Is the new safari still an inferior browser?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by ralston6000, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. ralston6000 macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2007
    I will be downloading Lion tonight and am curious how Safari 5.1 is. I stopped using it years ago when I would become so frustrated with it's incompatibility with most websites. For instance, I would be buying something and checking out and on the final checkout page the Submit button or some other equally important button would be missing! This was after several minutes of entering all my info! I would try it immediately after on Firefox and it would work perfectly! Another thing I hated about Safari is the plain and ugly bookmark toolbar that has no colorful favicons (icons) and no Add-On to create a muti-row bookmark bar. How annoying is that? You just have one row of ugly gray words as your bookmarks. What a dry ***** of a browser! That is why I love Firefox. It is lightning fast, never has missing buttons or info and has all my awesome bookmarks with icons at the top. I want everything to be 100% Mac but Safari just fails miserably so I just can't use it. So my question is.... has anything changed?!
  2. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    Well it does use more resources. That is a issue for many.
  3. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2010
    I've used Firefox since I got my Mac but for the time being I'm using Safari since it supports all of Lion's new features.
  4. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    I still find Safari to use noticeably fewer resources than Chrome (which is normally my browser of choice)...between that, the expanded gestures available in Safari and how much cooler my i5 MBP runs in Safari, I'm using it over Chrome until Chrome works some of these things out in Lion...
  5. Tootles macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2011
    I couldn't get Safari to stop accepting cookies. I stopped using it as soon as I downloaded Firefox.
  6. virtuosity macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2008
    Manchester, UK
    The only issue I've had with Safari over the last year or so (since I switched to it from Firefox) is intermittent crashes - maybe 1 a week (of intensive use) - not the end of the world, but still a nuisance. Most of the time, it's due to Adobe Flash Player or even added extensions - but it still crashes...

    I have had Lion up and running since it was launched pretty much, and it's noticeably quicker, slicker and hasn't crashed yet...

    I am lovin the full screen too...

    Overall, very pleased...
  7. numbersyx macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2006
    With Lion I've found it faster and the Full Screen and Swipe mode is very satisfying. Great browsing experience....
  8. dyn macrumors 68030

    Aug 8, 2009
    Yep, I think it still lacks in features and it still can't render fonts properly. For me it is back to Firefox which has a proper bookmarking, addressbar and font rendering. The extensions are also heaps better in Firefox since they actually work. In Safari they mostly do not (one being the Comic Sans extension that should convert Comic Sans into Helvetica but never ever does). Other than that it has always been an ok browser for visiting websites just as every other browser is. It's in the details.
  9. labaom macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2009
    Chrome is just better. Accept it. Everyone I know who is tech savy uses Google Chrome.
  10. Grolubao macrumors 65816


    Dec 23, 2008
    London, UK
    Yaps, still prefer Chrome, but the new features added in Safari are really worth it.

    Just had to run some scripts to navigate the tabs using numbers and use the omnisync to make it more chromish :)
  11. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Chrome has a buggy extensions framework and it tends to lock up. So far those two things drive me nuts.

    I love that Safari 5.1's tabs can lock up and not take the entire browser down. I know Chrome is supposed to have the same sandboxing but in reality it doesn't work (for me at least).
  12. atheros07 macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2009
    Cambridge, MA
    In SL I gave Chrome a slight edge because it was faster and more stable, but Safari 5.1 in Lion on the other hand is vastly improved and retakes the lead IMO. It's speedy, the two finger swipes are a nice touch, and no problems with stability so far. Maybe it's true that Safari uses more memory but I don't spend all day staring at Activity Monitor and freaking out about how little free memory is left when Lion is running just fine without any slowdown or stuttering (and I only have 4GB RAM).

    I've also never had any compatibility problems with websites on Safari.

    I know it's just a matter of personal preference, but those ugly favicons are very un-Mac like and are exactly why I stopped using Firefox 4. I don't want these random icons cluttering up my toolbar.
  13. CapnJackGig macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2011
    It is very much an inferior browser. If for no other reason than the fact it will eat all of your available memory and then move on to the HD for dessert. Didn't take long for me to turn on 3 finger swipes and install Canary. Thanks but no thanks Apple.
  14. Jagardn macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    WOW, I didn't realize I was in the dark until you enlightened me. :rolleyes:
    I use Chrome on Windows, but under Lion Safari is much better IMO.
  15. LoganT macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    The only reason I don't use Chrome is because there isn't a way to password protect your saved passwords.
  16. Mak47 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2011
    Harrisburg, PA
    If you're using Lion, Safari is the superior browser, at least for now. As Firefox and Chrome are updated to support swipe gestures that may change, but for now that feature is only supported by Safari--and it's a really nice feature.
  17. CapnJackGig macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2011
    It is a nice feature. But not at the cost of every bit of RAM my computer has, and then huge chunks of my HD. It's a shoddy browser.
  18. ralston6000 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2007
    Thanks for the comments everyone. I will try the new Safari but the plain jane look with no helpful extensions will probably be too much like roughing it for me. Would love to use Chrome but have found that it will not save passwords. Sometimes I go to one of my sites and there is nothing for my username and password. Sometimes just my username will be there and no password. Of course it asks me again if I want to save everything and I say yes again. I log out to test it and of course login info does not get entered for me when I refresh. It seems to be in the keychain but doesn't get used. Worthless. Another pet peeve is not being able to delete "other bookmarks" on the bookmark bar and only having room for a whopping 10 bookmarks. The worst is trying to click on History and instead of easily seeing your last websites visited (your history), you see "Most Visited and "Recently Closed". Is this someone's idea of a joke? Also I am not an expert on browsers but do the extensions available for Chrome really make this browser customizable like Firefox, (a perfect browser)? I don't think so. Is Chrome really what the tech savvy love to use?
  19. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I started using Chrome when it first came out for Mac....and as its grown it has become increasingly unstable and slow. The latest version of safari is fast and rock solid! I am now back to Safari.
  20. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    I'm quite satisfied with Safari. It's even better in Lion.
  21. Discaciate macrumors member


    Apr 28, 2010
    I wish I had a choice...
    But I can't live without pinned/app tabs used by both Firefox and Chorme.
    I really wanted to use Safari, but browsing has become extremely annoying to me without those special tabs.
  22. adder7712 macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2009
    Safari definitely feels zippy but it locks up (after hours of use) for some reason.

    Chrome is stable for me, but I'm waiting for Google to adopt Lion's native fullscreen feature for the fullscreen button and not Chrome's own equivalent of it. Null on the FS button on FF 5.
  23. throttlemeister macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2009
    You must not know a lot of people then. :rolleyes:
  24. Ach111es macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2010
    I do like safari, but extensions are harder to come by. I lived and died by my chrome extensions enabling me to quickly download songs off sound cloud and hypem :(
  25. pcmxa macrumors regular


    Apr 9, 2011
    Having a dual monitor setup, the reason I am using chrome is because it has its own implementation of fullscreen. I can have chrome running fullscreen and still use my second monitor for other tasks.

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