Major tech pubs put out their Snow Leopard reviews last night, and they’re all predictably positive. Snow Leopard offers lots of small and subtle improvements to your Mac plus gets speed boosts out of even older hardware for an affordable $30. This jibes with my experience of the developer build the last few months. Here’s the rundown of reviews I’ve seen so far:
- Gizmodo: Snow Leopard Review: Lightened and Enlightened–lots of great charts here demonstrating SL’s speed increases doing various common tasks on your Mac
- The New York Times’ David Pogue: Appleâ€™s Sleek Upgrade
- Walt Mossberg: Apple Changes Leopard’s Spots
- Macworld: Snow Leopard Review
Best way to see how much faster Snow Leopard is than Leopard doing a simple task like opening a few high-res photos in Preview? This video clip, courtesy of Gizmodo.
All good, but my favorite review was Andy Ihnatko’s.
That’s pretty amazing at the speed difference between the two.
I also love the fact that they have Crest toothpaste in the video. Makes me wanna go brush my teeth. 😉
One very subtle but immensely useful update is the automatic language recognition in the spell- and grammar checker. Well it is when you live in a country like Luxembourg where any respectable business person speaks and writes at least 2 languages on a daily basis (German, French, Luxembourgish or English).
In the pre-SL days you constantly had to manually switch the language settings in your editors. Now, just type a few words in one of the supported languages and… Bob’s your uncle. Yes it is that simple and that cool!
Just one thing though… Luxembourgish is missing from the supported languages. But we can live with that, as no one really sure how to spell certain words in that language.