blog post said that there basically isn't a good uninstaller tool for OS X.
- I am really used to the Gnome/KDE way of quickly getting to an application through a menu.
- No ability (that I have found) to add applications or applets to the top bar. For example, I really like the performance meeter that I have on my Ubuntu desktop.
- No page up, page down or insert keys.
- No right mouse button for easy copy/paste. I know its a Mac but that doesn't diminish the fact that the right mouse button is very convenient.
- The DVD player doesn't have FF or RR. Very disappointing.
- I am hooked on evolution v2.12 as a mail client. So it is hard to consider anything else. So the lack of a current version of evolution for mac is hard. Perhaps Fusion 2.0 will come to Mac's rescue. ;-)
- The Dock is cool but a bit annoying once it gets full. It can also be annoying when an application is below the Dock.
I am curious to know what others think. Please also feel free to give me pointers on the Mac way of doing things.
Thanks in advance,