"From PC to Mac - Finally!!!"5.0 starson by Euclid8998
Pros: Mac OS X Snow Leopard, super fast, hard drive storage, small and sleek design, large trackpad, firewire, SD card reader, backlit keyboard, extra long battery life, NOT a Vista PC.
Cons: Few software glitches switching over and miss my delete key
Summary: My old Sony Vaio had crashed a couple of times and I was so ready to get a new laptop. The only thing I was sure of was that I did not want a computer with Windows Vista/7. The Apple store had their student promotion to buy a Mac and get a free iPod Touch so I figured why not.
I just bought the MBP a few days ago and love it already. This is the first Mac I have ever used and I was worried it would take forever to learn how to use but it is very easy. The first thing I had to do was upgrade the OS to Snow Leopard. This took about 45 minutes but every time it would reboot it seemed to go faster. I then transferred my files over and was pleased that this was straight forward.
I spent a bit of time setting up the system preferences I wanted for the computer. I really like the multitude of choices available and how everything is laid out on one tab as opposed to the different views of Windows settings. I was cautious about the trackpad because I did not know how it would work but now it is my favorite feature. I was able to customize the trackpad and now I cannot imagine using anything else.
The MBP only takes approximately 10 seconds to start up and 5 to shut down. This beats my PC which would take about 20 minutes to load up and 2 minutes to shut down which was so frustrating when needing to complete a quick task. After turning on the computer, Safari can load a page so fast that I do not have time to blink. The hard drive space is more than enough for my documents and iTunes. One additional thing that I have noticed is that this computer barely heats up after long use and stays very cool.
The only cons I have experienced are with moving my Palm Desktop and Yahoo! Site Builder software over. After a little research I learned that the Mac Palm Desktop software will sync with a PDA on Tiger and Leopard but not Snow Leopard. I mostly want this software for the calendar so I will use iCal instead and sync with my new iPod Touch. The Yahoo! Site Builder is strictly for Windows so I guess I will have to keep it on my PC and drag it out when I need to update my websites which is not often. The other thing that takes awhile to get used to is not having a PC delete key. There is a delete key but would be considered the PC backspace key. It will be hard getting used to highlight text or move the cursor to the end of the word I want to delete but is really not a big deal.
Overall, I am so happy to not have the headaches I had with my PC and am totally happy with my investment in this computer. I really appreciate the quality of Apple's products and am pleased to know that I will not be stuck with an expensive paper weight in 2 years.