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Chrome vs Chromium vs Safari vs webkit nightly

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by tekksan, Mar 17, 2013.


Browser of choice out of these and why

  1. Chrome

    25 vote(s)
  2. Chromium

    2 vote(s)
  3. Safari

    29 vote(s)
  4. Webkit Nightly

    17 vote(s)
  1. macrumors regular

    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.
  2. macrumors 6502a


    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.
  3. macrumors 68030

    Mr. McMac

    I use Chrome as well. Safari blows
  4. macrumors 601

    Michael Goff

    Webkit nightly is the fastest, and uses the least resources, on my machine.
  5. MLinneer, Apr 5, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2013

    macrumors member


    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.

    Attached Files:

  6. jozeppy26, Apr 14, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2013

    macrumors 6502


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

    Webkit Nightly 537.38+
    Webkit nightly.png
    Safari 6.0.3 (8536.28.10)
    Chrome 27.0.1453.47 beta
    Firefox 20.0
    Firefox 20.png
  7. macrumors 6502

    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.

  8. macrumors G3

    Out of the poll choices, Safari.

    Why is Firefox not a choice for you?
  9. macrumors 6502


    Scroll speed using theverge.com as a test

    Webkit Nightly (fastest) > Firefox > Chrome > Safari (slowest)
  10. macrumors 603


    ChroniumFSM and sometime safari.
  11. macrumors regular


    Chrome (beta channel) here.
  12. macrumors 6502

    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.
  13. Orka, Apr 17, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2013

    macrumors member

    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).


    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?
  14. macrumors 6502a


    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
  15. macrumors member

    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.
  16. macrumors 68040

    I use what apple is giving me, i mean Safari :)
  17. macrumors 6502

    Safari sometimes quit suddenly. Now I use Webkit. No problem so far. No regret at all. Smoother and more stable.
  18. macrumors G3

    Except that Chrome is not ditching Webkit. They are branching off on their own using Webkit as the base.
  19. macrumors 65816


    Safari for almost everything, and Chrome for things Safari can't handle (like YoutTube :rolleyes:)

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