Chrome Vs. Safari on OS X

At LockerGnome.net, SteliosTsl asks:

Which browser is the best for my iMac: Chrome or Safari?

iMacBrowsers are typically a very personal choice. Few browsers are as alike in both backend scripting and general capabilities as Chrome and Safari. Both of these browsers should give you a good experience as long as you take the time to put their many features to good use.

Chrome’s vibrant and active plug-in community is a big plus for it. Users who appreciate the ability to add third-party extensions without having to hunt for them individually might absolutely love the Chrome marketplace filled with free plug-ins optimized for the Chrome browser and OS. Likewise, your experience with Chrome is universal across every major desktop platform. Even the mobile app is extremely similar to the desktop version of the browser, which could be a great thing if you prefer some consistency across all of your Internet-capable devices.

Safari’s strengths are most prevalent in being fully integrated with OS X. This is one of the reasons it didn’t perform very well on Windows and has since been brought back to a single-platform development plan. Safari is a rock solid browser that supports almost all of the latest Web scripting technologies. Like Google Chrome, Safari is built on WebKit, which gives it a very similar overall smoothness and speed to Chrome. It’s been shown to be faster than Chrome on OS X, but this is mainly due to the fact that it was optimized specifically for this platform and not as a universal port.

Here’s the cool thing about Safari: it has integrated support for iCloud and other services managed by Apple. If you have an iPhone and iPad, then Safari may well be one of the better choices out there for you just for sheer compatibility with Web services you might already be using within the Apple ecosystem.

Likewise, Chrome has full support for the Google ecosystem. Your synced settings and bookmarks are maintained across different desktop operating systems and even the mobile app on iOS or Android. This is a huge convenience if you don’t like having to add bookmarks manually or importing them as they change. Everything is automatic, and it works the same way on OS X as it does on Linux or Windows.

You’re buying into an ecosystem either way. Do you prefer iCloud or Google’s more expansive line of services? You could access many of them anyway through either browser, but having that built-in integration saves you the extra step and headache.

There will be some that bring up the HTML5Test.com results, in addition to just about every other benchmark known to man. Yes, Chrome is a clear leader on many of these benchmarks. Firefox is also a strong contender here, as well as Opera and Maxthon. In the end, experience trumps all. Try them both out for a week and figure out which one makes you happier. That could be the best way of figuring out which one you should be running most often. There’s nothing wrong with running both, either.

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  • Oscar Ploeg

    Check your article for typos. Sometimes the spell checker doesn’t catch everything. 2nd paragraph, 2nd sentence. I’ll be happy to proofread your articles, for a fee, of course.

    • Sir Oscar Buttsworth

      lol…………..

  • ProgrammersWeb

    Last month I would have agreed just last month that Safari is faster than Chrome under OS X. This is no longer the case when considering Chrome v35 (Dev Channel). I have observed that it is now faster in when compared to Safari. I digress; Good article!