Browser Brawl, Safari vs Google Chrome on the OS X

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There are key traits about a person that help you distinguish their character and figure out what kind of person they are. These traits cover a wide array of domains, and the person in question’s choices shape up who that person is in society. Some of these include what their favorite food is, what’s their favorite animal, what books or movies they like, what car they drive, and of course, what browser they use. Even though the number of browsers that compete for the top position is pretty low, it is still very difficult to point out a clear winner and declare all the rest losers. Usually, we see Google Chrome, Safari, Opera and Mozilla Firefox battling for this title, with the newcomer Microsoft Edge wanting a piece of the action now. In this article, we will look at Google Chrome and Safari, and see which is better suited for OS X users while going over the pros and cons for both browser.

Reasons to pick Google Chrome

  • Speed

    Speed is one of Google Chrome’s selling points, and pretty much everybody agrees that Chrome is the fastest browser available. It has to do with how Chrome was built, as Google decided to have Chrome draw more resources from the processor, securing more speed for your browsing pleasure. While this solution could backfire on a low end device which doesn’t have a lot of processing power to begin with, Chrome’s tactics seem to have a positive result overall, as they leave all other browsers, including Safari, in the dust.

  • UI

    User interface is one of the key characteristics any casual internet user is looking for in a browser. The kind of person that doesn’t care too much for performance and features will decide by judging aesthetics and accessibility on their own, and these are provided by the user interface. People switching to Safari from Chrome or pretty much any other browser will have quite the adventure adjusting, as Safari comes with some UI decisions that will at the very least strike new users as odd. One of these is the fact that Safari keeps its open tabs under the URL bar. On the other hand, Chrome comes with a user friendly interface that offers a smooth transition between commands, making browsing a seamless process. Its model seemed to have worked as Chrome officially became the most popular browser in the world, passing the combined shares held by Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.

  • Extension capabilities

    Once again, Google’s browser tops Safari, which more often than not, doesn’t even get compatibility for a lot of extension (that’s how much of an extension outcast it is). Google Chrome on the other hand offers support for all the extensions, and all the extension developers give Chrome priority.

Reasons to picks Safari

Now that we’ve seen where Google Chrome excels and what it can do, let’s take a look at what Safari does best, and why it should be considered as the browser solution when running Apple’s OS X.

  • Integration with the OS

    Apple is a brand that likes to build a closed network, meaning that all their products offer a great compatibility with one another (because they were built that way). In consequence, all their software also works best with Apple products (who would have seen that coming?), meaning that Safari, which is developed by Apple as well, will feel right at home within the loving embrace of OS X.

  • Powerful features

    It’s true that Safari lacks severely in extensions, but in return comes with its own incorporated features that offer great utility, such as the Push Notifications function which allows a user to receive direct alerts from website.

    Safari also has a notification center where users can see all the things that require their attention, not to mention sort through all the new content websites put out every day.

  • Resource consumption

    Despite its skyrocketing performance, Google Chrome can get quite extensive with resource pulling, which means that its biggest strength can sometimes become its biggest weakness. Safari on the other hand is a lightweight browser that keeps its hands off most of your computer’s resources, humbly taking only a small portion. If you are looking to save resources, Safari might be better.

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