antipode wrote:Oh boy, bundled apps, aka bloat.
1) Maybe it's the world's most advanced ten year old operating system.
2) Windows Live Mail, Gmail - free
3) Windows Live Mail, Gmail, or use your phone like everyone else - free
4) Gmail, -free
5) Skype, -free
6) Windows Photo Viewer. If you're talking about sharing capabilities, right-click the picture in Explorer - built in
7) iWishyouwouldn't, but Microsoft Movie Maker or Virtual Dub - free
8) LMMS - free, or get FL Studio to blow everything else out of the water with free updates for life
Oh look, you just built a PC and got all of that functionality for $600 less.
Obviously I am not talking to people like you who have already shut down their minds on Mac. That is fine; but, if you’ve never used iPhoto, iMovie, or Garageband—don’t be so quick to put them down by equating these to PC throwaways. Do the homework. Reviews by professional photographers, musicians, and artists have recognized iMovie and Garageband for being equal to or better than PC programs costing $300-$500 on the open market. My $500 ballpark figure was conservation, actually.
Don’t take my work for it—ask a friend you trust who has actually used these applications. Check out Consumers Reports. And Apple Mail Is waaaaayyyy better than Yahoo, Gmail, and Outlook could every be. Do you actually know anyone who really likes Outlook—especially the older editions?
I am speaking from 20 years experience using PCs at work and Macs at home.
Of course, I’ve got no monetary stake in this argument—which has and will continue to go on indefinitely. I just ask readers of these comments to check out the different machines themselves and make up their own minds, based on personal need, budget, and common sense. Whatever one’s decision, whether it be for PC or Mac, I believe he/she gets what they pay for. The key is to get what you need.
Have a Very Merry Christmas!