PC Magazine reviews Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard: ‘By far the best operating system ever written…’

“After three intense days with Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard Version 10.5, I have three main things to say about it. First: despite minor problems, it’s by far the best operating system ever written for the vast majority of consumers, with dozens of new features that have real practical value—like truly automated backups, preview images in folders, and notes and to-do lists integrated into the mail program,” Edward Mendelson reports for PC Magazine.

“I found Leopard to be startlingly fast, brilliantly streamlined, and packed with conveniences and innovations. Leopard’s rich set of built-in software runs faster than I imagined possible,” Mendelson reports.

“Leopard has its share of first-version glitches.. There aren’t a huge number of them but you might want to wait until Apple releases its first update and more before third-party customization utilities become available,” Mendelson reports.

“If you’re in the market for a new machine, it’s time to look seriously at a Mac, especially now that all Macs can run Windows along with OS X through the built-in Boot Camp feature that lets you install Windows and Leopard in separate partitions. Even better, third-party software from Parallels or Vmware make it possible to run a Windows program in a window on the OS X desktop. It’s even possible to set up OS X so that Word documents automatically open in the Windows version of Microsoft Word,” Mendelson reports.

“Leopard again raises the question of whether to switch from Windows to a Mac. I’ve found Vista to be a major disappointment that tends to look worse the more I use it. I still use Windows XP for getting serious work done. But OS X is easier to manage and maintain and I vastly prefer OS X to Windows for Web-browsing, mail, and especially for any task that involves graphics, music, or video. Leopard performs all such tasks even better than previous versions did—and Leopard is the only OS on the planet that works effortlessly and intuitively in today’s world of networked computers and peripherals. Leopard is far from perfect, but it’s better than any alternative, and it’s getting harder and harder to find good reasons to use anything else,” Mendelson reports.

Full review here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Corinne” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Mendelson still uses Windows XP for getting “serious work” done? “Serious work” like what? AutoCAD maybe, because Autodesk can’t get off their duffs to release the app for Mac OS X? (An aside: AutoCAD is so horribly spaghetti-coded for Windows, that it would require a totally fresh rewrite from the ground up.) Or games – that’s probably what he means, unless he thinks installing and wasting processor cycles running antivirus, antispyware, anti-this and anti-that is “getting serious work done.” But, hey, he is writing for PC Magazine, he must feel that he has to feed the sheep at least one morsel as he shovels Windows into the manure pile where it belongs. On the other hand, perhaps he means that he uses XP vs. Vista for getting his so-called “serious” work done? In that case, we understand to a point, but we’d still use Pages, TextEdit, or God forbid, Word for Mac to open Word docs. Why suffer with XP unless you absolutely are forced to do so by shortsighted IT guys and/or developers?

50 Comments

  1. “Leopard is the only OS on the planet that works effortlessly and intuitively in today’s world of networked computers and peripherals. Leopard is far from perfect, but it’s better than any alternative, and it’s getting harder and harder to find good reasons to use anything else,”

    This is quite a review from a rag that, only a few years ago, regularly derided everything Mac…

    MW “changes”

  2. “Vista… tends to look worse the more I use it.” Priceless! One might think that Vista, to some an “acquired taste”, might grow on the user, that he would become used to its quirks and general character. But no. One sees only a growing disdain.

  3. “I still use Windows XP for getting serious work done.”

    That means, “The applications I use professionally are so deeply engrained I can’t switch just yet.”

    Leopard can connect to a network share on a Windows 2003 network, which Tiger could not. There are a lot of ways in which Leopard is ready for business.

  4. You know how bad and nerve-wracking Vista is, when even the MSFT-sycophants like “PC-magazine” find no negative words about MacOS anymore.
    But on the other hand: how long could any human go to office every day and write cheerful stories about Vista without devloping an ulcer?
    Jornalists want to write something positive – and readers want to read something positive, too, after all.

  5. @Harvey,

    I interpreted the phrase, “I still use Windows XP for getting serious work done.” to simply be a bone thrown out to the Windows Fanboys.

    More of a, “Please don’t hate me because I’m giving Leopard such a positive review, because I still use XP for ‘serious’ work.”

    But yours works too.

  6. I have been struggling for days now to find a thoroughly bad review of Leopard, as well as an unfavourable comparison to Vista. None of the Win-centric press that took a look at Leopard had come up with anything but praise. Meanwhile, most have pretty much panned Vista.

    This is no small matter. Tipping point is the expression that comes to mind. Many things are converging for Apple. Tiger, while also praised, didn’t get nearly as much attention, although it didn’t help that there was no competing OS release from the dark side.

    With Vista begging for a direct comparison, it’s easy to see why all that PC press is making an effort to take a look at Leopard.

    I must say, I would hate to see Apple have 40% market share in desktop computers. Entering enterprise in a big way could be extremely detrimental to the future of Mac OS X. There is only one reason why Vista still supports DOS and 16-bit Windows 3.1 applications: Enterprise demands. You don’t want to be in a business where a few powerful clients can completely control and dictate your development. Mac users (and developers) have seen frustration of migration three times in ten years: 68k to PPC; OS9 to OS X; PPC to Intel. These were major shifts that caused some serious hair-pulling at Adobe, Quark, MacBU (at MS), as they were forced to re-code all of their Mac apps from the ground up. However, Leopard is so superior to Vista because Apple did what they did (to their developers and consumers).

    As long as Apple dominates the consumer market, and doesn’t do any concessions to the enterprise market, it will all be good.

  7. “Mendelson still uses Windows XP for getting serious work done?”

    I don’t think he was trying to say he does serious work on XP instead of OS X, I think he was trying to say that when he does serious work in Windows, he uses XP over Vista. I could be incorrect, but I think that is what he was trying to say.

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