The best email clients and web browsers on the Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by jwolf6589, Jul 16, 2016.

  1. jwolf6589 macrumors 65816


    Dec 15, 2010
    What is your favorite browser? How do you rank the web browsers? In my particular order.

    Mac Safari
    Google Chrome

    What about you?

    How do you rank the available email clients? In the Mac universe in my opinion Mac Mail seems to be the easiest to use, while Thunderbird the most powerful, but then again I am not familiar with Outlook 2016, just Outlook 2011. What about you how do you rank the email clients? In my order.

    Mac MS Outlook 2011
    Apple Mail

    Since I am a Apple person I am not familiar with what is available on Windows, however from my job I do know that Windows Outlook does several laps around mac Outlook in terms of features.
  2. Sital macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2012
    New England
    For me browser order is: Firefox, Chrome, Safari.

    And mail order is: Airmail, Polymail, Apple Mail

    For my needs, I don't find a huge difference between the email clients (although Apple Mail doesn't always play nice with my Gmail accounts). Firefox is my favorite browser and Chrome is solid, but I can't stand using Safari on my Mac (although on iOS I prefer Safari over Firefox).
  3. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
    Firefox has a few small quirks that other browsers don't have. And anything touched by Google is an instant no from me.

    Stock OSX mail app works for me. Thunderbird if on Windows, but I don't use email enough to bother.
  4. xrc6 macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2016
    I really, really like the new Opera browser on mac. I didn't used to like it before but now it seems really good. It has a battery save feature which I just leave it turned on and smooth zooming works just like in Safari and going back or forward on sites is instantaneous and overall is quite noticeably faster for me than Safari in El Capitan. Also has built in Ad Blocker but I had to use an additional youtube adblocker for YT videos.
    I had some weird issue in Safari this past couple of months, I would get the beach ball a lot and often typing text was delayed, even after a new install of El Capitan it would do it but am much happier now with Opera. It was a pain to transfer all my passwords but Opera offers an encrypted sync service similar to Keychain.

    For email I still use OSX Mail, seems to do what I need it to.
  5. Mr. McMac Suspended

    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Far away from liberals
  6. sibcc macrumors member


    Oct 5, 2015
    La Jolla CA
    Postbox, Airmail, Thunderbird
    Apple's Mail has sucked for several years now and needs to be fixed. Come to think of it, I'm sensing a trend lately with Apple's Desktop apps.

    Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari
    Once again, Safari used to be good.
  7. blueruck macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2008
    I have used Firefox & Chrome for years and made the switch to Safari - much happier

    Work I use Outlook for work and Postbox for personal - Postbox has been a surprisingly nice app.
  8. nnoble macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2011
    (Safari technology preview)


    Unibox (on OS X and os)
    Spark (currently just on os)
    Used to use Postbox and it was good but gave it up for reasons I can't remember.
  9. sgtaylor5 macrumors member


    Aug 6, 2017
    Cheney, WA, USA
    I've just switched to Firefox and Thunderbird because I'm now using a 17" MBP as my main PC, a Windows 10 box for when I have to clone/recover Windows hard drives, and a small HP Stream 11 now running Lubuntu as a writing/away notebook. Couldn't find any other truly cross-platform applications for all three.

    Hooboy, getting iCloud Calendars to sync on the Mac version of Thunderbird was a chore and a half! But that's another thread.
  10. spooklog macrumors member


    Aug 10, 2015
    New Hampshire
  11. ssmed macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2009
    Outlook 2016 if you are anywhere near an exchange server / service! and more generally (I do not used gmail)

    Increasing feature set
    Very responsive support team (make Apple look like amateurs in that respect)
    Not poaching/parsing your data like some 3rd party apps.
  12. sgtaylor5 macrumors member


    Aug 6, 2017
    Cheney, WA, USA
    There is an extension for TB called TBSync that I use for my work Exchange account. I use IMAP for my Exchange email, because IMAP lets me unsubscribe selectively from folders I never use (Conversation History, I'm looking at you)

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