Apple OS X Snow Leopard review: first look

Apple's Snow Leopard is a major overhaul, but also feature light. We take a look to see if it's worth the £25 sticker price.

Snow Leopard
Price
£22

Ironically, when in Expose I found myself looking to be able to shut down apps from that view, aka Windows 7 aero peek.

Expose

Other small touches abound such as the Airport feature that now shows the signal strength of each hotspot and when you eject USB disks from the Finder, it now tells you which app is hogging it, if it won't relinquish it in immediately.

wireless

In use, the OS does feel snappier and more responsive and the 9GB of hard disk spaced it freed up isn't to be sniffed at either. It also shut down in six seconds rather than eight, though the start up time to the login screen only improved by a second or so.

The overall impression is of a slick, nicely touched up OS that is worth the 25, including VAT upgrade fee, but we feel that greater things are still to come, once developers really get to grips with the underlying enhancements and deliver apps to match.

Verdict

A great OS upgrade, at an affordable price. The interface improvements are slick, while under the hood improvements should see further benefits further down the line as developers get to grips with them.

Processor: Intel based Mac

Memory: 1GB

Hard disk: 5GB disk space free

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