For some years, Safari has been my default browser. I generally prefer its choices in framing and ergonomics and shortcuts over all others. But I’ve had to stop using it.
Via John Gruber, who added:
I’m seeing the same things Bray is with Safari for Mac, particularly the performance problems when you have a lot of windows and tabs open.
I’m also frustrated by the same performance problems with Safari 5.1 on Lion, although it was similar on Snow Leopard as of my (relatively late) Lion upgrade two weeks ago.
I don’t even have Flash installed, so I can’t blame that: Safari 5.1 is just incredibly slow in general web rendering, scrolling, and other interactions. It’s a huge regression from the performance of Safari 5.0, and feels even slower than Mobile Safari on my iPad 2 at times.
I used Chrome full-time at work for a few months last year and it was good enough that I didn’t run screaming back to Safari, but not so good that I was motivated to switch to Chrome on my home computer. Maybe I’ll try it again until Apple sorts out the Safari 5.1 performance problems.