Which is the best web browser for Mac?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Rossagues, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. Rossagues macrumors regular

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    I have noticed Google Chrome 21 has been hogging a lot of memory at the moment on my machine and i was wondering which is the best web browser?

    I have heard that Firefox 15 has improved greatly. So which is the best web browser for Mac OS X Mountain Lion currently?

    Ross
     
  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    there is a tonne of threads on Chrome vs Firefox vs Safari it all comes down to personal preferences

    I like Safari the best
     
  3. SpyderBite macrumors 65816

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    Ditto. I have no issues with Safari. I installed Firefox for the sync bookmarks but then the bookmarks in Safari sync'd in the iCloud so I rarely open FF anymore
     
  4. noodile macrumors regular

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    I personally prefer Safari.


    I have chrome to sync bookmarks with my S3.
     
  5. Julien macrumors G3

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    You are asking for a objective answer to a subjective question.;)
     
  6. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    You memory hoarders crack me up. :D

    What else did you get that 8GB for if you don't want to use it?
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    So true! Free RAM is wasted RAM.
     
  8. Rossagues thread starter macrumors regular

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    I just dont appreciate my MacBook Pro getting to 90 degrees and burns a mark onto my leg because of some stupid program taking up memory!
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Using memory doesn't drive up temps as much as using CPU or GPU.

    Apple Portables: Operating temperature
     
  10. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    That doesn't mean memory is the culprit. Right now I'm using 5/8GB and am running a cool 59 degrees.
     
  11. Sylon macrumors 68020

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    I used Chrome for years when I had my PC. Since switching to Mac, the first thing I did was install Chrome.

    I tried using Safari, mostly to get used to it because of the cloud syncing. But when Google came out with the same thing, I went back to Chrome. I'm just comfortable with it. I'm used to it. I have FF on my Mac as well, but I only use that to download random videos I like online (except YouTube).

    I really liked Chrome because of its YouTube Downloader extension. But recently YouTube has blocked any downloaders, so I've had to go with 3rd party apps to do what I used to be able to do right within Chrome. It sucks, but it was bound to happen eventually. There are other extentions that I use daily that are not on other browsers, so I still prefer Chrome. I only use Safari to visit the Apple website, because their videos like that browser better.
     
  12. 3282868 macrumors 603

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    I was all about Safari, until two days ago. Too many sites are giving me trouble on Safari (and I don't have extensions blocking anything or such), while "FireFox" is working 100%.

    This in addition to 10.8.2 still causing Safari to fully reload pages while browsing was enough for me to leave it after many, many years.

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    Yeah, until I load Final Cut Pro and Motion on my 12-Core Pro with 32 GB's RAM. It's free for a reason, so other apps you load can use it. It's a misnomer proven time and time again that free RAM is wasted RAM; when running Mail, Calendar, iTunes and Safari/FF, ~30-40% of my 32 GB RAM is used (according to iStat Menu's and other apps), then racing up to 80%, and for many users on notebooks even worse, that's an issue. Big time. Console and Stats show the culprits are core Apple app's, which shouldn't be memory hogs. Period.

    Since 10.7, OS X memory management has been abysmal and 10.8.2 barely improves it.
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Even at 80% usage, if you still have free RAM with all your apps running, that 20% of free RAM is wasted, in that it's not being used. Mac OS X manages memory, allocating it between apps as needed.
     
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    Tell that to the many who are having Logic Pro issues with memory management, or FCPX 10.0.5. Great in theory, bad in practice.

    Also, OS X 10.7-8 has been crashing for many when that last bit of RAM is needed when a new app is opened, causing kernel panics. So much for memory management.

    Another thought, would you claim free drive space "wasted space"? It's free for a reason, when you need it. Until OS X manages RAM appropriately, it's a failed implementation.
     
  15. Sital macrumors 68000

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    I knew when I opened this thread there would be a list of links from GGJstudios. :)

    OP: You should check out those links and also check out the "Mac Applications and Mac App Store" sub-forum. As I recall there have been a few more recent threads there asking the same question.

    My $0.02: Try out the different browsers and pick the one that works best for you. No one here can tell you what you like best. I've found Firefox to be better than Safari because Safari has too many quirks that I don't like. Many people will disagree with that. It all comes down to personal preference and your specific set-up.
     
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    Safari was dead to me on Mac, but since upgrading to Mountain Lion, it's significantly better.

    Otherwise Firefox. I really don't like how Chrome comes in and messes stuff up.
     
  17. WesCole macrumors 6502a

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    I use Safari. I was really wanting to use Firefox, but I like the tab-syncing feature of Safari...also, it syncs bookmarks to my iPad and iPhone.

    And the cool two-finger back swipe animations make it worthwhile. :)
     
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    I was a Firefox user for years. Switched to Chrome a couple of years ago, never looked back.
     
  20. GIZBUG macrumors 65816

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    Chrome, hands down.Runnign the latest beta,no issues
     
  21. Rossagues thread starter macrumors regular

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    I just wanted to know the fastest and one which does not push my my cpu for stupid reasons!
     
  22. MacMan988 macrumors 6502a

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    I like safari. I use chrome at work just to try it. But still I think Safari would be my personal choice.
     

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