“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.
MacDailyNews Note: PC Magazine can’t seem to bring themselves to print “Mac” in their headline, which humorously and incorrectly reads “Apple OS X 10.5.2 (Leopard).”
“For the average user, Leopard is the most polished and easiest to use OS I’ve tested,” Mendelson reports.
“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.”
MacDailyNews Take: Leopard is perfectly capable of “getting serious work done in long, complicated documents.” That is a meaningless sentence inserted in a weak and failed attempt to assuage PC Magazine’s Windows-centric readership.
Mendelson continues, “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.”
Read the full review (4.5 stars out of 5) here.