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  • 5.0 stars

    "My Favorite Browser!"

    December 15, 2012  |   By Jac151

    Pros

    Mountain Lion:
    Very snappy.
    Very elegant interface.
    Very well integrated into OSX
    Very Integrated with iCloud.
    Amazing gestures (swipe back and fourth, zoom in, tab view...)

    Cons

    -Can sometimes hang for a few seconds, occasionally.
    -No "Save As" function for downloading content, though you can do this by clicking Option-Enter with the URL.
    -Not a huge list of extensions (I don't use them, but I know some people do).

    Summary

    Overall, Safari is the best browser for Mac. I have heard that it isn't very good on Lion, but if you are on Mountain Lion, give it an honest chance!!

    This browser is certainly very fast, maybe not the absolute fastest, but one of the best. However, the integration is the key to Safari. The smooth swipe gestures to go back and forth between pages is beautiful, and handy if I don't want to load the previous page, but take a quick look at one line (you can swipe complete to reload the page, or just a little to see a part of it, like a book.) The smart zoom and pinch to zoom features are quite handy. I rarely use the Tab View, but it can be useful.

    Other browsers, like Chrome, have a few of these gestures, but they are far less appealing. Safari is the only browser with this level of finish, and will remain the only one due to Apple's development. Safari just works for me, and the UI is what keeps me.

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