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Hello, my name is reggaeton72

I haven't been here for a WHILE, as you all know, I do civilian contracting in Afghanistan and I'm extremetly busy and I haven't gotten any chance to spend some time on the forum.

I want to buy a Mac, earlier this year, I bought a Windows Phone 7, but like after 1 month, problems started arising.

It started pausing and resuming my music as I was listening to it, it would reboot out of nowhere, and the last straw, I turned it off one night and it rebooted the morning after to a brand new phone, I bought an iPhone 4 32GB factory unlocked and it has been a charm, I want to do the same thing with my PC.

I want to buy a mac, and I want to buy it right now, I can buy it right now but I want to find a way to test out the Mac OS X Lion, I want to test out the OS, like something virtual online of some sort before buying it.

My question to you guys is, is there such thing as testing out a Mac before buying it online ?

Thanks.
 
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The only way you can test a Mac before buying it is by either illegally downloading it and installing it to a virtual machine on Windows (a huge hassle, let me tell you) or by visiting any Apple store, but I assume there are no Apple stores in Afghanistan so the answer is no, there isn't a way.

From experience, Mac OS X Lion is very similar to Snow Leopard (if you've tested it before) but with a few improvements and better overall user experience. You can Google Snow Leopard vs. Lion and you'll probably get a list of the upgrades. Lion is a great OS, I'm loving every bit of it.

You'll not regret buying a Mac, I can assure you. It might seem hard at first because you're a Windows user and it might take you a while to get used to the new system, but once you do it's going to be great. Also most applications on Windows have versions for Mac, or at least alternatives, so you won't have to worry about that. The only thing Mac lacks is games, but you haven't really mentioned that so I assume you're not a gamer, especially since you're a busy man.

In short, GO FOR IT. It's a great system that is much better better than Windows, in my opinion. Oh and you can install Windows on Boot Camp (Google that) so you can have the best of both worlds in case you miss Windows or something.

Best of luck and hope my post helps.
 

Kadelic

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I don't know any more than Tarek (in fact I know less) about being able to test a Mac but I can concur with him that you will not regret it and that you should just GO FOR IT! I made the switch from Windows to Mac ten months ago and am still on my OS X honeymoon, so to speak. Are you wanting an iMac, MacBook Pro or Air, or a Mac Pro? Just curious, I love my MacBook Pro and use it in docked/desktop mode quite a bit. Though the Mac/OS X forums here aren't nearly as busy as the iPhone related ones, you'll find plenty of helpful members to offer advice and guidance in your Mac experience.
 

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The only way you can test a Mac before buying it is by either illegally downloading it and installing it to a virtual machine on Windows (a huge hassle, let me tell you) or by visiting any Apple store, but I assume there are no Apple stores in Afghanistan so the answer is no, there isn't a way.
Tarek, you don't have to illegally download Snow Leopard or Lion to install it on Windows machine and make a Hackinstosh. You can legally purchase the Mac OS software instead of pirating it. (y)
 
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Tarek, you don't have to illegally download Snow Leopard or Lion to install it on Windows machine and make a Hackinstosh. You can legally purchase the Mac OS software instead of pirating it. (y)
You're correct about that, however, I wouldn't pay money just to test it out, in all honesty, especially since if I decide to get a Mac computer, the OS will come for free. What I forgot to list is that he could just borrow the Mac OS disc from a friend and do the Hackintosh method.
 

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You're correct about that, however, I wouldn't pay money just to test it out, in all honesty, especially since if I decide to get a Mac computer, the OS will come for free. What I forgot to list is that he could just borrow the Mac OS disc from a friend and do the Hackintosh method.
Please don't recommend or discuss pirating OS X here. Thanks.
 

Napoleon PhoneApart

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You're correct about that, however, I wouldn't pay money just to test it out, in all honesty, especially since if I decide to get a Mac computer, the OS will come for free. What I forgot to list is that he could just borrow the Mac OS disc from a friend and do the Hackintosh method.
Ignoring the "borrowing" a disc from a friend, Setting up a hackint0sh is not a straight-ahead process in most cases.
 
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Ignoring the "borrowing" a disc from a friend, Setting up a hackint0sh is not a straight-ahead process in most cases.
It took my friend and I around an hour and a half of trial and error before we were successful in installing Mac on his Sony Vaio. However, we used a virtual machine rather than the Hackintosh method. We weren't able to find any drivers, though, so we gave up about a couple of days later.
 

acosmichippo

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Alternatively, you could buy a cheap used mac to try out, and then resell it for little, if any, loss.

You can score a decent mac mini on ebay for $300-400. Should be good enough just to demo the OS.