Safari 5.0

Safari 5 is a web browser made by Apple for the Mac.
4.3  (122 votes)
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Safari 5 is a web browser made by Apple for the Mac. It is a lightweight and robust solution for every Mac user. It has always been a web browser that was very basic and gave priority to ease of use over unnecessary features.

This new version is no different. The first thing you will notice is that the user interface is very clean and intuitive. There are no toolbars at sight, but you can add a bookmark bar, if you want to. Although Safari is not known to be the most secure web browser for Mac, it has some nice features to avoid the most common attacks from websites and users. Privacy is also well taken care of.

Apple is a supporter of HTML 5, so it is no wonder that Safari is among the leaders for innovation and support of the standard. It now supports several features for development and playback of HTML5 content, including HD and full-screen videos. Javascript also plays faster than in other web browsers according to Apple.

There are a few new features with this release of Safari. The most innovative one in my opinion is "Reader". This feature allows you to block out ads and other elements in a website to give priority to what you are reading. When Safari detects that you are reading an article (I don't know how it does this), it will enable Reader mode. If you activate it, the application will pop-up the text and images of the article and block the rest, so you have no distractions.

A feature that I personally like is Safari's top sites screen. It allows you to save your most visited sites on a central screen from where you can access them all. It might be just a little slow at times, but it looks awesome. And Safari was the first web browser to natively implement it.

José Fernández
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Review summary


  • It is fast, smart and robust
  • Many features
  • Top sites is great


  • The only problem I have with Safari is that it won't fill the whole screen, not even when holding Shift
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