Safari or Google?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by greg0rn, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. greg0rn macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Just got my first imac. Beautiful machine to look at, but there are a few things that I have to get used to. One of them is Safari. Actually, I prefer Google. Any comments?
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Google is a search engine, Safari is a browser
    Do you mean Chrome?

    Oh, and congrats on your new machine
    I would recommend you put your restore discs that came with it in a safe place
    You will need them eventually

    And if you don't have an adequate backup strategy, you might want to consider it
    Data storage is always cheaper than data recovery
  3. mwxiao macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2007
    They are both free so why not download both and try out by yourself??
  4. Raje macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2010
    If you like chrome use it.

    Different people like different browsers. I prefer using firefox on my desktop and chrome on my laptop. My friend uses Opera and won't use anything else and my cousin uses safari. So just use whatever you like best.

    And if you like chrome google for chromium and try it.
  5. wttheninja macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2010
    Chrome anyday no question. It is so much easier to use then safari.
  6. messedkid macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2007
    Oshawa, ON
    On my mac, I prefer Safari to Chrome.
    On my netbook running 7, I prefer Chrome to Safari (and any other browser for that matter.)

    Both are great browsers.
  7. [DL] macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2010
  8. clientsiman macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2009
  9. dirt farmer macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2005
    Why not both? What a lovely couple!

    btw, how does one cross his legs like that and keep both feet on the ground??
  10. Alvi macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2008
    On a PC i use Chrome, i actually hate Safari for PC it's slow, but on the Mac i just use Safari, it integrates better and is pretty fast.
    I don't even miss the Firefox plugins and so on, other mac features like dashboard on OSX make all those things like Firefox plugins and Chrome extensions useless in my workflow

    If IE was good you'd use it on a PC
  11. AV8TOR macrumors regular


    Mar 8, 2010
    Fort Worth TX
    My wife and I both have Yahoo email so I use Safari just for my mail and Firefox is our main browser that we both us and it's home page is her My Yahoo. Firefox is the best though.
  12. bsblvnv macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2010
    Las Vegas
  13. iammike1 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2007
    Columbia MD
    When I compare the same YouTube video playing in a clean install of Safari vs. a clean install of Chrome....I see a lot more CPU usage with Chrome.

    This drove me away because I watch a lot of YouTube and there is no Click2Flash option for Firefox or Chrome.

    By the way, I'm not talking like an extra 10% usage. It was like 30ish% in Safari vs. 50+% in Chrome. I was surprised.
  14. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Flashblock for Firefox

    Flashblock for Chrome
  15. iammike1 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2007
    Columbia MD
    Click2Flash in YouTube does not simply block Flash. It allows me to completely bypass Flash and use QT. For that there is no alternative in FF or Chrome...not to my knowledge.
  16. greg0rn thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Thanks to all for quick reply.

    Now, perhaps you can help me with installing Google Chrome such a way that its icon replaces Safari icon and it stays permanently at the bottom. The way It is now, it disappears after every shut down of the computer, so I have to upload it from downloads. Thanks.
  17. vansouza macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2006
    West Plains, MO USA Earth
    What say you just use what you want to... and be happy you are on an iMac.
  18. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662

    then drag Google Chrome from the Applications folder to your Dock.
  19. Arrandale macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2010
    Safari is much better and renders fonts and pages more aesthetically than chrome.

    That said, I find chrome much leaner and more responsive, especially on lower-end hardware. Safari doesn't play well with flash and has a number of bugs that causes it to crash every now and then.

    furthermore, safari only sandboxes tabs in snow leopard. chrome does this for the leopard version too.
  20. Shunnabunich macrumors regular


    Oct 30, 2005
    Alberta, Canada
    I just came back to Safari from a period of at least a month using Chrome as my primary browser. There are things I like better about Chrome, such as how the URL/search bar behaves and the fact that, if I ever need them, extensions are available. However, the drawbacks slowly but surely outweighed the benefits...

    - the New Tab screen, while similar to Safari's "Top Sites", can only display eight sites, whereas I have twelve on Safari (all pinned so they're more of a "favourites of the favourites" type thing), and Safari shows which sites have new content. Thumbnails also couldn't be rearranged in Chrome, although it was clear that was supposed to be possible.

    - If any page was loading, all tabs were unresponsive — usually not even scrolling. I'm not exactly on an anemic machine, here. But hey, at least I could switch between the tabs. Go, multi-process browser, go.

    - There's virtually no visible indication, other than a tiny spinner, of whether a page is finished loading. (Sadly, Safari is little better as of version 4.) This wouldn't be such a problem if pages loaded quickly or reliably, or if the browser worked during page loads.

    - The Flashblock extension, in addition to not being as "smart" as Click2Flash, caused problems for Flash objects that I did click to allow (one of my favourites was when some video players' mouse response, i.e. clickable areas, was shifted about 10 pixels up from the actual player itself). Flashblock also has a whitelist system that fails to take subdomains into account, so sites like Bandcamp forced me to whitelist each...individual...artist'

    - The AdBlock extension made YouTube unusable, requiring me to open Safari for my recent, nightly Whose Line Is It Anyway binges and keep Chrome open for everything else. Or, of course, I could disable AdBlock and have ads everywhere.

    - Almost randomly, some sites would refuse to load, no matter what, leaving the tab spinning away into eternity.

    That's not to say Safari is perfect, either. It takes longer to open, I kind of miss Chrome's address bar, and I grew to appreciate the way Chrome opened tabs next to the current tab instead of at the far end (I know there are Safari plugins that accomplish that, but I used to use Glims and found performance improved when I got rid of it). I think what it comes down to, though, is that Chrome is a beta (and beta-quality) browser, and Safari is not.
  21. Depercision macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2010
    Chrome > ALL.

    Except...sometime Chrome dosen't like how certain websites are coded.
  22. jackbency macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2010
    Actually, I have used both and according to me, Chrome and Safari are good in there own ways. Chrome is open source and Safari is Apple. Chrome is a powerful browser wit limited facilities though Both are based on Webkit and I believe that Webkit is the best rendering engine for any web browser.
  23. Harrold macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2010
    Chrome is my favourite, sometimes you start it up and you notice new editions to the browser where Google have been updating it.. it's brilliant. :D

    I actually have Firefox installed along with Safari too, I usually use other browsers to check my code and make sure it displays correctly.
  24. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level

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