CNET conducts Mac OS X Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7 smackdown: Mac OS X Snow Leopard wins

“It’s not often that the two most popular operating systems get major updates so close to each other, so we couldn’t resist throwing them into a cage match together,” CNET Reviews reports. “The judges for this Prizefight hardly shy away from telling you what they think about software, webware, and the operating systems you need to get to all those goodies.”

The judges are CNET contributors Josh Lowensohn, Rafe Needleman, and Seth Rosenblatt.

Round 1: Interface and design
Round 2: Reliability and stability
Round 3: Performance and compatibility
Round 4: Unique features
Round 5: Value, value, value

After some crazy judging, somehow CNET screwed up and actually got the winner right, Apple’s Mac OS X Snow Leopard, but just barely, due to some insane scoring based on seemingly random Mossbergian logic (ignore the Registry nightmare, fixate on how Microsoft has appropriated some of Mac OS X’s Dock features to improve Windows’ Taskbar).

Still, miracles do happen or maybe Microsoft’s check just bounced this month.

Full article here.


  1. MDN you missed the easiest part: “It’s not often that the two most popular operating systems get major updates so close to each other”, which is because it’s not that often that Windows gets a Service Pack, err major update, period.

  2. …”it appears MS spent all their money on astroturfing.”

    And judging by the volume, they may have even burned through all of their cash reserves!

    They scream about us as “fanbois” but you should really see some of the whining on the CNET board for this article! It is downright hilarious!

  3. I had to leave a comment….

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    “I couldn’t resist replying.

    Most of the angry PC users are comparing the Mac Pro to custom built rigs, the rest are whining about exaggerated price differences, and others are exaggerating Windows boot up times.
    Why don’t we compare something other than a Mac Pro, huh?

    Dell All-in-one Studio One 19

    3.0GHz Intel Dual Core CPU
    Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit (Wow, they aren’t shipping with 7 yet?)
    Microsoft Office Home and Student
    McAfee SecurityCenter 9 with anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, 2 Year
    4GB DDR2 800MHz RAM
    500GB 7200RPM HD
    Nvidia 9400M GPU
    Dell Wireless Desktop Keyboard & Mouse
    Internal 802.11 b/g wireless networking

    iMac 21.5″

    3.06GHz Dual Core Intel CPU
    Snow Leopard
    iWork 09
    4GB DDR3 1066MHz RAM
    500GB 7200RPM HD
    Nvidia 9400M GPU
    Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse (multi-touch FTW)
    Bluetooth + EDR
    Built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible

    Woah… What happened? Why isn’t the Dell half the price of the Mac? On top of this, the Mac has better customer support, a larger screen with a better display, faster RAM, a better mouse, a faster and more secure OS, more included software (iLife), and much better resale value.

    Let’s jump several years into the future. It costs $100 to upgrade to the new version of Windows, and $30 to upgrade to OSX 10.7. On top of this, the iMac will partially pay for itself with the resale value it keeps. The Dell won’t.

    I can do similar comparisons with HP, Dell, and Sony 13″ notebooks, all-in-ones, and Micro ATX PC’s. Apple has gone from extremely expensive to directly comparable to the competition.

    At the people claiming Windows is faster…

    Humor me. My Macbook Pro, used for basically everything but gaming (2.53GHz Dual Core Intel CPU, 4GB DDR3 1066MHz RAM, 250 5400RPM HD, OSX 10.6), boots up and shuts down much faster than my gaming rig (3.81GHz Quad Core Intel i5 CPU, 4GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM, 320GB 7200RPM HD). It’s also more stable and secure. And no, disabling the boot up sound won’t make Windows win. It won’t win.”

  4. Heads must be rolling at C|Net!?! They’re right up there with the Windows “Supersite” fighting to be Microsoft’s #1 shill site. Someone’s gonna lose their job as soon as gasball(mer) hears about this one…

  5. Hhhmmm. The Mac’ers enjoyed this one. I am glad that you have a feather to put in your cap. As for most that require flexibility in their business solutions, it appears that we have to stick with windows in place of the status and/or bling effect some get from the Mac.

  6. @ RED-411,

    I had the impression that the $29 price of Snow Leopard was a one time thing, and that the next upgrade to OS X would be back to the same $129 price.

  7. @ KDog

    Flexibility in business solutions? Care to elaborate?

    Macs have popular photo and movie editing programs, Office for Mac, iWork (personally, I think it is vastly superior to any version of Office), and they work with Microsoft Exchange.

    On top of this, you don’t have to worry about malicious software harming your valuable data.

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