Chrome Vs Safari: Which One is Better for your Mac, iPhone, and iPad?
Though the market is flooded with web browsers, Google Chrome and Apple Safari are ahead of the curve. While the former rules the roost across the platforms, the latter has a dominating presence on iDevices. And rightly so, as they both are feature-packed and highly user-friendly. But which one is better for you? Let’s dive right in to know that as we have put Chrome vs Safari for a direct faceoff!
Chrome Vs Safari on Mac: A Direct Showdown
Without being biased towards any of the two leading web browsers, let me set the record straight. If top-of-the-line features coupled with a host of customizations are what you are after, you shouldn’t look beyond Google Chrome. Moreover, Google’s offering boasts a massive library of extensions that open the gate for limitless personalization.
As for Apple Safari – the default web browser on macOS, it’s better optimized to get the most out of macOS. Thus, it requires way fewer resources to run, resulting in smooth performance and far less battery consumption. And if better performance ranks right on top of your priority list, Apple’s offering is the right way to go.
The comparison between these two leading browsers goes well beyond the couple of well-known pros highlighted above. Probably the best part about Chrome is the deep integration with G-Suite including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google News, Google News, YouTube, Google Drive, Google Photos, and more.
With the power of G-Suite, a Chrome user doesn’t have to hop from one end to the other to carry out tasks. And this is where it scores pretty higher on the user-experience front.
Furthermore, Chrome offers a versatile bookmark manager, seamless sync across platforms. Not just that, most modern websites look better on Google’s browser than on Safari as Apple’s web browser is still unable to handle some modern image formats that most new websites prefer to use.
Though Safari is set as the default browser on macOS, you can easily change it. Simply head over to System Preferences > General > select your desired web browser from the ”Default web browser” drop-down menu.
Security and Privacy
However, when it comes to security and privacy, Safari has an upper hand. Aside from the trusted policy to safeguard users’ data, Safari comes with a range of features to block data trackers.
Though Chrome does come with an Incognito mode ( Press ⌘ + Shift + n) which works like Safari’s Private Browsing to let users surf the web privately by not saving or sharing users’ personal information, Google’s browser often fails to live up to expectation. Just recently a study conducted by Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, discovered that Google continues to collect users’ data even in Incognito mode. Following the sensational revelation, a $5 billion class-action lawsuit has been filed against the search engine giant in the US.
Chrome Vs Safari on iPhone and iPad
The Safari vs Chrome story doesn’t look quite different on iPhone and iPad either. While Apple’s offering boasts seamless integration coupled with the more optimized interface, Google’s browser provides way more customization along with the power of G-Suite.
Being available on multiple platforms, Chrome offers a seamless web browsing experience across platforms by syncing important data like bookmarks, history, and even passwords. Google’s voice search makes searching any topics incredibly straightforward as it’s smarter and highly efficiently. Comparatively, Safari’s built-in dictation is less efficient and also doesn’t always work as expected.
Being the default web browser, Safari gets more priority. Furthermore, tapping on any hyperlink directly takes users into Safari – whether they like it or not. Unlike macOS, iOS doesn’t let users change the default web browser. That’s a huge disappointment, to say the least.
Performance, Security and Privacy
Despite the stiff competition, Safari edges out Chrome on iOS and iPadOS on three crucial fronts: Performance, Security and Privacy, and Less Resource-Hogging. Considering people love smooth browsing on mobile devices Apple’s browser gets the cake as far as performance is concerned.
As for security and privacy, I think it’s a no-brainer. Apple has always taken security and privacy very strongly. Though the Cupertino-based company also collects users’ data, it’s comparatively quite less than the data harvested by other tech giants including Google and Facebook.
Even in terms of ad and tracker blocking, Safari pips Chrome. Thus, you get a more private web browsing experience in Safari.
It’s worth noting that Google heavily relies on ads, so it has to gather more data to offer personalized ads. That’s not the case with Apple as it’s primarily a hardware company that earns money through the sales of iDevices like iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. So, if the safeguard for your data matters more to you, Safari is the better choice.
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