Firefox vs. Camino vs. Safari

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by g-boac, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. g-boac macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2007
    I'm new to Mac -- my whole family is. Was wondering if you could share your thoughts on the pros and cons of Firefox, Camino, and Safari, and how the three compare. Particularly on how Firefox and Camino are different from each other.

    I realize that browser preference is a hot and personal topic, and I am NOT looking to start any firefights or long posts -- I'd find it helpful maybe if you each could post:
    [1] your browser of choice and why
    [2] any alternate browsers you use, and for what purpose
    [3] the 1-2 key differences that separate one browser from the rest

  2. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    You'll find a lot of other threads on here that cover this, but:

    Personally, I use two browsers equally:

    1. Omniweb. I can't get on with Safari for whatever reason (hard to quantify), so I use Omniweb, which is also based on webkit, but has probably the best GUI of any browser I've ever used
    2. Firefox 3 beta. The most Mac-like browser that Mozilla has yet produced (at least it is with Aronnax's GrApple theme). It works with those few sites that don't quite behave in Omniweb (and vice-versa). It's also damned fast.
  3. bjett92 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2007
    Indy, IN
    Umm heres my comparison:

    Firefox 3:
    + Lots of extensions
    + well known
    + EXTENSIONS again
    - sort of slow IMO

    Camino is the native version of Firefox, you could say
    + Great Mac interface
    + faster than FF
    + extensions
    - still not extremely fast

    + integrated perfectly
    + extremely fast
    + add to dashboard feature
    + light weight
    - lacks extensions

    My browser of choice is Safari. I like it because its fast and light weight. Even though it lacks things like add-ons and themes, i think the speed outweighs those features.

    Ummm.... I also have Shiira and Opera installed for different small reasons. I really like the look and eye candy of Shiira.
  4. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
  5. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
    I use Safari - fastest, best integration with Mac OS X services, looks the best.

    Occasionally FireFox, to test my web sites in Mozillas.
  6. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    Summed up nicely for me. :) :p

    I use Safari for 90+% of my browsing because it's fast, clean, and generally problem-free (for me).

    I use Firefox once in a while if there's a website that doesn't play nicely with Safari (very rare now) and that's about it.
  7. g-boac thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2007

    bjett92 - thanks for your reply. What are a couple examples of extensions that are available for Firefox that aren't available in Safari?

    all - thanks for your replies so far!

  8. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    there are 2000+ extensions for firefox, its easier to list the one safari has than not.

    This topic is getting beaten to death, please, please just do some search. and try out each one for yourself. nobody's experience can replace yours. Firefox's extension maybe not useful for you. safari maybe not that fast for you, camino's tab operation may not meet your needs... really... nobody can choose for you.
  9. kajitox macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2007
    [1] your browser of choice and why
    [2] any alternate browsers you use, and for what purpose
    [3] the 1-2 key differences that separate one browser from the rest

    I use Safari because I have found it to be considerably faster than Firefox.

    I have Firefox just in case something doesn't work with Safari, which I have run into...but I dislike going back to Firefox. Also, the Firefox 3 Beta was so bad I had to uninstall it...the beta had a lot of issues (hence being a Beta).

    I think that the speed and UI of Safari is great and works well with the "Mac experience" so to speak.
  10. ndwgolf macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2006
    Phuket Thailand
    I love safari but I like to go to Thai web pages every now and then and when I do I just get a white screen, if I go to text encoding and select Thai windows as default it will show up fine, if I open another window while Thai windows is still default and go to another Thai web page I have to go through the same procedure: ”click view reselect Thai Windows in encoding and click enter and the web page shows up.
    Funny thing in Safari on my iPhone it goes to the Thai web pages without a problem?
    So I use Fire Fox
  11. ebel3003 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2007
    "The Google"
    I had always been an avid Safari user, but had tried to switch several times to Firefox. Safari is a memory hog and crashes way too often. As much as I like Firefox's expandability with extensions, it feels slow. Not only that, but themes just don't look good.

    I've been using Camino for quite some time now (like 4 months). I love the simplicity and speed it has to offer. I do wish it was a little more expandable, but the fact that it isn't bloated is enough to outweigh the cons.

    That's just my 2 cents and I'm pretty picky, since I'll always find a way to complain about an application using too much memory or something.
  12. iMpathetic macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    Thankyouthankyouthankyou! I've been meaning to post on this thread for a while saying how much I adore Camino. I can't exactly put my finger on why, but what you just said pretty much nails it.

    What he said.
  13. prostuff1 macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2005
    Don't step into the kawoosh...
    1) I personally use Camino for most of my browsing. It is essentially Firefox without some of the plugins, but it is "built" specifically for OS X. Camino integrates with the built in stuff (like keychain) while firefox does not.
    2) I do have Safari and an optimized version of firefox installed just in case something does not work. But since Camino and firefox use the same gecko engine i very rarely use firefox.
    3) The main difference is that camino does not have the plugin base that firefox does. You can still change quite a few things in camino via the hidden prefs (search on camino's site) and the pimpmycamino site.
  14. macDonalds macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2007
    Firefox's extensions are the only reason I would consider. Of course this is a big reason. However, FF is pretty slow compared to Safari so at the end of the day I'm a Safari user.

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