Poll - Which web browser do you use?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Mad Mac Maniac, Aug 4, 2011.


Which web browser do you use (as your primary) on your Mac?

  1. Safari

    91 vote(s)
  2. Chrome

    44 vote(s)
  3. Firefox

    21 vote(s)
  4. Opera

    4 vote(s)
  5. Other

    4 vote(s)
  1. Mad Mac Maniac, Aug 4, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2011

    Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    I have been a pretty consistant Safari user every since I made the switch back in Dec 2007. I have always been confident that Safari was at least on a similar level with all the competitors out there, and all I really need is a browser that works.

    But I feel like Safari has lost the attention of Apple with all that is on their plate with the explosion of iDevices. Firefox and Crome are really stepping up to the plate. I'm typing on chrome right now, and it is pretty darn lightning fast.

    Anyway, it got me wondering how many of people on MR (pretty technically competent, with a pretty strong love for Apple) have stuck with Safari or moved elsewhere.

    So which browser do you use? If you picked "other" please let me know what it is!

    *bonus point* do you use anything different when using a PC?

    Edit: Question: on Chrome is there a way to change the shortcuts? The one I'm looking for is the page up/page down. Safari is option+up/down, but chrome is fn+up/down. I don't like the change
  2. waterman460000 macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2011
    i use safari for the new lion gestures. if it were not for that i would use chrome in a heartbeat
  3. Mad Mac Maniac thread starter macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    ah yes. I haven't upgraded to Lion yet. But I thought I remembered hearing that Chrome added the 2 finger swipe for forward/back (although I heard they worked reverse the way of safari). Are there any other gestures to use in safari?
  4. Tigerdaly macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2009
    After changing over to Mac 3 years ago I still cannot understand why anyone considers using something else other than Safari.:confused:
    What am I missing by not using chrome ? What can it do that Safari can't.
    Or is it a case of folks wanting to break the mould and not use all that is provided and feeling too trapped by the Apple machine ?;)
  5. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    I use Opera. It syncs bookmarks, notes, speed dials etc between machines very easily. The addressbar also acts as a search bar where I can specify the search engine really easily for example: "g macrumors" would search google for macrumors, "w macrumors" would search wikipedia for macrumors etc. etc.

    I use Opera on both of my macs and on various windows machines and I always have my bookmarks synced.

    The one browser used the most in the day time though is IE8 on a work machine.
  6. Tigerdaly macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2009
    Thanks for your insight.
    I guess it makes multi type machines more sync'ble as in PC's and Mac's.
    I am all Mac .......... iMac, iPad and iPhone and all of things sync perfectly especially the bookmarks. I am happy with the Searching on the toolbar and I can change it to multiple search engines.
    Perhaps I am worrying over nothing. :)
    All I will say is I ams so pleased at changing everything to Apple, totally stress free and no worries sorting it out and backing up. I just hope they bring out the Media 5.1 surround sound gear for the lounge they are rumouring and then I wont spend my money with Bose. ;)
  7. Mad Mac Maniac thread starter macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Well that's like asking why would any PC ever switch from IE.

    Some differences between browsers that I can think of off the top of my head are stability, security, speed, extensions, the look, ability to use address bar as a search bar, and additional options/features.

    Safari has always been a great option so I never really cared to try any of the other browsers, because honestly it wasn't worth it to me for just a browser. But now I have been hearing so many good things about chrome, and I feel like safari has been sitting on its duff for like 2 years. I tried it out and it seems pretty nice honestly. Very snappy :p
  8. SoftDel macrumors newbie


    Jul 26, 2011
    I use chrome, I got fed up with safari taking ages to load up (around 15 seconds)
  9. Rivix macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2005
  10. coops macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2009
  11. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I use all my web browsers, but mainly use Chrome.
  12. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
  13. Mad Mac Maniac thread starter macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    and yet none of those are polls..... :rolleyes:

    You may notice this isn't really a "which is better" thread. It's a which do you use.
  14. fkhan3 macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2010
  15. ozaz macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2011
    Firefox. But because of a particular extension rather than the browser itself.
  16. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    Chrome for normal stuff
    Firefox for University stuff, like blackboard, assignments, prof.'s websites, etc.
  17. devilcm3 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2011
    South Melbourne, Australia
    well , there are some extensions that are only available in Google Chrome than Safari and i believe Chrome has wider range of extensions versus other browsers.
    besides , which browser that allows you to sync all your personal settings up to the cloud? :D

    but i do have other browsers on my applications folder , just in case i can't open certain websites
  18. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    Safari hogs my mac down. With 8GB ram, I end up using about 3+ with Safari... maybe it's a bug. I resort to chrome for gmail chat as that really kills Safari but for browsing and what not I stick to Safari.
  19. BadaBing!! macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2010
    Chrome for me for all-around performances and features. Chrome Sync is the top reason though (syncs bookmarks and all other stuff across my PCs)
  20. lc25 macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2009
    Used to be the fox but now its safari all the way
  21. lexvo macrumors 65816

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    I use Safari and find it very quick and responsive on my 2009 i5 iMac.

    We occasional use Firefox because I can't get Citrix to work under Safari.
  22. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
  23. blatopilot macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2011
    I use Chromium and Safari. I have Opera and Firefox installed as well. I like my browsers to be stocked like a good liquor cabinet.
  24. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
  25. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    I primarily use Chrome, though I dabble with Firefox, Chrome Canary, Safari and Firefox UX. Never really liked Opera.

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