PC Magazine reviews Apple’s Mac OS X 10.5.2 Leopard: ‘By far the best consumer OS available’

“After three months 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, document and spreadsheet preview images in folders, and notes and to-do lists integrated into the mail program,” Edward Mendelson reports for PC Magazine.

“For the average user, Leopard is the most polished and easiest to use OS I’ve tested. Second: Leopard started out with a generous share of first-version glitches, but almost all of them have now been resolved by the second of two automated updates, which brings Leopard up to version 10.5.2,” Mendelson reports.

“Finally, Leopard is extravagantly overdressed for the jobs that it’s designed to do, and its pervasive eye-candy starts out looking dazzling but soon becomes distracting. Fortunately, from the beginning, the OS started out with options that let you put it on a low-eye-sugar diet, and the latest update has even more,” 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 in long, complicated documents. 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,” Mendelson reports.

MacDailyNews Take: Macs are perfectly capable of getting “serious work done in long, complicated documents.” Mendelson is writing for PC Magazine and is merely throwing his readers – the Windows sufferers – a bone. After this review, they need something, however meager it may be, to assuage the brutal assault their OS of “non-choice” has just taken. As we all know, most Mac users have slummed it with Windows; often by force in school and/or at work. Mac users have made a conscious technology choice and are therefore better informed than most Windows sufferers. Mac users execute “serious work done in long, complicated documents” daily.

“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, 4.5 out of 5 stars, here.

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

29 Comments

  1. I have written four novels using Pages on a Mac. Longest was over 500 pages. Numerous margin notes, and embedded graphics.

    Word crapped out at 300 pages, became very unstable (even on a maxed-out MacPro.

    “PCs are for serious work,” is a myth. More to the point, “PCs are serious work.”

  2. Mike Erganian: What is the subject of your book? Non fiction?
    Miles Raymond: Uh, no. It’s… it’s a novel. Fiction. Yes. Although there is quite a bit from my own life… so I suppose that, technically some of it is nonfiction.
    Mike Erganian: Good I like non fiction. There is so much to know about this world. I think you read something somebody just invented, waste of time.
    Miles Raymond: That’s an interesting perspective.

  3. One fun feature of Leopard is the ability to use one mouse to control two computers by sharing screens.

    For example I have two iMacs side by side, but having two keyboards + trackballs to match, I discovered with screen sharing I can control the second iMac just fine, except that it takes space on my monitor to do that. So I’m going to add another monitor to iMac one which will free up space so that I can use one keyboard and one trackball….

    Of course, for serious work I use Parallels & XP, as in where the OS X software isn’t ready yet. But for really serious work, where the XP software isn’t ready yet, well, that just leaves me the bug free, virus free (seriously, however unbelievable it may be) OS X 10.5.2 alternative. But of course, they can both work coherently, using Parallels. The Pee Cee people reading this may not be clued in yet, which is why I’m righting(!) this bit.

  4. Here’s the email I sent Mr. Mendelson.

    MacDailyNews Take: Macs are perfectly capable of getting “serious work done in long, complicated documents.” Mendelson is writing for PC Magazine and simply throwing the Windows sufferers a bone. After this review, they need something, however meager it may be, to assuage the brutal assault their OS of “non-choice” has just taken.

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    Feb 21, 08 – 09:48 amComment from: January 24, 1984
    I have written four novels using Pages on a Mac. Longest was over 500 pages. Numerous margin notes, and embedded graphics.

    Word crapped out at 300 pages, became very unstable (even on a maxed-out MacPro).

    “PCs are for serious work,” is a myth. More to the point, “PCs are serious work.”

    Feb 21, 08 – 09:52 am. Comment from: iLuvMyMacs

    Serious work??? Oh, Like updating virus signatures and maintaining spyware updates and responding to Vista’s “security” popup windows… “Cancel or Allow”

  5. bye bye office mac – thank god (jobs) for iwork – nice hedge really predicting that microsoft would cripple office when osx started getting traction (a la – DOS ain’t done ’til lotus wont run). and this shite elements gallery (anyway stolen from iwork) and no option to hide it.

  6. Of course it’s difficult to do long documents in Office Mac. Like all Microsoft programs, they’re absolutely terrible and barely usable. Unfortunately, I’m tethered to Entourage because my office email is on Exchange (and they won’t open IMAP even within the network), and my company is a financial communications company, so all these lemmings think Excel and Word are the be all end all.

    The only programs that crash regularly on my Mac Pro are Office programs. The only programs that don’t properly bind to Spaces are Office programs. The only programs that don’t load typefaces correctly are Office programs. In short, the only programs that don’t work as they should are Office programs. Our IT department was noticeably taken aback when they saw the folder on my dock labeled “Mediocrity That’s Forced Upon Me” contained Office.

  7. Mr. Mendelson has written a very objective review that is 98% positive while noting a few minor glitches. Overall it is one of the strongest calls for Windows users to move to Macs to date. This nitpicking and snarky retorts to Mendelson’s one or two legitimate observations is counterproductive and small.

    MDN, you fail to note the context in which Mendelson makes his “serious work” comment. Earlier in the article he stated that he lives in MS Word. Not surprising for someone who has long made their living from writing. He went on to say how Word on the Mac is nowhere near as good as the Windows version; an assertion that anyone who has used both would support as totally true. He doesn’t blame the Mac for Word’s failure. It is only because of the Mac version of Word (MS’ failure) that he reverts to Windows Word for what he considers ‘serious work’. For ALL else he prefers OS X and says so. Give the guy some kudos instead of criticism.

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