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What is your default browser?

over 7 years ago from , Lead Product Manager / Designer at Blendle

I have recently made the switch from Chrome to Safari and I'm absolutely loving the experience. The developer tools seem a lot more robust to me and are a pleasure to work with. Now I'm interested, what is your default browser? Do you use a different browser for browsing and developing?

89 comments

  • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, over 7 years ago

    Chrome.

    40 points
  • Lucian MarinLucian Marin, over 7 years ago

    Chrome is Batman. Monochrome is Robin. I'm using Monochrome to test responsive designs and listen to SoundCloud.

    25 points
  • Darth BaneDarth Bane, over 7 years ago

    Safari for personal stuff as I love the cross-device syncing of both tabs, bookmarks and passwords, I also think it feels more robust. Chrome for development as it plays a bit nicer with Codekit.

    15 points
  • Radu NicolaieRadu Nicolaie, over 7 years ago

    Firefox

    14 points
    • Chris FreesChris Frees, over 7 years ago

      +1

      1 point
    • Cory W.Cory W., over 7 years ago

      +1 Just switched to Firefox a month or so ago during my de-googling. It's faster than Chrome, especially at start-up. It's not ugly anymore.

      6 points
    • Matthew HoelterMatthew Hoelter, over 7 years ago

      Firefox + Firebug is my favorite dev environment for the web. Plus Firefox's built in tools are pretty darn good, too.

      6 points
      • Mason LawlorMason Lawlor, over 7 years ago

        Me too. How can we be the only people who like Firebug w/ Firefox? Is there something better?

        Plus I love the responsive design view in Firefox. I use Firefox for dev only.

        3 points
        • Cihad TurhanCihad Turhan, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

          Is there something better?

          How about chrome built-in web developer tools? I'd like to know why Firefox is better for developing because I use Mozilla for general use and Chrome for developing. Looks like I'm thinking the opposite of you :)

          1 point
          • Mason LawlorMason Lawlor, over 7 years ago

            You should know– I've since started using Chrome for just about everything (safari occasionally). I used to think that Firebug had limited functionality in Chrome, but it must have been a bug on my old computer. Wouldn't let me copy and paste CSS and just acted a little funky. :)

            0 points
    • Paul NevinPaul Nevin, over 7 years ago

      Same here, switched back from Chrome a couple of months ago. Snappier than the latest versions of Chrome IMO.

      1 point
  • Daniel WinterDaniel Winter, over 7 years ago

    i switched to safari 12months ago, I don't regret it. especially the sync between iOS and OSX aswell as the reader are absolut bringers to me.

    For developing I use safari and chrome canary (although canary isnt working within yosemite yet, have to use the standard here). The dev tools within safari are great, and options like cmd+click on a backgrouund image link opening the image itself is very handy for watching linked images in CSS (where I always mess up with the relative paths). The Password integration is perfect aswell

    9 points
    • Nick van der Wildt, over 7 years ago

      You hit the nail on the head, this is why I've switched.

      I, too, always mess up the relative paths in CSS haha! It's like the USB dilemma, it never seems to work the first time!

      1 point
    • Sindri AvaruusSindri Avaruus, over 7 years ago

      Yup.

      Moreover, battery life of my 13" retina MacBook Pro on Safari? 8+ hours. Battery life of my 13" retina MacBook Pro on Chrome? Roughly 2 hours.

      So yeah.

      0 points
      • Daniel WinterDaniel Winter, over 7 years ago

        In my real example it's 9hrs vs 5hrs (same 13" rMBP) but yeah, its amazing!

        The main problem with chrome is that its nearly always using the GPU to display, that way its faster with css animation (it really is) but thats the main reason for it being a battery sucker.

        And I don't even have flash installed for safari.. got that makes it so power efficient! :)

        0 points
  • Dale-Anthony WilliamsDale-Anthony Williams, over 7 years ago

    Right now Chrome, but I may give Safari a good chance when Yosemite is released.

    Chrome is a great browser but they're forcing Google Now a bit too much for my liking. I seem to have to find a way to disable it again with every new update.

    7 points
  • David DarnesDavid Darnes, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    I use Chrome for browsing and developing. Safari is awful when it comes to caching. Sometimes it'll show changes and then not show them when you make another change. Clearing the cache sometimes doesn't do anything.

    4 points
    • Nick van der Wildt, over 7 years ago

      That sounds awful! Thanks for letting me know, I'll have to keep an eye on it. That's definitely a showstopper for when I need develop..

      0 points
  • Account deleted over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    I use Chrome. I'm very happy with the developer tools. But I think I'll give the upcoming Safari a try.

    3 points
  • Tom OakleyTom Oakley, over 7 years ago

    I use Safari. It's so much faster than Chrome and also isn't a battery hog like Chrome. I only switch over to Chrome when I'm doing WebRTC stuff as Safari doesn't support it, although I believe support is coming/already come.

    3 points
    • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, over 7 years ago

      That's not Chrome's fault. It's developers. When your browser has lot of memory eaten is because some websites has an overload of CSS rules, images and other scripts.

      1 point
      • Tim GauthierTim Gauthier, over 7 years ago

        Except that safari doesn't have this problem. I believe apple has optimized their browser to handle these things quite a bit more to help save our batteries.

        2 points
  • Daryl GinnDaryl Ginn, over 7 years ago

    Browsing: Safari. Developing: Chrome.

    2 points
  • Marcus ZanonaMarcus Zanona, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    I switched from Chrome to Safari too, for 2 weeks now.

    I have a mid-2010 Macbook Pro and was always annoyed because the laptop cooler fan speed and temperature were really high.

    Guess what? After changing back to Safari, it is beautifully quiet. I guess that this really means something, doesn’t it?

    Safari is made with Apple devices in mind, thing that no other browser accounts for. Considering this, I believe that it will clearly perform better than others.

    Also, loving the automatic password generation and storage in iCloud keychain, specially with all the recent breaches on SSL and stuff.

    Also, text substitutions are awesome. Smart quotes, dashes and replacement are just brilliant. Feature which unfortunately is not available in Chrome. (again because it wasn’t specifically made for Mac I guess?)

    2 points
  • ミンニシオ 。ミンニシオ 。, over 7 years ago

    Netscape Navigator

    2 points
  • Thomas DidrelThomas Didrel, over 7 years ago

    I use Safari, Chrome (Google) creeps me out. But when developing, Firefox with own dev tools (Firebug is a CPU/memory hog) and Chrome in private mode.

    2 points
  • Lewis CowperLewis Cowper, over 7 years ago

    Firefox Nightly for me. I like using Firefox, and the Dev Tools are awesome! I also like being able to help test the latest builds, so I tend to use Nightly. Recently switched from Chrome. Never really thought about using Safari.

    1 point
  • pablo fierropablo fierro, over 7 years ago

    IE 6 on windows XP, that's how I role.

    1 point
  • Dragos Gavrila, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Safari + Firefox for dev work. Waiting for Yosemite to get the new goodies. Anything Google is yuck in so many ways :)

    1 point
  • Todd SielingTodd Sieling, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Safari all the way. The updates are slower but more substantial, and it keeps moving in directions I like, especially when iOS is in play. If I relied on developer tools more, though, it would likely be Chrome.

    1 point
  • Cihad TurhanCihad Turhan, over 7 years ago

    I'm in the stage of transition from Chrome to Mozilla on win machine, and Chrome to Safari on mac. Google is too much into my private information and that really started to disturb me much.

    1 point
  • Catalin CimpanuCatalin Cimpanu, over 7 years ago

    Firefox for both. I use Chrome, but only for testing & stuff.

    1 point
  • Thibault MaekelberghThibault Maekelbergh, over 7 years ago

    Safari. I look the Web Inspector way more than Chrome's Dev Tools.

    And Safari gives me iCloud syncing.

    1 point
  • Stefano TirloniStefano Tirloni, over 7 years ago

    For consuming content absolutely Safari, for developing Chrome (also because is the largely adopted browser).

    1 point
  • Removed AccountRemoved Account, over 7 years ago

    Chrome.

    It has better developer tools and huge collection of useful plugins for web development. Also tab syncing is handy for people who have Android.

    1 point
  • Jitendra Vyas, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    My default browser is Chrome but for development I use Chrome Canary. I keep dev related plugin/extension in Canary and general plugins in Chrome

    I'm on Windows 8 and latest Safari is not available here

    0 points
  • Account deleted over 7 years ago

    From the beginning I've loved Google's products. But I've tried to stay on Firefox for years after the release of Chrome. After switching from win to mac I've noticed Firefox works awful on mac. Too much ram dependant. I have to keep cleaning history etc to make it faster and every single add-on meant 'lag'. Eventually I've changed to Chrome. Now I'm using every single feature of it. I'm even using it on iOS to keep reading my recent tabs, bookmarks. No need to act 'different' just because everyone use Chrome. There's a pretty basic reason why it's popular. It's better.

    0 points
  • Tom DurkinTom Durkin, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    It was Firefox for years....but now its Chrome.

    0 points
  • Tejas PrithviTejas Prithvi, over 7 years ago

    I use Chrome. Invested far too much in the browser to consider switching.

    0 points
  • Levi FigueiraLevi Figueira, over 7 years ago

    Last few weeks, Firefox. Switching back to Safari these days. Regardless of peer pressure, I'm steering clear of Chrome. Still have a soft spot for Firefox: it's pretty now, and Gecko is a lot better these days (though Webkit seriously better)… :)

    0 points
  • Tiago Sousa, over 7 years ago

    Safari for browsing and dev, Chrome when I need to inspect advanced things.. But if they upgrade the Safari inspector for more support like DevTools, I would use it for everything.

    0 points
  • Mordechai Levi, over 7 years ago

    I use safari, it's much faster than chrome and I just like the UI way better.

    0 points
  • Talysson OliveiraTalysson Oliveira, over 7 years ago

    Firefox + Firebug + MeasureIt

    0 points
  • Gurliv SinghGurliv Singh, over 7 years ago

    For primary use Safari , for development purpose Chrome

    0 points
  • Phil JoycePhil Joyce, over 7 years ago

    Weird, I did the exact same thing last week. Been using Chrome for as long as I can remember but I think the WWDC keynote reminded me of Safari. So far I absolutely love it. Chrome is definitely that bit faster but the UX in Safari is just top notch. Feels so much nicer, and will be even better in Yosemite. Handles type a lot better too in a lot of instances

    0 points
  • Rodny LobosRodny Lobos, over 7 years ago

    Both, Firefox and Chrome but I prefer Firefox, it's an open source browser, more stable and less annoying (dev tools), not mentioning that Google spies on user data.

    0 points
  • Sam MularczykSam Mularczyk, over 7 years ago

    Firefox. Can't live without Tree Style Tab, especially on my MacBook. Super fast and you can open hundreds of tabs without slowdowns.

    Chrome is a memory/battery hog in comparison.

    0 points
  • Yifan JinYifan Jin, over 7 years ago

    Safari when I'm on OS X. When I'm on Linux and Windows, Chrome.

    0 points
  • Thibault MichelThibault Michel, over 7 years ago

    Chrome. Used Canary for a while as well.

    0 points
  • Chris ColemanChris Coleman, over 7 years ago

    I use Safari for my personal stuff, because of iCloud tabs, passwords, etc. but I use Chrome Canary for getting work done.

    0 points
  • Seb JachecSeb Jachec, over 7 years ago

    I've used Chrome for a while now, but I switched to Safari on the Yosemite developer preview, and I think it's what I'll stick with. It feels a lot faster and is less of a hog on my system than Chrome.

    0 points
  • Moeed MohammadMoeed Mohammad, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Safari for everyday/browsing use and Chrome when doing development.

    0 points
  • Michael XanderMichael Xander, over 7 years ago

    I use Safari since 2009. IMHO it offers the best experience of all browsers for Mac OS.

    0 points
  • Andrew-David JahchanAndrew-David Jahchan, over 7 years ago

    Chrome.

    0 points
  • Pedro Ivo HudsonPedro Ivo Hudson, over 7 years ago

    Chrome.

    0 points
  • Federico SiracusaFederico Siracusa, over 7 years ago

    Opera and Safari.

    0 points
  • Caleb SylvestCaleb Sylvest, over 7 years ago

    Chrome for primary use.

    Firefox for dev purposes. With Firefox dev tools. And I turn all caching etc off.

    0 points
  • Cory HughesCory Hughes, over 7 years ago

    Opera (Next).

    And I'm the outlier here. Chrome is my backup.

    I have tried almost every browser out there and Opera just feels right to me.

    Firefox is the one I stay away from because I hate the interface... looks like a web2.0 mistake/remnant. I do get told I'm crazy for this, but I also find it slow and it crashes a lot.

    0 points
  • Bruno DanielBruno Daniel, over 7 years ago

    Safari. That said, there's one thing that drives me up the wall: console.log in Safari is asynchronous, meaning that if you try to log a non-primitive (arrays, objects) what is logged might not be the current values at the time of the console.log call. I'm REALLY hoping Yosemite fixes that.

    Before that I was a Chrome user, but I got really fed up with their obnoxious, slow-loading and mandatory "New Tab Page".

    0 points
    • Luis AbreuLuis Abreu, over 7 years ago

      Yosemite won't change that behavior (it should happen in Chrome as well iirc). Console log shouldn't be sync for performance reasons. For debugging use breakpoints instead. :)

      0 points
      • Bruno DanielBruno Daniel, over 7 years ago

        It works as expected in Chrome, you can try it. I agree breakpoints are the way to go in most situations, but something so fundamental as logging should be better engineered.

        0 points
  • Márton BertókMárton Bertók, over 7 years ago

    Safari. Looks and behaves native. Pretty much this, except I like tabs: http://www.jwz.org/blog/2012/04/why-i-use-safari-instead-of-firefox/

    0 points
  • Lucas MoralesLucas Morales, over 7 years ago

    I'd like to try Safari, but how can anyone change tabs in it? I'm tired of pressing Cmd+2 for example and going to Youtube or any other bookmarked site by default instead of going to my second tab.

    0 points
  • Louis AnsaLouis Ansa, over 7 years ago

    Chrome <3

    0 points
  • Yakim van ZuijlenYakim van Zuijlen, over 7 years ago

    I have been a long time fan of Chrome. It has many great features and great developer tools. But I am considering to switch to Safari. Safari just seems to has a more smooth experience. CoreGraphics also seems to work much smoother than Chrome's Skia.

    0 points
    • Nick van der Wildt, over 7 years ago

      One of the reasons I decided to check out Safari as well. I have a great experience so far, so I can definitely recommend trying it out!

      0 points
  • Chris WinchChris Winch, over 7 years ago

    Chrome.

    0 points
  • Dannie MadsenDannie Madsen, over 7 years ago

    Chrome

    0 points
  • Lewis FludeLewis Flude, over 7 years ago

    I use Chrome but I'm interested in using the new Safari. Are there any things you really miss from Chrome?

    0 points
    • Nick van der Wildt, over 7 years ago

      So far, I haven't really missed anything. One thing that's very important to me is the ability to sync my bookmarks across multiple devices, since I have different workstations for personal and professional use, but Safari is doing a great job at that too. I might come across something later on, and when I do, I'll let you know!

      0 points