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Google Chrome vs. Safari – How Do They Stack Up?

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Both the browsers largely appear to be the same; offering similar features of multiple tabs, separate windows, bookmarking facilities, allowing anonymous or private browsing and so on.

However, there are some differences, in which case you may need to opt for Google Chrome or Safari according to your requirements.

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Chrome entered rather late in the browser market in 2008, but was popular due to its simple interface and its speed. Both Chrome and Safari are built in the webkit engine. Chrome is famed for its security features, its speed and its usability. In the latest innovations, the address bar and the search box have been merged with automatic translation, bookmark syncs and history settings across various devices by using a Google account.

Chrome offers greater security by warning users when they are about to visit a dangerous site. The plug-ins and extensions in the browser offer customization options and many utilities, fitting your needs perfectly. The interface is simple and it offers good functionality. Manipulation of individual tabs is much simpler in Chrome.

Many people today prefer to use Chrome browser and this is because many users use the Google search engine. The browser is efficient, speedy and very reliable. It also offers an add-on, namely, SpeakIt that can be used for converting text to speech. It can be used for proofreading articles. The interface is simple but many of the basic options are not too intuitive. It seems that Google is not in favor of users changing things. It is a very good browser on two counts: it’s speed and it’s stability.

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Safari was first introduced in 2003 and it has constantly been improving since then. It is a very fast browser journeying from its first version to the 7th release. You can read articles on the web, just as you would read an e book, without any additional ads. The extensions also offer customization. With iCloud tabs, users can synchronize across various devices in the iOS environment.

Safari is undoubtedly the king as far as the Mac is concerned, but it is not very popular on Windows. It is a very competent browser and simple to use. It is also not too heavy on the system memory. It is a thrifty browser spawning a single process and it could be very useful in case you are using an older system that has only 1 GB or 512 MB of memory.

A Comparison of Features

Both the browsers are free ones. Safari is compatible with Windows, OS X and iOS, whereas Chrome offers compatibility for Windows, Android, iOS as well as Linux and OS X. Both the browsers offer a high level of security features. The major feature of Safari is the Reader and its OS integration, whereas Chrome has a Minimalist GUI with a Voice Command feature. Safari offers many new features, such as the Reader and the top sites, whereas Chrome is famed for its technology, such as the translation capability. However, Safari has OS restrictions, so upgrades are rather limited. In case of Chrome, Google tracks users and this could be a problem for some users.

Verdict

All the standard features that are present in Chrome are also present in Safari. Chrome is, however, able to spawn several more processes and is a faster browser. Both Safari and Chrome are competent and free browsers. They are both able to import or export bookmarks so you can use both of them. As we have seen, both the browsers have certain advantages and some aspects where they are lacking. The option of using Safari will depend on the platform that you are using. You cannot use Safari if your device does not run on iOS 7 and OS X. Chrome, on the other hand, is minimalist and easy to use offering great options for customization.