My college was the place of change in operating system for me, as a graphic designer on a related course, the whole department was fully furnished with Macintosh computers and one memorable room with brand spanking new top of the line iMacs. At first, the many apples were intimidating with their arctic white, glossy shine and backwards way of functioning. The first thing standing out was the change of sides, from the dektop items to the open applications and web-tabs, the 'X' for close, square for maximize and underline for minimize moved from right to left and replaced with traffic lights. Look down and you realise you're missing something, the infamous 'right click' on the mouse, now I had to hold the command button. Looking back, the switch from the default windows operating system was smooth, with no real problems at all - no crashes or viruses, just slowly learning the ropes. The reasons why the department relied on Macs was that they were industry standard for design jobs - because Macs run programs faster, more reliably and generally better than that of the Windows equivalent. Its clear that the 2 years of experience using them, made a big impact... In this review, I won't be going into detail about processors, RAM or any other inner workings of the MacBook as they can be long lists and are easily found elsewhere.
The Operating System
With Apple and systems Tiger/Lion/SnowLeopard, you get a far sleeker, manageable system that can be almost exactly the same as other filing systems, so you could have a load of folders (which can be colour coded!) use Alias' (Shortcuts) or include applications - which it does so well that the latest versions of Vista followed suit - having all or selected, hidden, static or magnified application icons present at the bottom of the screen. The first thing you'll notice is how fast the thing boots, its ridiculous when you think about all those times you had to watch for the windows logo and loading bar or 'wait for messenger to load up' after you've logged in. Since the MacBook's rise in popularity, numerous apps and browsers have since started making their products for Mac users, so you can still download your preferred web browsers and well known programs. I can say wholeheartedly that I have never had a serious problem with this Mac, touch wood. No viruses, internal errors, faults or failures of any kind. Sure the Airport (Network connection) has its moments but all that comes down to other variables (modem, router, ISP etc). Like with all computers, applications will have the odd 'unexpected quit' or freeze (lookout for the dreaded spinning beach-ball) but the aftermath is far less damaging compared to other OS', no underlying problems or reinstall/rebooting necessary. Which brings me onto the almighty 'Force Quit', should you encounter a frozen application, simply click on the apple logo, select it and watch your problem solve itself in seconds - Ever used Windows 'Task Manager'? Its like that but it actually works!