Google Chrome released a version compatible with Mac OS X a month or two ago and I’ve been alternating using it and Safari since then. Here are the things I like about each, followed by my choice – as of now. (I don’t list any cons because the pros of one are the cons of the other.)
Chrome is fast. That’s what struck me at first. The reason I chose Safari over Firefox (a while back) was the speed, and it looks like there’s a new champion. Again, it’s not a large difference, but it didn’t take me long to notice.
Chrome also has tabs at the top (i.e., above the address bar and navigation buttons). I think this makes them much easier to find (which is good).
When you open a new tab in Chrome, your bookmarks show up across the top of the page. After you pick one, the bookmarks disappear. I’ve only found bookmarks semi-helpful since address bars incorporated auto-complete functionality. Rather than have the bookmarks bar in my face all the time (and rather than having to maintain and organize a drop-down list), I just type in a few letters and go. But, if it’s only there when I open a new tab and then goes away … well, I just might find a use for it.
Another useful item on the new tab page is a list of “recently closed” pages and a link to a full (searchable) history.
Downloads are conveniently listed along the bottom of the page (as opposed to in a separate window), and there’s a link to a nicely simple (and, again, searchable) download history.
Lastly, I really enjoy the combined address / search bar. I go to one place and I get both functionalities (simultaneously). It’s great.
The size of the “non-content” portion of a browser window (e.g., tabs, buttons, address bars) is important to me, and Safari’s is the smallest. The buttons are smaller, there aren’t as many, and the address bar font is smaller.
Speaking of the non-content, when you only have one tab open in Safari, it goes away. That’s nice.
On a general level, there seems to be more support for Safari (at least more than the Mac version of Chrome … if that makes a difference). I don’t know if this is going to change now that Chrome has a bigger market share.
Safari’s new tab page is customizable. You can change the size of the page previews (and, consequently, how many of them show up) and also make some “sticky.”
Lastly, there’s no limit on the number of simultaneous downloads (whereas Chrome caps it at 7 – at least by default). This is much more convenient when downloading songs from emusic or legalsounds.
Chrome. It has more – and more important – pros. I’d still really like to see them implement certain things – like get rid of the download limit and make the buttons smaller – but it’s the clear winner for me.
How do they stack up for you?