Snow Leopard reviews - Mossberg, Engadget, Gizmodo & more

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  1. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
    Snow Leopard reviews Titles are links to the review - feel free to add to thread and I'll update this post.

    Andy Ihnatko/Chicago Sun-Times summary
    @Ihnatkoand Macbreak Weekly - A speedy no-brainer upgrade

    PCWorld - Ugh, 17 pages? Bleugh.

    CNET summary
    Engadget summary - $30!

    PC Mag
    Gizmodo summary - Lightened and Enlightened
    Pogue/NYTimes -Apple’s Sleek Upgrade
    Walt Mossberg/ WSJ summary

    MacWorld summary

    USA Today (Ed Baig)
    An AP writer
    Linkbait of the week?
    PC Worl's piece - Snow Leopard Is a Pale Imitation of Windows 7."get all the details from an ad ridden slideshow? Purlease.

    MacWorld extra
    11 major new Snow Leopard features
    Gauging Snow Leopard's speed boosts
    Inside Snow Leopard's hidden malware protection
    Inside Snow Leopard's under-the-hood additions
    All about Snow Leopard
    Snow Leopard's smaller changes
  2. t0mat0 thread starter macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
    Paul Thurrott weighs in. It's going to worth tuning into 6:50pm BST.

    Sure enough, Snow Leopard, like Leopard before it, is a fine OS, a rock-solid and capable computing foundation. It's just that when compared to what's happening on the Windows side, Snow Leopard is sort of a letdown. There's just not much going on from an end-user perspective.
    Had Microsoft released such an update for Windows, they would have called it a service pack and delivered it gratis.
    A cryptic Setup routine taking 2-3x as long as Windows 7.
    Snow Leopard picks up multicore functionality that Windows has had for years
    Finder, has been also brought into the 21st century
    Snow Leopard takes another page from the Windows 7 playbook with a new feature of the Exposé window management tool.
    Three levels of document viewing? Really? (Icon Preview, Quick look and normal view)
    Mail, iCal, and Address Book have been updated with Exchange Server support, which is a big feature, sure, but none of them can do automatic configuration, so you'll need a slew of server information, which isn't the case in, say, Outlook on Windows.
    Overall, Snow Leopard is a better Leopard than Leopard. But it certainly doesn't offer any added incentive to make the switch from the Windows side.
    Bottom line: Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" is a nice refinement to an already solid OS offering. But it's almost too evolutionary to get excited about.

    "Compared head-to-head with Windows 7, it's clear that Microsoft's is the most substantial offering, as it provides the same kinds of internal updates as Snow Leopard but also offers major updates to the user experience. Looked at a different way, maybe Windows needed more fixes to begin with. That's certainly what a Mac user would tell you. They may have a point."

    Some questions -
    Isn't Windows 7 Vista's Service Pack - why isn't it free or at least only $30
    You can go form Tiger to Snow Leopard. Can you go from XP to Windows 7?
    Is Outlook default on a Windows Machine? Or do you have to pay for Exchange integration?

    To misquote Paul:

    "Snow Leopard" is a nice refinement to an already solid OS offering...a fine OS, a rock-solid and capable computing foundation...updated with Exchange Server support, which is a big feature...a better Leopard than Leopard...Compared head-to-head with Windows 7...Windows needed more fixes to begin with.

    This is what Andy Ihnatko's hinting at with his Tablet rumor article - the jarring non-Apple things being crept in. Tablet = Updated Front Row/QT/ATV...

    10.6's size. Could, and can fit on an SSD. Swapping DVD for SSD. What's happened to ATV - why is QTX a change from other parts in 10.6? Why still have ATV when you've got the Mini? Why was the mini mothballed for so long? Explain Location Services. What does OpenCL and GCD bring? What's happening about the Chip development APple's kept under wraps?

    10.6 allows, with the right hardware, Apple to pull off some audacious new software tricks. I disagree with him on

    The big thing is inevitable. It's a tech vacuum. And Big Thing Nature abhors that. What's Voice Control doing on the iPhones? Is it a sleeper function? The State of the Union change of name. The iPhone side helps the Mac side. 10.6 allows cheap low voltage CPUs, GPUs to punch above their normal weight. It allows new hardcore CPU/GPUs to become giants - "full desktop-level power and performance … out of a mobile CPU"


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