I have been using the Mac OSx snow leopard for nearly a year now and I am still learning new applications everyday. The first thing you'll notice about snow leopard is how fast the operating system loads on your computer. I run snow leopard on an Intel-based 27 inch iMac and from pressing the on button, the computer is fully loaded in about 30 to 40 seconds. In comparison with a Windows based machine this is very quick.
snow leopard can be purchased for about 25 pounds which again is very cheap compared to Windows seven or XP.
This Mac operating system is no different than previous versions in respect to looks, and ease-of-use, this operating system runs very well, doesn't use a lot of systems resources, and also looks great.
For the more advanced users it is possible to delve deeper into the operating system and open up config screens and make changes to the way software runs on the machine.
In conclusion MacOS X snow leopard is a great operating system not only for people who are computer literate but also for the user who likes to know that everything is being taken care off in the backend of the machine and wants a system that looks good and is very easy to use. I would recommend this operating system to anyone with an Intel-based Mac as it looks good is easy to use, it's cheap, efficient on system resources and shiny.
The operating system shuts down and boots very quickly and has ran all of my programs efficiently without any errors or necessary reboots. I cannot say this for any of my PCs I have had throughout my lifetime.
Installation is quick and easy and the operating system takes you through the process with minimal and put from the user.
Mac OS X Snow Leopard is the Operating System that comes with the new Macs, and it's the one that came with my new iMac. I can't compare it to previous versions because this is my first Mac, but this is what I think of it.
Mac OS X is a very simple operating system, but also in the same way very powerful. The main reason i've heard for not moving to mac, is the lack of software, but to be honest I haven't really found anything that I can do on Windows that I can't on mac.
The included backup software is called Time Machine, luckily I haven't ever had to use it properly, but the backup is very nicely put together, and I don't have any doubts that if something goes wrong this will make the experience less painful.
As I've mentioned I haven't had any problems with OS X, no familiar 'Restore from Restore Point' or worse, and nothing really has seemed to slow down over my time using it, which is a massive bonus.
Mac OS X is in my opinion the best Operating System, but unfortunately it's only for Macs, and I can't afford a MacBook, but I can dream...
I have used Mac's for years, and am a great fan. I held off from going for this upgrade, as it seemed a small and unneeded upgrade, how wrong I was! It took half an hour to upgrade my Macbook, and instantly I could see a speed difference in everything from load up speed, to loading applications, to going on the internet, everything. The scrolling dock stacks folders are brilliant, and make it easier to search through them for a file. It looks virtually the same as Leopard, and functions very much the same, but it adds a great speed boost, with some useful features and functions that you will only notice, but appreciate greatly, as you use it over time. It has made connecting a printer to a mac so much easier as it loads up drivers for you. This isn't a huge upgrade to Leopard, but it is not advertised as such, it is designed to make Leopard a much quicker and better experience for computing, and that it does very well!
When Apple announced Snow Leopard, most users would not have stood up and shouted "This is a MUST BUY product!" There were not that many new features, instead Apple were just touting an optimised operating system. It would install faster, take up less space, work more efficiently etc etc.
Well, this is so true and it is what really makes sense. Just to touch on previous years of both Mac OS and Microsoft Windows. The two companies always seemed to be trying to out-do each other. Stuffing in as many new features and special effects to their software as they could. Apple managed to do this with the previous version Leopard (10.5.x) elegantly, with it becoming a very stable and feature rich system. Whereas Microsoft seemed to make Vista a bloated piece of software, that did not get a lot of good press.
Apple's stance with Snow Leopard is like a breath of fresh air. The system for me installed smoothly. It got me back over 8GB of hard disk space. It starts up nice and fast and seems to be very stable.
A few bad points... some of my software did not work as expected. My Safari browser no longer worked well with Google Gears, which I use to upload videos to YouTube. My Xerox 6130 laser printer also stopped working, so I had to fiddle with drivers to switch back to a generic one to get a printout.
Other than that, everything is uber fast and stable. There were some nice changes to the OS too. Stacks (which you use for quick access to certain areas of your files) is now refined. You can now navigate through folders with Stacks. The Finder is nicer, you can zoom up big versions of icons that represent your files. If the file happens to be a video file, you can play it back in the icon, without even opening it, how cool is that! There is also a new version of Quicktime (called Quicktime X) for playing back your video files. No major changes, it just looks sleeker. I also now like the way that when you minimise a window, it disappears behind the associated application icon in your dock. All small changes, but very welcome.
Now onto the price. Apple could have charged £80-£100 for this. Instead you can upgrade for just £25. Well done Apple, sensible pricing will make this a no brainer for many.