Summary: 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.
Pros: Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion's new iCloud integration and syncing features give you the same experience on all your devices. Upgrades to several core apps bring new and useful features for sharing and social connectivity.
Cons: Game Center, while finally available for Mac, still only has basic features. Dictation sends your voice to be translated at Apple servers, so you can't use it while offline. Gatekeeper keeps you from downloading unsafe programs, but it seems mostly unnecessary.
Excerpt: The Good Greatly improved multi-touch awareness. Mission Control better at sorting clutter than pure Expos�. Launchpad exposes apps to newcomers. More accessible but still capable Mail interface. Auto-save and resume. FaceTime and Mac App Store already loaded. Quick install process. Potential of iCloud. Low $30 upgrade price. Key improvements to FileVault, Safari, Time Machine. The Bad Launchpad slightly overwhelming and limited.
Pros: Greatly improved multi-touch awareness., Mission Control better at sorting clutter than pure Expos�., Launchpad exposes apps to newcomers., More accessible but still capable Mail interface., Auto-save and resume., FaceTime and Mac App Store already loaded., Quick install process., Potential of iCloud., Low $30 upgrade price., Key improvements to FileVault, Safari, Time Machine.
Cons: Launchpad slightly overwhelming and limited., Mail not as good at coping with large daily message counts., No straightforward way to make a Lion install disc or drive., Dodgy Address Book and iCal visual changes., No built-in Java; no Rosetta at all., May face a tough challenge from Windows 8, whenever it ships.
Summary: The new features in Lion [Mac OS X 10.7.1] make it a worthwhile upgrade for Mac users. The main added feature in the October 10.7.2 point upgrade is access to Apple’s iCloud, allowing users to upload, download and sync media content, such as music, photos and videos, to this public cloud storage from other Apple devices, such as the iMac and iPad, and also from Windows PCs.
Pros: Provision of iCloud public storage; native support for Thunderbolt connectivity
Cons: The overlay scroll bars (from iOS) are sometimes hard to grab using the MacBook Air’s trackpad; multi-touch gesturing sometimes didn’t work for us when using certain gestures.
Excerpt: OS X 10.7 Lion is the latest major update to the Mac operating system Apple first released in 2001. It brings a number of significant new features for users of its desktop and laptop computers, but may new aspects will be familiar to iPhone and iPad users, since they draw heavily on those already available in iOS. The first major change is the distribution mechanism. You won’t find Lion in the shops.