What do you need in a Mac browser? Speed. Pages should render quickly. Stability. You don’t want the browser to crash and bring down multiple windows or tabs.
Security. A browser shouldn’t be a window to your Mac for outsiders. Extensions and add ons. Customizing our Mac’s tools make the Mac a truly personal computer. Most Mac users prefer Apple’s clean and fast Safari. If you don’t mind ugly, there’s a better way.
Why Safari Is A Good Choice
I’ve used Safari since it launched on the Mac early this century. Safari comes with most of what most of us need. Tabs. Bookmarks. Clean, elegant design. One click bookmarks. One click Show Top Sites. Minimal preferences.
The latest Safari, version 5, is wicked fast and comes with add on extension capability.
The addition of extensions capability starts Safari on the road pioneered by Firefox many years ago—add ons which provide additional, customizable functionality.
For most Mac users, Safari remains a good choice for a default browser.
The Faster Fastest Growing Mac Browser
Competition among major powers in recent years has given Mac and PC users wonderful browser choices. Over half of all visitors to Mac360 choose Safari. Nearly 30-percent choose Mozilla’s venerable Firefox.
The fastest growing browser, Mac or PC, isn’t Apple’s Safari, or Firefox, or Opera. It’s Google’s Chrome. If Safari is too cluttered for you, Chrome will give you warm and fuzzies.
My Mac has half a dozen browsers, though most of my browser usage time is on Safari or Firefox. To see why Chrome is the fastest growing browser, I ditched both Safari and Firefox and dedicated a week to Chrome.
First, Chrome is not pretty. It’s really an engineer’s browser. Spartan, cold (despite the ability to add themes), utilitarian. Chrome’s user interface lacks the polish, fit, finish, and smoothness found in Safari.
Chrome’s animated tabs appear crude compared to Safari or Firefox. There are plenty of extensions, but all I’ve used so far are decidedly Google-like. Plain. Simple. Functional. But not inviting. Chrome’s navigation is devoid of eye candy, obviously created by a middle school shop class.
The claim to fame appears to be Google’s relentless desire to make Chrome the fastest browser on the planet, and dubious benchmarks notwithstanding, it’s faster at loading pages than Safari or Firefox or Opera.
I like Chrome’s ability to search and navigate in the same window field. Enter a URL and Chrome knows to find the page.
Enter search terms and Chrome knows to use a search engine. More extensions are available than in Safari. Themes give a custom look (designed by middle school art students).
Google also provides auto updates to the latest version and comes with a whole array of browser security functions, including malware and malicious site blocking, but a unique sandbox function which prevents what takes place in one tab from harming or influencing another tab, or from freezing other tabs or crashing the browser.
Translation comes automatically. When Chrome opens a window with a different language (from preferences) it can translate the page to your preferred language. Incognito mode is similar to Safari’s Private Browsing mode.
When compared to Safari, Chrome is faster, has more utility with add ons, appears more stable and secure. If looks count, you’ll probably stay with Safari or even Firefox. It utility matters, Firefox is difficult to top.
Obviously, Chrome works well with all of Google’s online apps, and feels similar and is near feature parity, Mac and Windows. To get a true sense of how Google views the browser world, dedicate your Chrome usage to at least four or five days, not just an hour. It takes awhile to unlearn what Apple has taught us, and to re-learn a different way to browse.
Browsers are a very personal user choice. Chrome isn’t just another Mac browser, but offers enough to make it your most used Mac browser.