Which is the best Mac browser?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by hvfsl, Jul 1, 2003.

  1. hvfsl macrumors 68000

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    There are lots of people that think that Safari is the best browser for the Mac, but I think it is Camino. It is much faster than Safari and IE and is also compatible with more websites than Safari. I think Safari is getting to be the worst browser since it is very slow on my PB G4 550.
     
  2. Giaguara macrumors 6502a

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    I used Chimera a lot (yes, chimera, as i hated the version 0.70 bookmark system i got stuck with february builds), and after v71 mainly Safari (and Links).
     
  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    I'm split between Camino 0.7 and Safari 1.0 (v85?), I like them both.
     
  4. zkmusa macrumors member

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    I agree .. it's a tossup... I love both the new Safari 1.0 and Camino 0.7. Safari generally has a faster feel and seems to be less sluggish in performing regular program tasks (ie. opening and closing tabs), but Camino renders pages so perfecly.

    Safari still has a long way to go to achieve perfect page rendering, but I think it's come a long way in such a short period of time.

    So which browser is my primary browser? Safari. Which browsers are in my dock? Safari and Camino! :)
     
  5. Catfish_Man macrumors 68030

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    Get a nightly. 0.7 blows compared to the latest nightlies (it's based on 1.0 code instead of 1.5 code)
     
  6. rueyeet macrumors 65816

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    I hope the events surrounding the demise of IE Mac and AOL's adoption of embedded IE don't mean the end of the Netscape/Mozilla/Camino browsers. I also hope that Safari's success doesn't narrow the rest of the field too far. I like having a choice between real alternatives!

    So far I like Camino best, primarily because it's got a bookmark interface that I like. Being able to just click and drag a link into the right bookmark folder without opening a separate window just makes me happier somehow. It's faster than Mozilla too.

    I'd been waiting for Safari to hit 1.0 before seriously trying it, but then again, I don't like the pop-up bookmark window. So perhaps not.

    I really really hate having to use IE at work, on Win 2000 Pro. Another advantage of tabbed browsing: Hide your browser quickly when someone walks in, without having to hide each little bitty window. one. by. one.
     
  7. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    1st: Safari
    2nd: Camino
    3rd: Omniweb
    --- intentional divide here ----
    4th: Netscape
    5th: Mozilla
    6th: rest
    --- another intentional divide ----
    last: Explorer

    I use Safari about 95% of the time. Still some sites/scripts don't work correctly. Almost the rest of the time it's Camino.
     
  8. macdong macrumors 6502

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    Camino for online banking, Safari for everything else.
     
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  10. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030

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    too bad for all of you camino lovers out there:
    camino has recently (after version 0.7.0) been completely rebuilt from the ground up, and none of the latest nightly builds work on panther.
     
  11. pEZ macrumors 6502

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    I use Safari most of the time, and Camino when something doesn't work or Safari is just pissing me off that day. You know, those bad technology karma days.

    I HATE OmniWeb - always have, so my third place award goes to Netscape, believe it or not. Download version 7.1 - lightyears faster than 7.0, though still not as fast as Safari or Camino.
     
  12. seesaw macrumors newbie

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  13. macdong macrumors 6502

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    you can't ask developers to suppport an OS that isn't even beta yet.
     
  14. 5300cs macrumors 68000

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    I totally agree, and I can't believe OmniWeb is a PAY browser .. get a clue :rolleyes: and it's not even fast
     
  15. VegetaPunk macrumors 6502

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    I like safari and it has better java support then IE did and it works for online banking to (my wife uses it for that)... Safari IMO but I havnt tried camio so who know, safari gets the job done for me though
     
  16. jbomber macrumors 6502a

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    I liked Safari, before the 'Final Release'. it was quick, light, and worked most of the time. this version's hardly an improvement.

    I hate to say it, but i like IE as well, but doesn't look like it'll be around much longer. Regardless of what you think of MS, Explorer is a pretty decent product.
     
  17. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    IE5/Mac was a good browser for its time. It had decent CSS support, full PNG support and Text Zoom (the latter two don't even work right on IE5-6/Win). Unfortunately, it has lagged in bringing about better performance and up-to-date CSS support and is left in the dust by any current Moz browsers and Safari, and the new OmniWeb.
     
  18. MacManDan macrumors 6502

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    I use Safari most of the time. Works great for most of the websites I visit. Camino .7 just sits in my dock until I come across a website that I can't use in Safari (Continental.com is one example I remember offhand) .. and I have to have bloated Mozilla 1.4 because that's the only browser for Mac (besides Netscape .. yuck) that supports my school's certificate authentication.
     
  19. shadowfax macrumors 603

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    that site seems to work fine in Safari 1.0 over here... what's the problem with it?

    i used to be a big Chimera buff (hated Camino, they took the cmd-down combo to get to the bottom of the page out and it pissed me off....) but i ended up caving and using Safari as it became more useful... pretty much when tabs came.
     
  20. maradong macrumors 65816

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    safari for everything.
    if something is not working correctly in safari i use mozilla firebird.
     
  21. XnavxeMiyyep macrumors 65816

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    I use Camino mostly, as it is a bit faster than Safari. They both have bad Flash players, and then I have to switch to :eek: Internet Explorer!

    Shadowfax-
    In Camino, cmd+down still takes you to the end of the page, and cmd+up take you to the top.
     
  22. shadowfax macrumors 603

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    they must have finally put it back. chimera used to do it, and then the first version of camino took it out, and i have stopped following the nightlies. Safari works fine for all the sites i go to.
     
  23. BillyShears macrumors 6502

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    I don't think it will:

    Look at the situation. Microsoft is embedding IE in Windows, killing MacIE. AOL does business on both sides, Mac and Windows. So AOL will adopt embedded WinIE, but will have no choice but to keep using Netscape/Mozilla on Mac.

    Also, Mozilla is open source.

    (On a related note, AOL funds Mozilla, I think. The situation is getting more and more confusing.)
     
  24. iEric macrumors 6502a

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    I never used Chimera, but when I got my first mac (Nov 2002), i used IE...and then when Safari was announced, I immedately downloaded it, and I loved it. So I use safari, and IT IS the best browser.
     

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