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Safari

Safari

Review

Safari is a lightweight and sleek internet browser that was a Mac-only application until 2007. It’s fast and easy-to-use, though because of its late debut, it’s probably...

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Safari review

Safari is a lightweight and sleek internet browser that was a Mac-only application until 2007. It’s fast and easy-to-use, though because of its late debut, it’s probably the least popular one among the top browsers under Windows.

The Windows version is no longer mentioned on Apple's Safari page. But even though Apple has killed off Safari for Windows, it’s still available for download. This browser looks gorgeous, performs well, and adds some compelling differences from the general run of browsers.

Functionality 4/5

Although Safari for Windows hasn’t been updated since 2012, it has most of the modern features such as drag and drop support, download manager, and customizable fonts. It also offers a unique feature called Reading List. It’s captured as cute eyeglasses icon on the top left of the page area and lets you save pages you are interested in but don’t have time to look through till later.

Reading List is just a variant on a bookmark, but the left sidebar that shows the site icons and titles for pages you added make it easier to find. There is an oddity, though. Once you click on a page’s entry to view it, this entry disappears from the list, and you can’t re-add it. You can only recall the page with an “All” option in the sidebar.

Along with other functions, the browser has Safari Reader that allows you to cut all the advertisements and visual distractions on the webpage to read an article, and Top Sites that offers an at-a-glance preview of your favorite websites. The feature is almost similar to RSS feed, but it allows you to preview a website in full rather than just a list of new content.

Although Safari is remarkably fast and offers all the basics you would expect from any browser, it lags behind the competition in customization options. The browser is noticeably less flexible than the competitors are when it comes to customizing toolbars. Also, it doesn't have syncing capabilities and lacks parental and zoom controls.

Design 5/5

Safari is designed to emphasize not the browser itself, but the browsing. Its frame is a single pixel wide, and you see a scroll bar only when you need it. There is no status bar by default — only a progress indicator that turns as your page loads. Tabs are at the very top of the browser, opening a wide window for viewing websites.

Safari’s clean look lets you simply enjoy the web.

Usability 4,5/5

Usability-wise, Safari is an excellent browser. It allows you to focus on the web, providing the essential features to do that.

Safari Reader strips out non-essential elements of a page including pictures and videos so that you can focus on the text. It’s a great boon for all those who are irritated by constant pop-ups and distracting elements on the webpages. Safari Reader saves you from installing ad-blockers and also attempts to display all pages of multipage articles in the Reader view. To activate this mode, simply click the "Reader" button in the address bar.

It produces what looks like a white sheet of paper with the article’s text in a large readable font. Occasionally, Reader misses the formatting of some elements within the text, but mostly everything in the main text body displays fine. A toolbar appears at the bottom of the page, letting you zoom, email, or print the article. Safari will remember the zoom size you chose for the next time, you open Reader.

You can easily manage tabs in the Safari browser, moving them back and forth on the bar, and out onto the desktop to create a new window. It’s also simple to drag a tab from one browser window into another.

The downside of Safari is that it doesn't support omnibox search, synchronization and alternative themes to be installed from the marketplace. Even though Safari can block pop-ups and support private browsing, unfortunately, there are no extensions for parental controls. And most importantly, Safari is no longer getting security updates, and therefore you should think twice before using it on Windows.

Cross-platform use 3,5/5

This version of Safari browser is compatible with Windows XP and up.

In-app purchases

Some of the add-ons you can find in the Safari Extensions Gallery are chargeable.

Conclusion

Safari is a fast and easy-to-use browser which has the majority of the basic features every competitive browser should have. Although it lacks customization options, it remains a good-looking, compliant application with exclusive functions such as Reading List, Safari Reader, and Top Sites.

Unfortunately, the Windows version of Safari is killed and won’t have any updates anymore, so there might be some security issues. You have to decide whether you want to take that risk or not.

Pros:

  • Fast launch and page load
  • Good-looking Mac OS design
  • Safari Reader and Reading list are beautiful interface elements
  • Built-in RSS reader
  • Fine tab implementation
  • Decent extension selection.

Cons:

  • Fast launch and page load
  • Good-looking Mac OS design
  • Safari Reader and Reading list are beautiful interface elements
  • Built-in RSS reader
  • Fine tab implementation
  • Decent extension selection.

Interface 5

Content and features 4

Usability 4.5

Compatibility 3.5

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