Best Internet Browser


highres

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Jul 1, 2005
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If you are a Mac user I assume you have used Safari so I won't mention that one.

Many developers favor OmniWeb because of its versatility and because it is customizable, however it does cost $29.95. IMHO it is worth it, it has proved to be very stable.

http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omniweb/

Some people also favor FireFox and say that it works really well for them.

http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/

Camino is also pretty decent, I haven't used it much but it seems to be pretty stable.

http://www.caminobrowser.org/
 

MacDawg

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Mar 20, 2004
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Well, highres has covered the most popular. Each has their avid fans. Which is best is a matter of personal preference. You should probably test them to make your own informed choice.

Safari works fine for me. I've used Camino and Firefox, but see no real need to switch.

I still use IE to access Bill Pay for Wachovia online. :(
They just say to get over it.

Woof, Woof - Dawg
 

joecool85

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Mar 9, 2005
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My preference for OS X is Safari, then FireFox. For classic (like my PM running 8.6) I like Mozilla.
 

Xtremehkr

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Jul 4, 2004
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I've settled on Safari. The others are cool but Safari is the one I have found most appealing.
 

FelixDerKater

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Apr 12, 2002
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Download a few and give them a try. Try the search feature on the forums and see one of the many threads on this topic.

For now, I stick with Safari. Firefox takes care of the few site Safari still can't render properly.
 

jamdr

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Jul 20, 2003
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Bay Area
Another vote for OmniWeb

There have been quite a few threads like this in the past, but I for new members it's better to start a new thread than drag up a past one.

Anyway, I've been a long time user of Camino because I find it is the best looking and most well behaved OS X browser (even more so than Safari). However, recently I've also been trying OmniWeb and it has a ton of great features and looks and behaves quite nicely, too. It is free to download and use for 30 days, but after that it will cost you $30. That is quite steep considering there are a lot of great free browsers out there, but I also think it is worth it.
 

thedude110

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Jun 13, 2005
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People. My goodness. Web browsing is so all about Camino.

And with Firefox set to integrate Bit Torrent into the browsing experience, let's hope that our beloved runt Camino isn't far behind ...
 

zakatov

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Mar 8, 2005
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The thing I don't like in 3rd party browsers is the lack of highlighting the text boxes in websites. I think it's the most helpful feature of Safari. Camino also lacks smooth scrolling... why?
 

xsedrinam

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Oct 21, 2004
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MacDawg said:
Well, highres has covered the most popular. Each has their avid fans. Which is best is a matter of personal preference. You should probably test them to make your own informed choice.

Safari works fine for me. I've used Camino and Firefox, but see no real need to switch.

I still use IE to access Bill Pay for Wachovia online. :(
They just say to get over it.

Woof, Woof - Dawg
Ya, the Bill Pay on several sites is restrictive (I.E. tilted). I've at least avoided HAVING to use I.E. by using Netscape in some cases, but I do like the nice little .jpg images when I download pics from I.E. Like most posters in here, I use a variety of browsers depending on the need including iCab, OmniWeb, FireFox, Camino and Safari. Earlier on, Safari used to give me fits for some reason, but the last two updates have improved its performance on my machine. I've been just too lazy to look in to why, but the only reliable browser for printing to a pdf of more than one page on my desktop has been I.E. Still, I will use a variety of browsers (currently Netscape) is getting most of the use.
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zakatov

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Mar 8, 2005
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South Florida
Well, I got so bored, that I decided to see how faster Camino is.
Using the latest nightly build, here's the CPU performance while loading this page:



sry for the crappy pic, it's kinda late. Dual g5 2Ghz. And Camino rendered faster.

So it's either eye candy (smooth scrolling, text box outline) or overall speed.
 

dornoforpyros

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Oct 19, 2004
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Do I really have to pic just one? :D

From left to right is about the order I use them in as well. Most for testing websites but occasionally when Firefox chokes on a site (heavy flash *cough* ) then I fire up safari and camino to see who handles is better.
 

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wiseguy27

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Apr 30, 2005
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Mozilla Firefox

Coming from the MS Windows world, I prefer Mozilla Firefox (although it does not have Safari's looks) - it works best for all that I want to do. I'm also more used to the user interface and the keyboard shortcuts (like Cmd+Enter for automatic prefixing of www. and suffixing of .com...although the shortcuts for .net and .org don't work on the OS X version).

In my limited use of Safari, it seems limited in the options it provides for configuration when compared to Firefox. The one feature I love in Safari, which is not available in Firefox or Camino, is the convenience of using the Dictionary panel to instantly get the meaning of any word on a web page (as explained in http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=127703).

I do use Camino occasionally and I like its looks, but to me it seems to be lagging behind Firefox.

So my preferences are - Mozilla Firefox, followed by Safari or Camino (both of which I use sometimes, with no preference to one over another).

Firefox is quite extensible through several extensions that are freely available. So if the browser doesn't provide something you need, there's most likely an extension that will fulfill that need.

There are also additional "Themes" available for Firefox to change the way it looks - currently I have a "Saferfox Xpanded" theme that mimics the Mac look (and it works well even on Windows) - makes it look pretty cool. Saferfox Xpanded is available at https://addons.mozilla.org/themes/moreinfo.php?application=firefox&id=414.

As others have said, a browser is a personal preference, and there is no "best browser" - try these three and see which one you like.
 

nostrum

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Jun 6, 2005
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London
I've had my first apple, a 12" PB for the last 3 days and I was using safari, which is nice but I'm now using Firefox which I find to be better. Maybe becasue its because I've come from a windows environment and it makes me feel more comfortable. I cant see myself switching back to Safari unless I encounter a Fox incompatible site.
 

shadowmoses

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Mar 6, 2005
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Have tried them all except Omni Web Browser as there is no way i am going to pay $30 for a browser when so many are free.....

I like safari and camino the best i am not a great fan of firefox i find it quits fairly frequently and doesnt look as nice as camino or safari whatver skin you apply....

ShadOW ;)
 

MacDawg

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Mar 20, 2004
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I really don't put a lot of demands on a browser, so Safari does the trick in almost every case. Sometimes my wife gets frustrated because somebody sends her an email with a site that is totally IE with Windows media or something, and she can't load it. Most of the time I can work around it, but she doesn't understand why everything can't just work. I guess that comes from never using anything but a Mac. ;) If she had started on Windows, she would understand.

Woof, Woof - Dawg