PC Mag reviews Apple’s Mac OS X 10.5.2 Leopard: Editor’s Choice, best OS ever for vast majority

“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.

30 Comments

  1. MDN, you are a little too harsh in your comment about the long documents. The editor complains about Vista, not Leopard.

    About the windows-centricness: After all PC stands for Personal Computer.

  2. I would have to agree… the below quote seems to be directed against Vista, not Apple Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (cough).

    “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.””

  3. Ya know, that “I use XP to work on long, complicated documents” crap really annoys me! I’ve been using a Mac since 1984 to do TONS of long, complicated things, including my senior research paper on millisecond pulsars (including all computer simulations and other programming work), back in 1987, my MA thesis and Ph.D. dissertation in the early-mid 90s, and 10 books (with the 11th on the way later this year) on 3D animation and related topics.

    Oh, and 3D animation, video editing (HD lately), sound design/composing/alteration, photographic manipulation, and on and on.

    I have never _once_ used a PC to do any of this work (except sometimes at school back in the later 90s, when I was forced to), and I have never had any feeling that I was somehow hamstrung by not using Windows.

    Stating that in order to do complex work you need a PC is FUD, pure and simple, and it’s time people called out authors who throw garbage sentences like that into their work!

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  4. What IS all the ‘pervasive eye-candy, that ‘starts out looking dazzling but soon becomes distracting.’???

    It seems to me that OSX has far less ‘eye candy’ than Vista has.

    Anyone like to fill me in on what he might be talking about? And what options has he ‘turned off’?

    Anyone?

  5. …”I still use Windows XP for getting serious work done in long, complicated documents.”

    Wot, like notices saying that the toilet is out of order!!!

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    These crazy and enigmatic guys will take you on an AMAZING journey …
    A journey through time and space.

    The Legend of Old Gregg. Part one

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  6. It takes a while to switch from one OS to the other, particularly in finding substitutes for all the applications you use. Long documents is just something he hasn’t found a way to do yet. The deadline for the review was driven by other issues. It didn’t give him enough time to switch over completely.

    One day very soon, someone will call him a Mac fanboi, and he’ll discover that they’re right.

  7. Off topic….
    I just saw a TV commercial on CNN for Forbes Magazine promoting its new issue: Most Admired Companies.
    Steve Jobs is on the cover, with the subhead:
    “Apple is Number 1”

  8. Wow.. look at all Apple has accomplished..

    They came from the bottom of the barrel.. where there stock was once selling for 30 bucks a pop.. and now look at them.. iTunes, the second biggest music seller in the world, iPod, the MP3 market dominator that came from left field, now the most popular player ever created. iPhone, the most hyped cell phone gadget ever released. Mac OS X Leopard, best operating system ever made, and confirmed by every reviewer including PC Magazine. And finally Apple and Steve Jobs, on the cover of Forbes as the most admired company of the present.

    Apple Has Come A Long Long Way.

  9. “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.”

    I’ve never thought that at all. I like Apple’s move toward a 3-D looking OS. The graphics of OS X still blow away Fista’s candy-like crap!

  10. Anyone else watch the Leopard video review mentioned at the end of the review?

    The host of the video presentation (Oliver Rist) is different from the author and he says he is going back to Tiger from Leopard.

    Some of his compliants include:
    1) Annoying TV commercials – he looks like the PC Guy
    2) Spaces – on multiple monitors
    3) Firewall
    4) Leopard crashes often
    5) Time Machine – Gloss over function Setting up Time Machine is hard. ( What???????)
    6) Removal of Black Triangles in favor of blue dot – okay he’s got a point here.

    He likes:
    1) Coverflow
    2) Spaces

    Well at least he didn’t say he’s moving back to Windows.

    Peace.

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