I bought my iMac G5 in 2010 and it is a really great computer. I come from a Windows background but after using this iMac I'm wanting to upgrade all my computers to macs. Currently I am running OSX 10.4.11 and everything runs very smooth. I got my iMac to mostly do music, as I was interested in trying Garage Band And Logic and I am very impressed and pleased.
Only Problems that I've noticed is that some Flash videos cause the computer to heat up but if you have your computer in an open area that shouldn't be a problem. Another thing is myspace moves slow on this computer, but then again its caused every computer I own to go slow.
I bought my iMac G5 for $98 on eBay, Typically they go for $200-300 so I would recommend an iMac G5 to anyone who is new to mac and wants to try one out before buying one of the newer ones.
I've owned an iMac G5 for about 4 years now. It was my first machine transferring from using Windows consistently in the past and to be honest at first it was a little confusing to get my head around. That said after several internet forum visits and likewise a couple of books (David Pogue - brilliant!) I started to get my head around it.
The operating system is now like second nature, it all just seems so instinctive. There's an application for most things straight out of the box, iLife allows you to manage your music, photos and video files with ease, and to search through them equally easily. The iWork (or MS Office) trial allows you to see how easily the Mac handles standard office document formats such as .doc, .xls and the like. To my surprise it could handle just about anything that I could throw at it, although sadly I needed to buy a copy of iWork to use it as a permanent work machine. The only downside to it all is from a gaming perspective, people don't make games for Macs, which is a shame as with more quality games more people would buy them likewise with more people more people would make games. Still this wasn't my main use for it.
The machine has been very stable on the whole, hardly ever crashing, it took three years to get to a point where I needed to format the machine, an almost monthly performance on my old Windows machine, after which it all went beautifully. Suffice to say nearly 5 years on I'm a MAc convert and won't be going back.
The Apple Imac G5 is a great computer. It not only looks good, with its large slimline monitor, but it also saves space as there is no tower taking room up as this is built into the monitor.
If you are used to a Windows computer, there are quite a few things that you will find different about an Apple, but you soon get used to this as it is very user friendly. On the Apple, it doesn't have internet explorer, for example, but comes with an alternative internet access called Safari. I wasn't too keen on this, so changed to Firefox, which is available on the internet for free. One problem we did have with this computer, was other people using Windows could not open our attachments as this was set up differently. However, this can be changed by going into the computer settings. Apple computers are also more resistant to viruses, which makes them much safer. A great looking computer. Would highly recommend.
This is my first Apple and there really is no going back. It's so simple to use, reliable (well the OS anyway), sexy... there just aren't enough superlatives.
It does everything a Windows PC does, it just does it with more style. Compatibility isn't a problem; there are some websites that don't play nicely with Safari, but Firefox takes care of that. There is Office compatible software , including Office itself, although I have to say that the Microsoft Mac software is probably the least friendly software that I've used on a Mac, but there's no surprise there I guess.
The one complaint that I have had is that the long term quality of the hardware isn't as good as I was expecting from Apple. The ethernet port and the superdrive have both had problems, and being an all-in-one these aren't user serviceable components. i guess it says something though that despite the fact that I have had problems with these whenever anyone asks me about my Mac I am only full of praise