Wow, this has been a big Apple day for me.
Not only did I manage to get my seemingly dead ("bricked") iPhone working after an initially disastrous upgrade to iOS 5 -- note to self: don't be one of the first to upgrade anything from now on, even an Apple product -- but I felt the fear and downloaded OS X Lion this afternoon, much more successfully.
Right now I feel like I'm King of the World. Or at least, of my MacBook Pro.
After only an hour or so of playing around with Lion, I can tell that I'm going to enjoy Apple's much improved operating system. Downloading and installation took about two hours. No problems. Beforehand I backed my hard drive up and used the Disk Utility to repair permissions, something I'd never done before but probably should have, given how many problems the program found.
The full screen option for most apps is cool. When you only have a 13 inch screen, as I do, making use of every pixel is important -- more important than I realized, now that I see the benefit of browsing with Safari fully screened.
I like being able to move between core applications, Mail, Safari, Calendar, with a three finger horizontal swipe. Feels pleasingly iPad'ish, which it should, given that Apple clearly is moving toward melding the iOS and OS worlds.
Meaning, the iPad feels like a big iPhone, while now my MacBook feels more like a souped-up iPad.
I even was able to get my MobileMe stuff migrated over to The Cloud, where hopefully it won't vanish in wisps of cyberspace vapor. On the first couple of tries I got a "too busy" error message, but the third try was the charm.
So far, Reminders is just about the only big iOS 5 and OS X disappointment.
I've used a lot of to-do list apps, and thought that maybe Apple would hit it out of the park, task manager-wise. So far, though, I'm not at all impressed with Reminders. I'll stick with good old free Wunderlist, which syncs between my iPhone and MacBook just fine.