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What's your browser of choice.

5 years ago from , Art Director

I've been having a few issues with Chrome freezing on me recently and am looking to switch to Safari.

It's a difficult decision to make because as a designer, with a bit of front end developing, I love chrome for it's extensions and developer tools.

What browser do you use and why?

59 comments

  • Daryl GinnDaryl Ginn, 5 years ago

    Netscape 4.0

    25 points
  • Simon EvansSimon Evans, 5 years ago

    Chrome, mainly because I can't get used to any other browser's dev tools.

    12 points
  • Patrik GothePatrik Gothe, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    Safari.

    Mainly because I can make it look like this: http://i.imgur.com/ikYc0Ln.png

    But its also about the trackpad previous page 'in motion preview' (I use it to sneak peak the previous page, without reloading the current one.) and the native iCloud sync of bookmarks/read-later/history over alla mac and iOS devices.

    Whenever something is really bugging out I use Chrome to debug it though.

    11 points
  • Updula LeeUpdula Lee, 5 years ago

    IE6 is nice

    8 points
  • Yannis SteriotisYannis Steriotis, 5 years ago

    I love Chrome for the speed, the dev tools and all the good extensions

    and

    I love Safari for the reading list, the reader, the text-rendering and the icloud sync.

    6 points
  • Alan MeiraAlan Meira, 5 years ago

    Left Chrome for Firefox because Mozilla is nice.

    5 points
  • Ernst LeetErnst Leet, 5 years ago

    http://breach.cc/

    4 points
    • adam stogdilladam stogdill, 5 years ago

      I started using breach. I already did some hacking on it and changed their theme around to make it more purdy. I think it'll be awesome in a year or so if folks keep developing for it.

      0 points
  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 5 years ago

    Safari, or Chrome when I need Flash or some dev tools.

    3 points
    • Dominik SchmidtDominik Schmidt, 5 years ago

      Personally this would be too much effort for me. Isn't it very time-expensive when opening Chrome just for Flash or Dev Tools?

      0 points
      • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 5 years ago

        Nope. It’s pretty easy.

        Develop → Open Page With → Google Chrome opens the page you’re on in Chrome.

        2 points
        • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

          Dreamweaver! (Don't look at me like that.)

          F12 = open in primary browser Ctrl+F12 = open in secondary browser

          (Seriously, stop looking at me like that. Dreamweaver is fine if you just type all your code yourself and don't let it do stuff for you!)

          0 points
  • Lewis CowperLewis Cowper, 5 years ago

    I use Firefox Nightly, and I thoroughly suggest anyone who switched to Chrome for the Dev Tools a while back, as I did, to take a look at recent builds of Firefox just to see if the new tooling can make you think about switching.

    3 points
  • Catalin CimpanuCatalin Cimpanu, 5 years ago

    Always Firefox :D

    2 points
  • Matt ZanchelliMatt Zanchelli, 5 years ago

    Safari.

    Safari feels like a Mac app, which is absolutely critical to me.

    It's fast. In all my experience, I've never felt any browser was "faster".

    It's efficient. It's pretty smart about being efficient and keeping your battery life long.

    Safari Reader, iCloud tabs, and Reading List are great, too.

    2 points
    • Jon WongJon Wong, 5 years ago

      Second the efficiency aspect. Safari on Mac makes my battery live leaps and bounds longer than when I'm running Chrome (super useful when working away from your power for extended periods of time)

      0 points
  • Alexis CreuzotAlexis Creuzot, 5 years ago

    Dev here. Left Chrome for Firefox recently, mainly because it was lagging and Apple Member Center was buggy. I was really nicely surprised of how much it improved over the last years, it's not the laggy cumbersome firefox I used to know.

    tldr; Switch to Firefox, it's now better than ever!

    1 point
    • Mike StevensonMike Stevenson, 5 years ago

      Do you use firebug or the built-in dev tools?

      0 points
      • Alexis CreuzotAlexis Creuzot, 5 years ago

        I found out that firebug is quite redondant for my use now, thanks to the built-in debugger. It's as powerful as Chrome's, if not more.

        0 points
    • Cihad TurhanCihad Turhan, 5 years ago

      I'm really wondering where and how it's lagging? Could you share any screen capture etc. I'm using it without any lag.

      0 points
      • Alexis CreuzotAlexis Creuzot, 5 years ago

        One of the main lagging website is FB, so I won't be able to provide captures for it. As for the member center of apple, you need to have an account, but it is really buggy as hell (cannot add devices, generate provisioning profiles...) .

        0 points
  • Gabriel BrodersenGabriel Brodersen, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    I use Safari and Chrome. Chrome for adblock and some plugins I can't get for Safari. And Safari for the Reading List, iCloud Sync, etc.

    I would use Chrome only, if it had a "decent" plugin to handle reading list (not some shit you have to sign up for).

    My hopes is that I can one day rely solely on Safari, but their Extension support and site is not very inspiring: https://extensions.apple.com/

    1 point
  • Art VandelayArt Vandelay, 5 years ago

    Opera mini.

    1 point
  • Gustaf RosenbladGustaf Rosenblad, 5 years ago

    Safari, because it's awesome!

    0 points
  • David SimpsonDavid Simpson, 5 years ago

    Chromescape (Chrome + Netscape)

    0 points
  • Roman HorokhovatskyyRoman Horokhovatskyy, 5 years ago

    My first choice is Chrome because it has the best developer tools, but I hate when the media content starts automatically (example videos from YouTube) in not opened tabs, what does not happen on Safari.

    0 points
  • Thibault MaekelberghThibault Maekelbergh, 5 years ago

    Safari. iCloud Sync, keychain sync, nicer design approach to fit in with Mac OS X.

    And I love the Web Inspector and dev tools.

    0 points
  • Suleiman Leadbitter, 5 years ago

    Chrome kept annoying me so I went back to Safari and I have to say it was the best decision I have made in ages.

    0 points
  • Rafe GoldbergRafe Goldberg, 5 years ago

    Chrome is a definite win on this. Although I have to say: Firefox has been doing a bangup job on it's integrated development tools recently. Plus it has all the extensibility of Chrome. But I definitely wouldn't use Safari.

    0 points
  • Rishi MohanRishi Mohan, 5 years ago

    I use Chrome but I love Safari. It would be great if Apple adds Chrome like Element Inspector in Safari.

    0 points
    • Hugo LeloupHugo Leloup, 5 years ago

      You actually can, you just have to activate it in your settings : "Show developer in menu bar"

      0 points
      • Rishi MohanRishi Mohan, 5 years ago

        I know that, but Safari's inspector isn't good at all.

        1 point
        • Mike StevensonMike Stevenson, 5 years ago

          It really is strange how Apple hasn't invested more in to their inspector. If you get Dev's to become evangelists, more users will follow.

          0 points
  • Jannae JacksJannae Jacks, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    I greatly prefer chrome, but I develop both in Firefox and Chrome for a variety of reasons. Well, Firebug really. And I need to keep a browser with cache disabled to test in. So, ok, 2 reasons.

    As a sidenote though, maybe there's something about the way you're using Chrome that's causing your issue? Check your plugins, Check the task Manager (Tools -> Task Manager), and you can even dig into see the memory usage by putting this in the address bar: chrome://memory-redirect/

    A little testing can go a long way!

    0 points
  • ポール ウェッブポール ウェッブ, 5 years ago

    Opera Developer! And also, Aries (gotta use it to make it better!).

    0 points
  • Matt CannellMatt Cannell, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    I use Chrome for normal stuff, and Chrome Canary for its awesome device emulator.

    0 points
  • Guillaume BroderGuillaume Broder, 5 years ago

    Chromium 64bits (link) because speeeeeeed !

    0 points
  • Daniel ArcherDaniel Archer, 5 years ago

    Safari all the way. I get a lot of shit from other developer friends for it, but I've been using it since it was in beta forever ago and I still love it.

    0 points
  • Jon MarshJon Marsh, 5 years ago

    Chrome, mostly because of the extensions and having the ability to have more than one account (profiles) synced up (one for work and one for personal use).

    0 points
  • Daan van KlinkenDaan van Klinken, 5 years ago

    Google Chrome FTW.

    0 points
  • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, 5 years ago

    I switched to Chrome mainly because my Nexus 5 acquisition. I was brainless to go with Chrome and have at my hand all the URLs i visit, favourites, contacts, etc.

    0 points
  • Antonio PratasAntonio Pratas, 5 years ago

    Chrome, always. I used to be a firefox user, but then firefox started to get chunkier and heavier. I have no problems with Chrome, and do most of my front-end dev work in the developer tools as well.

    0 points
  • Dave CDave C, 5 years ago

    Since I installed Yosemite on my macbook pro I use Safari 8 everyday. Read Later and iOS Sync are basic for me. I have Chrome, Firefox and Opera for testing.

    0 points
  • Louis EguchiLouis Eguchi, 5 years ago

    Telnet then chrome

    0 points