Been toying with the new Safari beta for a while, and it seems noticeably zipper than the latest build of Firefox 3. This is all the more impressive considering that with high bandwith connections, most sites load almost immediately regardless of what browser your using.
I’ve seen some conflicting reviews about the ‘Top Sites’ feature, but I think it’s a great feature that gives you an instant overview of the sites you check in on the most often. Some say its eye candy just for the sake of eye candy, but I think it’s as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing. My only gripe is that it’d be nice if you could get rid of the ‘Top Sites’ screen by clicking the same grid-like button used to bring up the screen in the first place. In other words, why not turn the ‘Top Site’s button into a dashboard for the web browser – one click to get in and one click to get out.
Also, I’m not as against viewing bookmarks and site history via cover flow as I thought I’d be. It’s not a feature I’d necessarily use on a daily basis, but it’s nice to know its there. One thing I’m not so keen on is the placement of the tab buttons above the address bar. Maybe I’ll get used to it, but for the time being, I like my tabs where I can see ’em.
All in all, I’m just getting into Safari 4, but thought I’d give a little synopsis of my initial impressions. Altogether, the update feels a lot snappier, and has a lot of new features that should help streamline web browsing for newbies and seasoned surfers (i.e nerds) alike.
How are you guys out there liking the latest beta of Safari? Holla back in the comments if ya like.