New Mac User: Snow Leopard or Lion

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  1. SpaceOdyssey macrumors newbie

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    I just bought a macbook pro and currently it came with Snow Leopard. I'm a new user that has never owned or used a mac before. Do you think I should update to OSX Lion for free (30 days) or stick with Snow Leopard?
     
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  3. SpaceOdyssey thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Really? Are the gestures any different? I like Snow Leopard's gestures.
     
  4. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Lion's are better. Infact I had to upgrade my production box to lion just because I was so used to being able to slide effortlessly in safari (amongst other things). It's kind of embarrassing how natural it is.
     
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  7. palpatine macrumors 68040

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    i like sl. i'll upgrade eventually. if i were you and only had 30 days, i'd do it by the end of that period.
     
  8. SpaceOdyssey thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Haha. Thanks for the reply everyone. I guess the odds are overwhelming in favour of lion. I will update then.
     
  9. randomrazr macrumors 65816

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    what kind of question is that?

    of course update to lion. apple continues to update there operating system so why stay behind the times?

    lion is snow leapoerd with much moore new features and upgraded innerds (runs smoother , stability etc). plus ur getting urs for free. unless u want to pay 30 bucks down the road
     
  10. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    Doesn't snow leopard have a lot better compatibility with apps, especially those on the internets?
     
  11. Resist macrumors 68030

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    One thing you lose with Lion, is Front Row. Many people use Plex instead, but I like how simple Front Row is. Plex doesn't recognize my homemade movies and changes their titles, while Front Row leaves everything as is. So for that reason I am holding off on upgrading to Lion.
     
  12. elpmas macrumors 68000

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    I'm sticking with SL for now...Lion seems too buggy and many people are having issues with it. :p
     
  13. jbjones85 macrumors member

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    Same here. i'll probably upgrade once 10.7.2 + is released.

     
  14. SpaceOdyssey thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I guess I might as well update since its free.

    Does anyone know about the battery issue? I heard the battery life is decreased with lion.
     
  15. Monkey Johannon macrumors newbie

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    Battery life, if lower, is negligible at best...i personally haven't noticed really any performance change (good or bad) from any aspect of the computer after upgrading to 10.7.

    The plus sides though are pretty hefty...the track pad gestures alone are enough to call the $30 a deal.
     
  16. Ironsoccerman macrumors member

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    Really if youre new to mac, then you might as well get used to lion now instead of getting attached to Snow kitty..;)
     
  17. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    You can re-enable Front Row in Lion. There was a post on TUAW I think, explaining how to do it.
     
  18. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040

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    When I heard about Lion and its "Gestures" I though what's the big deal as SL has gestures?

    Now i'm on Lion Its a quite a big difference!
     
  19. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040

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    Why don't you manually change the name then in the Plex prefs?

    Install PlexTV also. Win.
     
  20. StuMcBill macrumors 6502

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    Couldn't you download Lion during the free period and not install it?

    Use one of the methods to burn it to DVD / USB etc, and when the .2 update comes out, install your free burned copy, then install the Combo Update?

    Would that work?

    Stu
     
  21. Contiguous macrumors member

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    Snow Leopard. But then, I don't buy version 1.0 of anything. It may be boring, but I have no compatibility issues and everyone else has worked out the bugs for me.
     
  22. head honcho 123 macrumors 6502

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    why don't u just download it on ur mac... :)

    u don't have to install but u'll have the option to install it later on.
     
  23. -tWv- macrumors 68000

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    I would say Lion but I am having some serious battery life issues so stay with SL for now
     
  24. jollygoodamy macrumors regular

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    You should download it while you can but don't install it just yet.. Wait until at least the .1 update comes out. There are some bugs and some apps are not compatible.
     
  25. SpaceOdyssey thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. The only problem is that my internet is pretty limited (60 gigs bandwidth). And I also heard that OSX Lion is 4 gbs. Apparently, Apple can install it for you. They told me to bring it in and they can do it in about 10 seconds. If I go to the apple store can I get it installed without actually updating it on the spot?
     

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