All Three

Sometimes I have great answers to questions people ask me. One example is when I get asked which web browser I like the best out of the main players; Safari, Firefox or Chrome. My fantastic answer? All of them!

Not all at once, as that would be silly. What I've found through the years is I'm able to outfit each browser to work best for different situations.

Before you start bitching, let me inform you that I'm well aware I'm leaving out Internet Explorer (IE). Even though I mainly work on a Mac, I do use PCs regularly. But even then, I never use IE. It's a stale, obsolete browser that for me, offers no benefits whatsoever. I often say that when setting up a new Windows machine, I open IE long enough to "Bing" for Chrome.

Safari

No matter how many times I try to make Firefox or Chrome my default browser on the Mac, it just doesn't happen. Like everything else in Apple's world, because they build Safari specifically for their computers and OS, they can tweak it to near perfection. It also doesn't hurt that it takes advantage of iCloud to sync across my iPhone and iPad.

Under the hood, Safari runs on less than a third of the RAM used by Chrome. This makes for a fast and fluid experience on the web. During the times I employ more than one browser to accomplish tasks, Safari usually gets the heavy lifting. For example- if I need to view a web seminar, take an interactive class, or just use a web application. Safari can handle all these while utilizing the least amount of system resources.

Firefox

Let's call Mozilla Firefox "number 2". For years it has been my main browser in PC land and has come close to replacing Safari on many occasions. Most of the plugins I use were first released on this platform so I've been comfortable with it for a while now. When Safari is busy with a heavy task, Firefox gets the passed the responsibility of browsing.

An added bonus of Firefox is Firebug - an invaluable tool for developers. This add-on allows you to inspect HTML elements, view network resources, and even write and compile your own code. And it can happen in a detached window so you don't need to sacrifice any browser space.

Chrome

Ah - so here we are, with arguably the most popular browser on the inter-webs. I never hopped onto the Chrome bandwagon with everyone else. Instead, I've always found Google's browser to be nothing but bloated. Anything more than a couple of tabs seems to hog all my Mac's resources. Between the market of "apps", extensions, and obnoxious use of Adobe Flash, it's no wonder Google decided to built an entire OS out of it.

So why do I use Chrome if I dislike it so much? Because of the accurate, built-in developer tools. What I normally do is use Chrome to compile locally hosted files. This way I get to use it's magical debugging abilities without letting it loose on the web.

Wrap-up

It should go without saying at this point, but I'll say it anyway. You should use what works for you and be happy with that. I've managed to make use out of all three browsers while most folks install Chrome and go about their day. To me, each browser has their own unique attributes. But that new, Microsoft Edge though...