Are the any real shops setup using this ? I tested out and although it has some nice features the admin section was just to slow and ackward to use as a professional option.
I am sure there are. Given the number of sites which use osCommerce, it is unlikely that there would not be SOMEONE out there who will use Magento live. Consider also that the project is under a year old and only generated its first release in September of 2007. Magento is new, and complex, but appears to offer great promise ....
Should be very interesting. While documentation is still a bit thin on the ground, its basis in Zend Framework should offer the opportunity for more consistent coding styles and techniques to be implemented. Core, Community and Local code spaces just might result in code that is easier to maintain cleanly than osCommerce.
there are lot of features available in magento some of points i denoted below
Magento’s flexibility allows us to modify existing features or add in new ones. Drupal now has an extension for Magento which helps integration of Magento into a Drupal based website. If you are converting from another platform, there are tools which allows you to import products, customers and order information from other carts such as OSCommerce and X-Cart.
Magento takes some time to get use to. You have have to build up experience with the application before it becomes natural to use. Its not like a turn key solution like yahoo, or other web based applications. But it does have many useful options and features.
Of course there are a lot of magento platform users. It is the leading ecommerce solution platform today and we have a lot of clients and partners using magento. It offers great experience to your magento store.