I use a G3,800Mhz,640MB Ram ibook - for the past 2 years. 10.2 used to crash at times but panther- 10.3 has not crashed at all since I installed. I never switch off ibook and it is in sleep mode when I dont use. Only when an update comes I will restart.
It weighs less than 5 pounds, battery life is some 4 hours - without any screen dims or processor dethrottling. you get a bunch of apps imovie,iphoto - things you can DO on a mac are endless.
Eclipse, tomcat,jboss, apache,ant - I run all of them and they work as expected. Swing apps look best in this world.
G4 ibook comes close to powerbook in terms of performance. but if you can afford that extra mile get a powerbook.
Even though I am running on a Dell and have had no problems with it, I really like Alienware laptops(look and power). For $13-1800 you can get a P4E(2MB cache) processor with 1-2 gb ram, 80 gig hd, and a dvdr to boot.
The two Dells I own exhaust out the bottom. A poor design. That is likely why they overheat when docked.
I have had a fair experience with the Dell laptops. I am seriously considering looking at other brands for my next one.
I use an IBM Thinkpad at work. It has been very reliable. Whatever I get it will have to have a local service center. The issues I have had with the Dells all require phone calls, emails and shipping. Yuck! That's the biggest reason I am likely to switch brands.
I would suggest paying the subscription fee for Consumer Reports and researching laptops online. They usually do a good job. I used them for researching my last car.
in terms of performance, toshiba is the best so far. it provides more options and it never hangs. unlike HP and some other brands out there. Alienware is one of the most powerful but it is over priced. you can costum make your own computer with the same components without having to spend the same amount
Gateway, HP and Dell Laptops are the exact same laptops. The only difference is the companies name on the top. The exact same manufacturer puts together these companies laptops. The company is called Quanta.