best browser?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mmoin, Aug 4, 2003.

  1. mmoin macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2001
    Hi guys, just wondering what you think the best OS X browser is. For me, it would be Safari, if not for the caching and EBay problems, or Firebird, if auto-complete actually worked. What about you guys?
  2. kenkooler macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2002
    Mexico City
    I am using Mozilla until Safari solves those caching problems... I get errors on nearly 1/5th of the pages I load.
  3. Montano macrumors regular

    May 5, 2003
    Sunny CA :)
    Tried them all, and have stuck with Camino. No problems whatsoever. :)
  4. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    safari, followed by camino. Does any browser work correctly with ebay except for IE?
  5. thebossisback macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2003
    Providence, RI
    Safari is good but the stop button is a little screwy. The new version of mozilla is good
  6. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030


    Jun 25, 2001
    Moneyapolis, Minnesota
    i use safari because it feels the fastest to me.

    a few drawbacks i note:
    • cache problems ... especially on macrumors
    • Autofill is not perfect, but better than some
    • stop button is not responsive till steps later, often making the page reload
    • when loading a page in one tab and then trying to switch to another, often it will not switch until the page is loaded.
  7. thebossisback macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2003
    Providence, RI
    they need to fix the cache problem because I am constsntly emptying my cache
  8. tjwett macrumors 68000


    May 6, 2002
    Brooklyn, NYC
    i like Safari best but there are a few annoyances that force me to use IE from time to time. say you are on a page with a huge list of text links like Amazon or a porn site and you click a link. once you're done with the page you press the back button or Cmnd+[. Safari wants to take you back to the exact point in the page where you were. this is a great feature but sometimes it takes way to long and screws things up. either perfect this feature or get rid of it. caching sucks as well. it also has lots of problems logging into and out of sites, like friendster for example. the stop button can be annoying and unresponsive causing you to click it more than once and then it just ends up reloading the page a million times. other than that Safari is awesome and feels much faster than anything out there. as for the caching thing, i've created an AppleScript that automatically deletes the cache folder everytime i do anything in Safari. it runs in the background and has helped alot.
  9. Daveman Deluxe macrumors 68000

    Daveman Deluxe

    Jun 17, 2003
    Corvallis, Oregon
    I think Safari is great. I actually don't have any problems with eBay. How strange.
  10. FattyMembrane macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2002
    bat country
    safari has the best integration with the os (this kind of goes without saying). i've turned off disk cache for all of my browsers (safari, chimera, mozilla 1.5a). on my broadband connection, safari seems to be slightly faster than nightlies of chimera, but on dial-up, chimera seems a tiny bit faster than safari in most cases. i've only tried moz1.5 on my dial-up but it's the fastest of them all - really fast.

    ad blocking is the one issue that really hurts. i like safari the best at the moment, but moz/chim come with built-in ad-blocking. pithhelmet seriously slows down safari so i no longer use it. you can block ads by applying a custom stylesheet to safari, but it never seems to work for more than one site.

    if you only want a browser, i'd stick with safari and try to get a decent ad-blocker css sheet (keep in mind that chimera .8 will probably change my opinion :) ).

    moz 1.5 is the fastest and you can use cool xul add-ons like, but for day-to-day use, it's safari followed (and sometimes surpassed) by chimera.
  11. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    I like Safari. I don't have the problems many people are reporting. It can be sketchy with my online banking (1/3 of the time works 1/3 of the time displays properly after repeated reloads 1/3 of the time it beachballs and crashes). I had to use IE when I did my taxes (quicken on Yahoo)--but those are my only problems. Ebay works fine for me, by the way.
  12. MacFan26 macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2003
    San Francisco, California
    That has got to be one of the biggest annoyances for me with Safari. That and the fact that it has been crashing more frequently with version 1.0. I still like it the best because I have been able to manage my bookmarks better than in other browsers.
  13. jbomber macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2003
    Brooklyn - NYC
    what problem is there with using safari on ebay? i haven't noticed anything weird.
  14. maradong macrumors 65816


    Mar 7, 2003
    safari for me.
    though on some sites <1% it is not working -> there i use fuiredaemon
  15. whawho macrumors regular

    May 7, 2002
    Columbus, OH
    I am the same. I don't have the problems that are always spoken about around here with Ebay. I must be one of the lucky ones because I use Ebay all the time.

    Safari just feels the fastest to me. Every now and then I'll have to open up IE to make something work, but that's rarely.
  16. bennetsaysargh macrumors 68020


    Jan 20, 2003
    New York
    Safari for me. i think it's because i used to use IE and i needed somethign better, so i went with safari once the public beta was out.
  17. KCK macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2003
    Oakland, CA
    Safari become my full time browser once it started to work with my online banking site. Since I visit a fairly limited number of websites I don;t have much of a problem in running into sites that Safari doesn't work on.
  18. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    I love Safari, the only problem is accessing some secure sites, mainly my Car Insurance, Both of my Banks, and Verizon. Other than that I've had no problems. And to those of you having problems accessing eBay, try resetting the browser. I did it by accident, and suddenly eBay worked right, Hotmail worked, and pages loaded faster.

    Mozilla (1.4) - Needs to opperate faster, the speed is horrid
    IE - Hate it, but it is faster than Mozilla

  19. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    uploading pictures. It just won't work. Everything else is fine.

    Safari also doesn't work on several database pages on my school's website, so I have to use IE to do a lot of research...
  20. mmmbop macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2003
    Really pleased so far

    I love Safari for it's silky smooth speed at page rendering, although the first site you browse to takes a while to load, for some reason.

    Some Java applets seem to freeze Safari for a while, as well. Annoying IE on the PC seems to have no problem. And I though MS had meddled with the JVM?

    I just wish Safari was a little more forgiving with bad HTML and javascripts, namely, my own :D


    Oh the irony... I clicked Submit to post the above and Safari 'unexpectantly quit'!! Still got thru though, phew!

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