Well, just 10 days after posting my Browser test and deciding to use Apple’s Safari as my default browser, I switched back to Firefox yesterday. I just felt it’s fair to share my reasons with you.
Don’t get me wrong – Safari is an excellent browser. In many respects I still like it more than Firefox. I love its polished and shiny feel (like all things Apple, it looks amazing). I like the fact that it highlights the points I would probably be most interested in on web pages – like the Username / Password boxes. Its “Top Sites” feature is far superior to Firefox or Opera’s Speed Dial. It’s a superbly integrated, fully-featured browser.
But here are my complaints:
1. Too many unsupported web sites. Some sites simply wouldn’t display certain functionality, no matter what features I enabled. I know it’s almost futile to hope for a browser that has 100% support for all sites, but still, with Firefox I find maybe one site per month that I have to open with Internet Explorer. With Safari I had 7 of these sites within a week.
2. Trouble with Joomla’s back-end. I design web sites from time to time, and I do this mostly with Joomla. But I find that Safari has some problems in the Joomla back-end, specifically when uploading media or creating hyperlinks (sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t – and I can’t work with “sometimes”).
3. Some irritating lagging. Often, when opening a new page (not just specific pages, or with specific kinds of content, as far as I can see), Safari would stop responding completely for a few seconds (around 10 – 20 seconds most of the time), totally randomly. This is just plain irritating.
So, no offense to my Apple-supporting readers, but yesterday I exported my bookmarks and moved back to Firefox. No, it doesn’t look as good, and I’m not 100% happy with it. But at least it’s stable, and familiar, and pretty well supported!
So for now, that’s it from me.