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jmon12179
Mar 13, 2011, 03:03 PM
Hi all. I just received my 13in 4ram 128 Air and I was curious what you all use as your primary web browser? I use Firefox at work but have become increasingly annoyed with its crashing and resource hogging.
Do people like Firefox on the Air? Should I experiment with Chrome? Or just stick with Safari?
Thanks for any help all.



MacDawg
Mar 13, 2011, 03:06 PM
Try them all yourself and pick what suits you and your work flow the best
I prefer Safari and use Chrome sparingly... never Firefox

miles01110
Mar 13, 2011, 03:06 PM
Why don't you just try any of those three for yourself and see which one you like better? They're all free.

GGJstudios
Mar 13, 2011, 03:46 PM
the best web-browser (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1105944)
Which is the best browser for Mac, esp. for clarity? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1082013)
best browser on MBP (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1044218)
Best OSX browser? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1026494)
best browser for flash? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=960242)
Favorite browser? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1008013)
Which is your favorite Mac browser and why? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1115544)

gwsat
Mar 13, 2011, 04:00 PM
Basically, you can't go wrong, no matter which browser you choose. Chrome, Safari, and Firefox all do a great job these days, so which you choose is just a matter of deciding which browser's features mean the most to you. I use Chrome because its ability to handle tabs by default works well for me but the others have other features that work better than Chrome's do. Thus, its a matter of personal choice, any of which is going to be just fine.

halledise
Mar 13, 2011, 05:26 PM
Safari +1 - no contest. :D

install the latest Flash offering from Adobe, then also ClickToFlash

can't go wrong

Cheffy Dave
Mar 13, 2011, 05:41 PM
Try them all yourself and pick what suits you and your work flow the best
I prefer Safari and use Chrome sparingly... never Firefox

Why so MD?

ritmomundo
Mar 14, 2011, 02:10 PM
i prefer safari with clicktoflash, because 1) i like the look of safari a bit more than firefox and 2) clicktoflash saves a ton on battery life.

I have firefox too, and use it only when im trying to get to a page thats incompatible with safari... I've tried chrome, and I just don't like the feel of it.

Never had a problem regarding smoothness/lag/whatever with any of these browsers on my MBA 11.

gwsat
Mar 14, 2011, 02:51 PM
i prefer safari with clicktoflash, because 1) i like the look of safari a bit more than firefox and 2) clicktoflash saves a ton on battery life.

I have firefox too, and use it only when im trying to get to a page thats incompatible with safari... I've tried chrome, and I just don't like the feel of it.

Never had a problem regarding smoothness/lag/whatever with any of these browsers on my MBA 11.
I just discovered that the problem I had with Safari that convinced me to switch to Chrome got fixed somewhere along the line. I quit Safari a longtime ago because whenever I opened it after rebooting my old MBP it would take what seemed like 30 days and 30 nights to load my homepage. When I first tried this on my MBA several months ago, Safari still loaded much more slowly than Chrome did so I stuck with Chrome.

Today in the interest of science I rebooted the MBA and loaded Safari the first thing after the boot process finished. Wow! Safari loaded instantaneously. I was very impressed. I plan to stick with Chrome for the present only because it reloads the pages that were loaded when it was last closed. I also like its capability to save usernames and passwords for individual sites. So far as I know, Safari can't do either yet. Still, Safari is a good browser.

Hellhammer
Mar 14, 2011, 02:56 PM
I plan to stick with Chrome for the present only because it reloads the pages that were loaded when it was last closed.

SafariRestore (http://www.sweetpproductions.com/extensions/extensions.htm) adds this function if you're interested ;)

BENJMNS
Mar 14, 2011, 03:05 PM
The trouble with macs like chrome since their market share is so small compared to PCs is the lack of plug-ins and general support for enterprise products like say webex.

so when i have to use webex conferencing (one example), i have to use firefox as webex/cisco doesn't support chrome today.

i just chrome 99% of of the time. it looks good, but it' sa commodity. i can use other browsers and get by just fine too.

GGJstudios
Mar 14, 2011, 03:05 PM
...I plan to stick with Chrome for the present only because it reloads the pages that were loaded when it was last closed.
You mean like this, in Safari?:
276012

gwsat
Mar 14, 2011, 03:08 PM
SafariRestore (http://www.sweetpproductions.com/extensions/extensions.htm) adds this function if you're interested ;)
Thanks, I'll check it out. I have also come to rely on the Chrome utility that prompts you to save a username and password for further use. Some highly secure sites, my bank's for instance, block the utility somehow but it works for most sites.

GGJstudios
Mar 14, 2011, 03:10 PM
Thanks, I'll check it out. I have also come to rely on the Chrome utility that prompts you to save a username and password for further use. Some highly secure sites, my bank's for instance, block the utility somehow but it works for most sites.
Safari does that, as well, except for a few https sites.

gwsat
Mar 14, 2011, 03:39 PM
Safari does that, as well, except for a few https sites.
I searched Safari's preferences, albeit briefly, looking for a utility that would prompt me to save usernames and passwords but didn't find anything. How would I set it up? If it's too long a piece of string to explain here, please feel free to PM me. Thanks.

GGJstudios
Mar 14, 2011, 03:52 PM
I searched Safari's preferences, albeit briefly, looking for a utility that would prompt me to save usernames and passwords but didn't find anything. How would I set it up? If it's too long a piece of string to explain here, please feel free to PM me. Thanks.
Works great!
276022

gwsat
Mar 14, 2011, 04:09 PM
Works great!
276022
Thanks! Now that you've told me where it is, it turns out I already had it setup in my Safari preferences but didn't know it. One of these days I will shake off my sloth and give Safari an extended workout.

GGJstudios
Mar 14, 2011, 04:12 PM
Thanks! Now that you've told me where it is, it turns out I already had it setup in my Safari preferences but didn't know it. One of these days I will shake off my sloth and give Safari an extended workout.
When I first migrated to Mac, I decided to force myself to use only Mac apps, whenever possible, so I would learn them faster. As a result, I've found Safari to be more than satisfactory for my needs, even though I was a die-hard Firefox user in Windows.

jmon12179
Mar 14, 2011, 04:26 PM
When I first migrated to Mac, I decided to force myself to use only Mac apps, whenever possible, so I would learn them faster. As a result, I've found Safari to be more than satisfactory for my needs, even though I was a die-hard Firefox user in Windows.


this is where i am at as well. this is my first foray into the world of macdom. i use firefox now on my win7 machine. just was curious what worked best on an air. ill probably just stick with safari.

on another note, these boards are great. have been useful. now i just need to figure out how to move my music library from a windows machine onto my portable harddrive and use said library from the harddrive rather than uploading to my air.

MJedi
Mar 14, 2011, 04:32 PM
I use Firefox because of the Tab Mix Plus and Ctrl-Tab extensions. Yeah, Firefox seems to use more resources, but these extensions are essential to my browsing habits. If anyone can tell me if Chrome and/or Safari have similar extensions, I would gladly switch to them.

GGJstudios
Mar 14, 2011, 04:32 PM
now i just need to figure out how to move my music library from a windows machine onto my portable harddrive and use said library from the harddrive rather than uploading to my air.
iTunes on External Hard Drive Question (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1070505)

jmon12179
Mar 14, 2011, 04:40 PM
iTunes on External Hard Drive Question (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1070505)


Thanks!

matelot
Mar 14, 2011, 04:44 PM
chrome

gwsat
Mar 14, 2011, 08:52 PM
When I first migrated to Mac, I decided to force myself to use only Mac apps, whenever possible, so I would learn them faster. As a result, I've found Safari to be more than satisfactory for my needs, even though I was a die-hard Firefox user in Windows.
Interesting. When I got my first Mac in 2003 I shifted from MS Explorer, which I had used on Windows machines for many years, to Safari. I used Safari on my Macs exclusively until a year or two ago, when I shifted to Chrome. As noted in earlier posts, Chrome loaded faster than Safari and handled tabs much better, too. Although most of Safari's weaknesses have been corrected, I have come to like Chrome quite a lot so, being lazy, I will stick with it for now.

chiamac
Mar 14, 2011, 11:26 PM
I use Chrome and it is quick and smooooooth. It has a built-in "Click2Flash" under settings (I'm using the Dev channel, not sure if the public release "Stable" has it)... it's a GODSEND:

http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/8960/clickforflash.png

stylinexpat
Mar 16, 2011, 08:57 AM
You mean like this, in Safari?:
276012

Learned something new, thanks :)

HiddenGem
Mar 16, 2011, 09:19 AM
I just stick with Safari and sometimes use Firefox as it's more compatible with my work intrarnet from home.

jmon12179
Mar 17, 2011, 03:50 PM
Well a week in to the Air and ive been tryin to force myself to use Safari. Havin a slow go of it though so far as Im a long time Firefox user. Tryin not to give in so easily though.

Charlie Sheen
Mar 17, 2011, 03:52 PM
Safari is the best browser for the air. But if you want you could give chromium a try.

ufkdo
Mar 17, 2011, 04:10 PM
Chrome is just the best for me.

IngerMan
Mar 17, 2011, 05:01 PM
I switched to Chrome a few weeks ago after 3 years with Safari. I like Chrome a little better. But when Lion comes out I heard some of the new features will only be supported for Safari. At that point I will be trying Safari back.

parkiebear
Mar 18, 2011, 04:49 PM
I use Firefox; tried Safari when I first migrated from Vista to an MBA, but never got used to it, so reverted to FF. Probably ought to give Safari another go, but maybe sometime....

GNice
Mar 18, 2011, 05:43 PM
I'm also a Firefox fan...why?

- Great set of plugins
- With Firefox 4 it's very fast (running the RC)
- I generally like the way it looks

Obviously to each his own, but there are just little things that annoy me about Safari (ex.-don't have plugins that I want) and Chrome (not as spartan with memory).

boca76
Mar 19, 2011, 02:29 AM
Safari is the worst browser out there.
I have the feeling that it is three times slower than the other browsers.

I think that Firefox 4 is the best browser because it's the fastest.
I did test Chrome 10 but for the webpages which I visit most Firefox is faster.

It's all about speed isn't it ?

GGJstudios
Mar 19, 2011, 02:35 AM
Safari is the worst browser out there.
Any proof?
I have the feeling that it is three times slower than the other browsers.
Any proof?
I think that Firefox 4 is the best browser because it's the fastest.
Any proof?
It's all about speed isn't it ?
Is it? It may be for you, but not for everyone.

boca76
Mar 19, 2011, 02:38 AM
Any proof?

Any proof?

Any proof?

Is it? It may be for you, but not for everyone.

Try it out for yourself .
I think you might need no more proof than that.

I'm sure that for the majority of people the speed of the browser is top priority especially having in mind that the other features are nearly same quality in all top browsers.

major7
Mar 19, 2011, 06:31 AM
when i bought my mba i started using safari as it was built-in. But then i installed firefox and noticed that safari was spendind more memory then ff but nothing that would compromise performance...i stick with FF only because im more used to it.

Generally, I think that Today's browsers are all very similar and its really a question of taste.

petalino
Mar 19, 2011, 08:58 AM
I am having some weird delay issues using SAfari and Gmail on my 11" MBA.

See this thread where I wrote about it:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1087482




Hi all. I just received my 13in 4ram 128 Air and I was curious what you all use as your primary web browser? I use Firefox at work but have become increasingly annoyed with its crashing and resource hogging.
Do people like Firefox on the Air? Should I experiment with Chrome? Or just stick with Safari?
Thanks for any help all.

neteng101
Mar 19, 2011, 09:05 AM
Chrome becomes a memory hog for those who love having tons of tabs open (me included) so I avoid it like the plague. I use it on a PC as a 2nd browser to Firefox, but only with 2 tabs max and its never been impressive there (just that Safari on a PC is pretty bad, and IE is something I never bother with).

Firefox is my main browser - it has extensive add-on support but I've had crashes on OSX before with earlier versions of 3.6, but of late they've gone away. There are times it gets stuck with scripts... typically from a very active Facebook chat group window being open, once I stop the script and close the window and reopen it, things are back to normal.

Safari works but it lacks the add-ons and such.

Bluezeno
Mar 20, 2011, 02:34 AM
I use chrome but I'll admit that it wouldn't kill me to switch over to firefox. I just like it a lot beter because it feels much snappier. The most distinguishing feature to me is that chrome's adblock features lack a LOT compared to firefox. Adblock Plus nor Adblock can block pandora ads whereas Firefox's can block Pandora as well as hulu ads. In addition, Chrome doesn't support a download manager such as "download them all" whereas in firefox this is not a problem. So although chrome does feel a lot snappier to me, maybe I'll switch to firefox once the full retail version comes out (after the RC2)

Safari lacks the most in addons and feels the least "snappiest" to me. Those who argue "iDisk" is better than "dropbox" or those who are stupid enough to pay for apple's "mobileme" service just so everything they use on a laptop can be considered "apple" will most likely be seen using safari. Maybe they're OCD or have a strange obsession with apple. I don't know. All I'm saying is I see no reason in using safari over firefox or chrome but I'm not trying to stop anyone. I'm just posting my opinion.

ecib
Mar 20, 2011, 12:53 PM
I use Safari without Flash.

Under Safari's Preferences menu on the advanced tab, you can click the box to 'Show Develop menu in menu bar', which I enabled.

So I get good battery life, and anytime I run into a page where I need Flash, I just click the Develop menu and choose 'Open page with Chrome', and it autoloads the page with Chrome which has flash baked in. Works perfectly for me.

I stopped using Firefox a while ago because it was horribly slow, though it has the best extensions. From what I've read the newer versions sound faster, but I've never had Chrome or Safari cause any frustrations, so I probably won't go back until I find a need, not to mention that Chrome and Safari have caught up extension-wise for the most useful, popular extensions anyway.

PeterKG
Mar 20, 2011, 12:57 PM
Hi all. I just received my 13in 4ram 128 Air and I was curious what you all use as your primary web browser? I use Firefox at work but have become increasingly annoyed with its crashing and resource hogging.
Do people like Firefox on the Air? Should I experiment with Chrome? Or just stick with Safari?
Thanks for any help all.

In order to keep my MBA, flash free, I went with this setup.....

http://daringfireball.net/2010/11/flash_free_and_cheating_with_google_chrome

It has been perfect, and also has improved my battery life.

Blakeasd
Mar 20, 2011, 01:10 PM
Safari for Mac OS X Lion and Chrome for the other Mac OS X's

Staindsoul
Mar 20, 2011, 06:59 PM
Found safari to be the best