If we are truly living in The Golden Age of Mac Browsers, and all the best browsers are free (and they are), why would anyone pay 99-cents for a browser?
How about a lean, mean, high-speed browsing machine for less than a buck? Yeah, I’m finding it hard to believe someone charges for a browser, but some people still believe in fairy tales.
What Price Speed?
Alright, let me cut to the chase. Apple says there are already enough farting apps in the iPhone App Store. Maybe there are already enough browsers available for Mac users.
Go down the list. Safari. Chrome. Opera. Firefox.
Yes, there are die hard SeaMonkey, Camino, and iCab users out there. But they number in the dozens.
Why would someone come along with another browser, that doesn’t even do what other browsers do, and then charge you 99-cents for the privilege of using it?
I’m stumped, too. But sometimes, when I’m browsing the Mac App Store, I get carried away.
Webchen is billed as a fast Mac browser. Let’s be honest. They’re all fast browsers. Webchen uses the less is more theory of app development. It’s less than all the other browsers, so it claims to be faster.
Features? Fogettaboutit. There’s not much going on in Webchen’s browsing experience, so I can’t really write about what it does different than all the other browsers. It starts up faster. But it’s not as if other browsers are slow.
It doesn’t use much of the Mac’s CPU (Safari, I’m looking’ at you!).
For Mac OS X Lion users there’s a full screen mode (which, by the way, looks pretty crummy when web pages are so much smaller than the browser’s window).
The Toolbar looks like Safari. If you like swiping and other gestures in Lion, Webchen can do a few of those. It can fake to a web site as if it’s Safari or Firefox. Like Safari, it will save Web Archives.
It doesn’t come with all the developer tools you’ll find in Safari or Firefox, but it’s more attractive and simple looking than Google’s Chrome.
What’s missing is all the standard features you’ve come to expect in a browser. In exchange for that and 99-cents, you get a browser that’s, well, very fast, perhaps the fastest among many fast browsers. It’s hard to tell. They’re all fast at displaying web pages and that’s pretty much all a browser needs to do.