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What design is best. iMac G4 or iMac G5

Poll Results: What iMac has the best design?

 
  • 46% (42)
    iMac G4
  • 53% (49)
    iMac G5/Intel
91 Total Votes  
post #1 of 29
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only considering the aesthetics and usefulness. Not "WOuld it be able to handle the heat?", "is the design too expensive?" etc.

I consider the G4 iMac the perfect computer design but people have begun saying the current iMac is better because of the smaller space. The space requirements are too similar for me to be taken into consideration.

But how do you feel?
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post #2 of 29
It's a tough choice because although I think the imac G4 is far more aesthetically pleasing, it isn't nearly as practical in terms of transporting it or fixing it. I voted for the G4 anyway because I think the G5 is ugly with that big ugly bit under the monitor.

Just try making a cute hopping lamp style advert with a G5 imac.
post #3 of 29
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Originally posted by Anders

I consider the G4 iMac the perfect computer design but people have begun saying the current iMac is better because of the smaller space. The space requirements are too similar for me to be taken into consideration.

But how do you feel?

I am with you in this. The perfection level achieved with the iMac G4 has no similar in computer design. Apple has outdone itself with this one and of course no one yet has even come close.
post #4 of 29
Well based on looks, the iMac G4 has no counterpart, Apple, or not. It is simply the best looking computer that has ever been created. On usefulness, I don't know. While I *really* liked the swiwel thing that allowed you to arrange your monitor in many ways, it was also very expensive and not at all good for transportation. It was also somewhat hard to upgrade the thing because of the way things were crammed inside it.
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post #5 of 29
they are both sick
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Originally posted by mbG5
they are both sick

sick good? or sick bad?
post #7 of 29
I personally thought the G4 had a sexier design than the new one, although the new design probably makes more sense, especially given that it shrinks every revision. I'm sure Apple had their reasons to move to the new design.

On another note, how come the iMac G3 isn't on this poll? That was the ultimate in cool in its day.
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post #8 of 29
The G4 is gthe absolute best design ever!!! The G5 might have a smaller footprint, but it has design flaws. i.e., the "chin".
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post #9 of 29
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Originally posted by chipz
The G4 is gthe absolute best design ever!!! The G5 might have a smaller footprint, but it has design flaws. i.e., the "chin".

I wonder why they didn't put the chin at the back in the middle of the monitor. It looks as though it would fit there quite easily.
post #10 of 29
I like the G5/Intel design.

I really do not know if one really needs that much monitor adjustment.

And I am sure if cost a fair bit more for Apple to produce.

The optical drive door on the G4 was kind of clunky IMO.
post #11 of 29
iMac G4 of course! 8)

Though I may be a bit biased since the G4 is the only model of Apple I have owned so far, and the only other ones I have seen in person were a PM G3 and a G3 iMac. The 'Jay Leno' G5 just doesn't do it for me aesthetically...and I'm very concerned about the life-span of the vertically mounted HDD and Combo/Superdrive. Most drive bearings AFAIK are just not designed to wear normally in that orientation! Had a PC at work with a vertical HD and the IT guys had to replace it annually....
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post #12 of 29
I believe that aethestically the perfect computer shape is simply a floating monitor. The iMac "Chinny" comes the closest to that form factor.

The reality is I really only need see the screen so anything else is just in the way.
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post #13 of 29
I voted for the G5. It seems very no-nonsense to me. It's attractive and functional and the display/keyboard can't be possitioned to obstruct the optical drive.

While I liked the G4 the plastic used for the dome seemed to get dingy and dirty looking (at least it always seemed that way to me).

My personal favorite though is the original. I had a rev. A G3 and it was a fantastic machine in its day.

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post #14 of 29
I like both equally.

I like the iMac G5/Intel because of the iSight, very slim design, nice screens and iPod-like style. Also, it's awesome when I show people the iMac (for the first time... PC users) and they say "where's the computer?" and I say "That's it!"

I like the iMac G4 because it just looks cool, with the round case. Also, it's very nice to be able to swivel the screen in any direction. If they had managed to find a place to put a slot-loading drive in there while still making it look nice, that would be awesome.
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post #15 of 29
G4 for me

remember that ads of the G4? lol...
post #16 of 29
I own a 17" G5 and 20" Intel...Enjoy that design. However, I really like the look of the G4's and wouldn't mind picking one up off of Ebay.
post #17 of 29
G4s floating screen was superior,G5s design is bland and those skinny screens kind of bite. Apple's designs have gone down hill since G4 iMac. G4
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post #18 of 29
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G4 for me

remember that ads of the G4? lol...

Like this one?
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post #19 of 29
I've used both, and the iMac G5 is nicer. It takes up less desk space and is easier to upgrade the RAM on. How many times did I move the display around? Maybe once when I first sat down to it. After that, what was once a clever design element became a frivolous extra. The iMac G5, on the other hand, is impeccably designed, and there's nothing frivolous about it.
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post #20 of 29
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Like this one?

i've never seen that one before..
the one with a guy walks pass an apple store with a G4 in the display..;D
post #21 of 29
The G4 was a great design, but some things always bugged me about it.

The G5/intel is for me the perfect symboiosis of function and form, it solves all my issues withe the G4.

It has looks destinctly as a natural evolvement of the first imac, while the G4 looks more like a danish design experiment.

The worst thing about the G4, where it actually became less functional than the original imac was the cable clutter. Going for external speakers and a base where the cables had to run around it was not a brilliant design move.
Also going back to tray-loading was always a mystery to me, the way it hit the back of the keyboard was a joke.
Lastly, while being great engineering, the arm was an answer to a problem that wasn't there. why have a turnable screen, when the whole machine turns easily by itself?
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post #22 of 29
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Originally posted by New
The G4 was a great design, but some things always bugged me about it.

The G5/intel is for me the perfect symboiosis of function and form, it solves all my issues withe the G4.

It has looks destinctly as a natural evolvement of the first imac, while the G4 looks more like a danish design experiment.

The worst thing about the G4, where it actually became less functional than the original imac was the cable clutter. Going for external speakers and a base where the cables had to run around it was not a brilliant design move.
Also going back to tray-loading was always a mystery to me, the way it hit the back of the keyboard was a joke.
Lastly, while being great engineering, the arm was an answer to a problem that wasn't there. why have a turnable screen, when the whole machine turns easily by itself?

I disagree...somewhat. While the G5's form is certainly functional, it's not perfect (well nothing really is). The inability to swivel it's screen like the G4 isn't the biggest issue, but rather it's inability to adjust height wise. The sleek aluminum stand is damn sexy, but leave little to function.

As far as the G4, the external globe speakers really give it that added personality. The tray-load was probably a cost issue, but yeah never understood why it never went slot loading especially with later revisions.
Not sure about your last comment, as turning the whole machine around is actually rather awkward..given the dome is rather difficult to grip on to.
post #23 of 29
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Originally posted by satchmo
Not sure about your last comment, as turning the whole machine around is actually rather awkward..given the dome is rather difficult to grip on to.

If the screen was fixed, like it is now, then you would just turn it by grabbing the screen, right?
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post #24 of 29
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Originally posted by dBUG7
i've never seen that one before..
the one with a guy walks pass an apple store with a G4 in the display..;D

Here you go. For other older Mac-related movies, you can always look here.
post #25 of 29
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Originally posted by Splinemodel
I've used both, and the iMac G5 is nicer. It takes up less desk space and is easier to upgrade the RAM on. How many times did I move the display around? Maybe once when I first sat down to it. After that, what was once a clever design element became a frivolous extra. The iMac G5, on the other hand, is impeccably designed, and there's nothing frivolous about it.

Absolutely spot on.

I think it's been a pretty good progression with the G5 being the best yet. I just like that the g5 is all screen.
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post #26 of 29
IMO the G4 is perfection. I could never underestand how they mass-produced them.
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post #27 of 29
Although the G4 did have more character and the floating display was extremely useful, I vote for the G5 because it has less problems than the G4.

Judging by what I saw on display at the store, the G4's plastic always seemed to be dirty and the DVD tray was always obstucted by something. It bothered me at the time. OTOH, the G5 is no-nonsense. Maybe more plain and boring but no aesthetic problems.
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post #28 of 29
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Originally posted by PB
Here you go. For other older Mac-related movies, you can always look here.

lol..that's the one...
omg..he has heaps of apple related video..~ sweet!!

thx ;D
post #29 of 29
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Originally posted by Gene Clean
While I *really* liked the swiwel thing that allowed you to arrange your monitor in many ways, it was also very expensive and not at all good for transportation.

Hell yeah it is! Mine got knocked around in the box on my way back home from school last Christmas and the screen started to tilt left and right ... that damn neck cost almost $500 to fix, and the first time they fixed it, the cables got screwed up and I had to take it back in. It's a fabulous home or office machine, but if you do a lot of moving, it's a pain in the ass.

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