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Snow Leopard Draws Mixed Reviews

Apple's newest OS praised by some for speed, knocked by others for lack of "killer features."

Online shoppers' opinions on Apple's new Snow Leopard computer operating system ranged from two thumbs up to underwhelmed following the OS's first weekend on the market.

"Great new (and inexpensive) OS," wrote Amazon customer Brian, in a review posted Monday to the online retailer's Web site. Brian said the upgrade to Snow Leopard, aka Mac OS X 10.6, "took one click of the mouse and around 50 minutes to install."

Brian, who gave Snow Leopard five out of five stars said most of the improvements over OS X 10.5 function "under the hood" but helped his system run faster.

Another customer, identified as ten sense, said he or she also felt the new operating system lived up to its feline namesake. "What I noticed right away is performance in speed in everyday tasks such as browsing with Safari, searching through Finder, using Mail, and opening up apps," wrote the customer. "For $29 bucks it's a great upgrade," wrote ten sense.

Others were less enthusiastic. "If you already have Leopard, prepare to be less than impressed," said "W. Holleman." Holleman said he "bought this with few expectation and that's just what I got." The customer complained that "the interface is exactly the same, the speed is about the same, not much to get excited about."

Patrick Groeneveld, of San Jose, Calif., wrote on Amazon that Snow Leopard is "Not worth the trouble." Groeneveld, who gave the software just one star, said the improvements over Leopard "are barely noticeable and there are no killer features to make this worthwhile."

Still, most online shoppers appeared more than happy with Snow Leopard. 50% of Amazon's reviewers awarded it five stars, while only 12.5% gave it one star. 37.5% were somewhere in between.

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