Apple Safari 3 Review

So I tried it. I wanted to like it. I wanted soooo so badly to like it. I just couldn’t.

Apple’s Safari came up lacking big time for me on a PC (Crappy old Dell running XP). It had some of the things I require in a browser (tabbed browsing being the main one) and is supposed to be kick ass under the hood with support for HTML v5, animated CSS, blazing speed, etc. I didn’t see the speed. Not only did I not see the speed, it moved like a herd of turtle stampeding through molasas on my machine. I finally got so frustrated with it today that I went back to Firefox 2 as my default browser.

There were other little quirks that annoyed me. One such quirk is how Safari didn’t seem to update what was on each tab. For example, I keep a number of tabs open at once…the intranet, GMail, another web-based email account, stocks on Yahoo, and one or two more things. In Firefox I know when I have a new message in GMail because the tab will update to “inbox (1)” (or however messages I’ve just received) and I know to check it. If I go to my GMail account, clear out the spam, go back to my inbox, the tab always reflects that. The story is much different in Safari. The tab sticks to whatever I was on two, five, eight clicks ago. It will say I’m in the spam folder when I’m not. It will say I’m on this one particular email when it’s been deleted an hour ago. It’s little things like this that kinda irk me as I try to be more efficient in my work day.

Let’s get back to that speed thing. I didn’t really notice a speed difference. What I DID notice was Safari taking up 99% of my computer resources and bringing my computer to a screeching halt. Not really a good thing when I’m trying to work. I was particularly irked this morning when I had opened a couple tabs to read different news articles and Safari again ate up my CPU. After seven to ten minutes I finally had to force quit Safari. I’d like to read those articles but now I have to do a search for them because I don’t have the source anymore. Again…who’s got time for that? I’ve got work to do.

It’s a shame…the press releases look soooo so good. The real world results for me were less than satisfying. Perhaps it’ll be more speedy and stable on my PowerBook at home…that still has yet to be seen. For work though…it’s me and Firefox 2 once again.

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