To be honest I don’t have a clue. Safari is fast, easy to use and well integrated into OS X. Is it because I’m an Apple fan boy that it continue to use it? When I first switched to a Mac I was a die hard FireFox user and it was not until Safari 3.1 came out that I got hooked. But sometimes I just want to kill the thing. Today, I was doing a little web development and trying to track down an issue that just turned out to be Safari page caching. What a waist of time! I jump over to FireFox and didn’t have any issues with page changes.
Safari has one major advantage, spell checking. I can’t spell rikc (sorry Rick), so spell checking is a must. Now on FireFox, I used to use the plug-in Spellbound, but it seems to be unmaintained and who wants to install Aspell and a plug-in to get spell checking. It already comes with Safari and uses the integrated dictionary. As someone who does some web development, Firebug or something like it is a must. So having Web Inspector in Safari lead me to thinking I had the perfect browser. Being that I own an iPhone, I have enjoyed the bookmark syncing as well.
At Sugar Creek we started using a new event management system that only works in FireFox or Internet Exploder (not a spelling error). Now I’m having to run both browsers. Not an Apple issue (come on ServiceU get your act together so I can use this in Safari and my iPhone), but just another reason that leaves me on the browser fence. Safari is so close, just a little more and I will be a committed Safari user. Until then I’ll have to keep dancing between the two browsers.