safari vs google vs ?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by bgsnmky, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2012
    I am new to macs...and read somewhere in the forums that some people immediately download or firefox and use that instead of safari.

    Just curious if I could get some info on why to use one vs the other?

    why do you like one over the other.

  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Personal preference. I prefer safari on my Mac but use chrome on my work pc.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2007
    I think Safari 6 has actually got the best UI experience and speed, but it's lack of cookie-handling and privacy controls make it all but unusable. I end up using Firefox because even with the best Safari extensions, you still can't individually whitelist or blacklist cookies to selectively prevent installation of the ones you don't want while allowing use of the ones that you do. Amateur hour.

  4. CrickettGrrrl, Dec 23, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2012

    macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2012
    B'more or Less
    Have you tried the Ghostery Safari Extension? It manages cookies pretty well, I think. I've been using it for about a year or so. You can whitelist things.

    To the OP, I use Safari on my 2011 iMac and like it a lot. (Check out the Extensions Gallery). I used to use Firefox on my PPC iMac, which was great but prefer Safari on the new machine. :)
  5. macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2012
    I love Safari, its native to your system and optimized for it. Stick with that you will be alright. :apple:
  6. macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2011
    Safari works great for 90% of the sites I frequent. It can be picky on going back to a previous page. I think this has something to do with the multi-touch gestures native to IOS. Firefox is a mess in my opinion. Chrome works well though.
  7. macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2012
    Canada Eh
    I'm fairly new to Mac and on Windows used Opera however I'm really liking Safari so far (Mountain Lion).
  8. macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    Safari is great, firefox always seems bloated to me with too many advantaged options that id never use.

    Chrome is pretty nice if for some reason you dont like safari.
  9. macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    Personal preference. I use chrome on osx, linux and occasionally windows.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2007
    I do have the Ghostery extension, but the version that I have doesn't manage cookies (like it can in Firefox). The best cookie manager for Safari is probably Safari Cookies, which also has a whitelist feature. But because Safari doesn't have a native whitelist, you can't globally set it not to accept cookies except for those on your whitelist. Rather you have to set it to globally accept cookies and then the add-ons will delete those which are not on your whitelist on either a timed basis or when you exit from the browser. Pretty much any way you set it you're going to end up with a lot of cookies on your system that you don't want. As I said, amateur hour.

    I would be glad to hear of any other solutions.

  11. macrumors 6502


    Mar 15, 2012
    Fairhope, Alabama
  12. macrumors newbie


    Dec 23, 2012
    Boston, Ma
    A thought!

    Well, fist you must know that I have literally no way of determining what browser you choose. Firefox has a beautiful interface, while Google Chrome has blazing speeds, and Safari is somewhere in the middle. If you were to take my advise, I would prefer Safari because it's a mix of everything, allowing that sort of "feeling."
    Best Regards,​

  13. macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    It all depends on the hardware. I have PowerPC Macs, so I pick highly optimized browsers for them. On the MBP I am using, I just use Safari or Chrome.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    SnowLeopard OSX

    Dec 5, 2012
    Safari or GC are, IMO, the most optimal web browsers on any Mac OSX.

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