I am a huge fan of the FireFox web browser and not a huge fan of Internet Explorer. FireFox is smaller, simpler to understand and faster than IE. I am on dialup so performance is a huge factor. A slow browser can make my 24kbps connection seem like it is only 19.2kbps.
So along comes Apple Safari with claims of being 2x faster than IE and 1.6x faster than FireFox. So what? I don’t own a Mac. But then the word Windows catches my eye. This version with wild performance claims will work with my Windows machine! The download is at http://www.apple.com/safari/
So now I’ve been using it for 2 days and here is a quick list of what I have found so far:
- It does seem faster. Some of it may be an illusion as it loads in more of a wait for it, wait for it, pow it’s there, manner rather than slowly filling a page.
- There are less buttons and more screen real estate. But there isn’t a stop button for when I want to quit loading graphics and read the page. There is a hotkey combination though.
- The text had an initial fuzzy look to it that I think I have adjusted to, but a quick trip back to the crisp FireFox browser makes me believe Apple will fix this quickly.
- RSS feeds setup quickly with no extra reader.
- And lastly if you are a WordPress bloggers; I’ve lost my WYSIWYG in the Write section. I am entering everything in the code window. And a few other admin plugins don’t seem to be working.
- It generally feels like FireFox.
Safari 3 is a public beta, so I’ll keep trying it a bit longer and see if some of the bugs get worked out of it without losing the speed.
Added today at lunchtime:
I have read some on the WordPress issue and I guess that the latest version 2.2 is supposed to be more compatible with Safari, but I’m not ready to spend the time to upgrade from 2.1. There always seems to be a snag somewhere.