TrustedReviews: After using Mac OS X Tiger ‘going back to Windows XP is something of a joke at best’

“The changes that have been made to [Apple’s Mac OS X] 10.4 [Tiger] are certainly sufficient to warrant an upgrade. The speed improvements offered by the new graphics rendering engine can give a new lease of life to some older Macs, and if nothing else, Tiger offers better system performance for a one-off fee,” Will Harris writes for

“The technology behind Spotlight is incredible. While the Windows team at Microsoft has spent the last few years talking up the desktop search facility of Longhorn, Apple has had its head down actually implementing its own version. It’s better, faster, more efficient and indexes more types of content than Google Desktop Search, and the added benefit of Smart Folders means that it can potentially alter the way you work drastically,” Harris writes.

“Dashboard is just the latest in a number of UI improvements that make OSX so much easier and more efficient to use than Windows XP. For many Mac users, going back to XP is something of a joke at best – or at worst, a thoroughly frustrating user experience that one only endures in order to play some decent games,” Harris writes.

“Because for all the improvements that Apple has made to OSX, it loses out to Windows in two areas. The first is that the hardware simply isn’t as fast or as cheap as it should be. While the Mac Mini has made a decent dent in the budget computer sector, the PowerBooks and PowerMacs still offer less for your money than an equivalently specified PC. Secondly, an average consumer wants to play games – and while support for Apple has been getting better over recent years, it is still nowhere near as good as Windows. For most people, solely using an Apple wouldn’t be an option without a secondary machine – be it a console or a PC – for gaming on,” Harris writes.

“With that said, there’s little that’s bad to say about Tiger. Some may balk at the idea of £90 for a few upgrades and a new search feature, but there are so many intangibles – security improvements and the like – that will never been seen or understood by most consumers, that all-in-all, the new features add up to make Tiger a must-have for any Mac user,” Harris writes.

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  1. Yup… Apple should have a “Get a new PSP3 with every purchase of a G5…” or something… That’d be cooler. Or even cooler if they worked 100x harder at getting games to run well on the mac.

  2. As a recent ‘Switcher’, I can say that the gaming comparison is key – I personnally think that Windows will be cannibalized by their own and other consoles – I am sick of trying to get DirectX to work – in fact my Media Center 2005 box won’t run DirectX anymore, so the console and my new PowerBook mean the end of the line for Windows upgrades on my entertainment machines and my small business work machine.

  3. I installed Google Desktop Search on a PC at work today. In a nutshell, it sucks compared to Spotlight. I considered MSN search but it quickly told me that my browser (Firefox) was not compatible. MS bites…

    Google Desktop Search still defaults to IE for preferences. The preferences are limited at best. I couldn’t find a hot key to select the Search Bar. It took forever to index. And it lacks the refinement of Spotlight.

    It’s a good thing that I only log about 20 minutes a week in the XP box.

  4. Tiger is beautiful, I use it for many hours at night. I really think it is a great operating system.

    But I use Windows XP Pro all day. I really like and am very productive using it (I am a designer and spend most of my time in Adobe Creative Suite 2). Definitely search is a weakness in Windows XP, but I use Yahoo Desktop Search, which is essentially a free version of X1. While not as good as Spotlight, I can get almost anything I need to get done using it.

    Why does it always have to be a war of the operating systems? Both have their strengths – I am much better off having a PC and a Mac than I would be having just one.

  5. “an average consumer wants to play games” – wow, for the first time in my life I’m not average. It seems like every other post: one says “Mac won’t make it because it’s not a serious business machine”, the next says “Mac won’t make it because it’s not a serious gaming machine”. Make your minds up! Me, I’m happy with a number-crunching, picture-editing, audio-recording machine. I don’t have time for games (and if I do, it’s outdoors, running around).

  6. Things should be changing now that Tiger is out. Apple has changed it’s APIs with every major release of OS X and that alone has given many developers fits with porting games. Why port a game that could be broken with the next major release. Add in the speed (approx 1/year) with which Apple has updated OS X and you get the picture. By the time you finish your project, it patch city to fix broken APIs.

    All of that has FINALLY changed. Apple has ‘locked’ it’s APIs with Tiger and is slowing the update cycle. Add in the improved developer tools, Core Image/Data/Audio/Video and it’s time to get the party started. Apple has also hired people to work with nVidia & ATI to improve drivers and performance on the Mac.

    Is this going to change the Mac gaming experience tomorrow? No. Will it change things going forward? Yes. Give a little time for the developers to work their magic and you should see some tangible results with future releases. If the developers will invest a little effort in optimizing their code for the Mac the ‘pop’ could be a real eye opener.

    It all comes down to the ability of Software Publishers to make money. Now that they have a real chance to recoup their significant investment in development on a now stable (as in changes- not performance) platform, the software should follow. Prior to Tiger, Mac developers were shooting at a constantly moving target and first tier games are really complex beasts. Meanwhile PC developers were building on a well-known, stable (again as in changes-not performance) and highly optimized foundation in Windows XP. Mac OS X has now matured to a point where developers can concentrate on optimization instead of basic compatibility. That is a huge deal for those writing the code that powers Game engines, etc.

  7. Personally, I’d love to have a small (but not tiny, because you need room for a couple of empty slots), well designed, G5 Mac (single processor).
    I like playing games occasionally – state-of-the-art games as well, and Apple still doesn’t produce a ‘consumer’ computer that is as flexible (in this respect) as your average PC.
    I believe that such a Mac with all the soft-ware and security advantages of the Apple platform would be a huge success.
    I’d pay up to a €1000 for a Mac like that; €1200 with a really excellent video card.
    Just dreaming …

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