This week I was in the U.K. and browsed through a few British web sites, including the U.K. version of Macworld. That’s where I came across an article which compared browsers in an attempt to find the best Mac browser.
We humans seem to like to compare and list items, even when it’s the criteria that’s more important. What’s the best app for Mac users? It can’t be answered without some criteria.
The Best Mac Browser?
We’re probably living in the Golden Age of Browsers for the Mac. The choices are plentiful, quality and performance are good, and all popular browsers are free.
What’s not to like? In the past, the most used browser on the planet was the collective of Microsoft’s Internet Explorers.
They were not the most used because they’re the best. IE was merely installed on the most PCs.
For Mac users, Apple’s Safari remains the most popular, but in recent years Google’s Chrome has overtaken Mozilla’s Firefox in usage, while Opera and others pale in significance and usage.
What’s interesting about Mac browsers are the differences in personality. Apple’s Safari reflects Apple. It’s polished, easy to use, not overloaded with features, renders pages well and fast.
On the other hand, Google’s Chrome browser is similar on Mac and Windows PCs, renders pages fast, and has Adobe Flash built-in. It’s also short on style, features, and usability, though, like Safari, it comes with an option to populate it with an extensive array of add ons.
When it comes to add ons, though, Mozilla’s Firefox is the king with more extensions available to add functionality than for either Safari or Chrome. Among the three, Firefox is slower to load pages, renders pages differently sometimes, and is slowly going down in online usage for Mac users.
Which browser is best for the Mac?
Therein lies that crazy human trait which requires that we compare and contrast without having an initial list of criteria.
Safari works much better without the Flash plugin installed, so I use Safari for most web viewing, and when I run into a video that won’t play, I bring up Google’s Chrome. Firefox is the least used among browsers on my Mac due to the clunky interface and relatively slower page rendering (with more visual quirks).
I miss Safari’s built-in RSS reader. Apple has gone Hollywood and appeals to the masses with the Reader function instead. In Europe, Internet Explorer is used less than Chrome or Firefox; more evidence of distaste with all things Microsoft.
How long before the browser using public realize that using Google’s Chrome also means losing a large measure of privacy? All those free apps actually come with a price. Google is the Big Brother of the internet and reaps fortunes by collecting data from unsuspecting users and selling it to the highest bidders.
Why doesn’t Apple provide a quick, easy, and automatic way to eliminate or reduce browser tracks in an effort to bring privacy back to the browser again?