So as of today I’ve been running Snow Leopard on my Macbook for a total of four months and I must say what a treat it has been. The fact that the upgrade cost me less than a game for most consoles was amazing. With a current price tag of £25.00 on Amazon it’s an absolute steal and I cannot stress enough how worthwhile the upgrade would be to most.
Instead of an upgrade I decided to backup my data and install from scratch. The install process alone was a great improvement on Leopard, I’d say about 30 – 40% faster, it was definitely noticeably different and the size of the install is definitely smaller, as promised by Apple.
Booting into Snow Leopard was a dream come true. I was actually a little surprised when the OS booted up a great deal faster than my previous install of Leopard because of what I had read online about the speed not being much different, and after four months of heavy usage the boot up speed is still the same, nice and fast (Though I like to keep my Macbook tidy). The same applies for shutting down (Which I rarely do), sleeping and waking up, all noticeably different in speed.
While the interface is pretty much the same as Leopard there are some noticeable changes. For example, expose and stacks have been improved a great deal. The new layout for expose is absolutely perfect and I am hoping it will never change, unless for a greater good. Expose now shows your minimised applications though smaller and less “in your face” than those that are active. This is a nice touch and something I didn’t even think could improve my productivity, but it has and continues to. Stacks as it always has been is rather handy and I’ve noticed a change in speed and functionality but saying that I do not use it as much as I possibly should.
Most of the applications that come with OS X boot faster and third party applications such as Firefox, which is a browser I heavily use, boots so much faster and crashes a great deal less – though the lack of crashing could be due to improvements on Mozilla’s side.
All in all the upgrade was well worth the £25.00 I paid and if you’ve previously used Leopard you will notice a great difference. I’m also sure there are other improvements that I have yet to notice or simply am too naive to notice, if you happen to know of any that I should look out for feel free to mention so below.
Got a spare £25.00? Go out and buy yourself a copy, it’s worth every penny and more!