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Take a pass on Safari

It's been a couple of days since Steve Jobs announced Safari for Windows. Curious about Apple's vision of internet browsing, especially given my personal history, I downloaded it Monday night and gave it a test drive on a couple of machines.  

  • It's slow, taking a very long time to load.
  • The font rendering is hard to read, and downright irritating.  Just try to read sites designed with white text on a black background.  Yuck!
  • It doesn't have any built-in plug-in download mechanism.  How 1990's!
  • When returning to a large page, it renders text without  graphics placeholders first.  That means that although it will find the spot on the page where you were, so you can resume reading, it may suddenly jump as graphics are rendered above.  Did I mention it's slow? It might take 30 seconds or more before it suddenly starts to randomly zip around.

My HP tablet was already overloaded with software and a little flaky.  To add insult to injury, after installing Safari the buggy video driver in the tablet, which used to crash every couple of days or so, now caused a spontaneous reboot every 10 minutes necessitating a rebuild of the PC.

Give this dog a pass.  "Insanely great" it ain't. Perhaps by the time they get to version 3 they'll have the bugs worked out.

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Jason Yeung June 13, 2007, 4:15 pm

    There are people reporting bugs left and right with this release. I installed it and got rid of it after 20 minutes.

    – Jason

  • Jobe Roberts June 15, 2007, 7:11 am

    Sad to say that the Safari 3 beta is also buggy on the Mac. The unfortunate thing is that it over wrote my Safari 2 which I really enjoyed using, so now I only use Firefox.
    It is expected that the iPhone will be very popular. Unfortunately it'll only be running Safari. With less than 5% of the browser 'web share', many web developers ignore or forget about Safari. Ideally, Safari would do a better job following web standards (as Apple claims it does) and be the same as Firefox (not IE) when it comes to rendering pages and running ajax and the like. That way, there would be no need to worry about 'web share' and no need to waste time on windows Safari. Web developers need less browsers to test not more.

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