The first reviews of OS X Mountain Lion (a.k.a. OS X 10.8) hit the web a while ago. Below are a linked list of reviews from people who are very well respected in the Apple/Mac/Tech Community. If you identify yourself as a Mac Geek then you have to check out John Siracusa’s Epic and exhaustive Mountain Lion Review that is linked below:
Mountain Lion - John Gruber / Daring Fireball
But what exactly do users get for their twenty bucks? In short: a nicer, more polished version of Lion…..Mountain Lion isn’t billed as a blockbuster release, and it isn’t priced like one. It’s just nicer. And it’s the little things, the attention to detail, that show it best.
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: the Ars Technica review - John Siracusa
Where Lion stumbled, Mountain Lion regroups and forges ahead.
Mountain Lion is not the Mac OS of the past, but it also sets a course to a destination that is quite distinct from iOS. Despite the oft-cited prediction that Mac will eventually be subsumed by iOS, that’s not what’s happening here. Apple is determined to bring the benefits of iOS to the Mac, but it’s equally determined to do so in a way that preserves the strengths of the Mac platform.
Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion - Jim Dalrymple / The Loop
Mountain Lion costs $19.99 and comes with more than 200 new features — that’s a bargain at twice the price. The operating system is stable, secure and it has made my working and personal computing life much better.
You can’t ask for much more from your next operating system. At $19.99 it’s a steal.
It’s definitely the most polished and robust version of OS X yet. If you liked Lion, you’ll love Mountain Lion. If you didn’t like Lion, you’ll probably love Mountain Lion even more because it seems to fix a lot of the performance/quirkiness issues that some folks were having with the last version of OS X.
…Overall, Mountain Lion feels like the most natural step yet towards the convergence of iOS and OS X.
…It’s hard to imagine how Apple will further refine OS X from here. Maybe they don’t — maybe OS XI (OS 11?) is next. Or maybe Apple has one more big cat left in the bag (in terms of nicknames, there really only are a couple left). For now, Mountain Lion will stand atop the mountain. It’s solid, polished, and perhaps most importantly, cheap.
I found Mountain Lion to be a stable, solid release. Mountain Lion is the next step after Lion. It’s Apple’s current state of the art. If you’re running Lion (or even if you’re a holdout running Snow Leopard), I recommend hopping on board.
Mountain Lion Feels Utterly Smooth and Responsive…you should spend the $20 and upgrade to Mountain Lion, especially if you have a newer Mac. You’ll gain a handful of must-have features, and everything will get faster and smoother. I haven’t really missed Snow Leopard at all since upgrading, which is remarkable considering how much I disliked Lion.
Mountain Lion isn’t “what Lion should have been”: it’s what Lion has become thanks to the maturation of Apple’s ecosystem and the increasing adoption of iCloud by customers. Apple couldn’t have shipped Lion with this iCloud-based experience last year, as it wouldn’t have made much sense without iCloud-powered iOS devices to go along with it. But now, it’s the right time to make OS X a more refined, solid, and connected product that can properly fit into a larger ecosystem.
By placing iCloud front and center, and by delivering a seamless experience of apps and features, Mountain Lion represents Apple — a company of hardware, software, and services — at its best.
The big news about Mountain Lion isn’t that it’s so cheap. It’s how it largely completes what Lion started, bringing a common set of features and apps to the Mac, iPhone and iPad and using iCloud to tie them all together. People have been praising Apple for seamlessly melding hardware, software and services for so long that it’s practically a cliché. But OS X 10.8 makes it feel like a fresh idea all over again–and the more Apple gear you own, the more you’ll get out of it
Does Mountain Lion its $20 Price Tag? Of Course it Does.
The overall impression I get from Mountain Lion is one of cohesion, on several fronts.
…Mountain Lion is certainly a worthy upgrade that, whilst it doesn’t contain any life-changing upgrades over Lion, makes OS X a more productive operating system than ever before in a value-for-money package.
The line between personal computers and mobile devices has been blurring for years. With the release Wednesday of Apple’s newest operating system, called Mountain Lion, shifting between these devices has become even more natural.
Update: Added Harry McCracken’s Review.