We’ll start with what I know you really care about:
- 2.2 Ghz Intel Dual Core
- 1G RAM (will be 4G soon)
- 120G HDD
- 13 inch wide screen
It was the best I was willing to pay for. I think it should last quite a while too. It feels sturdy and well built. If I pick it up by a single corner with one hand I can’t feel any flexing or bending in the case. The monitor is attached securely and doesn’t actually latch, its magnetic. My last laptop’s (DELL 8200) monitor joint broke so I find this important. OS X is smooth, pretty quick (with only 1G of RAM mind you) and seems to be very stable thus far. The only problems I’ve really had is with Safari. It basically sucks. I seem to have massive memory leaks with it. Its the only Apple program so far that I’ve used that has this problem.
The other Apple apps like iCalendar and Apple Mail are good programs but their incredibly lacking in the feature department. Thunderbird has always (in my opinion) been on the feature shy side but it has nothing on Apple Mail for missing features. Same goes for iCalendar though Apple did make sure that the two integrate well. I’m afraid I prefer open source for this one.
The iLife suite is nice and actually provides for a lot of professional level editing, which is great, but only if your a professional. If your like me GarageBand is really to complex to really do to much with. I don’t own any midi keyboard or microphones to use. And I know very little about audio editing. So its great but I can’t really do much with it other than act stupid. I’ve never used any open source products that I can compare to garage band and I haven’t really used the rest of the suite so this one is up for grabs.
Apple did make sure to include the ability to write both docx (MS’s new open format) and the odf files. No extras to download there. Though the built in text editor is terrible. I think Apple makes more of a full fleged office suite but I’m not going to buy it. For two reasons really. One, MS’s office suite is still as good as it gets. And two, OpenOffice.org is as much as I’ll ever honestly need. Mark one for open source.
People constantly harp on distributions like Ubuntu for not including audio formats by default with the OS (specifically wmv). Well, neither does Apple. So anyone who complains about that again can put it you know where. If Apple, ran by the demi-god Steve Jobs, doesn’t do it then you no right to complain about Linux not doing it either. In fact, I found it much easier to get the codecs for Linux then I did with OS X. Open source has Apple beat here.
Finally, the best part for me, Vim. I found MacVim which is a fully integrated (into Mac OS X) version of vim. As opposed to just being compiled for Mac OS X. It takes full advantage of the magic menu bar at the top. I highly recommend it. Its way better than text editor Apple has written. Not to mention I’m not about to pay for a text editor that just runs on Mac. Chock another one up for open source.
Enjoy the Penguins!