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Review: Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7

updated 08:50 pm EDT, Fri August 28, 2009

Snow Leopard Review

Critics have often accused Apple of charging for service packs to Mac OS X where Microsoft has released interim updates for free. While it's true Apple has often tended to release OS releases frequently -- in some cases within a year or less -- these have often been major architectural and interface changes where Microsoft's focus on maintenance. With Snow Leopard, however, Apple itself has signaled that it's content with a more modest upgrade. The question then is whether a less superficially ambitious update is worth paying $29, especially when Microsoft at least initially appears to have a more aggressive (if more expensive) update in Windows 7. In a special cross-site Snow Leopard review, we aim to answer that question both for Mac users alone as well as in the context of Microsoft's new platform.



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  1. iphonerulez

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2008

    +16

    I think the Snow Leopard

    update is definitely worth $30, service pack or not. It runs very well and only broke a few of my apps. Nothing major. It broke Unison 1.7.9 on my computer and Frostwire, the latest version, kept quitting. Snow Leopard is light, fast and seems stable. It doesn't use much in the way of resources. Maybe about the same as Tiger 10.4. I think most of the important things are buried and only to be unleashed with new applications. Better a $30 Service Pack than a $150 Vista/Windows7 Service Pack.

  1. jarod

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    Joined: Apr 2005

    +1

    Lame

    Not sure why people insist on comparing Mac OS X to Windows. There is no comparison. It's not even a remote close fair comparison. Apple is like a diamond, and that other stuff is simply trash. Compare Windows to Windows. Mac OS X is way above in a league of its own.

  1. jarod

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    Joined: Apr 2005

    -3

    Lame

    Not sure why people insist on comparing Mac OS X to Windows. There is no comparison. It's not even a remotely close fair comparison. Apple is like a diamond, and that other stuff is simply trash. Compare Windows to Windows. Mac OS X is way above in a league of its own.

  1. Fast iBook

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2003

    +14

    Service packs?

    Since when did apple release "service packs"?

    - A

  1. manleycreative

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2005

    +1

    Mystery solved

    Easy answer to this riddle:

    Mac users use Mac OS. s**** Windows.

  1. DeezNutts

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2008

    +9

    7 is the update from xp


    As a whole, not a lot of people moved from XP to Vista. For many people, the price of 7 will be the first OS upgrade they have paid for since 2001.

    I also think that SL at $29 is a smokin' deal. Unless you have some kind of application you absolutely need that will not run on SL, then the upgrade is a no brainer.

  1. ibugv4

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    Joined: Jun 2003

    +3

    Upgrades are bad

    If you're in en enterprise, like I work in, big system updates like this have to be throughly tested by overworked staff before they can be put out. Apple will no doubt make the new crop of Macs they release in 2-5 months Snow Leopard-boot only, causing us to not recommend new hardware until we support the OS because unlike Microsoft we can't downgrade Macs. A Windows to Mac comparison is also directly warranted; both charge for software - be it initially or for updates to the OS. This is no different than comparing a gasoline car (Windows) to a diesel car (Mac), the diesel might 'cost more' but it also performs more and usually worked out for the person willing to work with it.

  1. bobolicious

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2002

    0

    re: Upgrades are bad

    I couldn't agree more - OS migrations that both Apple & Microsoft force hardware buyers into are a (^^! bloody NIGHTMARE and I'm still trying to get 10.5 to work properly even after waiting for 10.5.6 to 'plug & pray' - fine if all you do is use iPhoto to look at pix of your kids but if using it for REAL WORK on LONG PROJECT CYCLES then the 1-3 year window on what now seems disposable OS/hardware support is incredibly burdensome & would seem to serve the suppliers more than the customers - everything was working for me in 10.4.x yet because I needed more RAM I was forced to 10.5 if I wanted a newer mac - 6 months of trouble is my result & mail can't be downgraded even IF I wanted to go back... And don't even get me started on Time Machine which has two great features but is so laboured with permissions & file copy restrictions it is all but useless for any rigourous backup regimen...

    Apple has much work to do in my end of the world - please STOP the ship & tell...

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