I understand why Apple combined the search field and the URL field in Safari. They weren’t the first browser to do it. And yes, I too have accidentally typed a search term into the URL field almost as often as I’ve typed a URL into the search field. Generally speaking, I think the combination of the two fields is the right way to go. However, something isn’t quite smart enough yet. Sometimes I’ll start typing a URL: ”www.designaday” and then I’ll see the full URL listed in the menu that appears below the field: “www.designaday.tumblr.com”. Rather than finish typing it out, I hit the down arrow to select it and hit return. The next thing I see is Google’s page listing results for a search on the URL. What I selected in the menu was a search for the URL, not the URL itself.
I don’t want my auto-complete menu to present me with options for both search and navigation. It should just provide me with text and then be smart enough to determine if the text is a URL or not.