what is safari: A brief Tour of Safari

What is Safari, A Brief Tour:

Its definitely a lite version, of the orignal Safari that ships with Mac or Windows. The step down versions which used to ship with first generation of smart phones, are things of the past. This lite version is extremely close to what a small screen offer for web-browsing fun.

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Apple Safari icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Main Features:

  1. Pretty looking
  2. Fast compared to other browsers
  3. Experience that is close to Actual graphics on Mac version of the site (Actual Fonts, Layouts of the websites, and Graphics)

Safari Trip:

On the home screen of your iPhone, you would see the Safari icon,

sitting on the dock. Tap with your finger, and you are on the web, given you have a working Wi-Fi or 3G connection. For new users may think is the browsing experience good enough? Well it depends upon your data connection.

Great experience is mostly experienced when you are one the Wi-Fi hotspot or  LTE.

A less better option is to be on 3G, not for too heavy usage, if you do little tweaks, you can have a Wi-Fi like experience with 3G as well.

Features:

What do you get with the Desktop Browser? Well there’s nothing you are going to miss on this little bugger, just little adaptation is what you need, and you will experience great browsing, without noticing much of the time that you aren’t using desktop. Here is a brief list of features.

  1. Bookmarks,
  2. Auto-complete (for URL, read Web addresses),
  3. Shortcuts for Scroll
  4. Cookies,
  5. Add Blocker  for popups,
  6. Remembers your password
  7. etc

it doesn’t support flash to date. Also missing in the list are, Java, music streaming, and other plugins which you may come to use on desktop browser like Firefox.

Interface Elements:

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Address bar:

This box is where you enter the website addresses or what is normally called URL for a page you want to view.(URL means Uniform Resource Locator).

If you are unable to open a particular page, its probably because you haven’t entered the address correctly, or your internet connection isn’t working properly. Mostly people don’t realize that Web Addresses don’t have spaces in them and also no special characters are used in the address bar.

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Back, Forward:

Tap to go back to the previous page you visited, if this is the first page you visited then, back button would gray out.
If you have been hit back button after  visiting couple of pages, but now you want to go forward, then press forward.

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Toggle

To open more pages, and to toggle between opened pages you need to press this button. By default it wouldn’t show any number. This is also used to kill webpages you have opened so far.

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Share/Bookmark

This is  a multipurpose Button. While browsing the internet most likely you are going to come across the pages that you would love to visit again, for updates, or rereads. Also it lets you share the information on lot of platforms like Email, Facebook, and Twitter, Copy, and Print.

 

 

Joshua Logan
Journalist, Mobile Apps developer, and Human Computer Interaction expert writes columns and reviews for Technograte, TechWench, and other technology sites. He loves to write about interfaces, and adds opinions about how technology can serve us better. Google

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