The Safari Challenge

I happened across an interesting post by Chris Coyier recently: The Safari Challenge. Besides being a creative example of the “blogazine” concept, it sums-up an issue that has been bothering me lately. Should I be using Firefox or Safari?

I’ve traditionally been a Firefox guy. I like Firefox. I like the peeps at Mozilla, and they do great things. I also like Apple, and when I can, I try to use Apple products. So for an entire week, I decided I was going to suck it up and just try and make the switch to using Safari as my main web browser. No going back and forth, no half-assing it. All-or-nothing. Some people claim to be able to use different web browsers for different things. Not me, I can’t do that. I can’t even have more than one pair of shoes without getting confused.

I, too, have long been a Firefox user. I’ve liked the browser ever since it was first released back in 2004. It’s still my primary browser, even since becoming a full-time Mac user. There are several extensions that I depend on, such as the veritable Firebug.

But it just seems so slow. All of its major competitors are now so much faster than the browser that single-handedly put an end to Microsoft’s decade of browser domination. What went wrong? Why isn’t it being rectified?

Safari is a great browser, but I can’t give up functionality for the speed, however tempting it may be.

Chris’s title, The Safari Challenge, is more apt than he probably thought. That is the very challenge Mozilla faces: to catch up to the speed of Safari and Chrome. Hopefully it will be soon.

  • Blaine Moore

    I don’t use Safari very often, but I’ve switched over to Chrome for most of my browser use (although I still use FireFox on occasion.) I switch between a Mac and an XP machine. Since starting to use LastPass for password management instead of the Password Hasher plugin for FireFox I’ve been happier on Chrome…the Password Hasher is very convenient, but once you have a few hundred passwords it just gets so slow as to be almost worthless. Last Pass is easier and works on all my browsers no matter which system I’m on.

  • Mike Helton

    I have never used Safari so I don’t know what the benefits would be to using it. I use FireFox as my default webbrowser and have for a long time.

    But I have found that as far as large videos go, FireFox does not do well so I started using Google Chrome for times when I know I’m going to be viewing large videos like in membership sites.

    So far Google Chrome is a great browser, but I use RoboForm for my passwords and Google Chrome has no app for that. Until they do, I will use FireFox for my default browser.