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  1. gordoncbrown

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    I'm thinking on finally making the jump from laptop with windows to Apple Macbook pro. I know it's a big cost difference but I'm fed up with windows eventually slowing things down. As far as I am aware Apple keep their speed. Does anyone know where the best deals are or is it best to just go to the Apple store? Are there any major downsides?
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  2. wivvy's dad

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    Windows does not "eventually slow things down"

    All the crap that your pc collects over time is what slows things down.

    Have you used CCleaner? Done any de-fragging? Deleted unused files? etc etc

    Someone with more knowledge than me on these matters will be along soon.....
     
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    Apple Downside

    They are generally very good machines though I *think* mine has got a bit slower as the OS has been upgraded. It is still fast enough for all my needs, including some video editing.

    Be careful with the screen. Apple don't regard fixing cracks as part of the warranty and they are stupidly expensive to replace.

    Dave
     
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    How much RAM ( memory)have you got in your windows machine? If you have less than 4 gig that may well be part of the problem.
     
  5. tofo

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    i always buy apple stuff from apple shop
    just more knowledgeable about their products

    they will assist you to set up in store
    took me 3 hours from going in making my mind up
    setting up and assistance to carry it to the car

    you can return it within 30 days if not happy

    same price in all resellers

    if you buy at john lewis its two year warrenty

    i just find the apple shop best to deal with
    they also do 1 to 1 lessons using your lap/mac

    but im biased all my stuff is apple phone pad and mac

    microsoft stuff is in a cupbord somwhere
    if i want a struggle
    obviousley many will disagree with the above
    but im just not techy enough

    only major problem is ive lost interest in gadgets
    i think i need for the computer



    :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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  6. Gromett

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    Windows does slow down over time even if you don't install more "crap".

    Before moving to the expensive Mac, have you considered installing Linux on your Laptop. There is very little that you can't do on Linux now that can be done on windows. This tends to be specialised programs such as accounts and CAD.

    Linux doesn't slow down, is secure and you can get double the hardware for the same price as a Mac.
     
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    Windows users - put "config.sys" into your search box and when the window pops up just see how many programs are there on the "start up" tab. Bet you there are loads you never ever use. Uncheck them, reboot and prepare to be surprised at how much quicker your start up is, which is most people's complaint about Windows.

    We can all be guilty of not fully reading what is happening when you download a program.

    Steve
     
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    I bought my IMac from the local computer shop (mac premier dealer) so I could get local advice if I needed it. Not much cheaper, if any, than Mac shop.

    Bought the Ipad from John Lewis on an Apple Black Friday event. Saved about £35. Bought from John Lewis as they gave 2 year guarantee as against 1 from Apple Store.

    Daughter gave me her old IPhone 3

    So now fully Apple kitted out. In my view much better than my old windows computer used at home and for years at work!
     
  9. 1_man_and_his_dob(lo)

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    Other than an ever increasing number of programs set to run at start-up slowing things down a bit (my fault, not Apple's) I've never had a problem on my Macs like Windows bit-rot or the need to run any clean-up tools. The speed has stayed... :thumb:

    ...it's just a shame the reliability hasn't gone the same way. My 2008 MacBook Pro failed last weekend and I'm still moving stuff onto my netbook and old Mac/PC. Considering how much it cost I'm not happy, and 4-and-a-bit years is barely run in compared to my oldest Macs. That's my 2nd Apple laptop to suffer a motherboard failure early (and 3rd Mac overall) :Angry:

    Don't think I'll be getting another one any time soon....mind you, Windows 7 on this netbook is already getting on my nerves. What part of "stop showing me reminder messages about not backing up" in Action Center is so difficult for an operating system to understand? :shout:
     
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  10. gordoncbrown

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    OK. I did it. Its a bit different. Anyone know where I can get a good online tutorial for using macbook pro?
     
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    When I got my iMac I simply busked it and googled anything I didn't know - loads of help forums out there:thumb:
     
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    If you bought from apple
    They will give you lessons. At a price

    Here is a link to get you started

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=apple+macbook+pro+hints&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari

    I think there is a dummies book for

    http://www.ebook3000.com/MacBook-For-Dummies_38513.html

    Saying that I haven't used any just muddle along so to speak
    Still easier thn Microsoft for me

    Also search on apple web site some will be free and help on line for a year
    I believe

    :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    I started using a Macbook Pro about 4 years ago. It was quite expensive at £900....But over the 4 years, It was my lifeline whilst working abroad in pretty harsh conditions...Used every day over that period, it was my office, communication tool, intelligence gatherer and entertainment system...so breaking down the cost over that period has made the £900 pill easier to swallow.

    About 2 years in, the hard drive was showing warnings of imminent failure, so I replaced it(also increased its size)...Did it myself, in a dusty room near the pakistan border...If I can do it it, its must easy. Also increased the Ram Memory 18 months ago...again an easy task, but it made such a difference to the performance as at that point the machine was really slowing down, as I need to have a lot of communication programs running at the same time...Both those upgrades were fairly inexpensive.

    I think I will get another 2 yrs out of my machine minimum, its less bashed about now. I will definitely have another at the changeover point.

    It takes a while to get used to the operating system, but there's loads of help out there.
     
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    Right choice

    You have made the right choice. You would probably agree having experienced the Apple Store and the way you were treated there you'll never go back to PC world or similar establishments.

    I just like he total confidence that the whole experience gives. You get what you pay for
     
  15. Linda and Steph

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    Welcome to the land of the Apple :thumb: you won't regret it.

    Have a look at Apple's own support site for help, including video tutorials http://www.apple.com/uk/support/mac/new_user/
     
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    Hi
    We have had Mac's in various guises for years.
    I'm not very computer literate and was fed up of son saying do this, this and this and then going out!!! Never bought a book but use the help button whenever I've needed help and found it very useful.
    Enjoy your Mac.
     
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    Hi,

    Something that may be of use....

    If you, or a friend or family member has a university email address then the Apple in education store can be accessed by clicking on 'Education' under the 'more stores' heading at the bottom of the Apple home page.

    Buying products this way, particularly in the summer holidays, usually means a considerable discount and extra offers.

    eg. I purchased an IMac and Mac Book Pro three years ago this way. I saved several hundred pounds, received three years free 'Apple Care' telephone support and was able to purchase a top of the range 64GB I pod touch for half price. I was also able to take up free tutorials in the local Apple shop (as many as I needed, apparently, though I never did). The items were shipped to my home address and I changed the e mail contact from the uni to my home address after ordering. It was all very easy and everyone I dealt with then, and since, extremely helpful

    The only way to access the education store is to log in via a university email address or, if you work in education in another environment (teaching hospital, school) I think you can ring them or take your work ID / pass into the Apple store.

    Lorraine x
    P.S.
    OH NO! just reread the posts and realised that you have now made your purchase. Well hopefully this post will be of help to someone else....sorry!
     
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