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Apple Safari

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Initially met with some skepticism, the Windows version of Apple's Safari browser has developed into a strong Web-surfing candidate. Previous versions felt unfinished, but Safari 4 can stand should to shoulder with the other major Windows Web browsers--depending on what kind of experience you want.

Safari lacks most customization features. Skins and other aesthetic tweaks exist in the Mac version, but not here. Just about the only thing you can alter is the font. However, the new version represents a radical departure in look and feel, and the changes are for the better. Safari now looks much more like Google Chrome, although the tabs are placed below the navigation bar, not above it. The status bar and menu bar do exist, but they're hidden by default. You can make toolbar changes and customizations by clicking on the gear icon--another similarity to Chrome.

Both browsers are built on the open-source Webkit rendering engine, although they use different JavaScript engines. Safari's Nitro is definitely fast, although Apple's claims that it's the fastest browser on the market might depend more on your hardware than anything else. In our testing, it ran a bit slowly after heavy tab and video playback, and still consumed more RAM in general than Firefox. You can also opt out of automatic updates when you install Safari.

Features unique to Safari 4 include Cover Flow, for visually searching your history and bookmarks, and Top Sites. This presents a "speed dial"-style list of favorites on blank tabs, melded with the visual flair of Cover Flow. There's a decent built-in roboform, too. Overall, this Safari is the best one yet, and graduates from mere Windows-based developers' tool to a reasonable choice for average users.

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  • All versions:

    3.1 stars

    out of 765 votes

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    • 4 star: 158
    • 3 star: 128
    • 2 star: 96
    • 1 star: 184
  • Current version:

    3.7 stars

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 3
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  • 2.0 stars

    "It Works OK"

    May 30, 2010  |   By Syncytium

    Version: Apple Safari 4.0.5

    Pros

    Uses webkit engine, interface is generally clean if a little awkward, does not entice users to waste time with extensibility and options, very light on system resources.

    Cons

    Ugly user interface with worst tab utilization of any browser, lack of customization options, slower than competition despite webkit, poor security record

    Summary

    When comparing it to the major competitors, safari for windows is mediocre in every respect. For a browser that promises innovation in all it's advertisements, safari sure feels a lot like firefox...when it started up years ago. This browser deserves 2 stars because apple developed webkit (although of course that was only a revision on earlier software itself) but I assume it is absolutely amazing on a mac as that is what the program was originally designed for.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Browser."

    May 26, 2010  |   By murphy2010

    Version: Apple Safari 4.0.5

    Pros

    Works like a charm.Easy to use.

    Cons

    Nothing at all.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Slow, slow, slow"

    May 20, 2010  |   By sciwoman

    Version: Apple Safari 4.0.5

    Pros

    The web pages I visited looked great. Security seems okay.

    Cons

    No matter what I did, Safari loaded slowed, the pages loaded slowly, and any action I took was slow. This was on both my net book and my laptop.

    Summary

    May be good for some, but I found it too slow to be useful.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "A definite improvement over earlier versions."

    April 28, 2010  |   By rick hutchinson

    Version: Apple Safari 4.0.5

    Pros

    Decent interface.Appears to be more stable for Windows now, but my OS is XP and I've no idea how it works on the others. Loads fast,but it's basically an empty shell so I guess it will do that.

    Cons

    No customization. This browser picks up an awful lot of junk from the internet and when you try to clean your history,it appears that it really is not.Cookies have to be deleted twice.

    Summary

    Too much junk from the internet is picked up by this browser and it leads me to believe that there could be security issues. I've used CCleaner after running this program and it has amassed as much as 70 mb or more in temporary files/cashe where Firefox only picks up a very,very small portion. IE 8 picks up a lot too but not as much as Safari;usually about half. Until the developers put an end to this industrial vacuum cleaner,it's going to stay off my PC. I also had a trojan try to load while using this browser on a page for web links;that's never happened with Firefox,IE 8,Google Chrome,nor Opera.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Disappointed. No built in support for pdf or inotes"

    April 10, 2010  |   By Cyade

    Version: Apple Safari 4.0.5

    Pros

    Fairly fast but no faster than other browsers

    Cons

    No support for lotus inotes so I can't read my emails! Also doesn't have built in support for reading pdf.

    Summary

    There is just too much missing for functionality. OK if all you want to do is look at webpages but if you are doing research or any work on the net it is just not good enough. Get firefox.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "not bad... but could be better"

    April 7, 2010  |   By iismassive

    Version: Apple Safari 4.0.5

    Pros

    looks good as you expect from Apple

    Cons

    not as fast as Opera, Firefox or Google Chrome

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Best Browser"

    April 2, 2010  |   By Mojtaba021

    Version: Apple Safari 4.0.5

    Pros

    Fast,Easy, Simple And Beautiful Interface

    Cons

    Take Too Much Process.

    Summary

    Fast,Easy, Simple And Beautiful .

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Ok browser"

    March 23, 2010  |   By justice99

    Version: Apple Safari 4.0.5

    Pros

    Same as other browser

    Cons

    take too much memory.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Mac-version is amazing; Windows version is decent."

    March 22, 2010  |   By kzahid06

    Version: Apple Safari 4.0.5

    Pros

    Fastest web browser on the market
    Elegant design

    Cons

    Lacks an extensions library (Windows only).
    Windows version is not as stable as Mac version (blame Windows?)

    Summary

    Very good web browser. Amazingly fast, and very stylish. If you are using a Mac, stick with Safari, but if you have Windows, you might want to go with Google Chrome, since it's a little more stable, and much more customizable.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "RĂ¡pido y fiable"

    March 22, 2010  |   By coolghoz

    Version: Apple Safari 4.0.5

    Pros

    La rapidez y las herramientas para facilitar su uso

    Cons

    Me gusta casi todo

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