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Old Jul 7, 2012, 10:09 AM   #1
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Hi, This is a super noob question. I have been using only safari and I see that there are a lot of chrome users out there now. What is the advantage of using chrome over Safari? What would I miss if I make the Chrome my default browser?

I know I can download and try it out, but I believe an experienced chrome user can give a better answer for this. Thanks for coming to my thread.

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Old Jul 7, 2012, 10:11 AM   #2
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I used Chrome for quite a while and have recently returned to Safari
I can't say that either is truly better/faster than the other
Chrome probably has more extensions available

Mostly it is just personal preference
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Old Jul 7, 2012, 10:14 AM   #3
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Hi, This is a super noob question. I have been using only safari and I see that there are a lot of chrome users out there now. What is the advantage of using chrome over Safari? What would I miss if I make the Chrome my default browser?

I know I can download and try it out, but I believe an experienced chrome user can give a better answer for this. Thanks for coming to my thread.
I use Chrome because I can sync my bookmarks across my Mac, iPhone, iPad and Windows 7 computer at work. I use Gmail as my primary email account so I can sign into Chrome with it and achieve that sync across all platforms.

Plus Chrome uses the protocol SPDY, which with websites that enable it, can improve their load times up to 30%. Chrome and Firefox both use SPDY, but Safari does not, at least yet.

I like Safari, but Chrome has a better ease of use for me.
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Old Jul 7, 2012, 10:23 AM   #4
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Chrome is the best for syncing but i too have recently returned to safari as it works so much better with the retina display and in full screen mode.
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Old Jul 7, 2012, 10:26 AM   #5
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Safari bookmark syncing with my iPhone and iPad is better than Chrome's recent entry
And with Safari as the default on my iDevices that is helpful for me
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Old Jul 7, 2012, 10:30 AM   #6
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Extensions and syncing. For the retina mbp, I just use canary until the official update comes.
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Old Jul 7, 2012, 10:46 AM   #7
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I prefer Chrome over Safari. When I first bought my Macbook, the first thing I installed was Chrome, as it was my primary browser on my Windows PC. With bookmark and login syncing at the time, it was perfect. Not to mention I feel the extensions are better on the Chrome side. Safari's extensions are more miss than hit. Now with tab syncing, Chrome has a boost with my iPhone and iPad as well. Being that my iPad is jailbroken, Chrome is my primary browser on there as well, and has Adblocker. I have the perfect setup.
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Old Jul 7, 2012, 02:58 PM   #8
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I prefer Safari, (Both in Lion and Mountain Lion) because it fits seamlessly with OS X and seems more lightweight than chrome. When Safari can't handle something, I use Chrome (for instance with some youtube videos)
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Old Jul 7, 2012, 02:59 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the people who has replied and voted. Please post your ideas as well.
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Old Jul 7, 2012, 03:03 PM   #10
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I'll go back to using Chrome once this whole MBA kernel panic stuff is sorted out.

For now, it's Safari.
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Old Jul 7, 2012, 03:30 PM   #11
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Fortunately I'm unaffected by the MBA Kernel Panic issue - I don't use an MBA I like Chrome for its simple sync implementation. None of the other browsers I have tried does sync as well as Chrome does. If only it wasn't WAY too easy to permanently lose your sync setup in Firefox... I'd be using that instead.
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Old Jul 7, 2012, 04:01 PM   #12
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I'll go back to using Chrome once this whole MBA kernel panic stuff is sorted out.

For now, it's Safari.

Did v20 not fix the panic issue?

http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/29/c...t-linux-flash/
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Old Jul 7, 2012, 05:35 PM   #13
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Had no clue they released an updated version with a fix. Thank you!

Back to Chrome for me.
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Old Jul 8, 2012, 02:42 PM   #14
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Is it just me or does Chrome seem noticeably faster in ML? Very rapid imo.
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Old Jul 8, 2012, 05:01 PM   #15
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I use Safari due to the sharing features between other apple products like the book marks as well. I also hear that in ML Safari is a vast improvement to its current?

Guess I will see when ML comes out! Anyway I voted Safari
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Old Jul 9, 2012, 05:49 AM   #16
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Thanks for all inputs. I started trying the chrome browser. what are the chrome specific things that makes you attached to it ?
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Old Jul 9, 2012, 06:06 AM   #17
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Chrome because Safari is really (!) bad for playing any flash content. And you can reopen your last closed tab with cmd-shift-tab in Chrome, Safari doesn't have that feature...
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Old Jul 9, 2012, 06:10 AM   #18
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Chrome because Safari is really (!) bad for playing any flash content. And you can reopen your last closed tab with cmd-shift-tab in Chrome, Safari doesn't have that feature...
I did not know that! Thanks for the input.
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Old Jul 9, 2012, 06:13 AM   #19
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I just use Safari for OS X in addition to the following extensions:

1. ninjakit (greasemonkey)
2. adblock
3. click2flash

Honestly, those are all I really need for just about anything. Safari runs beautifully in "full screen" mode, which is important on my 13.3" MacBook. I essentially live in "full screen" apps. I do always use Chrome for the Windows machines I work with though. From my experience it is superior to Firefox in just about every way on both Windows and OS X, speed and load times being the most obvious.
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Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:23 PM   #20
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I just use Safari for OS X in addition to the following extensions:

1. ninjakit (greasemonkey)
2. adblock
3. click2flash

Honestly, those are all I really need for just about anything. Safari runs beautifully in "full screen" mode, which is important on my 13.3" MacBook. I essentially live in "full screen" apps. I do always use Chrome for the Windows machines I work with though. From my experience it is superior to Firefox in just about every way on both Windows and OS X, speed and load times being the most obvious.
I didn't know about the ninjakit. Thx for the reply. looks like there are more Safari users than Chrome.
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Old Jul 10, 2012, 12:35 PM   #21
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I guess that eleventy billion "what is the best browser" threads is not enough?

Maybe if folks keep asking this question over and over, finally there will be a consensus.
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Old Jul 11, 2012, 01:28 AM   #22
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I guess that eleventy billion "what is the best browser" threads is not enough?

Maybe if folks keep asking this question over and over, finally there will be a consensus.
Whats wrong with them? A thread made in 10 years ago under the same topic would not reflect current situation and conditions?

So you are scared that the internet will run out of space and we wouldn't be able to make a thread or send a mail once thats happening?

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Old Jul 11, 2012, 04:13 AM   #23
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So you are scared that the internet will run out of space and we would be able to make a thread or send a mail once thats happening?

lol
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Old Jul 11, 2012, 07:31 AM   #24
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Whats wrong with them? A thread made in 10 years ago under the same topic would not reflect current situation and conditions?
Dude, if this came up every decade - hell even once a year, I wouldn't have made a snide comment. But it just seems like we see one of these pop up once a week. The same old comments are added. The outcome is always the same.
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Old Jul 11, 2012, 08:28 AM   #25
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Dude, if this came up every decade - hell even once a year, I wouldn't have made a snide comment. But it just seems like we see one of these pop up once a week. The same old comments are added. The outcome is always the same.
Yes. But browsers are changing fast as their new versions are being released. Its not always the same. And we cannot always expect the same outcome. No one uses all browsers available in the net. So as a safari user, this type of threads helps me to understand whats going on in the other sides. I find this type of threads cos they help me to stay up to date.
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