posted on Mar, 1 2009 @ 10:05 AM
In the past I've tried Safari but just couldn't get into it no matter how much I wanted to like it. However, this new version is one that will get
time on my machine...even though I don't ever think it will take #1 spot until they allow you to customize it like I can do with Firefox. After
using AdBlock Plus and then going to websites in other browsers it makes me wonder how anyone surfs the web without it and have to look at all the
ugly ads. LOL
Anyway, I have all the following browsers on my system:
1. Firefox is by far my favorite and my primary browser both at home and at work. IE Tab is a wonderful extension for the very small number of sites
that will not play well with Firefox (and there are not many that I've ever found). I love dragging and dropping text into a new tab without having
to right click "open new tab" (requires an extension to do this)...lazy, I know. LOL
2. Opera had been my second favorite but Safari 4 may be able to replace it. Opera seems slick and clean, but I have encountered a few sites that
don't like it much. Having a 1920x1200 widescreen there are quite a few sites that I zoom the page and Firefox saves the zoom setting...Opera does
not, which is a little annoying. Other than that and the lack of extensions it is a wonderful little browser.
3. Maxthon 2 used to be my primary browser and has a lot of wonderful features. It is not as well known and uses IE as it's core...so the
vulnerabilitiies that IE has will be present here too.
4. Avant is another IE based browser that I use very sparingly and probably like better than Maxthon now...although since Firefox has won my heart at
this point I have little motivation to use any other browser. I do use Avant at work as my IE replacement when I have to visit the few sites that
don't like Firefox or IE tab.
5. Chrome is on my machine but I honestly don't like it. I leave it there and update when I see updates hoping they will make it better but so far
I just haven't enjoyed it at all. It does not zoom the whole page...only text and that is a HUGE issue on my resolution. That alone would keep me
from using it. And I can't tell that it's any faster than any other browser, other than it starts a little quicker. I can spare the extra 2 or 3
seconds to surf in a browser I like better.
6. The most recent build of IE is on my machine but I just simply don't like the interface, nor do I like Internet Explorer so I never use it...but
it has to be there.
7. And now here comes Safari 4...and I think it looks much better than older versions (no fuzzy text issue) and I LOVE the top sites feature. I have
that set to be my opening page in this browser. Again without a few extensions, I will never make it my primary. With a few extensions, who
Now I do want to say that I never have speed issues with ANY browser so I don't fall for the whole "X is faster than Y" argument since I've never
noticed any speed difference to worry about in any browser (possibly my good internet connection?).
I can also say I don't blame anyone for choosing any of the above mentioned browsers. After all, if a browser provides you what YOU want why worry
about what anyone else thinks? All have good features and areas for improvement. I think the "Browser Wars" is great for the end user as it
encourages new ideas and better quality.
So back to the subject of this thread...Safari 4 definitely is worthy of your download...and while being a beta it has been very stable for me so far
on a Vista 64 bit machine. If Firefox ceased to exist Safari 4 would be my next choice at this time (I think). Thank goodness that should not ever
happen. However that is about as high a compliment as I can pay Safari at this time. I do like it!