Who uses Safari as their main Internet Browser?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Catastrophe., Jul 22, 2011.

  1. Catastrophe. macrumors member


    Sep 6, 2010
    Most people I know who own a Mac use Google Chrome or Firefox. I think I'm the only person I know who does use Safari. I used to use Firefox for download helper but since I figured out how to download videos using "Activity" (cmd + option + A) I only use Safari.
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I have always used Safari as my main web browser. I've tried out other web browsers, but never liked them as much as Safari.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  4. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    I use it too.
    FF is to RAM consuming and also eats a bit of CPU. I use it for one site only, due to its ability to select from login names easily.

    I preferred Opera once, but its spellchecking is not up to my wants.
  5. Typswif2fingers macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2010
    Dubai, UAE
    I am using Safari.

    It is fully a personal choice as to which one one prefers. If you are wondering if you should care what others use. I don't think so. You personal choice is as good as anyone else's... even better.. It is yours :)
  6. jive turkey macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2008
    Good ol' 2 fingers is right. They are all good and you should use what works best for you and what you are comfortable with. In my case, even though I want Safari to be the best browser for me, it is actually third behind Firefox and Chrome. They just work better for my workflow. But I still use Safari plenty when I'm just hoping around the internet or dropping in on message boards.

    To answer your question, I think I saw the other day that Safari is used by nearly 70% on OS X, but Chrome is growing at a rapid rate. This was one usage report by one website (albeit a Mac one), so take that for what it is worth.
  7. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2010
    I have Firefox and Chrome installed, but only open them if I have a specific need. Safari is my default browser. It's been months since I opened Firefox.
    I have Chrome because of it's built in Flash support. I have otherwise uninstalled Flash from my Mac. I really enjoy seeing the "missing plugin" message in place of Ads - I hate ads. In the past 6 weeks or so since I went this way, I can remember opening Chrome twice because I actually wanted to see some flash content.

    Firefox and Chrome both have some nice features, but nothing that I find compelling enough to switch from Safari.

    I used Firefox as my default for a while after switching to Mac, because it is very similar on Mac and Windows (and Linux for that matter). Now I use Windows as little as possible and that cross platform support is less important to me.
  8. TheGenerous macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2010
    I'm an Austronaut
    I was all Firefox prior to Mac, in 2006 I switch and used Safari exclusively on the MacBook.

    A month ago I tried Chrome and I don't think I want to use Safari again
  9. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    I do, ive tried chrome, firefox, and another one called stainless before I used safari on my mac. Not sure why I didn't use safari first, I love it. It's terrible on windows, I use chrome there but on a Mac its great
  10. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    Depends. At home for personal I always use Safari.

    For work or at work I use Firefox as they have plugins I need for my type of work.
  11. interrobang macrumors 6502

    May 25, 2011
    Firefox 5 has absolutely pathetic performance for me.
    Chrome is speedy but the Preferences UI is pretty awful, and lots of simple things like "open a blank window" require extensions.

    I'm a big fan of some of Safari's "silent" features, like command-clicking a button to submit a form in a new tab. That little feature--such a tiny little thing--saves me so much time.
  12. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    Perfect answer!:D

    For what it is worth, I always use Safari. I'm most comfortable with it.

    But by all means, try other browsers and see what appeals to you. No one can tell you which is "best" - each has it's strengths and weaknesses.

    Have fun... :D
  13. VSMacOne macrumors 601


    Oct 18, 2008
    I've been using Safari ever since I bought my first Mac in 2008. Nothing else had the right feel after that. And now with Lion, Safari just got even better. Loving the full screen feature and gestures in Safari. It makes more sense to me than Chrome (I have uninstalled Flash and use Chrome for Flash sites - not very often).
  14. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    I used Safari because I had a good ad blocker that worked and blocked all ads including ones here on the forums.

    Since Lion was released, the ad blocker doesn't work so I am using Firefox since it still works on that browser.
  15. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    Totally agree. I LOVE the two finger swipe to go back and forward between pages. Gestures are probably my favorite part of lion at the moment.
  16. Catastrophe. thread starter macrumors member


    Sep 6, 2010
  17. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I use Chrome primarily but I'm willing to try out the new Safari. I never used Safari before on OS X since it was heavy.
  18. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    I use Safari on all of my Macs, and as my primary browser on Windows. It is the Big Brother (ie more stable) of Chrome, and so much better and faster.

  19. Hermes Monster macrumors 65816

    Hermes Monster

    May 4, 2010
    I discovered this by accident today and it really made me smile. It's so smooth, the way you can actually see the pages swiping, it's not just "back" and "forward" like traditional browsing.

    I now only use Safari on my mac - it's just so Apple.:apple::D

    FF5 on my work windows xp pc by the way.
  20. palenran macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2009
    I use Chrome

    I have been using Chrome for about 4 months because of it's sync feature. I have a MacBook which has OSX, a Parallels Windows XP VM for work, a Parallels Windows 7 VM for home and a Windows 7 bootcamp partition for games that won't run in Parallels.

    The nice thing about using Chrome for all of them, it that my bookmarks automatically sync between them, so my experience is the same on all four "computers".
  21. Bornabe macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2011
    I've been a big fan of Safari myself. I have a MobileMe account though and sync with it, we'll see how iCloud affects the whole Bookmarking thing, but I'm fairly sure when iCloud comes out, Safari will still be what I use. I'm a use what the OS came with kind of guy unless I have to go elsewhere for basic usability, but now Safari supports Netflix, I'm good. :-D
  22. Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    I use to use Safari off and on before. I ended going with Chrome for the last year. It's a really mature browser. I must though, I'm using Safari now that Lion is out. It's a stunner and is a great option and is secure. Chrome is acting funky with Lion, so until Google gets its act together (it's not like Lion dev kits haven't been out all year), I won't be using Chrome very much.
  23. Apple 26.2 macrumors 6502a

    Apple 26.2

    Jan 1, 2011
    What up, 212?!
    I've been using FF since its early days. Lately, however, Safari has done some things for me that FF wasn't able to do.

    I really oughtta give Safari a fair shake.

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