If Mobile Safari crashes on me one more time...

My Mobile Safari Woes

I've always had my eye on Apple's iPhone, but have resisted the temptation to actually purchase one. I have a rather cheap LG phone for my personal use and a relatively reasonable rate plan with 1,000 minute per month -- making the move to the iPhone wasn't exactly what I considered to be sound financial move for my needs.

So I went to the next best thing that would suit me: an iPod touch. I currently have in my possession a 32GB iPod touch 2G that I carry everywhere with me -- a device that my fiancé thinks I probably spend too much time with. I love everything from the built-in speaker, to the slim and light profile, to the dozens of apps that I have downloaded from the Apple App Store, to the gorgeous 3.5" display.

I use it my car, when I'm on an airplane, I use it to look up important information on the go, I use it as my sole internet device when I'm lounging around the house, and in other places that shall remain nameless...

But there is one thing that irritates the hell out of me about the iPod touch and its iPhone brother. It's not the lack of copy and paste (although I want it, I've learned to just live without it) and it's not the lack of flash support -- it's the awful Mobile Safari web browser. If I had a dollar for every time that Safari has crashed on me, I could probably have bought another iPod touch 2G to give to my fiancé for Christmas.

Mobile Safari shows no mercy and will crash on me at the most inopportune time at random. There's no specific pattern to the crashes, it just chooses to do so whenever it wants. I could have one tab open and a relatively simple site like eBay or Craigslist and it will crash. I could be browsing my favorite car forum like The Car Lounge which is mostly text-based and watch Safari crash in the most polite way: by simply fading to black and kicking me back to the Home screen.

Mobile Safari has another, more devilish side (from my own personal experience) that burns me up even more. About once a week, Mobile Safari will decide to crash harder than Billy Joel into the side of a house. It will crash as usual and then lose the cookies for all 100+ sites I visit. And you know what that means; I must re-enter my login/passwords and preferences for every single site after the crash.

Using “the Google” to search for help on the topic has done nothing to solve my problems, because most people seem to hate Mobile Safari with a passion due to the crashes. I've tried everything from doing a full restore to trying to run my iPod touch in its most base form with no third-party applications installed to no avail.

I was, however, delighted to see that Apple decided to tackle Safari issues with its latest 2.2 firmware update. The update proclaimed that it "Improved stability and performance of Safari." Ummm, nope! Same crashing problems.

Which leads me to this -- in the words of Kennan Thompson of Saturday Night Live, "FIX IT!

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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