Leopard vs. Vista: feature chart showdown

There's no doubt, Vista and Leopard are both extremely advanced, feature rich consumer operating systems. But way back in January when Vista launched knew we had little choice but pit the two in a head to head chartngraph Thunderdome competition. We know we're not even going to be able to stop the epic fanboy arguments about break out over this one, so we just ask that you try to keep it fair. Leopard vs. Vista: it's on.

NOTE: The chart is only for out of box features, and does not take into account 3rd party software. We realize that with a few choice apps this chart would look completely different -- but that's not what we're after here.

  • Green indicates a category with more and/or better features, and generally a better user experience.
  • Red indicates that a category not quite up to snuff. Either it doesn't yet exist in the OS or it just sucks more than the alternative.
  • † (dagger) indicates a category we think are too subjective or not similar enough to judge. These do not have any clear winner.
  • ‡ (double dagger) indicates a category that is in many ways subjective, but that we feel one category is still ahead. Your own tastes may vary.
  • Notes help out with a little background, where appropriate.

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Real World Vista:

1. Create vLited version

2. Turn off all the lame apps that Microsoft includes and replace them with better third party apps:

a. True Image 11
b. True Crypt
c. Dopus 9
d. Firefox
e. Switcher 2.0
f. Yodm 1.4
g. True Launch Bar
h. GOM media player
i. SmartFTP
j. ClipCache Pro
k. NotePad++
l. HardLink Ext
m. Nero

Well... I thought the comparison was ridiculous as it offered no qualification for the ruling (in most cases). Also the fact that it's really comparing Leopard/iLife to Vista, which is a very misleading thing. OS X, out of the box, does NOT have programs like iPhoto and iMovie (true all Macs come with the software installed, it is not a true comparison of operating systems).

I like the side-by-side comparison, although the author was clearly a Mac user. As MacOS and Windows evolve, I'm sure we'll see more of this type of comparison as they're getting to be more like one another in each version.

Good read. However, Vista does have "Task Scheduler" (for the "Automation (user)" section). It's not as powerful as Automator, but Vista does have something comparable.

Also, "Activation" and "System registry" could/should have just been left out.

I've not use Leopard yet, but Tiger and Vista each have their strengths and weaknesses. Thus, keeping score is kind of funny and is used to stir fan boy fights.

so ? most if advantages in MACs are from built-in applications...
I would prefer getting raw OS and install tools I like tough.

Personally I think WMP11 is equally as dreadful as iTunes/Quicktime.
Although, I feel iTunes does more in a much more clean and easy to use manner, great for noobs!

How does Leopard's integrated screen capturing work that it beat out the Vista Snipping Tool? I think the Snipping Tool is fantastic.

I don't know how the Snipping tool works but I can say that in Leopard you don't have to open an app to do it. Just hit Cmd+Shift+3 or 4 to take a full screenshot or crop respectively.

QuarterSwede said,
I don't know how the Snipping tool works but I can say that in Leopard you don't have to open an app to do it. Just hit Cmd+Shift+3 or 4 to take a full screenshot or crop respectively.

I keep the snipping tool in my quick launch bar, so I just have to hit Windows+6 to do it.

QuarterSwede said,
I don't know how the Snipping tool works but I can say that in Leopard you don't have to open an app to do it. Just hit Cmd+Shift+3 or 4 to take a full screenshot or crop respectively.

And it's just the PrtScn key or Alt+PrtScn (for a particular screen print of a window) in Windows, no app needed. Actually it's been there for every version of Windows, I believe (can't remember in 3.1).

Its surprsing that Vista did better in Media considering that that is suppose to be OSX's thing.

I still consider both to be mostly bloatware anyways.