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  • 2.0 stars

    "FF is still vastly better despite the beta status...even IE is notably superior."

    June 15, 2007  |   By make_or_break

    Pros

    On this Windoze XP Pro box, it's about the same as it is in OS X. Not terribly exciting, but predictable and the beta has only crashed once so far in three days. Most sites tried seem to render correctly. Load speeds are roughly on par with both IE and FF...sometimes faster, more often even or a bit slower. Appearance is very Apple; suppose that's a plus for the Cupertino fanbase.

    Cons

    Gmail is absolutely AWFUL with Safari. With some sites, page text doesn't always render properly; blogs seem to have this happen more often. Functionality so prevalent in Firefox and its plug-in base is conspicuous in its absence in Safari. Even IE7 does specific things related to privacy and security better than Safari. This may be a beta, but there's some fundamental functionality issues that need to be improved and corrected before this is a [i]true[/i] player in the Windoze world. Most in this household think it's actually fugly on a PC. No one wants to run with it as is; FF is still the preferred choice, despite the ever increasing bloat. In a Windows realm, there's an awful lot of WMP content not being catered to. Even the Mozilla guys recognize THAT.

    As is, this beta version has a LOT of catching up to do before it should go gold. Then again, I'm not getting an iPhone either, so I don't fall squarely into the target demographics this not-ready-for prime-time browser is purportedly focusing on.

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