Tomorrow will be my 7th day of owning a Macbook Air (11-inch i5/4GB/128GB). It will also be my 7th day of using my first Mac computer. Overall I'm very satisfied with the purchase. Unlike most purchases I make, I haven't thought about how much money I spent: I just think about the product itself. I love the screen, I love the keyboard, I love the touchpad (best part!), and I love the overall look and feel of the metallic build of the Air. I love how small it is, I love how much screenspace is given with OS X Lion, and I love the backlit keyboard (which I don't need but somehow it reminds me of holding a mickey-mouse glowstick toy from disneyland which has these bristles with lights on the ends that I had once... so it gives this nice little magical feel for me). So all the love and happiness aside for this product (and there's lots, it is a great product)... I'm still left feeling like there is something missing. I've seen all this Apple advertising year after year after year talking about how great Apple is. And every year they seem to get a little bit more cocky about it (sometimes I feel it's justified, and sometimes I feel the advertising gets a little overconfident). Anyways... maybe all this built-up suspense has left me feeling like Apple was not only going to deliver a great product... but that it would be so great, and so flawless, that it would feel "magical". And honestly... the Air doesn't feel magical on a whole. The points that really get to me (that would've really made this a home-run product) are these: - The bottom part of the screen has this bit of a gradient. I keep telling myself (and I've told another one or two people on these forums) that it simply isn't noticeable and doesn't matter. And usually it isn't. But I just can't help but have my eyes drawn to it. I think it's so evident because the whole screen is crisp and perfect-looking for the most part... and so any small defect is evident (as opposed to a screen which is just mediocre overall). It *REALLY* feels like Apple dropped the ball on this one. - The processor gets realllllly hot when games or intensive applications are going on. This isn't a big deal (especially since it's not something Apple can really do anything about since they buy their stuff from Intel - unless if they're skimping on their cooling solution in the Air). But this just slightly takes away from things. I hate sitting down for maybe 20 minutes in a day (maybe once every couple of days) to play a game of Starcraft 2, only to be sitting down listening to a 6500RPM fan going off, with the computer getting hot enough at the bottom to cook an egg. - The FaceTime camera isn't HD. I didn't think this would bother me... but it kind-of does. I feel like there might as well be no camera at all there. It's not a good camera that they put on the Air... it's just not good. It's passable at worst, but only decent at best. The Air is the way of the future apparently, and yet they seem to be giving us tidbits of improvements every year. - They didn't improve the battery life (this isn't such a big issue... 5 hours is great for productivity... but when it comes to higher-light or higher processor tasks, the battery life is a bit behind... I really wish with the increment they could've upped it) Finally, the OS... I feel like OS X Lion is great. It's nice. But they've been advertising saying that Windows is so much worse, that Windows is less reliable, etc, etc. I've actually never had Windows 7 crash on me ever... except when I am testing an over clock (which in that case, it's a given that crashing will occur). With OS X Lion, I've had to force a reboot four times in the past number of days I've owned it. Twice was just within the operating system, things froze up. The other two times may just be Angry Birds (the game) fault... it has frozen solid on me twice. The only and final thing that is sort-of leaving me wondering where all the magic that was promised is, is how superior OS X Lion is supposed to be. It's awesome. But I mean... I'm left with the "is that it?" feeling. It's a great OS, don't get me wrong... but Apple seems to claim it's so great that it could do your dishes and walk your dog if you asked it to. Magic! But no... really... it's just very nice (particularly with a small-screened laptop). OS X Lion definitely doesn't stand out as overtly superior to Windows 7 though. I'm happy with both. I wish Lion was so good that I could say goodbye to Windows 7. And I won't get into how I feel the app store is a tad bit overrated for the Mac... it's great, but again... I think it needs some time to get better before it's truly amazing. So that's my take on OS X Lion and the Air, from a new Apple customer. I'm very satisfied, but left with a taste for more "wow" than I've been served; there's just a few short-comings that, if they had been dealt with, I think I would be completely in love with this machine. For now... it's just a highly positive platonic relationship, my Air and me.