toggle

AAPL Stock: 98.15 ( -0.23 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Tiger better than Vista for portables - report

updated 01:50 pm EDT, Tue June 5, 2007

Tiger or Vista for laptops

Latptop Magazine is the latest to publish a shootout between Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and Windows Vista, this time as it relates to use on portable computers. Using a black MacBook and an HP Pavillion laptop, the article compares the operating systems on Interface, Search, Media, Peripherals, Performance, Security, Networking and more. In its "overall verdict" conclusion, the magazine declares Mac OS X 10.4 the winner, stating "although Vista is pushing the envelope with some of its features, it's still unproven in several key areas and could use snappier performance. Until that happens, we'll stick with OS X Tiger."

In particular, Mac OS X 10.4 scored points in the areas of interface and security. The article says that while Vista's Aero interface is aesthetically pleasing, it amounts to little more than a quick paint-job that does not fully conceal the inadequacies in ease-of-use relative to Mac OS X 10.4. "We're not huge fans of the 'stacked' rotating view, which doesn't let you view the full content of a window until your rotate it to the front of the batch; it isn't quite as functional as Tiger's Exposť.

While noting that Tiger is not impervious to security breaches, the magazine rightly declares that -- based on track record -- there is no more secure desktop operating system than Mac OS X in existence.

Finally, the piece looks at some "secret weapons" offered by each OS, including Boot Camp and Parallels for Mac OS X Tiger and Vista's "SuperFetch," which prioritizes the programs you're currently using over background tasks.




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Latptop magazine

    Who's these guys?

    And why didn't they just compare vista on the macbook, to take away the hardware as any type factor?

  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Comparing

    >And why didn't they just compare vista on the macbook, to take away the hardware as any type factor?

    Because that not how most users will utilize the operating systems. And although that may effect performance or "peripheral" issues, the real comparison is with interface, ease of use, and security.

    Wait! I just brought up Vista on my Macbook. Yep, it still has the same interface, it still isn't as easy to use as OSX, and damn it, I already got a virus.

    What I would really like to compare is testudos and testicles.

  1. bombastinator

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Most secure in existence?

    Two words:

    Open BSD

    They're just flat out wrong. (they may of course be weenieing out by claiming openBSD is not a desktop OS but you can use it that way just fine)

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: comparing

    Wait! I just brought up Vista on my Macbook. Yep, it still has the same interface, it still isn't as easy to use as OSX, and damn it, I already got a virus.

    Virus? I've yet to hear of a virus focusing on Vista (and certainly no attacks by 'just connecting to the internet' like XP had).

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

MacNN Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Adesso Xtream S3B Bluetooth speaker

Finding a speaker purpose-built for a specific need is challenging. Even when a Bluetooth speaker can be paired with a mobile device, ...

JBL Synchros E40BT headphones

For all the different configurations of headphones on the market, it's always a tough choice for buyers to get something that is just ...

Razer Taipan mouse

The list of gaming devices is growing larger with each passing day. A large number of companies have entered the gaming input arena, a ...

toggle

Most Commented