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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:01 pm    Post subject: Mountain Lion Review Roundup Reply with quote

Mountain Lion Review Roundup
Thursday, July 26, 2012
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We always like to do a roundup of reviews of new products from Apple. This time around it's one for their latest and greatest operating system, Mountain Lion. So down below you'll find reviews from Macworld, Ars Technica, Engadget, The Verge, Daring Fireball and more. And please sound off in the forums with your own review of Mountain Lion. Let us know what you think about the new cat in town.

Ars Technica - "Last year, I noted that despite its king-of-the-jungle name, Lion was not the endpoint of a decade of Mac OS X development; it was the start of a new journey. Mountain Lion makes the eventual destination a bit more clear," writes John Siracusa.

Macworld - "All told, I found Mountain Lion to be a stable, solid release. Even prerelease builds were far more stable than I've come to expect from OS X betas, leading me to wonder if Apple's new annual schedule is leading to more careful incremental updates (with fewer bugs) rather than great leaps (with more, nastier bugs)," writes Jason Snell.

The Verge "Ultimately, this is pretty easy: you should spend the $20 and upgrade to Mountain Lion, especially if you have a newer Mac. You'll gain a handful of must-have features, and everything will get faster and smoother. I haven't really missed Snow Leopard at all since upgrading, which is remarkable considering how much I disliked Lion," writes Nilay Patel.

Engadget - "Does Mountain Lion justify its $20 price tag? Yes. Of course it does. If you're an OS X user with a reasonably new piece of hardware, stop what you're doing and upgrade now. There are 200 features here -- odds are you're going to discover a couple you like," writes Brian Heater.

Daring Fireball - "Mountain Lion isn't billed as a blockbuster release, and it isn't priced like one. It's just nicer. And it's the little things, the attention to detail, that show it best," writes John Gruber.

CNET - "Though it's not a complete system or interface overhaul, Mountain Lion's improved core apps and new features make it well worth the $19.99 price," writes Jason Parker.

PC Magazine - "Once again, OS X takes the prize as the world's best consumer operating system money can buy, and it looks well positioned to hold off the challenge of Windows 8," writes Edward Mendelson.

The Loop - "Mountain Lion costs $19.99 and comes with more than 200 new features - that's a bargain at twice the price," writes Jim Dalrymple.

Gizmodo "It feels like Apple has run out of ideas. Or worse, that Apple is too afraid to implement new concepts, fearing it will kill the company's golden goose. Too afraid to change the world once again, as Steve Jobs used to say, one desktop at a time," writes Jesus Diaz.

Tech Crunch "It must be said that Mountain Lion isn't really all that different from Lion - hence, the variation of the name (even though mountain lions are technically cougars - insert joke here). But unlike the jump from Leopard to Snow Leopard, which focused on performance and tightening code rather than features, the jump from Lion to Mountain Lion does pack some new goodies," writes MG Siegler.

AllThingsD "For people who already use iPhones, iPads or iPod touches, many of the new features in Mountain Lion will feel like second nature. I can't completely rely on Notification Center just yet, but this operating system's focus on smart sharing and overall integration with social networks makes it a pleasure to use," writes Katherine Boehret.

ComputerWorld "For users with production-critical machines, it may make sense to delay upgrades for a bit. For most users, however, there's no real reason not to take the plunge. Certainly, pricing shouldn't be an issue; this is the cheapest OS X update ever," writes Michael deAgonia.

SlashGear "Apple's obvious competition is Windows 8, due to arrive in a few months time. Microsoft takes a different approach with its desktop platform, but from what we've seen so far it lacks the comprehensively integrated ecosystem that Apple delivers. iCloud is the glue that makes iPhone, iPad and, now with Mountain Lion, Mac, each act as an extension of the same holistic whole. If you love your Mac, OS X Mountain Lion is a no-brainer upgrade," writes Vincent Nguyen.

USA Today "Apple has committed to a roughly once-a-year upgrade path with OS X, so don't be surprised if next year, Mac software resembles iOS software that much more. In the meantime, Mountain Lion is one big cat that you'll want on your computer," writes Edward Baig.

NY Times - "Over all, then, Mountain Lion is a gentle, thoughtful upgrade. All 200 new features? No, not really. But 10 that you'll use every day? For $20? Yes," writes David Pogue.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All true it was stable even in beta but watchout for mail crashing here and there still a bug
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always had issues with Mail in Lion. I haven't had a single one with Mountain Lion though. I'm almost thinking that I should have done a clean install of Lion off the bat now. I mean, how much has really changed?

I'm also impressed with the Notification Center. I just wish that it integrated with Twitter a little more.

As far as the reviews, what's up with Gizmodo? It just seems like they are trying to get back at Apple after the stolen iPhone debacle.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Ars and Macworld have the best reviews. The rest are mostly filled with fluff. I'm impressed with Mountain Lion to this point. Not that it's way better than Lion, but it cleans up some of the mess that was Lion. It also feels way more polished on many fronts. It also has more new worth while features. Personally, I think Lion may have been our Vista. It sat in the middle of nowhere and accomplished very little. Just like Vista did between XP and W7.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Other than a small drop in battery life with my MacBook Pro, I really having nothing bad to say about Mountain Lion at this point. It's a nice upgrade from Lion.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we will start to see future OS's improving time after time. People running older software / hardware will be best served by sticking with Snow Leopard. People running Lion with new hardware and new software are pretty much happy. Mountain Lion now takes it to the next level.

My guess is future OS upgrades will feel snappier, Apple will work out the bugs intoduced with iCloud etc. while adding about 10 significant changes / features along with 190 minor changes /tweaks with each OS update. Likely we will see this cycle for the next 3 years and then there will be significant change again. Look at it like a 5 year cycle (perhaps 3 or 4, but this pisses people off).
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