Which is the best browser for Mac, esp. for clarity?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Politis, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. Politis, Jan 18, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2011

    Politis macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2010
    Which browser for Mac? I am more interested in clarity than in speed. From my experience, I think that browsers work better in terms of clarity on PCs than on Macs. I have both as laptops on my desk (mac pro 15) and I browse on both. I dont play games on them.
    These are my experiences but perhaps yours are different:

    SAFARI: for many websites it fails to format correctly. This means that lines can go on top of each other and text can disappear. Also on some the letters look like overcooked spaghetti.

    FIREFOX: I installed it today. The toolsbar line is a liitle wider than other sites, so less space on your screen. Also Firefox comes with its own Mozilla links which I cannot get rid of (type www.m and imediately mozilla links are offered)

    GOOGLE Chrome: I cannot find a way for websites to go up page by page, the same applies to Firefox. Also, the resolution on google earth is very bad.

    IE: My Mac refuses to accept it.

    Any ideas?
  2. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    Could you define clarity? Are you referring to the sharpness/contrast of the images you see with your own eyes? If that is the case, the actual web browser has very little to do with image clarity, and saying one is better than the others may be impossible. I've personally used FireFox for years, but most current browsers are great.
  3. croooow, Jan 18, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2011

    croooow macrumors 65816


    Jul 16, 2004
    With Firefox as you type in an address it will suggest sites you have bookmarked that fit. Just get rid of the Mozilla bookmarks that come preloaded, clear your history if you visited any of them and restart the browser and type www.m again, it will suggest any sites that start with www.m that you have bookmarked or are in your history.
  4. jetblk328i macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2010
    I feel that safari offers me the best browsing experience... i especially like the history and favorites page that opens each time you open a new tab. Also, theres not too much that clutters up the top or sides.
  5. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Chrome is similar in that way. They have the popular sites feature and the low profile toolbar. I see some Firefox users where the toolbar takes up half their screen :eek: It looks so stupid and wasteful...
  6. Politis thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2010
    Clarity and the over-boiled spaghetti look of letters

    From the answers it's 6 of one and half a dozen of the other :)
    By Clarity I mean that for some websites in Safari some of the lines overlap, or are squeezed out of their box. Also in some Safari the letters are 'thick' like overboiled spaghetti. But the same web page in Chrome looks fine.
  7. stevemiller macrumors 68000

    Oct 27, 2008
    with regards to spaghetti letters, i'm guessing you're referring to differences in how apple and microsoft render typefaces.

    it boils down to personal preference above all else. are you comparing os x to windows browsers, or several different browsers on the mac? I just tried viewing the same page in safari, chrome and firefox on my mbp and they all seemed to use the same os-level font smoothing. i could be wrong, through.
  8. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    That is interesting; I've not noticed it myself, but I mainly use FireFox. I have no idea why that would be, but something is not being resized correctly. Could individual settings on Safari do that or is it more likely a compatibility issue?
  9. Politis thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2010
    If you can, try, www.georgegreenfarm [dot] co [dot]uk on Safari and on FireFox. On Safari it automatically comes with some lines overlapping. If you make the page smaller from your pad (cmd -, or with the two fingers trick), more lines overlap.
  10. ender land macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2010
    I like Chrome because it has minimal screen usage and allows me to easily switch between tabs using command + 1, 2, 3, etc.

    Firefox takes up more screen and essentially is the same as Chrome to me, but the limited space of Chrome is better.

    I like Firefox's history search bar better but have gotten used to Chrome's.
  11. millerb7, Jan 20, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2011

    millerb7 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2010
    You're coding/markup probably isn't up to par. You might want to check to see if your positioning is set in your external .css file.

    As far as "form many websites" I have almost never come across a current webpage within the last year that fails to format correctly in safari.

    Also, you need to fix your meta keywords and description tags, along with your title tag.

    Put your javascript into an external file as well... it'll help cut load times.

    Anyways, I use chrome..... I am a SEO/Web consultant and I find chrome the best for these purposes. Firefox is used for ONE thing, and one thing only, firebug. Hard to beat firebug/pagespeed... well, you can't beat it.

    Safari is a great browsers, just lacks critical plugins I have to have for my daily work. Once it gets more SEO plugins I will probably swap to safari.
  12. Mabyboi macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Personally i've used Safari, Firefox, and Chrome on my mac, and PERSONALLY i prefer Chrome. Everyone is different though.
  13. alt macrumors regular

    Feb 12, 2008
    Bend, Oregon
    Everyone has their own opinion. I've used Firefox ever since it came out...and that will most likely never change. It owns. Chrome is a bit faster...but I don't like the layout as much. and I CANT STAND safari...id rather use IE.
  14. MecPro macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2009
    I struggle with this question all the time!

    I like Firefox for the few ad-ons I use, I like Chrome for the speed and cleanliness and I like Safari (my current choice) for the integration with the rest of OS X

    But good grief Safari can beachball like no other application I've used, so frustrating. Sometimes it's only with 2 tabs open. I want to change, but I'm not even 70% happy with them, so at the moment, through gritted teeth, I'm saying Safari
  15. c1phr macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2011
    Well, as many people have said here, it really is personal preference. I've personally come to like Firefox and the Gecko engine, and I never totally loved the WebKit engine of Chrome/Safari, but some swear by Chrome anyway. (This is coming from a Windows PoV, but I've used Chrome, FF and Safari on Mac with similar results)

    On these sites that the text overlaps, have you tried zooming in instead?
  16. Merkava_4 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2010
  17. NZed macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2011
    Canada, Eh?

    try the new upcoming browser
  18. aquadisiac macrumors 6502

    Apr 25, 2009
  19. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    Fonts sometimes look different but I would even go so far on OSX they look sharper in Opera than in Windows. The font smoothing/ Anti Aliasing is a little different.
    In Layout I never had any problems but I never used Safari much because I cannot stand this slow bloatware that is missing so many useful features.

    Like aquadisiac I prefer Opera. The browser that had most of the really good features (tab browsing being the most famous) first and still offers more features or better working features than any other browser IMO.
    Chrome is not so bad too as Opera historically was a little different and too fully utilize Opera you need some time. Otherwise Opera offers little benefit over Chrome. They do teach you mouse gestures now in Opera 11 in a very nice way. When you use a mouse and not the touchpad you cannot do without mouse gestures once you are used to them and you will always pity those that do not know about them. Kind of like you are sorry for the poor lads that do not have the MBP touchpad with BetterTouchTool.
    FF is imo the right choice only for those that need some specific addons. FF offers more and some very decent very exotic addons. Otherwise I think Chrome and Opera are better in their respective strongholds. Chrome simple and clean, Opera excels in usability and productivity.
    Safari just sucks. It is bloated has with cover flow and its version of speeddial some fairly useless implementations that seem to need way too much resources. It is a pain to use if you are used to Browsers that have "real" features. The only good thing about it is that it saves battery and you do not need to force the Intel GPU on the new MBPs like you have to with any other browser. It is like IE on Windows a browser for those that do not ask for much.
  20. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    That's really a browser aimed at social integration. I'd suggest sticking with something aimed more toward web browsing.

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