As a fellow PC user for 8 years, I decided a cupple of weeks ago to take the next step and to buy an Apple Mac Mini.
Today, I went to the store and bought the cheapest one; the store didn't had anything else. It's a 1.2 G4 with 256MB of RAM. I'm planning on upgrading to 512MB of RAM in a cupple of weeks.
First impressions, it's rather small. In fact, it's VERY small. Take a Nintendo GameCube, split the height in 2 and VOILA you get a Mac Mini. The case is beautiful, a mix between aluminium and plastic. You smell quality by touching it. You plug in it, which is mostly an easy job. You press the POWER button...and BOING you get the Apple sound and it loads. No boot options...it do looks weird! First start, you have to answer a cupple of easy questions to make it a bit more like you. After that, it loads your desktop. WOW, pictures aren't like a real one. It's beautiful. Fonts are nice, background (Even the default one) is pretty slick. Hum, let's see. My USB keyboard and mouse already works. My speakers works, and my screen is OK. You talk about fast setup! Internet is already working, I could Google on the moment I went on desktop. First step, upgrade everything. While upgrading, I took the time to check a cupple of things for the first time. Honestly, I couldn't wait to check for Preferences. There aren't a lot of things, but it do seems like it's fine for the job! New background already, modified the dock...simple things. Updates are done! Rebooted the Mac. Everything works great... and it's working.
After that, I decided to install Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac (Student edition, dirty cheap). WOW, so easy to do. And it do works great. Now, I wanted to listen to music. iTunes in the dock, here I goes! I bought a song from iTunes using my credit card, so easy to use! But I thought about going on my Windows 2000 FileServers to get some MP3s. Hum...it's ALREADY there. Double-clicked, here it goes I'm in my shared folder! Grab some MP3, auto-copies itself into my iTunes Library (Which is in fact, pretty nice). Sounds great on my Klipsch speakers. It's not Audigy 2 Quality, but it do sounds pretty good for a little box like the Mini!
After using Mac OSX for 3 hours, I can honestly say that it will be hard to go back to Windows XP. There are some things that miss me from XP, but there will be some things that I will miss on XP! Exposť is great, F9 is fantastic. It's so much better than Alt-Tab on Windows! You get an idea of each window, you save a lot of time!
I will post later tonight with some other feedback. Right now I'm just playing with it
Thanks for reading!