Apple iBOOK? or a powerbook?

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Apple iBOOK? or a powerbook?

Hello people

I am in a state of utter confusion.
Can someone tell me what to buy? iBOOK or a powerbook?
And then which one?
I dont mind the 14" or the 15" one. Any model would do.
The money is the problem. PERHAPS!!
Can sumone tell me what xactly is the difference between iBOOK & powerbook? And where is the difference? I mean where and which application, or by doin what can i feel the difference?
I have got one more small question: I checked the APPLE like here: http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APP...1.1.1.1.0.0.1.0.
But i wonder if those transparent machines are still availanle, though this site of apple doesnt show that machine. I have seen it in movies many a times, blueberry and tangerine, coloured ones. Heres the link to the place where these pictures can be found: http://www.cnn.com/TECH/computing/9...apple.ibook.02/.
I just fell in love with it. Are they not available now? Where can i get it,if its available.
I am eagerly waiting for an answer.
Can u plz help?
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HI !WELL...the "translucent o

HI !WELL...the "translucent ones"are really iBook g3's (clamshell) ,and were discontinued around 2000.places like powermax.com and online mac sell refurbished ones though...
THE DIFFERENCE:
PowerBooks are generally faster and used for video editing and other hi-tech applications.
They are very expensive too.
iBooks are usually used or schoolwork and moderate work.BUT they still do very big jobs though.Only iBook G4's are available now (new).

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iBook vs Powerbook

To be honest there isn't a lot of difference. Officially, at the stock configuration the powerbooks have a PCMCIA slot, Faster video chipsets with more memory, Firewire 800, built in video ports over the iBooks with screen spanning, faster CPUs, and faster/larger hard drives than the iBooks.

Depending on what model iBook vs which powerbook the CPU difference potentially isn't that much (100MHz-500MHz) However for the money PCMCIA slots are mostly useless unless you've got a monster digital camera, firewire 800 hasn't really taken off, and the video is still good enough for some FPS games. hard drives can be upgraded, and there's a software hack out there that will enable screen spanning . Most of the other options such as wireless can be added to the iBooks

You can compare the tech specs for yourself:
http://www.apple.com/powerbook/specs.html
http://www.apple.com/ibook/specs.html

Long story short, Powerbooks are for professionals that need a desktop replacement and the insane group known as Mac gamers who need a laptop. iBooks are good for pretty much everything else. I consider myself a power user and I bought a BTO 12" iBook with educational discount a few weeks ago and couldn't be more happy with it.

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Specifications

ne more querry: I play games, but not a big time GAME Hunk. A ocassional one.
The biggest of uses is the Office Software. I use it heavily.
I use some, though not many JAVA applets.
I use the net vigorously for surfing.
I use
all Windows compatible movies playing softwares (Codec installed).
Of course, I use too many applications at the same time since my work type demands.
I need a bit more of Virtual Memory always.
As per my requirements, and likings, I thought the 15" powerbook (1.2GHz DVD/CD-RW) machine is awesome. But due to money constraints, I might end up buying the 14" iBook (1GHz DVD/CD-RW) machine.I dont think the Super Drive will help me anyways.
I have a desktop now which is AMD Athlon 2400+ MHz NVIDIA nFORCE 768MB DDR SDRAM running on WINDOWS XP PRO SP2. So, I fear if the 14" iBOOK will not be too slow as compared to my desktop, which will irritate me while working coz it might get too slow.
So, as per you, if it will be too slow, then i will wait for sumtime till i accumulate the money, and then go for the powerbook. If it will not make a markable difference, then i will go for the iBook.
Plz Suggest.

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Specifications

Yeah i did check out the sites.
But can still be more specific abt wat ur saying.

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If there is an Apple Store ne

If there is an Apple Store near you, you could go in an give both machines a try out. They recently opened on here in KC on the Plaza, so I gotta go down and put in an entry for the grand opening "Digital Lifesytle" giveaway. Woo! Anyway, for your uses and personal test would be best and an Apple Store is more likely to have machines with Office installed than a CompUSA or such. Though, I'd surely give CompUSA a visit if an AP is too far away.

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Based on what you're doing, I

Based on what you're doing, I'd say any powerbook and most iBooks will work for you. Since you've got a desktop I doubt you're going to need all of the powerbook's extra abilities, but thats something you'll need to decide. In regards to speed, I don't notice much of a difference between my 1 GHz iBook and my brother's laptop (AMD Athlon 3000+ processor) so I wouldn't worry about it too much.

While you should try out both the iBook and the Powerbook, go with what you can afford and like. To me there's isn't much difference between my 12" iBook and most of the AlBooks I was trying out.

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the main prob

Thanx a ton!!
actually i am in india.asia.
I will tell one of my small, and probably the biggest of problems, and doubts.
1st, I want to get the returns from the money i spend on this powerbook. That means it should atleast work for sum 5-6 years easily, without letting me think that I am desperate to change my comp, coz other new generation powerbooks, or any intel processors are running highly faster and more efficiently. I will tell u why.
I am from India (Asia), the price for the 15" PB(the one which i want) is INR 1,24,900 (in Rupees) which is US $ 2,800 (approx).
Now the same thing in the USA is US $ 2,000. Can u see the price difference. 800 $ extra just because the place of buying is different. And thats like huge difference, not only for me, but i think generally for all unless you are a Billionaire. Right?
Its the same with the 14" iBOOK also, but the price is again relatively lesser in difference. (US and INDIA).
So plz tell me if this will not become really obsolete by the end of 5 years may be. I know technology is changing, but then u cant run with the change in technology, and get everything that is new, and fast, and efficient. 5 years may not be 5 years, but 4 years, or may be 3.5 years.
Moreover, wat else can be the disadvantages if i take the 14" iBOOK?
Though i am still thinking of waiting and getting the 15" PB.

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