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Old Jun 17, 2013, 01:09 AM   #1
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Which browser: Chrome or Firefox?

hey guys i've been using Firefox for close to 10 years now and it's still great, however it's starting to use up so much memory on my Mac... right now it's using just under 1.8GB at the moment and the other problem is that Firefox isn't available for the iPhone/iPod so i've been thinking of switching to Chrome.

i'm using Firefox mainly because of its extensions and it's awesome 'cloud sync' function where i can access everything on a different machine with no problems, but Chrome has this also right? and Chrome is available for the iPod/iPhone.

what do people recommend? Chrome seems great because it's made by Google so it has a lot of financial backing.

does anyone have a list of the pro's and cons of using each browser?

my main machines are OSX/Windows and iPod.

i don't want to use Safari.
thanks for any help!
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Old Jun 17, 2013, 01:24 AM   #2
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Honestly, Safari is a really nice browser. Similar interface to Firefox. Uses Webkit, which is a nicer engine in my opinion. And uses less memory than Chrome in my personal usage tests.

But if you don't want to use it, okay.

If you care at all about privacy, especially with this recent NSA obscenity, you would not consider using Chrome for a second. Personally I'm not a fan of its interface either and I'm not sure why anyone is. Other than its privacy invasive "features" and interface though, the most off-putting problem is probably how frequently it updates, the fact that it installs background processes to handle updates that run without your prompt or even consent, and that it includes Flash Player integrated, instead of allowing you to maintain a separate version as a plugin.

If none of those glaring issues bother you though, feel free to use Chrome. But remember it also has worse memory usage than Safari 5.1.7, at least for me.
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Old Jun 17, 2013, 01:45 AM   #3
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SAFARI, not exactly rocket science.
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Old Jun 17, 2013, 02:51 AM   #4
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ok thanks, but i'd rather stay with firefox or chrome.

can anyone tell me if it's possible for me to move all my user data like bookmarks etc from firefox and into chrome?
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Old Jun 17, 2013, 03:11 AM   #5
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can anyone tell me if it's possible for me to move all my user data like bookmarks etc from firefox and into chrome?
Should be able to. U can always move manual, it's just HTML right?

I keep FF, because am used to it from Windows, and the bookmarks are more logically organized to me, but that's not my main browser. SAFARI is so insanely smooth, that's what I used and only go to FF when I need to.

If you haven't got bitten by SAFARI, you have not made full use of multitouch gestures.
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Old Jun 17, 2013, 03:52 AM   #6
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Unlike some other people I despise Safari because of its atrocious usability. It is IMO just terrible in that department with any other browser being far and above.


IMO choose a browser based on features and usability and learn how to use it properly. Speed differences are marginal today and memory is cheap.

Chrome won't help you with memory usage. In OSX it is one of the worst offenders especially because it just keeps growing with tabs and doesn't limit.

In Windows with just one tab Chrome is one of the least memory hungry. With lots of Tabs Firefox is the least memory hungry. FF is also the only browser company that really tried to tackle memory consumption lately.
In OSX Safari, Chrome both use rather little with one tab. With tons of tabs Opera stays lowest. With FF I don't know how it does in the newest incarnations. It should be lower than Chrome though.

Generally memory use is a trade off. You trade cpu processing power for memory. And a little also stability. Chrome separates more of its processes which is inefficient memory wise. It doesn't really matter though with an SSD today. Most memory use will just be bound up by lots of tabs in the background. Swapping those out really doesn't hurt speed at all, it just gets lots of people get worked up about swap use. It is not actively used and return to working memory in split seconds if you switch to that tab.
Mostly it is wasteful on battery life because swapping creates more load for cpu and ssd. Performance is only an issue if swapping is constant because there is frequent need of the memory and not just some usage pattern of just opening tons of tabs and then working your way from one to the next.
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Old Jun 17, 2013, 04:12 AM   #7
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I installed both firefox and chrome in my computer, but use firefox more usually.
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Old Jun 17, 2013, 09:52 AM   #8
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I have virtually every available OS X browser installed on each of my Macs. There is the occasion when I use Firefox or Chrome because a specific website requires a specific browser. However, Safari is far and away the most usable of my browsers installed. It is the one that I use 99.9% of the time.
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Old Jun 17, 2013, 09:56 AM   #9
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hey guys i've been using Firefox for close to 10 years now and it's still great, however it's starting to use up so much memory on my Mac... right now it's using just under 1.8GB at the moment and the other problem is that Firefox isn't available for the iPhone/iPod so i've been thinking of switching to Chrome.

i'm using Firefox mainly because of its extensions and it's awesome 'cloud sync' function where i can access everything on a different machine with no problems, but Chrome has this also right? and Chrome is available for the iPod/iPhone.

what do people recommend? Chrome seems great because it's made by Google so it has a lot of financial backing.

does anyone have a list of the pro's and cons of using each browser?

my main machines are OSX/Windows and iPod.

i don't want to use Safari.
thanks for any help!
I use Chrome as my primary browser on OS X and Windows 7 since I can sync all my bookmarks and such between the OS's. I like Safari, but won't use it on Windows. On iOS I use Safari over Chrome only because Safari performs better than Chrome, which is due to Apple's restricting alternate browsers ability to perform as good or better than Safari.

I also like Firefox and use that for certain sites that perform better on it and for some of the plugins too.
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Old Jun 17, 2013, 10:01 AM   #10
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I've been testing all 3 on my Macbook Air and older iMac. I have Safari set as my default but use all 3 about equally... just because I can

Safari 6.0.5: Pros: Definitely the best OS X integration. Uses system spell-check, auto-complete, dictionary, and gestures. Fastest scrolling using TheVerge as a test site. While generally #2 in benchmark testing, Safari is the fastest at Flash and Quicktime throughput, especially when streaming live feeds from CNN, FoxNews, and I've been watching the fire coverage on KKTV.com.

Cons: The thing I hate most about Safari is the wide tabs. I use Glims to fix that and add favicons to them. I also hate how Safari reloads pages when swiping back, but doesn't if you use the back arrow. On my iMac running 10.7 Lion, I have to force Safari to sync bookmarks while my MBA 10.8 Mountain Lion and iOS6 devices sync without problems. Safari generally behaves itself memory wise on the 2Gb iMac but on my 4Gb MBA, it will quickly eat up to 1Gb RAM and easily get to 1Gb of swap file. But, it's never crashed on either machine due to low memory.

Chrome 27: Pros: Better interface than Safari, better tab management, built-in task manager, and supports some OS X services like gestures and dictionary. Has it's own spell-check but doesn't auto-complete. Best built-in PDF support of the 3. Better search features from the omnibar as long as you use Google. Seems to be better optimized for Google services like search, YouTube, Gmail, Maps, and Google Now. The voice search does work very well. Lots of add-ons and themes available but still falls short of Firefox for extension support. Chrome's built-in PepperFlash is just a tad faster than Adobe's Flash plug-in, but also uses more threads and CPU cycles and doesn't have the throughput of Safari.

Cons: The separate process model Chrome uses makes it the most memory and CPU intensive of the 3. The more tabs and plug-ins you use, the more memory it will eat, but it releases memory better than Safari or Firefox when you close tabs. Chrome also wants to use the GPU for everything, driving up temps 20-30 degrees on my MBA. Chrome is also 32Bit so it doesn't support Java 7.

Firefox 21: Pros: Arguably the best interface, or at least it's my favorite. This will change when version 25 is released and Mozilla implements the Australus theme. Excellent tab and bookmark management. Extensions, extensions, extensions. Best memory management of the 3. Better PDF viewer than Safari (when it works). Best developer tools built-in and FireBug is a killer extension.

Cons: Consistently and measurable the slowest of the 3 but it's the least prone to Flash crashes, at least in my testing. Will sometimes hang on heavy javascript pages and auto-updates pages like Facebook and WUnderground's animated radar, especially when in background, like the front tab takes priority. The Gecko engine also doesn't render as accurately as Safari and Chrome which use Webkit. I really had no idea of the rendering differences until I ran them side by side. No print preview.
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hey guys i've been using Firefox for close to 10 years now and it's still great, however it's starting to use up so much memory on my Mac... right now it's using just under 1.8GB at the moment and the other problem is that Firefox isn't available for the iPhone/iPod so i've been thinking of switching to Chrome.
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Chrome is the most memory and processor intensive of Firefox/Chrome/Safari. How ofter do you restart your browser? Depending on how you use your browser, restarting it once a day can help a lot with memory usage.
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Old Jun 17, 2013, 02:14 PM   #12
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what do people recommend?
Take it for a spin and decide for yourself. Nothing beats first hand experience for questions like this. Pros and cons are very subjective depending on preferences and priorities. It's not like you have to pay for either one. If you don't like Chrome then uninstall it.
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Old Jun 17, 2013, 02:22 PM   #13
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I will not reccomend none of them since I am not a user. I have Opera, Roccat and Maxthon on my mac.
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