Ars Technica reviews Safari 4. To wit: Flashy, impressive, frivolous.
As if being drop-dead serious is the hallmark of browser technology.
With new elements (like coverflow) that tie Safari more closely to the iconic iTunes interface, as well as elements (tabs UI) that scoop Google’s release of the Chrome browser for Mac, together with a Nitro engine that arrives ahead of Firefox with TraceMonkey – Apple has just counted coup in the browser war.
The whole experience is flashy and graphically impressive, but frivolous and unnecessary. … Cover Flow, Apple’s flashy UI that now permeates everything from music browsing to file management, has also made its way to Safari. The Bookmarks and History management area is now centered around a Cover Flow panel. Thumbnail previews are generated for both the pages in your browsing history and bookmarks, and while Cover Flow is indeed handy for picking out a diamond in the rough, the thumbnail process seems to be a little buggy.