Chrome, Firefox, or Safari

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Scuba629, Jul 22, 2011.


Best MBA broswer? Chrome, Firefox, or Safari

  1. Chrome

    110 vote(s)
  2. Firefox

    35 vote(s)
  3. Safari

    103 vote(s)
  4. Oher

    0 vote(s)
  1. macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2010
    Which is the best browser to use with your MBA? Or which do you find works the best?
  2. macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2011
    Macs in general, but specifically Safari SUCK at handling GIF files. If you visit sites that have many of them, you'll have a hell of a time trying to scroll. My 27 Quad i5 can't even render them decently.

    I vote Chrome (for now.)
  3. macrumors 68020


    Apr 20, 2008
    Safari as its the only one that properly supports Lion, once Chrome is updated with gestures etc I'm sure I'll go back.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2010
    I love Chrome for Windows but I find that I prefer Safari for the MBA 11. The speed incredible. I'm also annoyed at how Chrome auto-hides the address bar and tabs in full screen mode. Until that changes and gestures is added I'm sticking with Safari.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2011
    I tried Safari since its supposed to be integrated better with Lion, but I found it to be sluggish, especially using the new two-finger swipes. I was getting beach-balled far too much so I just went back to Chrome and three finger swipes.
  6. macrumors 68030

    Apr 10, 2003
    A hot desert
    For the first time ever, I'm trying safari. I wish they kept the effing keyboard shortcuts universal.

    Some command option, some command shift.. work it out apple... and give me a damn gesture to kill a tab, or make it configurable.
  7. macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Browsers are personal and seriously, "best with MBA" ? What type of question is that ? A browser is not better on some piece of hardware.

    OS X's best browser right now seems to be Chrome. More up-to-date than Safari on Webkit, leaner, minimalistic GUI, the "task manager", integrated "Firebug" and other dev tools, plenty of extensions (Adblock, Flashblock). Firefox can't compete these days.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2011
    Just a heads-up from Google. They've already addressed the defective full screen icon on Canary. They simply removed it. You can still go full screen as you did in Leopard, but it won't be treated by Lion as a full screen app. There are no immediate plans to put out a version that supports full screen mode in Lion, but they are discussing how to best implement it. As for gestures, they recommend setting Lion to 3 finger swipes, which will also get you swipe gestures in iTunes and Finder.
  9. macrumors regular

    May 4, 2011
    I will use Safari until chrome gets updated with gestures, better zoom in and out, etc.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2011
    Surely a subjective question - Safari... for now.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2008
    i love chrome for its speed, but trying out Safari for now, just to see how well gestures are integrated with Lion. so far i'm loving the smoothness of them like the zooms.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2010
    I like Chrome better in general, and use it all day at work when I'm plugged in, but this latest version of Safari is pretty good on my new 13" i7.

    Keep in mind that Chrome uses up more battery. If you plan to go a long time without being plugged in, use Safari.
  13. macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    i would use chrome if it had a side panel for bookmarks...but i find for fastest bookmark browsing firefox and extension "autoclose" can't be beat.....

    autoclose...closes folder when opening another folder
  14. macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2011
    i dont wanna make steve jobs disappointed about our browser - i vote safari
  15. macrumors regular

    MTD's Mac

    Mar 18, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Safari, mainly because it synchs bookmarks with my iPhone. Very handy indeed.
  16. macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2010
    The Philippines...
  17. macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2011
    Chrome is just so far ahead of Safari, there's no contest. Unified search/address box, cleaner and quicker to use layout, better extension and app support, google sync (rocks). Bookmarks are for people without integrated Google Instant.

    While full screen safari might look flashy in Lion, it's a waste of space even on my 13" air. On my 27" iMac, it's almost comically oversized. I'll take and Chrome over Lion iOS mode any day.
  18. macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2011
    Safari has a serious memory leak in Lion, that and the lack of extensions make me wonder why people would use it.

    I use Firefox mostly because the AdBlock+ extension actually blocks video ads properly and from any website. The Chrome version doesn't.
  19. JD92, Jul 23, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2013

    macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2005
  20. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2010
    Ive always used Firefox but now I guess everyone is going to Chrome. Can Chrome be tweaked with addons or anything? What makes it so popular on Mac?
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2011
    I was wondering why I was losing 4 - 6 gigs of HD space each day, and now I know why. Safari is leaking memory like crazy. That seals the deal. Won't be using that garbage anymore.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2011
    I've just migrated to Lion from XP last night on a new MBA and love Chrome. It works brilliantly in Windows (apart from a bizarre Hotmail bug).

    All my passwords were synced and the all in all, a very pleasant experience. I only used Safari to download Chrome :D.
  23. macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2011
    Coming from an ibook G4 running Panther, my experience is that Safari is horrible, iCab 3 is great and Firefox is generic. After getting a 2011 MBA, I still hate Safari - it won't stop accepting web cookies, even though I have it set to refuse them. Firefox is what I'm using now but, I may try Chrome or other alternatives if I find any. I can't really vote here, because it's not a poll about the people's least favorite browsers. I've always been most comfortable using a combination of browsers. Safari is the one which has been useless to me. I only used it to download Firefox with, so that I can use the web on my new MBA.
  24. macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
  25. macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2010
    Really have no reason not to use Safari as it does everything I need and provides the few extensions I enjoy having.

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