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macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jan 20, 2012
I noticed over the years Safari is not as fast as it used to be and does not render pages as smoothly as it once did. I prefer not to use Chrome for a myriad of reasons (I use it at work, that's about it). I love Firefox but I can't make it my preferred browser on iOS. Edge, not sure yet. What are your opinions?


May 21, 2009
Safari is my daily driver 99% of the time. Fast and generally reliable. I rarely have any issues with it so I don’t switch.
Firefox is fine but not great as a full time replacement; I use it as a backup, mostly for old(er) sites that don’t work well with Safari.
Chrome is a beast with battery life, and likes to soak up memory. I used it for a short while because we use Google Classroom a lot but it just kills everything.
Never used Edge so I couldn’t say.


macrumors 68020
Apr 27, 2003
I can't believe I'm saying it, but Opera is an excellent browser. But I use Safari 99% of the time. Firefox is pretty darn good, too. Edge is just a stripped-down Google Chrome, and while it works with most all websites, it's a RAM/CPU/Battery hog.


macrumors newbie
Apr 5, 2013
Vivaldi with extensions - night eye and ghostery.

- fast
- super customisable
- no white flashes with dark mode extensions
- supports higher than 1080p youtube (unlike firefox and safari)

- resource hungry, it is based on blink engine (engine used in chrome) after all

Safari was my daily driver as well for a very long time, but whatever "dark mode" extension I used, it was plagued with "white flashes" plague.
Same for Brave and similar, but does not happen with Vivaldi.

Chrome or Chromium - I absolutely hate the interface and well, its google :/ Don't feel like having a browser that all the time is phoning back the mothership.

Firefox - I find it sluggish, even after quantum release.

Edge - The UI looks better than chrome, however I'm thinking it is going to be a while, until it is mature enough for me
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May 2, 2019
Cary Illinois
I pretty much use Safari when I use my Mac or iPhone and Firefox when I am forced to use my work windows laptop which is slim to never. told the boss if he wants me to work he will let me use my MacBook Pro, otherwise work will not get done.


macrumors 603
Apr 8, 2009
I switched from Chrome to Safari last year because Chrome was just too battery hungry. I'm not really happy with Safari (the extensions are very limited and I often experience YouTube issues that I never saw in Chrome, Opera or Firefox) but it's easier on my battery and that's more important to me.

I hope this is the year they make it more of a competent browser.


macrumors regular
Oct 28, 2017
I use 4 browsers and run them full screen

  • Personal Business/Banking
  • Social Media (FB Twitter Instagram)
  • Purchasing (Amazon and like)
Edge (Canary (chromium))
  • OneDrive/Email/Calendar
  • Office 365 (subscription)
  • Netflix/Amazon Prime/Crave TV and like
Firefox (may replace with Brave)
  • Forums
  • Hobbies
  • News
  • Online searches
Chrome(for work only/mirrors my office desktop)
  • GSuite for Business
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Nov 30, 2014
As a matter of fact, just last night, I started to look into having all my Chrome favourites, sync to Safari (Windows 10).
Thus far, failing, well, simply put, not syncing.

All that to say, I would like to use Safari on my iPad and iPhone. But, with the favourites not syncing as I would expect, I will probably remain on Chrome.

PS: As others have stated, Chrome is a little bit of a memory hog...
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