My personal machine is a Macbook. I do almost all my web browsing on this machine. I thought it might be interesting to list off my pros/cons for each browser.
Firefox: + plugins (particularly for web dev) – slow startup time, sometimes the initial browser window gets stuck on the other monitor and I have to reset my profile which is a pain. UI feels slow, browsing is fine. Keychain (system for stored passwords) integration is poor, I have to use a plugin to get it at all and even then it doesn’t work well.
Google Chrome: + fast startup, great UI points (download UI is nice, esp. click to ‘open when finished’), best ‘private browsing’ implementation. Tabs open near the source tab, which is a fantastic optimisation. Keychain works. – recent versions have been quite unstable, I think this is something to do with Flash. Enough sites still need flash that I care about this, so I’ve switched.
Safari: + stable, has the best ‘mac’ integration of all. Popup windows going to ‘full screen’ work properly on the second monitor (different res to other monitor), only browser that manages this. – Download UI sucks. Tabbing UI lacklustre, excess tabs vanish off the side and have to be found via a clunky menu.
What’s the point? Well, I’m not choosing a browser based upon the quality of web rendering; all of them are so good that I can’t tell the difference. It’s more about the UI, and about stability. Google Chrome is the browser I’d like to use, if it weren’t for this problem with Flash; the whole browser just freezes for seconds at a time, which got too frustrating to deal with.