Safari vs Chrome vs Firefox on 2008 Macbook pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thermal, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. thermal macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2009
    Vancouver, Canada
    I currently own a late 2008 15 inch macbook pro. It's my first Mac, and I'm very satisfied with it.

    Pre-Apple, I used Firefox, and kept on using it when I got the Mac. Some Mac friends suggested I try Safari.. I did and found it ok.

    I recently downloaded Safari 5 and have been less than impressed. I find the performance extremely sporadic: sometimes very fast, sometimes painfully slow. I have also lost Youtube and Justintv functionality, and since I take online courses the video sites are imperative for me.

    I've re-loaded Firefox and also Chrome, and over the last three days seem to be leaning towards Chrome for its balance of speed and overall functionality.

    I'm wondering how you would rate these three web browsers. Overall, which do you think is currently the best & worst?

    Thank you kindly.
  2. cloroxbleach4 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2007
    1. Firefox
    2. Chrome
    3. Safari

    I actually think Safari is a combination of both Firefox and Chrome. But it's not excellent at anything. While Chrome is really fast and firefox has features that I love to use.
  3. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

    xi mezmerize ix

    May 24, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    For me, I use chrome because it is the fastest and i dont care about features or customization. i use the web to find things...not have a window open with a pretty border.
  4. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    Of the 3 I like:

    1. Safari
    2. Chrome
    3. Firefox

    Safari 5.0 is superfast and has some cool features. I do have to say that after initially installing Safari 5.0 I wasn't 100% impressed however after repairing permissions, clearing Safari's cache and then restarting Safari this thing flys.

    Chrome is good but is lacking the features and isn't quite a quick.

    Firefox is one I just never warmed up to, not saying it's bad it's just one I never really liked. I simply found it clunky.

  5. djasterix macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2010
    Paradise City
    Safari 5.0 is super fast, I'm really enjoying it, Chrome is fast and I like it's interface, and Firefox is really customizable; so I use them 3...
  6. Benito macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2010
    Toronto, Canada
    My current preference is for Safari 5. It has been fast and stable.
  7. Ramphex macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2009
    Agreed. Firefox is great especially when it's as easy as copy and paste one folder to move/backup/transfer to another OS my settings, plugins etc. Pretty stable as well, when it first came out it sucked big weenie but since 3.0 release it's been doing well.
  8. djasterix macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2010
    Paradise City
    I found firefox a bit slow for my taste, really stable now but slow...
  9. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2008
    I like the functionality of firefox but it uses 100% load on one core for youtube (40-60% on Chrome and Safari) and it crashes constantly so I had to stop. I use Safari now, hopefully it gets better with extensions.
  10. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    firefox has become bloated. safari feels practical but no standout. and chrome is super fast, but buggy.

    that's pretty much how I see those three browsers.
  11. stefan1975 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
    i think on OSX OPERA 10.5x is the best browser !!!

    safari is okay and looks great but not really fast and why god why didn't they put the tabs on top and made the address bar an omnibar like chrome and opera.

    chrome is my favourite on windows because it is the fastest ever. on a mac it seems a little slower and uses quite a lot of CPU.

    firefox is dead but doesnt know it yet. it is DOG slow. i would Never Ever use it again if not for Yslow and Firebug. But i detest its sluggishness (just see the real life tests at Ars for figures on this)

    opera is fast, integrates well in OSX, has tabs on top, an omnibar(ish), and uses little CPU and Memory. if it had extensions it would be the best browser period. now it is just the best on a Mac.

  12. Sankersizzle macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2010
    i used to use chrome all the time on my pc before i switched to macs a month ago. now i only use safari, but i gotta say, after never experiencing a crash in 1 month of usage with safari 4, safari 5 has crashed for me about 10 times in 3 days. it's pretty frustrating.

    Opera OSX is also another really good browser that doesn't get as much love as it should.
  13. UKBeast macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2010
    Chrome is the fastest one but functionality is not very good when you compare it to the other browsers.

    Firefox has lots of customizations, it is good if you are gonna build yourself a super custom browser but the more you customize it, the slower it gets.

    I think safari 5 is the best one, it is in between firefox and chrome. It is not as much functional as firefox but has extension feature. Not as fast as chrome but has essential functionality over chrome.
  14. iSpoody 1243 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    Imo safari is simple and just works
    chrome is to buggy for my liking.
    I just don't like firefox,
  15. Xyp macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2010
    You might find this interesting...

    This page takes a while to load, coincidentally (or maybe not), but here is an interesting and fairly scientific look at the speed of some of the most popular mac browsers around right now. Unfortunately, it doesn't review Safari 5 cuz it was released so recently, but nonetheless...

    I started with Safari, went to Firefox for the (automatic) privacy features, then to Chrome, then back to Safari after I got weirded out by the possibility of Google collecting information from me. Now I use an applescript program to auto start Safari in "private browsing" mode, and it's worked out well.
  16. stefan1975 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
  17. Patrick J macrumors 65816

    Patrick J

    Mar 12, 2009
    Oporto, Portugal
    Chrome - super fast.

    I used to love firefox but the truth of the matter is that it's just too slow.
  18. macgeek18 macrumors 68000


    Sep 8, 2009
    Northern California
    I personally use Safari 5,I like it and it works better now with facebook so I'm good.
  19. andrew086 macrumors regular

    Dec 31, 2009
    I also use Chrome because it's fast. I used to use Firefox, and really the only reason I never switched to Safari was because it had no extensions (although now it does) and something that's really small: cmd+# to switch between tabs. I used that all the time, and Safari would open up a bookmark when you did that. I thought Chrome was overrated but I loved it when I tried it: and it had extensions, cmd+# tab switching, and it had HTML5 for youtube :p. Only thing I miss is viewing the source of a selection, but I think that's a webkit thing.
  20. jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    I would put Safari in front of Chrome, but, otherwise, agree. Safari is very fast now, but, I prefer Firefox for its extensions, especially its security extensions.

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