On the Hunt for a Fast Browser

SafariSafari is fast…really fast. Recently I downloaded Apple’s Safari web browser for my Windows XP machine, and I’m surprised at how much I like it. Knowing that it would lack all of the nifty add-ons that I use with Firefox, I didn’t expect to like Safari. But its speed in loading and displaying web pages is quite impressive. The other striking thing about Safari is its font-smoothing technology, but I have mixed feelings about that.

Safari has the same tabbed browsing features as the latest Firefox and Internet Explorer releases and so far I haven’t noticed any problematic page displays. I do miss some of the Firefox add-ons, most notably thus far how AdBlock Plus can wipe out ads on web pages, how Googlepedia shows a related Wikipedia entry display on a Google search, and how Foxmarks keeps my bookmarks synchronized on multiple machines.

What I certainly don’t miss is Firefox’s glacial startup (worsened by the plethora of add-ons I’ve thrown in) and its more plodding display of various web pages. And don’t get me started on the hideous menu and toolbar system in Internet Explorer 7!

I’ll make good use of Safari on my laptop, since its slow hard disk and aging microprocessor will likely make the snappy Safari experience quite alluring. But those Firefox add-ons will likely keep drawing me back. I look forward to the release of Firefox 3, but I have a feeling Safari will retain the speed crown.

CNET has a good comparison of Safari and Firefox in the Windoze environment.

About Granger Meador

I enjoy day hikes, photography, podcasts, reading, web design, and technology. My wife Wendy and I work in the Bartlesville Public Schools in northeast Oklahoma, but this blog is outside the scope of our employment.
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