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tekksan
Mar 17, 2013, 01:51 PM
Which browser do you prefer out of these and why? I used to like Chrome a lot but have found it to be unstable lately. I've used webkit nightly a bit and even though I prefer the Chrome interface, webkit nightly seems more stable.

Note, I left out Firefox on purpose because that is not a choice for me.



dastinger
Mar 17, 2013, 02:01 PM
I'm using Chrome's dev channel. It has auto updates and that's what makes me prefer it to Chromium. Never really used Safari. Tried it but can't get used to it.

Mr. McMac
Mar 17, 2013, 02:03 PM
I'm using Chrome's dev channel. It has auto updates and that's what makes me prefer it to Chromium. Never really used Safari. Tried it but can't get used to it.

I use Chrome as well. Safari blows

Michael Goff
Mar 17, 2013, 02:05 PM
Webkit nightly is the fastest, and uses the least resources, on my machine.

MLinneer
Apr 5, 2013, 07:54 AM
Safari 6.0.3 is my default but I've been playing with Firefox 20 and lately Chrome 26. All 3 have made great strides and getting better all the time. It just comes down to preference. There's thing I like and dislike about each so I move from one to another over time. Fortunately, there's no need to lock into just one.

Edit: added my own benchmark tests.

jozeppy26
Apr 14, 2013, 04:48 PM
My www.speed-battle.com test results (browser info in the picture). I use Webkit nightly on my rMBP.

Webkit Nightly 537.38+
407785
Safari 6.0.3 (8536.28.10)
407786
Chrome 27.0.1453.47 beta
407787
Firefox 20.0
407788

macalec
Apr 14, 2013, 04:51 PM
I did that test as well, and Firefox seems to be better than webkit nightly. It will be interesting to see Chrome after they ditch the Webkit framework. I would assume that once this happens, everyone should expect a big performance boom as well.

My www.speed-battle.com test results (browser info in the picture). I use Webkit nightly.

Webkit Nightly 537+
407785
Safari 6.0.3 (8536.28.10)
407786
Chrome 27.0.1453.47 beta
407787
Firefox 20.0
407788

Bear
Apr 14, 2013, 05:01 PM
Which browser do you prefer out of these and why? I used to like Chrome a lot but have found it to be unstable lately. I've used webkit nightly a bit and even though I prefer the Chrome interface, webkit nightly seems more stable.

Note, I left out Firefox on purpose because that is not a choice for me.Out of the poll choices, Safari.

Why is Firefox not a choice for you?

jozeppy26
Apr 14, 2013, 05:13 PM
Scroll speed using theverge.com as a test

Webkit Nightly (fastest) > Firefox > Chrome > Safari (slowest)

Michaelgtrusa
Apr 14, 2013, 07:20 PM
ChroniumFSM and sometime safari.

rezzo
Apr 14, 2013, 09:55 PM
Chrome (beta channel) here.

mactumors
Apr 14, 2013, 11:24 PM
webkit nightly seems more stable.

It's a nightly build. It is not more stable. It changes every day. I can't believe anyone uses it as a browser. It's not even beta.

Orka
Apr 17, 2013, 01:00 PM
I'm relatively new to Mac (bought my Air 13 less than month ago, prior experience PCs only) and
I use Safari because is seems smoother and saves battery better (it's important for me).

However.

I have one problem with Safari, key presses are sometimes not registered properly, for example when i try to close tab in Safari, cursor moves back and forth, up and down, but just a little, instead of closing tab. This happens quite often, i thought maybe touchpad is faulty, tried Chrome and i don't seem to have that problem in it. Also i never had problems like this on my old Vaio (used Chrome there too).

This is the only thing that spoils Safari for me (well, other than bad bookmark panel look, and tiny font, Chrome deals better with it, but i'm used too it by now).

Anyone else had such experience with touchpad?

turtlez
Apr 17, 2013, 10:10 PM
Chrome until Adblock for Safari fixes the memory leak and Safari stops reloading previous web page when going back. That one really frustrates me. As far as speed goes they are all within micro seconds of each other so does it really matter? your reaction time would make up for the 1 microsecond slower anyway so in the real world they are all the same speed. Just look at resource hog, features and cluttered UI is my decision process

sperry1988
Apr 18, 2013, 09:08 PM
Have always preferred chrome, but chrome has been acting up lately. slower than safari, seems to lag a little more than safari on JS intensive sites.

Serban
Apr 19, 2013, 01:52 AM
I use what apple is giving me, i mean Safari :)

Isamilis
Apr 19, 2013, 06:50 PM
Safari sometimes quit suddenly. Now I use Webkit. No problem so far. No regret at all. Smoother and more stable.

Bear
Apr 19, 2013, 07:27 PM
I did that test as well, and Firefox seems to be better than webkit nightly. It will be interesting to see Chrome after they ditch the Webkit framework. I would assume that once this happens, everyone should expect a big performance boom as well.Except that Chrome is not ditching Webkit. They are branching off on their own using Webkit as the base.

Drew017
Apr 19, 2013, 07:57 PM
Safari for almost everything, and Chrome for things Safari can't handle (like YoutTube :rolleyes:)