Google Chrome vs Safari: iOS Browser shootout!
Google Chrome for iOS was released today -- and also reviewed -- but we still had to put it up against Apple's default browser, Safari, in a good, old fashioned Mobile Nations browser shootout!
Still, if you love Chrome and really want to use it on iOS, it's worthwhile knowing what exactly you'll be gaining and what you'll be giving up by going all in.
One test that didn't make the video was BrowserMark, in which Google Chrome scored 49248 and Safari scored way higher with 101631.
Overall, I didn't find there was much discernable performance difference. The slightly speedier load time in Chrome caught me by surprise at first, but in the long haul, the difference is negligible since Safari and Chrome run essentially the same rendering engine.
The real clincher for most folks will be Chrome's features, such as cloud syncing with desktop Chrome and Incognito mode. iOS 6 promises more than a few updates to the Safari browser, including iCloud Tabs, at which point Chrome will have a hard fight ahead of itself.
It will likely come down to whether you use Safari on the desktop and iCloud for sync, or prefer Chrome on the desktop and live in Google services. At least now, if you're the latter, Chrome for iOS will make you complete.
How has your experience been with Chrome? Had it replaced Safari on your dock?
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In the meantime, I primarily use Firefox but have been slowly converting to Chrome; maybe cloud sync will be the impetus I need to go over completely. I know there's Firefox Home, but that's not the same as a full-featured browser.
I noticed a difference in HTML5 video playback earlier. Chrome wouldn't play it but Safari did.
I remember that a long time ago Microsoft was ruled to stop shipping IE as default browser on its OS. Now not only Safari comes pre installed (I really dont see any problem with that, lets make it clear) but also you really can not choose other browsers as your default, so any link you open always opens on safari no matter how much you want to use other option.
PS: I know I can jailbreak for that.
In the end, this was all just fine and dandy when it came to the monopoly trial. The problem was that MS forced Netscape (the real innovator in the space) out of business. And there were many companies before them (stacker comes to mind, even Apple nearly, and no MS didn't 'save' Apple, MS were forced by Apple to settle the canyon case where they blithely copied Apple's code and pasted it into Windoze Media).
You can't set this in iOS? How much of an inconvenience is that? Is it as bad as all other people wanting to browse the web can't do it because of your using embrace and extend garbage, perverting all supposedly 'open' standards to only work in Windows (while the Windoze fanboys decry Apple as the one somehow not being 'open'.)
BTW, I never found Chrome all that great on my desktop computer(s) either. I recently went back to Firefox because of better add-ons and didn't notice any difference in speed.
Google can rip off a lot of what Apple does, but that doesn't mean I need to use it.
In any case, so what? The WebKit license specifically encourages Google to take it and use it, just as KHTML's license specifically encouraged Apple to take it as the basis for WebKit. That is the nature of non-GPL licenses. What matters is what you do after you work with the project.
And, for the record, for a couple of years now Google has contributed more to WebKit than Apple has, and Google is better behaved citizen of the project, crediting Apple-sourced contributions to Chromium/Chrome, whereas Apple specifically does not credit Google-sourced contributions to Safari.
Apple deserves a lot of credit for their work on WebKit, but to claim Google is just ripping off Apple's work is ludicrous.
Are you sure, you are NOT USING ANY GOOGLE PRODUCTS?
So, You are NOT USING youtube, gmail, maps, chrome browser, google search, docs, and thousands more that you don't know GOOGLE AOWNS IT???
Please, be HONEST... If ALL GOOGLE PRODUCTS are not accessible to you, STOP using any computers, tablets and phones yoi have...
Also its installed on macs but I never see it on a windows pc. So synching is only really useful if you go somewhere and have to use another machine like a terminal.
That right there is what makes chrome so much better. IMO all of the standard apps built into Lion are junk except for safari. Its ok, I fire it up every few months to see if there is anything new.
I use firefox for all the cool test tools like the selenium ide and xss me tools
I use chrome for all googles built in apps and for gmail and google plus
I use safari well.... I use it to test my corporate site to just say we support safari.
Also IE10 is ok, better than nothing. lol