Ok, so after some soul-searching, debating, thinking, and pretty much losing hope in mankind, I decided to write a little post reviewing my experience with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. This OS update is certainly moderately priced at 25 (on the other side of the pond, people probably paid around $30). This was certainly a bold move by Apple. Surely, they must've been trying to keep people from pirating the OS since, well, the whole argument about it being priced beyond its actual value doesn't seem to hold up at such a price. Alas, after some critical analysis, it's become clear to me that I would've been better off spending those 25 on pretty much ANYTHING ELSE. So, let's get down to what made Mac OS X great and the beginning of my love affair with the Apple computer. I drank the Kool-Aid when I bought my first Mac, an iBook G4, in 2003. Back then, I had only been familiar with Panther (10.3) and Tiger (10.4) and my impressions of the OS were that: - I had never seen a more stable computer. I could go for months without rebooting. - I had never seen such a clean interface with so many different ways to make my time at the computer more productive. - I had never realized how incredibly efficient it is for the OS not to have an option to maximize the window. - As if that weren't enough, the thing came with a built-in media center which I could use to hook up to my TV and watch my iTunes movies right on the screen. Once I got the MacBook with the remote, I was surprised at how GREAT that user experience was. Eight years later, someone at Apple seems to have decided to destroy everything that was good about my computer and its OS and turn it into nothing more than a heavier iPad with a bigger screen. - The browser crashes. My OCR software won't work. My old apps won't work. Rosetta is gone. - The interface is incoherent. I miss the Apple philosophy of "consistency is more important than innovation" which they seem to have forgotten is what has made so many of us stick to Apple products. - Full-screen apps? Seriously? After so many years of touting the uniqueness of not being able to maximize and how, after the learning curve, you'd find that it actually increases your productivity they introduce full-screen apps? Well, at least this can be turned off. - No more media center. Front Row is gone and my remote is now useless. - Now I have a bunch of ways to access my apps, none of which are convenient and none of which gives me the productivity boost that I got from Exposé. I hate Launch Pad and, honestly, double clicking on the Applications folder was just perfect for me. - As if that weren't enough, they also decided to take away the restore DVD and put the OS in the cloud, so I can't even have something to throw around every time I'm reminded of how much I HATE this stupid OS. So, in the end, I upgraded to Lion only to lose features and make my user experience much less intuitive! I'm sorry to say this but I think Lion will be Apple's Vista. Too iPad-like to give you desktop productivity and versatility and... well, if I wanted a tablet I would've bought one! I'm going back to Snow Leopard as soon as I figure out how to get my computer to let me. I never believed Apple could let me down like this but they truly took something that was part of my identity and made it "just another device".