“If you plan to buy a new computer, do yourself a favor and at least consider buying a Macintosh,” Allan Hoffman reports for The Newark Star Ledger. “Though switching isn’t for everyone, it’s a lot easier now for a number of reasons:”
• Even diehard Windows users may be familiar with Apple products from using iPods, iPhones and the iTunes music software.
• The popularity of Web-based software, for everything from e-mail to photo sharing, means most computer users have ventured far beyond the confines of Windows. The jump to the Macintosh isn’t as much of a stretch.
• You probably know someone who uses a Macintosh. That’s important, as you want to be able to turn to others–friends, colleagues, or family members–when you hit a snag.
• For $99 a year, Apple now offers one-on-one training at its retail stores.
MacDailyNews Note: Don’t forget: Macs can also run Windows (natively via Apple’s Boot Camp and via inexpensive, fast virtualization from Parallels and VMWare), so you can continue to use your existing Windows software and replace it with Mac OS X versions over time.
Hoffman writes, “And why would you want to switch? I could go on and on, but let’s just say the Macintosh is easy to use, reliable, and delivers on its promise of stunningly simple and useful software. It’s also lots of fun, especially when it comes to working with movies, photos, and music.”
Hoffman writes, “To decide whether the switch is for you, just go to an Apple Retail Store, where you will be find free-to-use Macintosh computers, from slick notebooks to iMacs with humongous screens. Hang out at the store for as long as you want and try them out. Check your Web-based e-mail, assemble a movie, whatever — soon you’ll have an idea of whether a Macintosh is for you.”
Full article here.