Just wanted to clear a few things up regarding the review I posted.
First, I will tell you that I am a huge Apple fan so my negative review has nothing to do with liking or disliking Apple as a whole.
I actually went to the local retail store immediately after the WWDC keynote to see if they had the Retina MacBook Pro available for sale yet. I had been waiting for months to buy a new MacBook and wanted to get it ASAP. Monday afternoon they told me that they had not yet received any. I called several other Apple Stores within a few hours' drive and they all had the same story. My local store suggested that I try again on Tuesday.
Tuesday morning I was at the Apple Store right at opening as I wanted to make sure I got the system even if they only have a few to sell. I figured if I called before I went over they may have already sold out of whatever they had. Again I was told that they didn't have any and I should try back later in the week.
Wednesday morning I once again was at the store for the opening. As soon as I walked in and asked about the Retina MacBook Pro I was told that they had received only two units, both the higher end 2.6GHz/512GB model and that another person who was in the store early for a training class had actually already bought one of the two. I immediately bought the other one.
The only reason I mention the above is to show that I didn't just look at one in the store or borrow a friend's so that I could write a negative review. I had intended for this to be my great new computer and ended up being disappointed.
I won't rehash my whole review here, but I'll try to give you a little more insight as to why I don't like the new Retina model.
1. A lot of people have mentioned that my comparison between the Retina and the non-Retina model is not fair because you get the SSD with the Retina model and adding the SSD to the non-Retina model makes it even more expensive than the Retina one. This is true. No argument there from me. My thing is that some people (like myself) may not really care about the SSD and wouldn't normally spend the money to upgrade the non-Retina model with an SSD. My issue with the new system is that Apple forces you to pay the extra money for the SSD even if you don't want it. Obviously this is due to the slimness of the system so I can't fault them for that, but for me it is not worth an extra $450 just to have the SSD when on the non-Retina model you get 50% more storage space with the 750GB 7200RPM HDD. I'd rather have more storage and $450 in my pocket than less storage and the SSD. That's just me though. If you really need the extra speed from the SSD then it might work out different for you. To me it's not worth it when combined with my next point.
2. I'm not impressed with the screen. If I was in love with the screen then maybe the combination of the Retina screen and the SSD would seem like a good deal to me for $450, but since I don't like the screen at all it kind of throws the whole thing off. I would actually prefer if I could get the "Retina" model without the Retina display. Yes, you can adjust the desktop space to be the same as 1680x1050, or even up to 1920x1200, but if you do that you are defeating the purpose of having the Retina display. The Retina display only works in "Retina mode" at 1440x900. I'd rather have 1680x1050 anti-glare than 1440x900 Retina glossy.
3. With the above two points in mind (forced to buy SSD, and rather having 1680x1050 anti-glare screen) the loss of the ports and other expansion options didn't go over too well with me. For one pound more and $450 less I get a screen that I like better, more storage (granted it isn't nearly as fast as the SSD), Ethernet port, Firewire port, and an optical drive that I can either use as is, or I can replace it with a second hard drive (maybe even an SSD) if I want to in the future. I can also easily change out the drive and add more RAM without having to spend the money right now on the $200 16GB upgrade from Apple.
4. I use the Adobe CS5 suite. Now that CS6 is out you can be almost sure that Adobe will not release a "Retina" patch for the older CS5 software. So for me that means either shelling out hundreds of dollars to upgrade to CS6, just so I can take advantage of the Retina display, or just running the system in the non-Retina 1680x1050 mode or 1920x1200 mode. I'd rather keep my CS5 for the time being and buy the non-Retina model that gives me 1680x1050 that can work with my existing software. This of course isn't Apple's fault, but I suspect that many people will be in this same situation as Adobe upgrades are expensive to keep up with and lots of people are running older versions.
Hopefully this helps you understand my reasoning for not liking the Retina model. If I thought it was great and worth the money I would have kept it, so all I can leave you with is that I bought it, used it for several days, and ended up returning it and buying the 15" non-Retina model with the upgraded hi-res anti-glare screen and upgraded 750GB 7200RPM hard drive. Your mileage may vary but I stand by my review.