I got a new computer a couple weeks ago and as part of the set up I had to make that age old decision, which browser to use.
Of course I download Firefox and Chrome so I have all three, but which one am I going to commit to this time. Which one will I stock up with all my cookies, auto-fills, saved passwords, usage history and bookmarks?
I've been using Chrome and have been pretty satisfied with it, but one thing I have been wanting, is a more streamline experience between my iPhone and my desktop.
I'd like to be able to bookmark on my phone and access those pages from my laptop. I use a myriad of methods for saving, storing and cataloging the web; delicious, Pocket (Read It Later), Pinterest, Emails to myself with the subject line "To Read", Google Reader and more, but I've found that the easiest thing to do do on the iPhone is to bookmark a page as you can't use the same plug-ins you get on desktop browsers for the phone (unless I'm missing something, which could be the case but I have looked). Anyway, so I decided to give Safari a try again and just like the 5 other times I've tried to use it I gave up pretty quickly. This time I thought I'd take a moment to unpack why it doesn't work for me in an effort to learn something.
Here are 4 issues that I can't get over with Safari.
1. The address bar doesn't work as the search bar.
Why would they leave this out? It doesn't hurt anything and would definitely relieve the frustration of folks trying to switch from Chrome or Firefox. To make it worse when you add a new tab it defaults the cursor into the address bar. I would guess that 99% of the time users are entering keywords, not a specific url when they attempt to navigate to a website.
To tell you the truth I can't figure out the logic behind what you put in the address bar, sometimes I get an error page, sometimes it assumes "Search term + .com", sometimes it searches the History, sometimes it searches Amazon! I don't have time to figure this out. I did spend some time in Preferences trying to configure it but that yielded no fruit.
2. It doesn't erase the search term from the box once I complete the search.
This is problem for me because I constantly have folks at work looking at my screen, including clients. I can't have leftover search terms hanging out in there for anyone to see. For the record I don't have a rash :) but this is a good illustration of the problem.
3. The placement of the close tab button.
Chrome and Firefox have it on the right and this seems to prevent accidentally closing it when trying to select it.
I am constantly accidentally closing tabs and loosing sites I spent time finding. I do a ton of research in my day to day work and often have multiple windows with many tabs open. I can't remember what's in all of them but if they are open I need them. If I mistakenly close one because of a miss click I can't even be sure what I closed to find it again, but I can be sure I lost something that I deemed important. Not cool Safari.
4. The visual display of tabs is poor when you have many open and/or the window re-sized.
Which one would you choose?
These are just a few of the considerations that caused me to abandon my use of Safari yet again. I guess the theme of my dissatisfaction revolves around efficiency of use and not wasting my time. This is a good reminder that no amount of special features or performance enhancements can out way feelings of frustration or time wasting.
So what do you feel are deal breakers for your browser or other key software? What do you like about your browser?