Google Chrome is the most used web browser. The browser rose to fame as an alternative to the slow, weakly established – Internet Explorer and Safari. But Google Chrome has become the new leader, and as a result has become the weakest established.
That was the thing we hated. We created a monster.
It’s time for a change.
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I do not say this easily.
Over the last few months, I’ve been testing browsers, researching things like performance, memory usage, battery usage, and the overall feel of using the browser.
I know that choosing the “best”
The answers are personal. Specifically for the individual use case.
But that being said, I can still come up with a number of good reasons to dump Chrome.
If your device is powered by a battery, it is best to use the storage reader.
On Windows it’s Edge, and on Mac and iOS it’s Safari. Both have been very tuned to the platform they run on and offer the best possible battery life and thermal performance.
Yes, you can customize and tinker with Chrome to make things better, but better is still far from the best.
Also: Google is very annoyed that you are using Microsoft Edge
When I switched from Chrome to Safari on my daily MacBook Pro driver, I got over an hour of extra battery life, which is a very significant gain.
Switching to Safari on the iPhone also gave me significantly better battery life, but it’s harder to measure since the browser is not the main focus of the day on that platform.
Use the best browser for the best possible battery and power performance.
Operating system optimizations
One of the great “selling points” of Google Chrome is that you get a streamlined, consistent experience across all the platforms you use.
It’s probably nice, but after using Edge and Safari on their respective platforms for a few weeks, I was surprised to find how bulky that experience actually is, compared to the stock reader.
It’s hard to put into words, but Safari on Mac or Edge on Windows feels like an extension of the operating system. There is a smoother transition between the operating system and the browser. Coming back to Chrome suddenly felt awkward (and that’s when I also noticed the weak performance the most).
Having a choice
Google Chrome is a great tool for Google to slurp up a lot of data, both to find out how people use the internet and also things like passwords and payment details to keep us locked into the ecosystem.
Although I’m not paranoid about my data, I’m a fan of having a choice between where my data is stored and how it’s used, and which companies I choose to work with, and to be able to pick and choose what works best for me. , not what is practical.
The big exception
And it’s Android. Google Chrome is the winner here. I’ve played with other browsers on this platform, but Chrome is the one that works best. It is, after all, the stock reader, and as such was tweaked to provide the best performance.
Which browser do you use? Why do you use it? When was the last time you tried another browser?