Should You Upgrade To Lion Or Stick With Snow Leopard?

There’s a lot to like about both of Apple’s most recent operating systems: Snow Leopard is stable, fast and mature enough to ensure that any significant bugs are probably fixed by now, while Lion brings new trackpad gestures, additional eye candy, new ways of managing and launching apps, along with a slick iOS-influenced user interface.

If you have a recent model Mac and don’t rely on Snow Leopard’s Rosetta support, it’s probably going to be relatively easy to make up your mind to upgrade or not. However, if your Mac is older, this is a more complex question. Let’s explore it further…

Some Background

As I suspect is the case with many Mac.AppStorm readers, I’ve long been an early adopter when it comes to OS X. I’ve rushed out to get my hands on each iteration of Apple’s Mac operating system since Tiger and was dual-booting my MacBook Pro with OS X Lion from the early developers builds onwards.

To be frank, I was pretty much blown away with the early builds and right away decided that Lion may well be a game-changer. I still feel the same way but have a couple of older Intel Macs which I have to decide whether to upgrade or not, as they currently do not make the grade.

Here’s some points to consider both in favor of staying on Snow Leopard and upgrading to Lion.

Reasons To Stay On Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard still roars on middle-aged Macs

Snow Leopard still roars on middle-aged Macs


If your Mac doesn’t have the new style multitouch trackpad, you will need to purchase either Apple’s Magic Trackpad or Magic Mouse in order to make full use of Lion’s great gestures. This is not such a big deal for desktop users but more so for notebook owners.


Airdrop may not be compatible with your Mac. To check if it is, take a look at the system requirements for Airdrop listed here.


Lion does not support Rosetta, so PowerPC applications are now unusable. This may not be a big deal to you, but it’s a deal breaker to some and you may even be surprised to find that you’re running such software without realizing it.

A simple way to check if you’re running any PowerPC apps is to navigate to your System Profiler and then look under ‘Software’. Here you should see a list of applications and if you choose to sort by ‘Kind’, it should be easy to spot any applications which are based on PowerPC architecture. A visit to the relevant developer’s website will usually be enough to uncover whether there is an updated version in the works.


Lion’s minimum requirements freezes out all owners of the original 32bit Core Duo (not Core 2 Duo) Macs and Apple specifies that you need a minimum of 2GB RAM to run the OS. Though 2GB RAM is fine for normal daily computer use, some may find their Mac lagging when doing anything intensive with this baseline amount.

Stability and Compatibility

As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, Snow Leopard is now mature and stable, so your Mac should be able to run it with very few bugs or issues, providing you are fully updated. In addition, there’s a lot of software out there that’s already working on Snow Leopard, while some developers still have to catch up to Lion.

Upgrade To Lion

Lion's great new UI can help increase your productivity on smaller screens

Lion's great new UI can help increase your productivity on smaller screens

Upgrades Are Relatively Inexpensive

If you’re willing to spend just a small amount of money on maxing out your RAM, your Mac will offer excellent performance for some time to come. Further, if you’re willing to install an SSD drive in there, it’ll really fly!

Your Mac Will Probably Be Supported For Some Time

Though Apple have shown themselves to be not at all shy about suddenly dropping support for older computers, Intel Core 2 Duo processors were the standard engine powering for most new Macs until very recently so it’s reasonable to assume that they will be supported for a while yet.

The ‘Magic’ Of Lion

The Lion experience is really quite something to behold on a Mac running the required specifications and multitouch interface in place, it’s an exciting feeling to be on the cutting edge of Apple’s innovation.

So Much More Yet To Come

Though in the past operating system upgrades have resulted in long periods of broken software, it seems that developers have really gotten on board with Lion and many applications are already updated to support it, with cool new features like Versions being utilized. In the coming months we are likely to see a whole new level of innovation, making full use of Lion’s new abilities.

250 New Features

Finally, there are those 250 new features, many of which you may be familiar with to a lesser or greater degree.

Further Reading

If you are thinking of making some upgrades to your Mac, our editor Joshua Johnson wrote two great guides last year which are still relevant and should provide some more food for thought. The RAM guide is here, while you should click here for the hard drive article.

In addition, here’s a few links to some other great Mac.AppStorm articles on OS X Lion, which also contain valuable insights and experiences from our readers in the comments:

Should You Stay Or Should You Go?

Admittedly I have given no definite answers to this question, but it’s such a personal choice that there’s no hard and fast rule to recommend which path you should take. Ask yourself if you’re happy to continue using your computer for the near future and if you’d like to check out Lion’s new features. If the answer is no to either, perhaps you can stay a while longer on Snow Leopard.

Personally, I’ve done both. My new Mac has been upgraded to Lion and will remain so, while I don’t want to spend even a small amount of money upgrading my older computers, since they work so well with Snow Leopard already.


Add Yours
  • My mac isn’t middle aged, I am. Lion is too sweet for my taste. Running SL on my Air.

  • I’ve done both. I upgraded to Lion when it first came out, but then a few weeks later I wiped the disk and installed SL, just to clean things up. I was going to install Lion at that point, but didn’t really find a need. SL is nice and stable, and I haven’t missed Lions features yet. I will probably wait a month or two, and then install.

  • My roommate and I both have identical MacBook Pros, I’m happy with Lion, and she’s switching back to Snow Leopard. Like a lot of people, she really liked the way that certain features like Spaces worked before, and had things set up in a personal way that made sense to them, and now they’re pretty pissed that they can’t get that back.

    She’s also upset about not being able to play Diablo II anymore, and in all honesty, I miss it too.

    All the new features make sense to me, but I don’t really find myself using them.

  • I use Lion at home, but I’m on the road now with a Snow Leopard and I literally do not miss a single feature of Lion. Considering I wrote two blog posts on how to wrestle back some features stolen by Lion, I will say with confidence that it is a useless upgrade, and there’s no reason for it yet.

    The only people who should upgrade are those who are maniacs for swipe gestures, or anyone who obsesses over the resize-from-any-edge option. Everyone else, just wait.

  • Since the Xcode 4.2 will run on SL, I’ll not upgrade my MacBook with 2GB to avoid crashes on developing apps. Thanks to your article and the honest responses from the readers.

  • I have a 2007 24″ iMac ( 2.4GHz with 4GB RAM ) and it runs *OK*.

    In hindsight, i would probably been best to stick with Snow Leopard until I upgraded, because it’s pretty dated tech in this thing now and especially running stuff like CS5, you can certainly feel it’s struggling a bit.

    That said, I really like the new Mail. =)

  • Best reason to stick with Snow Leopard: It has “Save As.” Best reason to switch to Lion, if you work in an office and need to share files often: It has Air Drop.

    • Wait, wait, wait…

      Lion doesn’t have ‘Save As’? What, anywhere? That’s terrible!

      • “Save As” has been replaced with “Duplicate”. I guess that might make more sense to a newbie. I miss Save As but its not a deal breaker.

  • I’ve been on Lion since the day it came out. At first i didn’t really notice any bugs but as time progressed i found bug after bug, none of which were not fixed in 10.7.1.

    First big bug… Facetime. Doesn’t work anymore and there’s no real timeframe on a fix at all.

    Second big bug, logging into the Mac Appstore. I had to rely on sites like to get that to work again. No love from Apple whatsoever. Strange thing is that the same problem exists on 10.6.8 Snow Leopard. Worked fine on 10.6.7 which is why i’m keeping my wife from updating her mac.

    Third BIG bug, Samba. Apparently the original Samba team changed the license on their software which kept Apple from packing it into Lion. Apple then thought it’d be a good idea to take a shot at making a smb daemon and honestly that failed miserably. Shares throw errors left and right, you have to disable and enable the SMB option and account related to it every time you reboot OSX and permissions are flawed at the very least.

    If anything i am contemplating going back to SL 10.6.7 and forgetting about Lion all together. The only time i notice Launchpad is when i install a new app from the appstore, the gestures are a nice gimmick too and the scrollbars most of the time make me think there just isn’t any extra content.

    Appart from the reversed scrolling (which i REALLY like) Lion has been a big downer for me personally. It packs some graphically nice gimmicks but in all honesty it shouldn’t have been released with bugs like these.

  • I am running Lion on my mid 2009 MacBook Pro and late 2009 27″ iMac with almost zero problems. Occasionally I get wireless drop outs on waking from sleep (as of 10.7.1) and the no “Save As…” on the updated apps drives me crazy, but other than that, Lion is great. I am still on Snow Leopard at work, however due to the need to run some important PowerPC apps.

    • Have you noticed battery issues with your mid-2009 MacBook Pro running Lion?

  • Although Lion is compatible with most existing Snow Leopard applications, problems are likely to worsen when Apple turns on sandboxing in a future update. Sandboxing will restrict what files, directories, networks and resources an application can access. Thus any software which has not been updated to adopt this new protocol will most likely fail in the first instance.

    So if you are running any specialist apps that have not been updated in a while, it would be very wise to contact the developer NOW to ask if they are making preparations for sandboxing or whether things will continue to work fine.

    Apple didn’t turn on sandboxing straight away, purposefully because they knew how disruptive it would be and the uproar it would cause if a high proportion of applications stopped working. Instead they are providing developers with a grace period of several months to get their applications sandbox-ready. It would be normal to expect the active indie-developers to be right on the pulse and have updates ready, and more than likely that bigger software vendors may fail to meet the deadline.

    I am running Lion on both my iMac and new MacBook Air. But I’m living in fear of the update that introduces sandboxing. At that point I will probably have to run some specialist applications off an old iBook G4 again.

  • I am planning to buy a new iMac soon, but would like to downgrade it to Snow Leopard. Is that possible?

    • Yep, search Google for “Downgrade Lion to Snow Leopard” … lots of solutions to consider.

  • I cannot stand Lion.

    The scrollbars are a complete miss… I miss content all the time because I didn’t know that it was there.

    Finder looks RIDICULOUS! Took me a month to figure our a way to hack it back to SL style with colored icons to I can see what the heck I am doing without taking 10 minutes to read everything in the sidebar. Oh… and lets make it really difficult to navigate high level device directories now, since obviously nobody needs to be looking in the OS files.

    Launchpad is useless… is my MBP a touchscreen tablet Apple?

    Mission Control… is seriously annoying.

    And the gestures? Ugghh… Now I have to have the third party app Better Touch Tool running so that I can do really easy fast things like I use to do in Snow Leopard.

    That’s my rant, I feel better!

    • I second Jon,
      I have Snow Leo on my MacBook Pro and Lion on my MacBook Air. There are a lot of reasons to stick with Snow Leo (e.g. Rosetta, WinXP with BootCamp) and nearly none to upgrade to Lion – advantages are not important enough for me. The only feature I find really useful in Lion – AirDrop – can be used (even better) with DropCopy on Snow Leo.

  • I upgraded to Lion on a 2006 Macbook (c2d 2.0ghz, 2gb ram) and a 2007 iMac (c2d 2.4ghz, 4gb ram). I think they both perform very well.

    The Macbook with the integrated graphics doesn’t have perfect animation in launch pad or mission control but it’s very usable so I’m not bothered. The iMac performs excellent on the graphics front.

    The only issues I’ve run into are around professional audio applications. I run Pro Tools 8 which works fine but I’ve heard that Pro Tools 9 does not work under Lion.

    I’ve also heard from a couple pro DJs that Serato Scratch has some unforgivable bugs. Probably not a good idea to throw Lion on a professional audio setup if it’s you’re performing with the machine.

    I got used to the reverse scrolling in about a day. You really just need to stick with it until you forget that it changed and move along.

    Other than that, nothing bad to report. I really like full screen Safari and iTunes and I hope other apps take advantage of this very soon.

  • I have a Mac Pro at work and a MBP at home, both got Lion as soon as it was available. I love Lion’s new features. Mission Control, Mail, Termina, all awesome updates. The only thing I really miss is Digital Color Meter which no longer allows you to copy the color value. I also turned off “natural scrolling” and “resume” instantly and moved on with life. LaunchPad is ultra stupid, but I don’t use it ever so it doesn’t bother me. Over all, Lion is a hit and I like it.

  • Had issues with macbookpro after lion install. Preview, adobe design software and safari were main culprits. Did a clean leopard install after backing up then reinstalled lion and everything works fine. Will attempt to slowly reinstall 3rd part software to find culprit.

    Biggest issue is the beta feeling while waiting for 3rd party support though it’s improving everyday.

  • Lion is too buggy for my taste. Poor quality control IMHO.
    Also, there are things i’d rather have in a new OS X than say Launchpad (or what have you). How about an improved (and less schizophrenic, with cut&paste) finder? *Optional* autosave (i totally hate it, but can see how some people might find it optimal). Perhaps better (or optional) window management (such as how kwin or compiz, in linux, places new windows in unused places on the screen), proper “watch” folders for iTunes, updated textedit (gui looks to be from early 2000, oh wait, it is…), ruby/python (a proper language syntax that actually makes sense) replacing applescript. Well well. For now i’m happy with SL though. Runs very well :)

  • Just read all the above comments and it sounds like Lion is not for me. No ‘Save As’ and vanishing scroll bars sounds really annoying.

  • Since I own a Core Duo unit (eep, it’s MacBook 1,1!) the farthest I can upgrade to is Snow Leopard (yes, I’m still using only Leopard at the moment). I was extremely excited for Lion until I found out the dirty details. Maybe it’s Apple’s way of keeping us all updated in software AND hardware… but as far as I’m concerned, as long as my trusty ole black MacBook is still working fine, I’m not upgrading to a new unit just yet. :)

  • I upgraded to Lion on both my 2008 24″ iMac and 2010 13″ Macbook Pro.

    I have been with Apple since Jaguar, upgraded almost always on first release of all subsequent operating systems and never, ever, EVER, had so much problems as I did with Lion on the 24″ (Core 2 Duo, 4 GB ram). It worked flawlessly under Snow Leopard. It became a brick after the Lion upgrade. Constant freezes. iMovie couldnt load projects; iPhoto couldnt load pictures; sound issues; wifi issues; and constant, constant freezes.

    Thank god I made a time machine AND a manual backup of my 200 GB worth of data. Had to go back to Snow Leopard. After waisting an entire day, finally back to SL, everything going pretty much fine since then. Lion is Apple’s Vista, I have szero doubts about it.

    On the Macbook Pro, I have been enduring the ridiculous changes to the finder, not to mention a wifi problem, where the temperature goes up 200% if I dont get a working internet connection ASAP (which I solve by turning my iPhone’s hotspot feature for a few seconds and connecting both devices).

    Lion, for whatever price its sold, is simply NOT worth it. I fear for iOS 5, and I’ll be waiting a while before upgrading my iOS devices.


  • Can’t afford to upgrade my Adobe CS3 suite, so SL it is for now!

  • I have to stick with SL for now as Highpoint have no working drivers for their RR 2322 RAID card. It seems they are only supporting the high end chipset right now.

    Not sure if its HP or their chipset provider who is to blame for this but what ever, I am sticking with SL.

  • Like a lot of others, I bought Lion day one and now I’m thinking of switching back to Snow Leopard. I run it on a 2007 dual-quad core Mac Pro and had better performance with SL than Lion.

    Too many little Lion bugs too irritate me, like having to wait for all my idle HDD to wake before opening a document on my primary drive. I have to wait 20-seconds and it kills me (try doing this several times a day!).

    Some Apple apps, like Preview, don’t work properly. How many times do I click to open something and it just doesn’t open?

    I swear a lot at Lion, practically everyday. I have a friend running Lion on a Mac Pro and Macbook Air and he’s fed up with it too.

    Lion is just rubbish.

  • I’m still undecided on whether or not the things I like in Lion outweigh the bad in Lion. I always stretched windows to “full screen” but I like full screen in Lion. I like the new but I do like sparrow. I like some of the aesthetic changes. Never really used spaces/expose, but full screen applications forced me to adjust to mission control/desktops. I know the differences, and I think I’d like spaces better.

    Wow… typing that out made me realize I should downgrade to SL.

  • I installed Lion basically day 1, as Apple usually delivers to my satisfaction… As I recall my impressions went something like this:

    1. Oh wow, finally a good reason to use this trackpad. Nice.
    2. Mail! Wow! Threaded conversations!
    3. I can get used to this Mission Control thing.
    4. Damn, Finder. You’re looking pale.
    5. Okay, fullscreen apps are not as cool as I would think.
    6. Alright this is getting ridiculous. Where the hell is the library folder?
    7. App Store, good God, open already.
    8. Okay. Gestures, schmestures, where’d I put my mouse?
    9. Wipe.

    Now in all that took about 2 months to happen, but Lion is just not completely baked yet. I’m back on SL and very happy. I didn’t even mention auto-save and auto-resume. I wish there was some checkbox in preferences that says “I’m not an idiot” that would just turn off all the useless crap.

    It’s blatantly obvious where they’re going with this update, which is some sort of hybrid device somewhere between an ipad and an air that syncs everything to the cloud, as I think Apple will kill the Mac Pros in short order… but for now, my Mac Pro is happily oblivious to its coming demise, and I rather like it that way.

  • I have a mid-2009 MBP that’s been upgraded to SL, and I just bought the Mid-2011 Mac Mini with Lion.

    Honestly, I didn’t even notice that Finder went black and white. I actually like Launch Pad, not because of its features, but because Apple has needed something like it for a long time. Making it act exactly like the iPhone was needlessly limiting, but it’s a step in the right direction.

    How many guys are going to get into trouble for their surfing habits because of Lion’s resume feature? How many wives are going to discover a side to their husbands they never knew about? Apple — breaking up families since 2011!

    Overall, I like it. There are some minor changes to the sort options in Finder that I really like. I don’t care about full-screen apps, though.

    I’m debating updating the MBP. I’ve heard some people say it slows some machines down and that the temperature goes up on laptops. I hate a hot laptop, so that would be a deal breaker.

    I guess I’ll keep thinking about it. There’s no must have features, so I can wait.

  • wow after reading every single comment, I have thouroughly decided to stick with snow leopard for now. Apple is usually better than this, plus (and I know it’s off topic) the new FCP is apparently garbage too, a suped up iMovie, why release such bogus software and expect loyal customer to just put up with it, like this “Save As” I have to say I probably use it everyday. Wow I’m def not upgrading anytime soon.

  • Wow. I was seriously thinking of grabbing Lion to play with the server product (its a real cheap upgrade from Lion to Lion Server.) After reading all of the above, it sounds like Apple finally produced their Vista/ME and I don’t think I want to play until they get things figured out, or release their next version (probably Ocelot or some such.)

    If I come into possession of another hard drive that I don’t know what to do with, I still may get a copy of Lion, but jumping into the breach (just to avoid the $500.00 server cost for SL server that I’m only going to play with anyway) doesn’t sound like the epitome of wisdom at this point.

  • I love lots of things in Lion. But, more, I hate it for taking away Quicken and 8 years worth of finical records!! Quicken Essentials doesn’t have several essential features that Quicken had: QuickReport (universal search feature), able to be exported to other systems, etc. Wow, pox on Intuit for not being more supportive of Apple. Pox on Apple for dropping essential features so cavalierly without any “spoiler alerts” to their loyal consumers. They’ve been doing this to us since they dropped the data base feature found in the original AppleWorks. I’ve been burned too many times. Fie on me for trusting them.

  • Having just returned from an ICloud tutorial at my local apple shop with the intention of syncing my new IPad with my iMac ,which runs on Snow leopard 10.5, I’m so glad I’ve read all the reviews regarding the obvious Lion upgrade I was about to install.!! My primary use for my upgrade was to send my photographs when abroad,through ICloud, back to my IMac. I’m now convinced that until the obvious time consuming bugs and glitches are sorted out, I,ll save the cost of the lion upgrade and buy a few more sd cards instead. Many thanks to all.!!

  • Found Snow leopard much much better than the Lion. Feel like Apple has paid more focus on FULLSCREEN feature in the application(s) which was need of the hour and very basic (would have appreciated if SL upgrade comes with such basic feature). Rest acclaimed 250+ new features are not of that use.. at least for me.. would stick to SL.. prefer wait and watch…

  • I have a Mac Pro 2,1 with 16GB RAM and Magic Mouse. Although I stuck with Lion until 10.7.3, I recently “upgraded” back to 10.6.8 SL. I find the “iOSification” very much NOT to my liking although I also use an iPhone 4 and love it. iOS to me belongs on mobile devices and perhaps on laptops if that’s your thing, but as a workstation user, I prefer the performance of SL to Lion’s new features. I’ve found that when I’m disabling more of Lion’s features to make it more like SL, why continue a farce? I do not use any PPC apps (any more) but still prefer the SL over Lion. It’s faster, all my apps work, and quite frankly, MUCH Prefer the UI over Lion’s so called “improvements”. I use OS X because it is a mainstream Unix-based OS and I have long enjoyed the simplicity and power of the Unix (and linux) systems. In my opinion, Lion seems to “dumb things down” much more. I don’t like that at all. It seems to me that Apple is going more in the direction of “protecting users from themselves” which I despise. Why “hide” certain key elements such as the Library and even FTP server capabilities? These are and always have been hallmarks of OS X. In my opinion, for all it’s “eye candy”, why not continue to keep OS X a simple, uncluttered, smoothly operating piece of software? I know that 10.8 Mountain Lion is due to be released in the relative near future, a few months away. Aside from the fact that Apple is dropping support for my generation of Mac Pro (middle-aged it may be, but a very powerful workstation nevertheless), I see nothing in 10.8 that interests me at all, instead, going more in the direction of Lion and further iOSification. No thank you. I’ll run SL as long as it meets my needs. If Apple eventually comes out with a new OS that is more reminescent of SL, then I’ll look at upgrading to a newer generation of Mac Pro. Otherwise, I’ll just continue to improve my current one and perhaps eventually run a straight BSD or current Linux distribution such as Red Hat Enterprise.

  • I absolutely can not stand Lion! I’m getting the beach ball of death just about every minute even after a fresh install (not upgrade!). Seriously, what is going on?! I have a mid 2009, MacBook Pro 2.8ghz, 8 GB memory, 750GB HD, yet the laptop always freezes when I’m using Dreamweaver and Firefox or Transmission.

    I don’t get it. I’ve wiped the HD and reinstalled a fresh copy, but this hasn’t fixed anything. Could the memory be bad or is Lion really this buggy? I’ll just go to Snow Leopard I guess.

    • i can assure u i am facing the same on the iMac at work! i am sure that FINDER and HFS is waaaay waaaaay overdue for under the hood tinkering! Finder has to much on it now, it can’t work like it used and hence effects the overall performance

  • I’m considering upgrading to Lion, but only because it’s required in order to migrate MobileMe to iCloud.

    I’m working with OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard on a MacBook Pro 2.53/i5/4 GB and am more than happy with it. But I have the iPhone 3G, and just got the iPad 3, and I’m wondering if I should be using essentially the same OS on all of them, because of interface similarity, OS compatibility, and use of iCloud.

    Frankly, I’m put off by all the negative comments I’m reading about installation problems and bugs afterwards. Also, I’m reading that Apple plans another OS, “Mountain Lion,” soon. Why change to Lion now, and then change again right away?

    Advice appreciated.

  • I’ve been meditating on the exact same point myself recently. Pleased to see a person on the same wavelength! Nice article.

  • I have a 2006 (White) core2duo iMac, 3GB RAM running (beautifully) on Snow Leopard. We have 2 iPhone4s and use the calendars, but can’t use iCould for calendars as it won’t work with SL (Apple you naughty people). This is the ONLY reason I considered upgrading to Lion as the iMac is the ‘hub’ for our syncing (and way of viewing the calendar BIG). Having worked out my CS2 wouldn’t work, nor my Spyder2Pro and then the bugs I held off. This was 6 months ago.

    I am now about to take delivery of an i5 MacBook Air running Lion, and whilst i am not worried about the Air running Lion as its native OS, it did make me question again whether I should update the iMac to Lion. Yet again, I’m thinking not.

    I have moved over to Pixelmator ready to lose CS2, and Datacolour have enabled Spyder3Express to support Spyder2Pro colorometer in Lion BUT again the only reason I want this change is to get iCloud so we don’t have to dock our iPhones except to sync music. Perhaps Lion will look nice on a 13″ Air, but I like my iMac to look like a proper computer!

    Just thinking, perhaps an easy workaround is to disable syncing of calendars with the iMac via the itunes setting, and switch on the cloud for calendars using the Air as a way to view calendars BIGger than the phone. (BTW I tried to switch on Cloud and leave this to harmonise with wired syning but it went haywire).


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  • frankly i am not upgrading to any OSX ANYMORE UNTILL ONLY WHEN THEY BRING IN “ZFS” I frankly could care less about all the other enhancements! i want ZFS! To work the gigantic DROBO volume and home server Lion Server machines! All OSX Finder also needs a HUGE REVAMP!

  • Lion has some pretty severe compatibility issues with Creative Suite. They’ve cost me several hours in just the week and a half I’ve been using Lion. If you use CS, I’d recommend staying on Snow Leopard.

    • Really? I used CS5.5 on Lion, and CS6 on Mountain Lion, and ran both daily with no issues. What CS are you using?