“With so much talk about the iPod these days, one could almost forget that Apple still makes peppy, eye-appealing computers. Fortunately, they still do, and I recently had the opportunity to coddle one of their new iBook G4 laptops,” Brett Burney writes for The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
“Portable Apples come in two flavors – the affordable and friendly iBooks, and the higher-end PowerBooks. If you’re a student or average computer user, the iBook G4 provides plenty of power packed in an elegant, white, ultratough polycarbonate plastic shellm” Burney writes. “Apple’s operating system (Mac OS X) is extremely intuitive. Granted, it does take a bit of getting used to if you are a Windows user, but switching can be surprisingly smooth. Since I am a big ‘right-clicker’ in Windows, I did have to get used to the single button on the iBook. This wasn’t hard at all, but I eventually plugged in an external mouse with two buttons (and a wheel) that installed and worked perfectly.”
“The iBook G4 laptops ship with a tremendous amount of useful software, including Safari (Internet browser) and the incredible iLife suite, which includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand,” Burney writes. “If the iBook is the rocket, then iLife is the fuel that empowers you to organize, manipulate and create digital music, photos and movies. Without any training, I was able to comfortably combine images and music into an impressive QuickTime movie.”
Burney writes, “You’ve undoubtedly heard the interminable debate between Windows and Apple users. And while I’m not trying to take sides, I was thoroughly delighted with the iBook and Max OS X. The vast majority of computer users in today’s world work on Windows-based machines, but I see how an Apple can become your primary computer.”
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