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Safari 5 announced, boasts twice the speed of Firefox 3.6

By Matthew
Jun 7, 2010
  1. In addition to officially uncorking the latest iPhone handset and operating system, Apple also announced Safari 5 today. The new build touts improved DNS prefetching and page caching, making it 30% quicker than Safari 4 (based on SunSpider 0.9.1, a JavaScript benchmark), 3% faster than the recently launched Chrome 5, and over two times the speed of Firefox 3.6.

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  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    I'm old, set in my ways, and I dislike all things Apple. So it looks like I'm just going to have to be patient with my beloved Firefox.
     
  3. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    all of these browsers feature and play 'speed wars' with each other. does it really make a difference to anybody if your page loads in .0003 as opposed to .0006 seconds? is there a an application where it makes a difference? maybe it does, would like to hear from someone that a thousandth of a sec matters.
     
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    You really are old and jaded when a 3% speed improvement over Chrome doesn't rock your world.
     
  5. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,059   +646

    Then again Firefox keeps slowing down with certain JS. Unfortunately no other browser is up to par in terms of customization and useful add-ons available.
     
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    Really, nice dark themes like "NASA Night Launch", "Old Factory", and my favorite, "Metal Lion 300" by Frank Lion. Oh, then there's "No Script". This all makes for a relaxing, tranquil, uninterrupted browsing experience.
     
  7. thatguyandrew92

    thatguyandrew92 TS Rookie Posts: 118

    This is great cause Safari has.....ummmm......uhhhhh.....I think I'll stick with FireFox
     
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    gather round chillin.....

    ...why in my day, we had nNtscape and 9600 baud. the time between pages gave us time to plow the fields or whittle...that's the way it was and we liked it!....weeee loved it!
     
  9. I just tried it for Windows. It is a competent browser. If you were using Safari 4 with now probs on windows, then Safari 5 is all under the hood stuff that you may not notice.

    However Safari 5 again seems a lot better on the OS X than Windows. My standard macbook run Safari with snap and excellent GUI responsiveness, while the Windows versions seems to be a step back even though it is the same machine through bootcamp. That said I still use Firefox as my mainbrowser when I need to do work, and Google Chrome for everything else.
     
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    Sort of makes you wonder if Apple planned it that way, doesn't it...?
     
  11. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    I stopped using Firefox, its noticeably slower than Chrome. Firefox has more add-ons, but I was starting to notice that some pages were loading annoyingly long.
     
  12. Thanks for that. Good one.
     
  13. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Indeed, one of the main reasons I love FF and don't plan to switch anytime soon. I'll still use Chrome as a secondary browser though.
     
  14. NeoFlux

    NeoFlux TS Booster Posts: 99   +11

    Exactly my case...
     
  15. samuelgrayie

    samuelgrayie TS Rookie

  16. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,911   +534

    Safari, no matter how fast it will become it won't be able to compete on a PC with firefox. (or even chrome). But i'm a bit skeptic about those speed claims. I need some benchmarks.
     
  17. Uhm, hmm, I'd rather stick with Opera and Chrome. And by the way, Opera 10.60 alpha beats every browser in JS performance, with Chrome 6 devel in second place.
     
  18. Basher

    Basher TS Rookie Posts: 54

    The "Reader" feature in Safari is REALLY nice. I've been browsing some tech sites using it and I'm very impressed. I can't get away from my NoScript, AdBlock+, and Firefox Sync though...
     
  19. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,920   +687

    Same! I like the feature but Firefox with AdBlock+ and NoScript with Fasterfox and its still unbeatable.
     
  20. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,560   +862

    can anyone confirm how fast this is on windows?
    rather than 1 person?
    or will i have to download myself...
     
  21. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 308

    Humm I run Palemoon http://www.palemoon.org/ (firefox opensource with stuff stripped out for speed) and it is superfast. I wouldn't run anything apple as they just feed your a bunch of BS. Twice as fast.... I would love to see actual proof of that...lol
     
  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    Would this be a hardship....?
     
  23. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,560   +862

    i have insanly slow download speeds
     
  24. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 812   +26

    Haha...reminds me of the fanboy article posted a few days ago :p

    Ditto. If you use firefox, installing Palemoon just puts it over firefox. You don't have to import your themes and bookmarks and whatever else. As soon as you install it, it's as if you were still using firefox...nothing changes other than the speed.
     
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    My Browser's Faster than Your Browser...Waddya Think of That..?

    Actually, I think you all sort of missed my original point. (Well I may have stretched the truth a bit also).

    I pretty much don't care about the script handling of FF, because 90% of the time, I block it.....http://noscript.net/

    I have 1 Meg DSL, so it's likely as much responsible for pages loading slowly as Firefox.. It this case, ignorance is really bliss.

    So, After combining "No Script" with the privacy settings available in FF, I won't be switching to "Chrome" or anything Apple anytime soon.

    Oh BTW, you can absolutely, positively put that Chrome browser someplace where the sun doesn't shine. This because the minute you fire it up, Google has its nose up your place the sun doesn't shine.

    Again call me a fanboi if you must, but I'm still sticking with Firefox
    Ouch, sorry to hear that. But switching browsers won't do anything to improve that.
     
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