Safari vs Chrome

What happens when a long time PC and Chrome power user moves to Mac OS X? How will Safari stack up?

Coming to OS X after many years as a PC power user, Chrome was the first application on my prearranged hotlist. On Windows, it had long displaced Firefox, which before it, had long displaced Internet Explorer. The only reason I even bothered with Safari when my machine arrived last December, was my curiosity as to how a Mac works out of the box; before I overcrowd it with apps. It wasn’t supposed to be a real chance.

I don’t want to spoil the read, but it turns out that battery consumption was a pivotal part of the story. Good stuff.

  • john

    I noticed the same on Mavericks and switched to using safari most of the time. Machine runs much cooler!

  • freediverx

    And for anyone with any interest in privacy, perhaps letting Google’s Chrome browser catalog your every move is not the most appealing option.

    • imthedude

      I used to be in that camp, but I’m fairly sure it doesn’t track like you think. (I don’t sign into google services at all though) You can also try Chromium which has google’s stuff stripped out.

      • Nathan Cox

        The internets are filled with FUD and misinformation regarding what google does with your data, why they do it, and who has access to it.

        • imthedude

          The fact remains in my eyes they have too much information, regardless of what they do with it or why they want it.

  • I’ve used Click to Flash for years, it works like magic. Didn’t know about Click to Plugin, downloaded it right away. Thanks for the tip.

    • What’s the difference between Click to Flash and Safari Power Saver?

      I used to use Click to Flash but haven’t seen any need now.

      • Basically, it always tries to find the HTML 5 file and play that version instead of the Flash one. It also gives you quality streaming options, you can whitelist sites, etc. It’s a very good plugin.

        • Huh. It’s been updated a lot since I last looked at it, then. Thanks. I’ll check it out.

      • And you can set Click-to-Plugin to just plain not load Flash and many other types of files. It replaces the content with a grey box, thereby preserving the page layout, which you can click to load the content. If you’re watching a YouTube video in Click-to-Plugin’s HTML5 streaming and decide you want the Youtube controller, right/CMD-click it and choose to load Flash. I use it all the time, especially at work so crappy ads don’t autoplay on me.

        The whitelisting Macnatico_PR mentions is also very handy.

  • Wow, his “advantages” of Chrome are pretty damn weak. Everything in his list is done better in Safari, except possibly for the organization of extensions.

    • Brian Mauter

      I agree. Safari’s been my daily driver for years now and I’ve never had an issue with tab separation/merging. What’s with his gripe?

      • S.K.

        Hi, author of linked-article here.

        As you’ve surely read in the introduction section, I only got my first MacBook in December of last year, and have a lot to learn.

        Luckily — with tabs and windows — other commenters have not only pointed me to my fault, but also explained how things should be done. I’ve updated the article to reflect this:

        “Later, Jordan Rose explained that “tabbing” a separate window into another is also possible, but first, one has to choose ‘View Tab Bar’ in the ‘View’ pane.”

        Thank you for your feedback!

        • It’s fine to be learning, SK. I think I would have reacted more positively had there been less of a feel of proud ignorance to that. Maybe I just read it wrong, but I think your tone could have used some work there (in the original article, I mean).

          I find the inspector comment interesting, considering how Chrome’s inspector just looks like Safari’s old inspector, without Apple’s UI refresh and optimizations.

  • Matt Brady

    One thing I use in Chrome a LOT is it’s site specific search feature (I’m not sure of the official name). But Chrome remembers if a site has a search box and then later you can do a quick search right from the address bar.

    For example, if I want to look up a movie on, I just start typing it in the address bar – typically after “im” the autocomplete knows where I’m going. Then you just hit tab and the address bar turns into search for that site. I then type the move name and hit enter and the browser then goes straight to the results page. I never see the main page at all. So my only keystrokes would be: “im and that’s it. Saves a whole lot of time and works on just about every site I use.

    I REALLY wish Safari would do this too.

  • Chrome blows on OS X. It isn’t really any faster, it isn’t any more stable, it burns more CPU/power and uses more RAM. I don’t know why so many people still use it, outside of development scenarios, or dependence on (generally) esoteric plugins.

  • farhan0078

    so do you think Safari is better than Google Chrome ?

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