I have used the Amiga for two years now. Although in the beginning
it fulfilled all my needs (ie. gameplaying), during my study I started
to feel the need for a computer with more power and better, more
profesional software. The choice was easy - after I've sold my Amiga
I will buy an Atari ST.
Let me elaborate what is wrong with Amiga:
- Slow. It is so dog-slow. Only 7.14 Mhz, it just won't get you
anywhere. Although it has some chips like the blitter, this
doesn't speed the system up anything because they are not able
to work in parallel with the 68000 due to memory restrictions.
- Unprofessional. I can't get a decent wordprocessor for it, let
alone a spreadsheet. The available drawingprograms are nice, but
also lack professionalism. Atari ST has Calamus, that's what I
call a wordprocessor, that's what I call professional.
- Little midi and sound software. In contrary to the Atari ST, the
Amiga has not ONE decent midiprogram (like Cubase for the Atari
ST). Nor has it programs that take the best out of its soundchip.
The difference between a radiosong and an Amiga soundchip song
is just embarrasing (for the Amiga.)
- The custom chips are old. Where are my 24 bitplanes? Why don't I
have 16 bit sound? Why can't I read a High Density 1760 blocks
diskette? Because the development of the customchips has come
to a total standstill since 1987.
- Compared to Atari ST and Apple Macintosh, Amiga realy has a lousy
keyboard. I can't type on it. Same goes for the mouse. The Amiga
mousebuttons are just shit.
- Expensive. If you buy Amiga, then get your checkbook ready. The base
machine is already more expensive than the Atari ST, but is able
to do less (slower, less memory). If you want to buy hardware for
it (which you are almost forced to do because of the lack of power
of a bare Amiga) then make sure you have a big account. A modem for
Amiga is much more expensive then a modem for an Atari, to name a
- Only 10 function keys. A decent computer should have at least 12
- Little Amiga magazines. Those that exist are either very expensive
or about gameplaying.
- No decent C-compiler with built-in environment. Why must I switch
between the C-compiler and my editor all the time? Is it so much
work to integrate these two things? Unprofessionalism strikes
I could go on for a while like this, but I decided to stop right here.
It's enough. From the above it should be clear that I am selling my
Amiga system. From the money that I get back from it I'll be able to
buy a powerful Atari ST system that leaves Amiga far, far behind it.
PS. I don't have an Email address, please respond through netnews.