So, it’s around a week or so since I got my MacBook. Here are some early thoughts.
It looks very, very pretty indeed. And in so many ways it is better than my delapidated old Tiny PC: it’s faster, slicker, has a number of very useful wee features (such as the widgets), and the battery life and sound quality are both excellent.
However, it’s getting an awful lot of getting used to. You can’t right-click with a Mac so have to just find other ways of doing things through an initially complicated plethora of short cuts. There are so many things I am still struggling to do, or seem to be doing in a slower way than I did on a PC.
And downloading programs seems to be very strange. Having downloaded Firefox, I have this strange icon on my desktop that seems to be related to a wee window I get when I open Firefox whereupon I need to click on it to get the browser to open. If that makes sense.
And downloading MSN Messenger is simply beyond me – all I seem to be able to do is download an icon which simply gives me a duplicate of itself when I click on it.
Moreover, when I connected my camera for the first time earlier today, it didn’t just pop up with iPhoto and intuitively talk me through what I wanted to do.
Oh and another example – I’ve been trying to upload new software to my mobile phone which is misbehaving. But there is only software to do this for a PC. Not Apple’s problem, admittedly, but it seems strange there is not Mac software for a fairly common brand of phone. Sadly, I can’t get fully jump into Apple smugdom with an iPhone as my phone is still on contract until June next year.
And annoyingly, because my laptop nearly died at the Apple store, I still have loads of data – including photos and all my music – I need to transfer slowly with a USB stick from the PC to the Mac. It will be ages before I have the time to do that, and in the meantime you’ll have to be patient for the rest of my USA pictures.
Mac fans say the machines “just work”. They don’t. It’s not as simple as that.
They’re still better than PCs, though, and the more I play around with the machine, the more I get to like it.
And it really does look pretty.