Which is the best alternate browser for Mac?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Baba Ganoush, Jun 22, 2008.


Which is the best Alternate browser for Mac?

  1. Firefox

    117 vote(s)
  2. Camino

    16 vote(s)
  3. Opera

    4 vote(s)
  4. Other

    7 vote(s)
  1. Baba Ganoush macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2007
    I am trying to decide which other browser to use on my mac besides safari. Should I use Firefox, Camino, Opera or other? Also could someone explain the differences between firefox and camino and why one might be better then the other, I dont use firefox extensions so just letting people know ahead of time.
  2. Jurwin macrumors regular


    I don't like safari because it's crap. Steve is forcing that stupid browser down our throats just like microsoft did with IE. Plus safari security wise is the most unsafe browser. I use only firefox but opera is a very good browser too. I would say just install firefox 3 and opera and try them out see which one you like better.
  3. James17 macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2007
    I think Safari is excellent, very fast and easy to use.:) I also have Firefox 3 installed just for the sake of it (Download Day Count).
  4. bbyrdhouse macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2002
    Elm Grove, LA
    I am one that loves Safari and hates Firefox (verdict still out on Firefox 3). Flock is a pretty cool browser as well.
  5. Knolly macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2007
    I recently went from Firefox to Safari... Install Safari AdBlock and you're good to go.
  6. dimonay macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    I use Flock 2 beta. It's got all the goodies with Flock combined with Firefox 3.

    I still use Safari for compatibility checks.
  7. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
  8. James17 macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2007
    Ditto the Adblock bit:)
  9. PkennethV macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2006
    I've been using Camino for about 2 years and just switched to FireFox when version 3 came out. Killer feature for me was Bookmark management. The speed was a real nice bonus as well.

    Without being to technical (because I'm not that knowledgeable in this area) Camino is basically a more mac "optimized" browser that uses the same engine as FireFox. I don't use extensions either (well actually, i found a couple nice ones recently:rolleyes:, but they're not crucial and wouldn't keep me from switching browsers), the main reason why I preferred Camino over FireFox was FireFox's buttons/toolbars always seemed laggy/unresponsive. But in FF version 3 it actually feels like it's a native app so i'm happy.
  10. MattZani macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2008
    FF3, I just can't get used to safari, and had used FF for about 5 years on PC, and I loved it, so went with what I knew I suppose
  11. Chairman Plow macrumors regular

    Chairman Plow

    May 15, 2008
    Just started using Opera 9.5. So far so good.
  12. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
  13. Baba Ganoush thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2007
    Thanks everyone of the replies. The browser I have the most questions about would be Camino. Would it render all the websites the same as firefox? Also is it as secure as firefox since it isnt as popular and less people probably look at the code. Do fixes for firefox make their way to Camino? Lastly, is there any benefit to use Camino over firefox besides it being "made for mac" Thanks!
  14. aiterum macrumors 6502


    Nov 17, 2007
    United States
    I would've said camino, but now with firefox 3 out, that is actually faster
  15. bern1812 macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2008
    I used firefox on PC after i learned how much better it was than IE. I just got my mac and downloaded firefox with it...and i really cant tell much of a difference between safari and firefox on my mac. I just have them sitting next to each other on my dock and i use whichever i click on first. My Firefox wasnt working very well yesterday so i used safari which was working fine. I made all the links the same in the same order on both so it doesnt really matter wha i use, though i do like how firefox remembers my passwords better
  16. PkennethV macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2006
    For the most part, FireFox and Camino have been on par. But with the recent release of FF3, there's a "generation gap" almost, between the two so they are quite different at the moment.
  17. thevibesman macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2007
    I am not sure how much this address the generation gap, but if you download the latest Camino nightly build you get the same acid3 test score as the official FF3 release.
  18. Baba Ganoush thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2007
    How often does Camino get updates? I know it's a smaller project then firefox so how quickly are updates applied to it?
  19. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2007
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    ha! I do the exact same thing. Guess it makes me feel more at home on my pc...
  20. gr8bob macrumors regular

    May 16, 2008
    Been using Opera since initial release on Windows (back in those days when it's still paid software). Somehow just couldn't shift to other browsers.

    The latest 9.5 brought a few.. let's say.. unwelcomed changes to usability like new default shortcuts (shortcut profile can be switched to pre-9.5 releases) and no more instant google search on the address bar without typing the letter "g" in front of your search text (it used to be able to perform a google search on any text that has 2 or more words in the address bar without the "g" prefix).

    Aside from the occasional weird webpage rendering, the latest version (9.5) loads much quicker than previous releases. On the whole, useable, but still needs fine-tuning.

    Onto Firefox.. great alternative, but somehow finds it slow. Only use it for compatibility reasons. Other than that, it'll be Safari considering it launches almost instantaneously (on a new mac that is)..
  21. crobbins macrumors 6502


    Nov 11, 2006
    Firefox is always my fall back browser, but I open it on average of once every two months or so.
  22. flyinmac macrumors 68040


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States
    I use Safari as my primary browser. But, I'll use FireFox as an alternative whenever I need to.

    I've never gotten along with Opera very well, and in it's latest release, it is the ugliest browser I've ever used (and I used the very first ones at the dawn of the public Internet).
  23. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
    I only use Firefox. In fact, I've been using FF3 (as Minefield) since the start of the year. Good times.
  24. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
  25. kockgunner macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    i use safari because it supports multitouch gestures.

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