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Sangdushi
Sep 20, 2011, 05:15 PM
just ordered the baseline 13". so damn excited...


I watch a lot of flash videos, and my online homework website needs flash too so I NEED flash. I tried the htlm5 youtube program on my current pc laptop but the videos were all 280 or 320p and looked bad so I don't think I want to do that. although I haven't tried it on safari so I wouldn't know if it's different.

I think I would rather use chrome because I'm used to it but I don't want to miss out on all the multi touch gestures optimized for safari. or should I just install the flash plugin? I keep reading so many threads about people uninstalling flash completely on their macbooks so I'm starting to think it works horribly on the mac and don't want to suffer from lower battery or performance issues.

what do you guys use?



iphonedude2008
Sep 20, 2011, 05:49 PM
You won't miss out on the multitouch features in Chrome, but they won't be as smooth as in safari. Safari 5 is a lot like Chrome in terms of UI, so you won't need to relearn a browser. I can't say for the flash though, as I am on a MacBook Pro, but I don't have any problems with flash (I guess I'm lucky:D).

It all comes down to personal preference, I prefer safari because of the smooth multitouch gestures and apple support. If you like Chrome better, great, use it.

orfeas0
Sep 20, 2011, 06:01 PM
About flash, you should install ClickToFlash.
It blocks all flash content (like annoying ads) and when you need a flash video or site, you click to unblock it. Easy and useful.

yusukeaoki
Sep 20, 2011, 06:44 PM
I love my safari.
But its a RAM eater.
Open the browser and already eats 1.7GB.

Chrome, not my fav but is sure is light.
Only 600MB when opened.

It depends on which one you like the most.

miggitymac
Sep 20, 2011, 07:20 PM
Safari's not bad...I go back and forth between Safari and Chrome but I prefer Chrome most of the time.

EDIT: now that swiping gestures in Chrome are back I'll probably be using Chrome 99% of the time.

aeboi
Sep 20, 2011, 07:41 PM
Chrome, fast & efficient

vitzr
Sep 20, 2011, 07:50 PM
Nothing is as stable fast and fun as Chrome.

The Google Chrome Web Store finally has a very wide array of extensions and apps now that are even more useful than the Firefox selection.

iReader is awesome for stripping away all the ads so you can read a web page fast.

They have terrific extensions for Evernote, Catch, and Simplenote.

Many of the extensions offer a lot of automation, saving valuable time.

A great Screen Capture extension by Google, and on and on.

Chrome is the first browser I use nearly exclusively, even though I have all the popular ones installed.

It's really sped up and improved my work flow tremendously.

Cheffy Dave
Sep 20, 2011, 07:54 PM
If you like BeachBalls, go with Safari, otherwise Chrome is the one, and the speedster is the new Chrome Canary Beta, both work flawlessly in Lion, without spinning BeachBalls:cool:

Beaverman3001
Sep 20, 2011, 08:20 PM
I like Safari but its performance in Lion leaves a lot to be desired. Some extensions seemingly stop working and memory management is worse, unfortunately.

caonimadebi
Sep 20, 2011, 08:34 PM
Safari is the only OS X stable release browser that is 64-bit, RAM-permitting, it is the fastest at rendering pages. Otherwise, Chrome has more feature and is a little more stable.

orfeas0
Sep 20, 2011, 09:25 PM
I love my safari.
But its a RAM eater.
Open the browser and already eats 1.7GB.

Chrome, not my fav but is sure is light.
Only 600MB when opened.

It depends on which one you like the most.
What the hell? I have 6gb on my windows laptop and Chrome with 2 tabs only takes 113mb!! I thought Mac OSX was lightweight :S I don't get it...
Safari is the only OS X stable release browser that is 64-bit, RAM-permitting, it is the fastest at rendering pages. Otherwise, Chrome has more feature and is a little more stable.

Sorry but chrome is the fastest browser (in rendering pages obviously).

I just tested my Chrome browser. Spammed ctrl+click on the MBA forum (opens the link in a new tab), I opened 38 tabs. Chrome uses around 500mb for that...

lukekarts
Sep 21, 2011, 09:23 AM
I find it hard to fault Chrome. I get the odd crash now and then but I'm never sure whether it's me opening 30 pages at once; and whether it's the browser of the MBA crying for help.

JSalig
Sep 21, 2011, 09:34 AM
Loving safari. If it starts to hog too much memory the simple solution is to restart safari and reclaim a huge chunk of that memory back. I usually only need to do it once. But then again I usually don't have a ton of tabs open.

Queen6
Sep 21, 2011, 09:59 AM
If you like BeachBalls, go with Safari, otherwise Chrome is the one, and the speedster is the new Chrome Canary Beta, both work flawlessly in Lion, without spinning BeachBalls:cool:

Been using Chrome since day one; on my MBA 13 inch i5 256Gb, Safari has been perfect no "spinning BeachBalls" although for sites with heavy flash usage Chrome Canary is a better option

Apple Expert
Sep 21, 2011, 10:11 AM
I like chrome, however the gestures don't work with the magic mouse. Safari recognizes them, but not chrome. The gestures work with the trackpad. Am I missing something, or chrome doesn't recognizer magic mouse gestures?

Beaverman3001
Sep 21, 2011, 10:46 AM
What the hell? I have 6gb on my windows laptop and Chrome with 2 tabs only takes 113mb!! I thought Mac OSX was lightweight :S I don't get it...



Safari =/ Mac OS

This would be akin to saying Windows 7 is crap because IE is awful.

Faux Carnival
Sep 21, 2011, 12:45 PM
Is regular Chrome or Canary better for Lion?

Swerrrvin
Sep 21, 2011, 01:51 PM
Not sure if I should have started a new thread for this but I'd like to ask how Firefox compares too?

I really like how Safari interfaces with my new i7 Air (multitouch, smooth scrolling, fullscreen, etc). But, I'm completely addicted to Firefox Sync and how it syncs everything (passwords, history, bookmarks, etc) between all my computers and browsing sessions. Safari also seems to be more efficient on my Air, battery seems to last a little longer.

Risasi
Sep 21, 2011, 02:25 PM
I don't have an Air right now, just a 13" MBP, however I have two coworkers who also use the 2011 13" MBA. And they run similar to me. All three of us use Chrome as our main browser, but fall back to Safari for other tasks.
I purposely run each in it's own space on Lion. I only run flash apps in Chrome, and use Safari for a second google profile I have. It also is needed for the Java support for work I do.

If I could completely get away from Flash I would probably only run Safari. Likewise if I didn't need Java for work I would likely only run Chrome.
I abandoned Firefox 3 1/2 years ago and I doubt I will go back. Lately it seems like they are suffering from an identity crisis, trying to be like all the other guys. And their "version update of the week" has been a major turn-off for network admin work I do. I can't get Windows PC's who are running it updated fast enough.

The way I see it they are all tools in the drawer, run one or the other...or both.

gloss
Sep 21, 2011, 02:44 PM
I was using Safari when I first bought the machine, only because Chrome hadn't been updated to fully support Lion. Now that it has, I'm back. It's faster and lighter and just all-around better.

daonesteven
Sep 21, 2011, 03:13 PM
I was using Safari when I first bought the machine, only because Chrome hadn't been updated to fully support Lion. Now that it has, I'm back. It's faster and lighter and just all-around better.

exactly what I did. About time Chrome got on board.

orfeas0
Sep 21, 2011, 04:50 PM
Safari =/ Mac OS

This would be akin to saying Windows 7 is crap because IE is awful.

Yea but he said that chrome on mac takes 600mb. For chrome on windows to take 600mb it requires 40 tabs open.

Cheffy Dave
Sep 21, 2011, 05:08 PM
Is regular Chrome or Canary better for Lion?

IMO, Canary,simply rocks, small download, try it for yourself:cool:

bp1000
Sep 21, 2011, 05:13 PM
I also use chrome canary build; chrome is my browser of choice on ubuntu and windows too

I'm still amazed how many mac users don't realise you simply cannot compare RAM usage between OS's. OS X handles ram in a completely different way to Windows.

Beaverman3001
Sep 21, 2011, 06:38 PM
Yea but he said that chrome on mac takes 600mb. For chrome on windows to take 600mb it requires 40 tabs open.

So? That has nothing to do with my point, or the one he tried making. He was talking about a OS's memory management based on its browser. A browser does not make an OS.

Faux Carnival
Sep 22, 2011, 03:31 AM
IMO, Canary,simply rocks, small download, try it for yourself:cool:

Canary syncs our personal preferences with Chrome too, right?

iPad-User
Sep 22, 2011, 05:39 AM
Hi

I use Xmarks for syncing my bookmarks across several PCs/laptops mostly using Firefox and Safari. I read somewhere that Xmarks has problems with Chrome. Has anyone tried that when using more than one browser?

What I have read is that when a user uses, for example, Firefox in a PC and Chrome in a laptop, there are cases referring that bookmarks have been deleted or duplicated on the server.

For me it is important to have bookmarks synced over several PCs/Laptops, so I can't test myself. Is anyone using several browsers and Xmarks without problems?

Thanks!

lobo1978
Sep 22, 2011, 08:08 AM
I'm testing safari and chrome on mba 11. I've noticed that chrome refuses to load some pages completely (little load circle spinning in tab) which results in cpu load (1-2%) - this increases overall temperature and reduce time on battery (about 1h). Only when I manually cancel load (page is already loaded!) cpu load is 0%. No issues on Safari though. Anyone experience same problem?

I love chrome on my PC but on mac it just sucks! Waiting for solution

I use plugin to disable flash in both safari and chrome

Faux Carnival
Sep 22, 2011, 08:21 AM
Which pages for example? I could test it for you. I haven't had anything whatsoever on 14.0.835.

psxp
Sep 22, 2011, 08:52 AM
where does FireFox sit in all this?

iPad-User
Sep 22, 2011, 09:02 AM
I used it as an example of another browser that Xmarks works OK.
The real question, as I said is, does anyone use Xmarks with Chrome and some other browsers (Safari, Firefox, etc)?

jmpnop
Sep 22, 2011, 09:18 AM
Google Chrome is better than Safari:cool:

Sniv
Sep 22, 2011, 02:30 PM
I went from Firefox on my Windows computer to Safari on my mac - but with al l these comments on Chrome, perhaps I should switch to that one. I have it installed but have only been using it when flash failed on Safari (although I did install clicktoflash).

I think I shall give Chrome a try :)

Maziar
Sep 22, 2011, 02:51 PM
For me,Chrome does better in RAM management especially when multiple tabs are open(Safari eats too much RAM)
But Safari has supports for more gestures and pinch to zoom works smoother in pages

DarwinOSX
Sep 22, 2011, 09:07 PM
iReader is awesome for stripping away all the ads so you can read a web page fast.
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I was looking for something like iReader to replace reader in Safari. I tried switching to Chrome the last few days.. It is faster and smoother. I don't care for the interface as much and I do use Safari gestures on my Air a lot. Also 1Password does not work in a dialog menu with Chrome as it does in Safari and I use that a lot. I find with a lot of tabs open and after a little use Chrome uses just as much ram as Safari but I'm on 10.7.2 so that maybe be improved also. I think people will find that a lot of the complaints about the Lion version of Safari have been fixed in 10.7.2. Speed, ram usage, tab reloading, overall smoothness and responsiveness. I block Flash in both browsers although Chrome seems to handle Flash just a little better..

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I just started using XMarks again but deleted it as it uses a pretty fair amount of memory. I can spare it but it just annoyed me so i removed it.

I used it as an example of another browser that Xmarks works OK.
The real question, as I said is, does anyone use Xmarks with Chrome and some other browsers (Safari, Firefox, etc)?

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Firefox still has the best extension selection but many of them are abandoned or not up to date with Firefox's rapid evolution lately. Nothing wrong with it. Fast enough. It just doesn't seem to offer enough over Safari or Chrome for me. I keep it on my drive but use it rarely.

where does FireFox sit in all this?

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This doesn't sound right. Remove it and reinstall. Use something like appzapper to make sure you get all of it out before reinstalling. Macs' are heavily used at Google so they put at least as much effort into the OS X version of Chrome as the Windows version. Even if the Mac and Windows versions aren't always released at the same time.

I'm testing safari and chrome on mba 11. I've noticed that chrome refuses to load some pages completely (little load circle spinning in tab) which results in cpu load (1-2%) - this increases overall temperature and reduce time on battery (about 1h). Only when I manually cancel load (page is already loaded!) cpu load is 0%. No issues on Safari though. Anyone experience same problem?

I love chrome on my PC but on mac it just sucks! Waiting for solution

I use plugin to disable flash in both safari and chrome

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Right. OS X and all Unices are much smarter about memory and other hardware resource management than Windows. Processor too. Just because it uses a lot of memory when it can does not mean its a bad thing. However a poorly coded app, like pretty much anything from Adobe, can be a culprit in not releasing ram when its done using it.


I'm still amazed how many mac users don't realise you simply cannot compare RAM usage between OS's. OS X handles ram in a completely different way to Windows.

TinHead88
Sep 22, 2011, 11:20 PM
I'm testing safari and chrome on mba 11. I've noticed that chrome refuses to load some pages completely (little load circle spinning in tab) which results in cpu load (1-2%) - this increases overall temperature and reduce time on battery (about 1h). Only when I manually cancel load (page is already loaded!) cpu load is 0%. No issues on Safari though. Anyone experience same problem?

I love chrome on my PC but on mac it just sucks! Waiting for solution

I use plugin to disable flash in both safari and chrome

I had the same problem. Went back to Safari and all is fine. I get the impression that Chrome is better for Windows than Mac. I also got tired of those constant updates for Chrome with ridiculous version numbers. The UI isn't as nice with Chrome and I feel pages render faster on Safari.

phyx
Sep 23, 2011, 03:33 AM
If you like BeachBalls, go with Safari, otherwise Chrome is the one, and the speedster is the new Chrome Canary Beta, both work flawlessly in Lion, without spinning BeachBalls:cool:

Never had a beachball with my MBA 2011. And I am one of those users that have like 16 tabs on the browser when I'm surfing on the internet :P

MonkeySee....
Sep 23, 2011, 03:58 AM
If you like BeachBalls, go with Safari, otherwise Chrome is the one, and the speedster is the new Chrome Canary Beta, both work flawlessly in Lion, without spinning BeachBalls:cool:

Beachballs? Really?

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where does FireFox sit in all this?

Mozzila has seriously lost the plot on Firefox. All they had over the competition was extensions and with that no longer the case they just can't compete.

Sad really as it used to be my go to browser.

I have Safari on my Mac and Chrome on my work windoze machine (safari constantly crashes).

cheeseplane
Sep 23, 2011, 05:26 AM
I mostly use Safari because it just fits my needs. No beach balls or sluggish performance here. It's as stable as it should be. If I need to check out some flash content, I'll use Chrome :-)

Boston007
Sep 23, 2011, 08:52 AM
Firefox > Chrome > Safari
Don't discount Opera either.

Chrome had too many pages for me that wouldn't load right.

I have so much flexibility with Firefox with ad removal, SCRIPTS that I choose which to load on the webpage, flash, etc. that all pages load the way I want.

Memory usage is pretty good, better than the other two.

LordJim
Sep 23, 2011, 11:09 AM
Does running Chrome in full screen have any greater effect on battery life?

bp1000
Sep 23, 2011, 11:31 AM
Does running Chrome in full screen have any greater effect on battery life?

afaik, no.