This has become a major annoyance for me when using Safari on iOS, and I wonder why Apple does not fix this.
On my Android device (Droid X) the experience is the same I can type a URL, or search term in to the Address bar.
When you are in the URL field (on the left), the keyboard is designed to type URL only does not have a space bar, so you can not even try to enter a search term there. If you are in the search field (on the right) you then get the regular keyboard with the Space bar allowing you to search:
Is anyone else bothered by this? I frequently find myself trying to search in the URL bar, realizing after I finished typing (the first word) of my search string, only to have to do it over in the Search field, why doesn’t mobile safari just work like every other browser out there?
I am sure there are other browsers available for iOS, Opera comes to mind, Firefox Mobile does not seem to have iOS support yet, but I really haven’t bothered to look at it or other options, the browser that ships should be good enough for my mobile browsing needs.