I have been using the iMac for a few weeks now and loving it. I wanted to make some observations taking in to account of my limited use to date.
After I have installed the OS I usually boot up and use several programs, just to check out the machine. Here are some of my observations. This baby is fast! Of course, I am comparing it to my old G4. It is totally cool to have that kind of speed. The screen is gorgeous. It really does display beautiful color. I am not a Print Designer so I cannot say if it would be fine for Design work. After I got my iPhoto library transferred over I ran a couple of slide shows. Very nice. The screen real estate is totally cool. I have done some editing with Freeway (palettes) my web design app of choice. It is totally awesome to have this much screen real estate for the various palettes and just to spread out the program for ease of use.
Also, I have three or four applications open all the time. There is plenty of room to arrange them on the 24 inch screen. Yes, I still use Spaces, but not quite as much as I used to.
I am pretty much done installing software at this time. You may be wondering why not just use Apple’s Migration Assistant tool? Normally, I would do that. I have used it several times and it works quite well. But, my G4 had a many problems with the OS which I think were caused by the logic board going out. The Tiger install was very wiggy (translated: totally screwed up).
There are other things I have experimented with like the iSight camera and Photo Booth, setting up my sound system and so on. I love the machine more and more. This is a great machine. Hopefully, I will have it for many years to come. Speaking of the future, I do have some future plans for the iMac. Applecare will be one of them, sometime within the next year. RAM will be the other. The iMac comes with 2GB or RAM, upgradeable to 4GB. Sometime in the next few months I will upgrade the RAM to 4GB. RAM is very inexpensive and one of the very best ways to upgrade your Mac.
Until our next meeting . . . .