Which browser for 2019?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by waloshin, Apr 3, 2019.

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Which browser for the best battery and performance?

  1. Chrome

    9 vote(s)
    15.3%
  2. Firefox Quantum

    13 vote(s)
    22.0%
  3. Opera

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Safari

    32 vote(s)
    54.2%
  5. Something other will comment

    5 vote(s)
    8.5%
  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

    waloshin

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    I am looking for the best browser for my 2018 Macbook Air, I need something with good battery life, but performance. On Windows I used a mixture of Opera, Firefox Quantum and Edge.
     
  2. Stephen.R macrumors 6502a

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    Safari will AFAIK beat almost any other browser for battery life on macOS.

    Chrome (and Opera, which uses Chromium as it's rendering engine) will destroy your battery, and chew up your RAM while it does it.

    Firefox I can't say I've used for a while, but honestly given how well Safari works/is integrated, IMO you'd need a pretty compelling argument to use something else, particularly if you're "in" the Apple Ecosystem (i.e. multiple Apple devices), and thus get the integration/sync benefits (bookmarks/keychain, even stuff like Content Blockers).
     
  3. shamelin73 macrumors member

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    I have loaded Firefox for one site that I know doesn't like Safari.
     
  4. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

    waloshin

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    Personally use Android and Windows mostly, but love the build quality, trackpad, Mac os security and sleed that is why I purchased a MacBook Air to be more portable.
     
  5. MSastre macrumors 6502

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    Safari has always worked great for me and I see no reason to change.
     
  6. InquiringMac macrumors member

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    What browser is the best in terms of privacy and security in your opinion, please?;)
     
  7. MSastre macrumors 6502

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    Ive used Safari for around 30 years and see no reason to change it. Never had any priacy or security problems. O Mojave 1.14.4 at present time.
     
  8. KennethS macrumors 6502

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    While it is not a daily need, there are some websites that do not seem to like Safari (maybe it's just me). So, there are times I need to use an alternative to Safari. I am therefore interested in the views on this as well.

    To be clear, I am not talking about dodgy websites, but as examples I have a banking portal and one for my accountants which won't let me log in when I access them with Safari. Both are fine when using Chrome or Firefox, and I have been trying to pick just one to keep on my Macs.
     
  9. Stephen.R macrumors 6502a

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    Marty McFly, is that you?
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    I’d try enabling the developer menu (safari preferences > advanced) and then change the user agent when you try to visit those sites.

    We’re back to the days of “designed for browser X” unfortunately but often it’s just a superficial check on their end.
     
  10. retta283 macrumors 6502a

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    Safari was released on January 7, 2003...
     
  11. MSastre macrumors 6502

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    Ok .. stand corrected. Been using Macs for over 30 years, and Safari since it came out.
     
  12. sracer macrumors 604

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    I've been a long-time Opera fan but once it was bought out by a Chinese consortium, I switched to Chrome. Recently (past 2 weeks) I started using Vivaldi. It's the browser that would've resulted if classic Opera and Chrome had a baby. (not surprising since Vivaldi was developed by the co-founders of Opera)
     
  13. Big Bad D macrumors regular

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    Safari works fine for me. But I do have Firefox installed for very exceptional website which may have incompatability.
     
  14. spooklog macrumors regular

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    Also a Vivaldi fan. Vivaldi is build on Chromium and takes Chrome extension, plus it has handy built-in features such as screenshot capability, note-taking linked to URLs, many customization options and so on. My only problem is that webpages seem to load more slowly than Chrome. Definitely worth a try.

    I've also been fooling around with Microsoft Edge (on Windows) and I find it's surprisingly good. Edge also takes Chrome extensions, and renders web pages very quickly. Edge has more options than Internet Explorer did, but you need to poke around Settings and elsewhere to find features.
     
  15. capandjudy macrumors member

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    Firefox has come a long way since it was rebuilt and I have set it as my default mostly due to page compatibility. On the other hand, Safari has key chain for logins. Brave is cool too if privacy is your first concern. Lots to try.
     
  16. YaBe, Apr 10, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2019

    YaBe macrumors 6502a

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    Nice to see someone from the early development team, considering Safari was released in 2003, did not know it was in dev since 1989 (Tim Berners-Lee's description of the World Wide Web project, went public 28 years ago on August 6th, 1991).
    :D

    EDIT:
    I know someone pointed something similar out, just wanted to add more info :D
     
  17. MSastre macrumors 6502

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    Guess you didn't see post #11.
     
  18. SDColorado Contributor

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    Another Vivaldi user here. I don't think I can add much to what @spooklog and @sracer have already said.
     
  19. YaBe macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, hence the edit.... way before you replied ;)
     
  20. daabido macrumors member

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    You've used Safari for 14 years before it was launched? Time traveller confirmation.
     
  21. Kraizelburg macrumors regular

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    Firefox, I like Safari but the lack of good AD blocker like Ublock Origin puts me off.
     
  22. sracer macrumors 604

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    I use Ublock Origin on Chrome, but I use Ublock with Safari on my MacBook Air.
     
  23. 10win macrumors newbie

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    Firefox because Safari lacks a lot of extensions and features of modern browsers (like mouse gestures, ublock, customization, sync with windows/linux devices etc.). However, safari is fastest browser for mac and the only one that does not burn the CPU.
     
  24. mikzn macrumors 6502a

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    Lol - that would’ve been Netscape “back in the day” or perhaps the evil Internet Explorer ? :)
     
  25. Partron22 macrumors 68020

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    Firefox behind VPN and 4 privacy add-ons seems to have reduced the density of ads for "tactical flashlights".
    Google search does occasionally ask me if I'm a robot.
    VPN does slow things down, but I'm starting from 300MbpS.
     

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