Safari, as Apple's own internet browsing tour de force, is
usually positioned in relatively high regard against other corporate
programs. As it is built into most Apple
computers it served to reason that when Apple released the iPhone it would be
its first option. Those who have used
Safari over the years on their Macs will not be too surprised by the basic
functioning, but there will be a lot to get used to here. With Safari on your iPhone there is a mixture
of the classic elements of the internet browser and ways that are supposed to
make it more appropriate for a mobile format.
Inside it you will have to deal with limitations, technical specifics of
the iPhone, as well as the intricacies of the iPhone internet connection
module. Here are some tips to help you
work with Safari on your iPhone in a slightly easier way.
The first and best tip for using Safari on your iPhone is to
limit it, strange enough. There are so
many web based applications that port specific websites to your iPhone so that
they are more correctly fitted to the device.
Safari will essentially just make a website accessible on your iPhone,
but will not make it optimized for the device.
Instead you should see if some of your most visited corporate sites have
iPhone applications available already.
HBO, Amazon, Facebook, dozens of Twitter applications, Wikipedia,
MySpace, eBay, as well as a large numbers of others are already at the iTunes'
App Store. Google even has its search
function in the form of a free iPhone application, which can also be another
option if you are just doing some web surfing.
Safari should not be the first place you go for most of your standard
internet functions. Avoiding using Safari
is especially true for services like email that have built in functioning on
your iPhone. Again, Safari will not
allow you to work with your email account in an accessible way like the built
in function will. Try to make sure that
your email accounts are synced up immediately so you do not have to use Safari
for this process. Also remember that you cannot get real video functioning through Safari, so try to find web applications that will take up that function.
You are really going to want to use your iPhone as a fully
integrated communications and mobile device, so that means that all the things
on your computer should be able to port over in some fashion. This mainly refers to the functions that come
inherent to an Apple computer, so Calendars, Contacts, and media will all trace
their way over. The same is true of your
Bookmarks, whether they are in Safari or another web browser like Internet
Explorer. To get your Bookmarks over to
your iPhone just plug it into your computer to sync it. When it is in there go to the left hand bar
in iTunes and select your iPhone. Go to
the center panel and hit the Info tab, where you will find Web Browser. Here you will have the ability to find some
different web browsers, so select the one you want to bring your Bookmarks
over. Select the one you want and go
ahead and sync your iPhone again. Now
when you try to use Safari on your iPhone you will have all of those Bookmarks
The 3G network is a wonderful tool, but likely not the place
you want to go to first. Wi-Fi is almost
everywhere these days and is likely to be more reliable and fast for a long
time to come. Before immediately going
for the standard 3G network you may want to try to find a fast Wi-Fi network
before doing extensive use of Safari.
This is especially true in locations that have really fast free Wi-Fi,
like universities, or at your home near your own wireless internet hub.
Typing remains an issue for all iPhone functions, but since
you will likely be entering a whole number of text blocks in Safari you will
have to try to remedy some of these issues.
Turning the iPhone on its side to reveal a more accessible keyboard is
always the first step. If you are using
the Safari search function in the upper right hand corner you will likely just
have to use a couple letters of common searches before it remembers the words
that were used previously. Copy and
Paste, as a new function on the iPhone, will also shorten up this function because
it will end up requiring you to type a whole lot less. You will notice that usually when you are
working in Safari you will have a '.com' button right there for you so you do
not have to type it out. When you hold
down the '.com' button you will also get '.net,' '.org', and '.edu.'
Hyperlinks are still a little strange when using Safari as
it is not immediately apparent where these go. If you want to figure out where this link is
leading you can just press your finger down on it and hold it there. This will then give you a little window that
drops the information on you that you were looking for.
You may want to really customize what you want from your
iPhone's Safari and go affect its settings. Go into the iPhone's Settings option and then
find Safari, which is in the third section and above Messages and below Phone. Here you are going to get a number of
different options, ranging from what you want to filer out and allow in. The first option is to decide what type of
search engine you want the Safari search function to come in, which is set as
Google for default. You can also turn on
AutoFill which will tap from your Contacts or Names & Passwords to
Ups, and Fraud Warnings are all set to on and you can easily turn them off,
though there is little benefit to doing this.
It is here you can also clear your History and Cookies, which is good
for cleaning your internet usage.