There are any number of browsers you could choose to use on Mac OSX, Safari, Firefox, Camino, Opera and others. The choices are almost limitless and yet some just stand out more than others. I think all Mac users can agree that Safari can become very sluggish but if you are just stuck on using Safari there are a few ways to make it not so sluggish.
Erik Kennedy of ArsTechnica is running an article all about optimizing Safari and making it faster though some of the comments disagree with him and claim that some or all of his ideas will fail to make Safari run any faster than it does normally. Maybe, maybe not but I don’t use Safari so I wouldn’t know. MacFixIt has even more suggestions but those articles are about to require a subscription in order to read them.
There is but one browser that stands out on Mac OSX for its pure speed. Before I go on, the other browsers that appeared in a test at MacInTalk were Opera, Camino, Firefox, OmniWeb and the Safari Webkit. The one browser that performs best on OSX is OmniWeb. Now, I don’t like OmniWeb not because it isn’t a good program but because you have to pay for the full version.
I realize that Mac users are in kind of a niche market but throw us a bone here, I don’t want to have to pay for a web browser. I can understand paying for PhotoShop, Micrsoft Office and any other professional tools but to have to pay for a web browser is just silly (even if it is only $14.95).
Nonetheless, OmniWeb is the winner next to the Safari Webkit. Actually, the Safari Webkit managed scores well within the realm of OmniWeb and the Webkit is free. I like free. Of course, you could run into problems using nightly builds and webkits, I’m not sure because this is something I have not tried (yet).
I’m not going to pay for a web browser, ever, period. Even if the free ones are slower than paid offerings, it’s not something that I’m going to do.