With my old MacBook Pro, I’d shied away from using the Mail (and Outlook, for that matter). As a Gmail user, I tend to keep every email I get, which amounts to thousands of emails sitting in my various mailboxes. I never could get Mail to work well on my old Mac—the beach ball of death loomed over my display far too often, as it gamely tried to sync to my Gmail account. So I just gave up.
Browsers, too, tended to bog down the CPU, even with 8 gigs and the SSD. I would wander between Firefox, Safari and Chrome, since each would seem to drain the system's resources idiosyncratically. I never quite knew which one would do better on any given day. (And, no, I never bothered to figure out why that was.)
So, imagine my surprise with this lovely new device. I’ve been using Chrome with a lot of open tabs, and it’s barely registering on Activity Monitor. Smooth, fast, cool, and just a pleasure to use. All I can say is "thank you Ivy Bridge" (the new Intel processor that powers the new MacBooks).
I have to admit that I started with a clean installation. I didn’t transfer anything over to the new machine from the old. All my documents and videos and anything else of value had been copied over to Dropbox. I re-installed my key software applications, easily finding the old serial numbers in some of those thousands of Gmails I’d kept (See? there is a method to my oversize-email-box madness). I reinstalled applications from the Apple App Store, which, smartypants that it is, remembered what I’ve purchased. Up and running in a little less than an hour with everything I needed, pretty much right where I'd left it.
Safari and Chrome (which I prefer) maintained my old logins and bookmarks (but not passwords), and even histories, so picking up right where I’d left off was pretty effortless even without cloning my old drive. (Neither browser is machine-dependent; your settings and bookmarks are available upon login.) My iTunes items were already either on my phone or iPad (or in iTunes’ purchase record) so, again, it was incredibly easy to restore everything.