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

    30 vote(s)
  4. Webkit Nightly

    17 vote(s)
  1. tekksan macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2009
    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. dastinger macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2012
    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. Mr. McMac Suspended

    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Far away from liberals
    I use Chrome as well. Safari blows
  4. Michael Goff macrumors G5

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    Webkit nightly is the fastest, and uses the least resources, on my machine.
  5. MLinneer, Apr 5, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2013

    MLinneer macrumors regular


    Mar 18, 2013
    Sherman, TX
    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

    jozeppy26 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2008
    St. Louis
    My 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. macalec macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2012
    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. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Out of the poll choices, Safari.

    Why is Firefox not a choice for you?
  9. jozeppy26 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2008
    St. Louis
    Scroll speed using as a test

    Webkit Nightly (fastest) > Firefox > Chrome > Safari (slowest)
  10. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
  11. rezzo macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2006
  12. mactumors macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2008
    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

    Orka macrumors regular

    Dec 24, 2012
    Moscow, Russia
    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. turtlez macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2012
    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. sperry1988 macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2011
    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. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
  17. Isamilis macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2012
    Safari sometimes quit suddenly. Now I use Webkit. No problem so far. No regret at all. Smoother and more stable.
  18. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Except that Chrome is not ditching Webkit. They are branching off on their own using Webkit as the base.
  19. Drew017 macrumors 65816


    May 29, 2011
    East coast, USA
    Safari for almost everything, and Chrome for things Safari can't handle (like YoutTube :rolleyes:)

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