I'm starting to wonder myself now... I had OE and was so used to it that I figured that Entourage would have been the natural upgrade - could be wrong. Will still put it through a battery of testing but I may have to migrate over to Mail... we'll see.
You've got a slow machine for X
You aren't just venting - the eye candy is what is making it slow and forcing people that want a snappy machine to
a) stay with 9
b) get a new box
Guess which one Apple wants you to do
Your stock drive is likely only a 512k cache and your processor alos has a limited cache plus is G3 not G4 - video card is light for X - all this adds up to slooooww.
Entourage runs slowly too on my DP 867, so I use Mail now. It does pretty much everything except I still have trouble sending emails to a list of about 50 people, and it doesn't give me access to my favourite newsgroups. For these two tasks I still use Entourage.
I use Entourage on my eMac and have no speed related problems at all.
I also LOVE Entourage in general. Far superior to Outlook and Mail (IMHO). I tried a switch to Mail, but just couldn't get used to it and didn't find it useful. I like the integrated calendar, mail, scheduling, etc...
man... I finally made that transition today to Ent for X, from OS9, and 16 mins later - I was up and running. But I have notice that the app runs a little slow - much slower than it ran as OE. I mean, I can feel that lag between clicking and seeing the email pop up; is anyone else using Ent for X seeing this? I'm going to try to tweak this a touch more tonight to see what the deal is. But man... how annoying.
Also, it's way too colorful. Too much clutter... just venting