It’s been over a week now since Apple launched it’s latest additions to the macbook and macbook pro line. We got a shipment at the store soon after they were announced, so I’ve had a chance to take them for a quick test drive.
- Unibody casing: the body of the machine feels very sturdy and looks gorgeous, it’s clear the design is based off of what Apple learned by doing the macbook air.
- Trackpad: Apple laptops, in the last few years, have had the best trackpads out there because of their comfort and ease of use. But this new one is even better and it feels great! Apple even researched the friction and it feels really smooth. The fact that the trackpad is now one big button makes it even easier to control your computer without the burden of carrying along an external mouse.
- NVIDIA graphics chips: they finally got the message: integrated graphics are not the way to go. It’s great for standard computing, but for those who wanted to play games or run some more graphically intense apps … the macbook is finally up for the challenge. The macbook pro has the same chip plus a monster of a chip for when you want to do some serious intense graphical computing, this last one does however shorten you battery life by an hour when you’re on the go, so you might want to switch back to the standard chip when you don’t need it.
- Backlit keyboard: useful, but most of all geeky ! Now the high-end macbook also ships with a backlit keyboard.
- Green: I don’t care what Greenpeace says, Apple is doing a lot for the environment with it’s latest notebooks, so much that they got the EPEAT gold label for it.
- Glass display: it makes your colours pop, but the glare might spoil it for some of you.
- Firewire: where the hell has the firewire 400 gone on the macbook? I can’t get over this. Apple is probably trying to set a new standard, but for years they have called it the most reliable connection and a whole lot of external HD’s and DV-camcorder work via firewire … not cool, Steve ! I’m under the impression that besides that monster of a video-chip, the firewire 800 port is one of the distinctions between macbook and macbook pro.
- Price: the macbook had gotten really affordable and now that the price has gone up 300 dollars from 999 to 1299, I think the rate of switchers is going to go down. I know, the plastic white one is still available at 949, but I don’t think they’ll be producing them much longer.
The iPhone, apple’s latest and greatest gadget, has drasticly changed how we percieve cellphones anno 2008. It might shock you but, despite being the hardcore apple fanboy that I am, I decided to switch over to a blackberry. Some call it blasphemy, others call it a downgrade … I for one, am sold.
I think the major trigger for my switch was 2.0 software, which made the iPhone waaaaay slower than 1.1.4. Combine that with the fact that I had totally had it with that broken screen of mine and you get me running over to the dark side.
So I started looking online and found a sweet deal: a second hand 8707v, like new (really, I don’t think it was ever used) for € 150. It’s an older model that doesn’t have the trackball like the new models, GPS, a camera or media capabilities, but for a blackberry-newbie like me, it’s perfect.
- push e-mail: e-mail is VERY important for a geek like me, it’s the last thing I check before I go to sleep and the first thing I do when I get up. The blackberry internet services work seemlessly, the split second it arrives on your server it’s there with you on the go.
- twitterberry: I’ll admit, I am a twitter addict and twitterberry just does it for me, unlike twinkle and other iPhone-based twitter apps that are on the slow side or just take up too much data.
- facebook: same thing, no fancy shmancy stuff … just the stuff you really and it works without losing skipping a beat.
- keyboard: let’s just say that I thought I was fast with my iPhone’s on-screen keyboard, that’s until I tried a blackberry keyboard, there’s just something about tack-tile buttons.
- coverage: the 8707v was blackberry’s first 3G model and I’ve noticed that the 3G reception is better than the iPhone 3G.
- battery: this is the first smartphone I use that can go for 3 days or more, despite the fact that I’m using it non-stop.
- call quality: the blackberry sounds great when on calls and has a nifty little feature, it amplifies your own voice just a bit, which is very handy when making a call in noisy conditions.
- form factor: my model, the 8707v, is a bit on the chuncky side, however, newer models like the bold have way sleeker design.
- OS: the 4.3 OS has it’s limits and quirks, I’m interested to see what the latest OS on a bold holds for me.
- vibrate: the 8707 v has a very loud and sometimes annoying vibrate function.
- desktop software: sadly enough no official blackberry desktop software for the mac. Good thing the Pocketmac people offer a great alternative.
The 3G iPhone was finally launched at WWDC yesterday. Just some quick thoughts.
- design: I think the plastic backplate will be way better than the metal one of the first generation. I think it will feel “sturdier” or should I say “less likely to fall”. Adding the white version is a good move knowing there’s a demand for it … mostly by women.
- data: 3G is, of course, the way of the future. It will allow us to acces all the data/media we want wherever we want it. I like how the speeds are close to those of wifi, but I’ll have to see that in practice before I believe it, I don’t have that experience when using my 3G USB modem.
- battery: the battery has gotten a nice boost, which is always welcome. I have to recharge my 1st generation iPhone approximately every 2 days, which is pretty ok knowing that I use EDGE, listen to a lot of music and podcasts, am constantly twittering or poking the misses and enable wifi when I’m home.
- GPS: love it ! Great way to find your way around town on foot.
- Mobile Me: PUSH for the rest of us, who doesn’t like that. It all sounds promising and the web application looks great, but again, I need to see it in action before I make my final judgement.
As I said, these are just some quick thoughts, I will probably get into more detail if I’m able to obtain one while I’m in NYC. I’m definitely upgrading though, due to the fact that I will be able to buy a new iPhone for the price of a new LCD+digitizer.
BTW check out this fun ad apple has to promote the iPhone 3G.
Based on the fact that I am pratically obsessed with macs, a lot of people think that I’ve never used anything but a mac. That is, however, not true at all and today I would like to tell you about the first mac I ever bought: the 17″ iMac 1,8 ghz G5.
shot back in 2006 having my macbook, I eventually didn’t see any more for my iMac, but I’m proud to say he’ll be brought back soon
A definitive design
Ever since the launch of the G5 iMac in 2005, little has changed in it’s appearance. Ok, they did become a bit thinner, gain a camera (although there was a G5 with iSight, it lasted a little over 3 months) and has gone from white to black and silver, but the basis is the same. The concept of the design was to have an iMac that went nicely with your 3rd generation iPod, I kid you not. I remember seeing this ad that featured the Black Eyed Peyes in which you, when iPod and iMac were in a shot together, could definitely see the similarities in their design.
Another great design by Jonathan Ive.
Your digital life
The main focus with the iMac was iLife ’05, the second version of Apple’ s consumer digital media suite. It was the first time that such a complete suite for handling your digital media was shipped with a mac, let alone a computer.
It was on this iMac for example that I imported and edited all the video for my high school 100 days show, a professional 4 hour show with movies, music and performance I worked on in my last year of high school.
The long road there
Now this was back in 2006, when I bought it, and macs were a bit pricier than they are now. I remember payin 1470 euro for a 17″ 1.8gh with the RAM upgraded from 512mb to 1 gig. It took me a while to collect the money, but when I did, I as the happiest dude in town.
The end of a generation
The imac G5 was one of the last macs that used the PowerPC processors that were manufactured by IBM/Motorola. Apple used thesed chips from 1994 till 2006.
For the moment, I haven’t got my iMac G5 set up anymore but I’m planning to get it back out again, put leopard on it and used for those times that I don’t feel like working on my macbook’s teeny 13″ screen. It’s not a screamer like the latest intel models, but it sure get’s the job done.