Being new to the mac platform I was only able to choose between a handful of internet browsers available for OS X. Whether it was Opera, Firefox, Safari, or Camino I was going to need a browser that could serve my typical web browsing needs. When it came down to it I eventually grew attached to OS X's included and default browser that comes as part of the iLife suite of applications bundled with the macbook laptop. Since I've begun using it I must say that I have never been let down and I feel that it has all the necessary functions to serve my browsing needs. In time though I did realize that Safari was not compatible with everything on the net. When I came to this unfortunate realization I had to find another browser that could function as my "back up" browser when Safari couldn't function properly for such sites as typepad for writing blogs... If that flew over your head than I should let you know that I am using the alternate browser right now which is the very popular Firefox. Being curious about the Firefox side of things I did give it a try as my default browser but that only lasted a few days before I was missing my Safari. Now after being able to experience both browsers for some time now I have some things I like and on the other hand some things I don't. For Safari I have to say that I thoroughly enjoy the very simple interface along with the very elegant GUI which gives it a more mature and "upper class" look. Just to show you a comparison in terms of elegance I have taken a screen-shot of both browsers on the very popular and familiar website facebook.
Now as you can see, Safari uses a very cool looking blue shadow around the boxes to show which you have clicked on and it turns the typical square login button into a very pleasing brushed metal oval button. Along with this Safari does seem to soften the look of some texts on websites to make them look more modern and less "old school." Speaking of old school, if you've never seen the DVD I highly recommend checking it out.
Anyways, now as we look at the Firefox side of things it does have that typical browser look with the ugly yellow highlighting and the standard looking buttons. One other little GUI feature that I do like in Safari is the nice looking animation for moving texts or bookmarks. In the end this is only a matter of looks but for me and my minimal browsing needs, little things like this do go noticed. Now in terms of usability I once again do seem to prefer Safari as it does seem to be noticeably faster than Firefox, especially in terms of start-up. On the other hand Firefox does impress me with some things that I wish Safari had. One of these is its find feature that pops up at the bottom to avoid cluttering your screen. There is also the very nice double-click tab feature that allows you to just double-click the tab bar in any open spot to open a new tab. With Safari though you need to right-click to open a new tab or use one of the keyboard shortcuts. Firefox also does have the great advantage of having the Google toolbar available for download which I personally do miss a lot from my old browser. I really do wish that Google would get on top of things and finally make a toolbar for Safari!
In the end both are great browsers but for the time being I will stick with Safari for my browsing needs...I'm already getting withdrawal symptoms!
Ps. Keep an eye out for a continuation of this battle of the browsers, I will be posting a follow-up in the future.
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