"Overpriced and overhyped"2.0 starson by megchampagne
Pros: Looks good, defends against viruses
Cons: Limited compatibility, limited life span, CHEAPLY MADE
Summary: You know, if I were at a coffee shop, I'd be more inclined to talk to somebody with a REAL computer... not just a nice looking prop with a glowing screen.
I have now owned two Apple products: an iMac and an iBook. Both products were completely lackluster and borderline useless.
I purchased an iMac back in 2002 because I suppose I started to feel a little nostalgic. The public school system where I grew up cut a deal with Apple, and we used Macintoshes from when I was seven until when I was seventeen. However, I quickly got tired of my iMac's incompatibility problems, and I traded it in for a Sony VAIO.
After the VAIO crashed, I was feeling vain, and decided to purchase an iBook. I liked the fact that I could look cool when I went to the coffee shop.
After I had the iBook for about eleven months, it literally just stopped working. Did I have too much stuff installed on it? Impossible! Nothing is compatible with Macs to begin with!
It got to the point where I couldn't even open Mail. It was BAD.
Aside from that, the AC adapter was flimsy. The connector was completely bent. This happened with normal use -- iBooks have a tendency to get incredibly hot during use, since they do not have vents. I actually got burned on the leg once after having my iBook plugged in for little over one hour. Also, three (yes, three) of the rubber feet on the bottom of the unit came off, and the latch that keeps the laptop closed when not in use -- yeah, that broke too. OH, and the mouse -- it went through periods when it got stuck and you couldn't even click it... Just an overall aggravating piece of junk!!
In short, I have come to realize that iBooks are NOT meant for real computing. They are meant for hipsters who do not have a clue about computing and only need a computer to check their email or use an instant messaging program. This iBook is not meant for people into heavy gaming, computing, imaging, programming -- anything that involves skill. Windows is capable of all that, Mac OS X is just not.
I would advise you to take the $1,000.00 you'd spend on an iBook and spend it more wisely. Spend $500.00 on a better laptop (like the Acer Aspire 3500, which I purchased) and put the other $500.00 in a savings account.