Which Internet Browser?

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  1. TeeRav19 macrumors member

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    Just seeing what everyone is using for their default internet browser and why? Just picked up a new 2015 MBP 13" and I've heard mixed things about both Safari and Chrome. Currently I'm liking Safari because it syncs effortlessly with my iPad and iPhone.
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    TenFourFox for my PowerPC Macs.

    Firefox for my Intel MBP.

    I hate Safari and I hate Chrome, but for different reasons.
     
  3. TeeRav19 thread starter macrumors member

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    I was a long time Firefox user on my previous MBP (2009) but I have been seeing that its one of the slowest browsers. Safari seems nice and snappy so far. I guess the only way to test the speed is to download it myself.
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    A default install of Firefox/TenFourFox/Mozilla isn't optimized for speed. The dev(s) have to have settings that apply for the widest possible pool of users on the most common types of platforms and setups.

    If you follow the link at the bottom of my signature there are optimizations that can be done to about:config for Firefox/TenFourFox that speed things of signifgantly. It will never be a sprinter, but the optimizations will get it moving much faster.

    There are two other options in the thread if mucking around in about:config is not your thing.
     
  5. c8rlo macrumors 6502

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    Chrome on my 2010 MBP & 2011 MBA. simple, pages load quick and some good extensions...
     
  6. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    Chrome because it's webkit and has a windows version for bookmark syncing.
     
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  8. MacInTO macrumors 6502a

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    Safari. I don't have any special needs for my browser. It's actually the only browser installed on my Macs.
     
  9. cbautis2 macrumors 6502a

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    LOL, it doesn't run on OS X. But it's a silky smooth scrolling barebones browser as long as you know how to disable rouge addons.
     
  10. dingdong macrumors regular

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    I'm a Safari user but looking to try out Firefox as default. Doubt will see much difference except the amount of add-on selection in Firefox and tweaks, it might just work out.

    Anyone know Firefox RAM usage compared to Safari? I know it depends how many extensions/tabs you have, but in general which one works in favour for daily use?

    If it wasn't for lack of extensions in Safari I would totally stick to it.

    ps. soz to hijack bit on your thread haha
     
  11. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    Chrome is king. I just wish they got better at memory management.

    PS. I know all about Google's data collection stuff, but its ok, we all give up some information one way or another.
     
  12. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Safari does everything I need it to do and doesn't kill my battery like Chrome does(or used to, I heard they fixed it).
     
  13. SnowLeopard OSX macrumors 6502a

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    Safari because I'm not a web developer. Love it. There are a couple things it could definitely work on, and there are some Chrome extensions that I miss a lot, but it gets the job done without frying my computer, making my computer loud, or using up an unreasonable amount of memory. Plus it looks cleaner, the sleek interface.
     
  14. howiest macrumors regular

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    Safari mostly, but I occasionally use Maxthon too.
     
  15. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    I've been alternating between Chrome and Safari for the last few years. At the moment I'm going with Safari and my guess is it'll be a good year or so until it gets on my nerves enough to try chrome again.
     
  16. Tankmaze macrumors 68000

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    Safari for browsing, Chrome for developing websites or viewing flash content.
     
  17. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

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    I use Chrome mainly because I prefer the UI and it has some extensions that I really like that aren't available on either Safari or Firefox. Plus I've never really noticed much of a difference in power consumption compared to Safari.

    On my PowerPC Macs I prefer TenFourFox since I find that it has less issues than Webkit.
     
  18. nobodyjustwalks macrumors regular

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    definitely Firefox. Chrome for Flash stuff. Safari when I miss swipe gestures that are not as smooth in Firefox.
     
  19. markovchain macrumors member

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    Firefox because Safari cannot sync reading list and bookmarks across multiple Apple and non-Apple devices.

    Firefox because I can check what tabs are opened in other devices, that helps continue my research elsewhere.

    Firefox because ad block Plus stops all those annoying banners, pop-up for me. My mac and iDevices still run on Mountain Lion and iOS 6.

    Firefox because self-destructing cookies gets rids of cookies and trackers.

    Having said that, I will go back to Safari if it delivers those functionalities. Safari is faster, less hassle to install third-party browser and no problem in watching any web video.
     
  20. Matthew9559 macrumors 6502a

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    Typically Chrome but I do use Safari occasionally. I prefer the Chrome Dev tools and overall UI.
     
  21. Aneef macrumors regular

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    I use different browsers in different situations:

    1. Chrome on a slow internet connection ( < 2 Mbps )
    2. Safari while using my Macbook on battery
    3. Safari on a fast internet connection (LTE)
     
  22. ranjeet1 macrumors newbie

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    I'm using FireFox on my MacBook Pro. My second choice is Safari.
     
  23. ABC5S macrumors 68040

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    Safari. Chrome has been problematic for many on this forum
     
  24. paristexas macrumors newbie

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    I´m using opera. Any reason opera not to be mention often when this questions come up?
    When i started to use it i quickly tested battery performance and it seems to be almost the same than safari ..
    I use it cus in those little things like mouse gestures(closing tabs, etc..) smooth scroll i could set it up more close to my needs than safari, the only thing i didn´t enjoy much on opera is the speed dial window, theres not much costumize options yet and i don´t enjoy much speed dial windows. Safari looks simple, better, minimal (yeah i know speed dial too) but opera so far is working better for me.
     
  25. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68020

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    Using Safari and in some very rare cases Firefox. Chrome is out of question for known reasons.
     

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