Ask DN: What web browser do you typically use?

over 7 years ago from , Designer

I'd like to know preference of browsers when doing everyday things or for web design work. I currently use Chrome, but Safari has been getting tons of updates that seem worthwhile and I'm thinking about making the switch.



  • Michal CMichal C, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Chrome for work:

    —dev features are miles ahead of any other browser IMO

    —smooth Google Apps integration

    Safari for personal stuff:

    —smooth iOS/OSX integration

    —doesn't push Google stuff into my face

    —battery friendly

    —still as fast and slick as when I opened it for the first time years ago

    13 points
  • Dan DiGangiDan DiGangi, over 7 years ago

    Chrome is life.

    13 points
  • Dana (dmxt)Dana (dmxt), over 7 years ago

    I use Firefox for both, personal and work. I love FF devtool and prefer it over Chrome for some reason.

    9 points
    • Joshua TurnerJoshua Turner, over 7 years ago

      Do you happen to have a carbon monoxide leak somewhere in your home? That could explain it.

      12 points
    • , over 7 years ago

      Have you used the Firefox Developer browser?

      0 points
    • Dan DiGangiDan DiGangi, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

      You should try Chrome dev tools in full. I was obsessed with FF for years before until I finally switch over when I got into some heavy JS software dev. It will change your life.

      The features are ridiculous.

      0 points
      • Dana (dmxt)Dana (dmxt), over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

        I did try using Chrome dev tools and I'm not into heavy JS development.

        I noticed that it's very difficult to find out the webfont the website is using with Chrome dev tool, but with Firefox it's rather simple: image. Maybe I'm missing something.

        Also perhaps Chrome is better to use on OS X than Firefox, but I'm on Windows with MacType font rendering and Firefox works very well with it. I'm also semi-tinfoil privacy type of a girl and I prefer FF over Chrome because of that.

        1 point
    • Tyson KingsburyTyson Kingsbury, over 7 years ago

      damn, thank god I'm not the only one... looking at the thread here, and it looks like it bounces back and forth between chrome and safari... but I've been sticking with Firefox for a long while now, and haven't seen any reason to switch to either of those..although i suppose it may happen eventually...

      1 point
  • Michael GreenMichael Green, over 7 years ago

    I use Safari since Yosemite update. I love handoff. If I want to see the mobile version of the site, I just have it open on my desktop, whip out my phone and swipe up the little safari icon. It's something I do almost every day.

    5 points
  • Max LindMax Lind, over 7 years ago

    Working remotely on my personal machine, I notice myself leaning on Safari for personal use and Chrome for work.

    Anyone with a similar workflow? (and/or suggestions on keeping work/personal services/software separate in cases like this)

    4 points
    • Sandro P, over 7 years ago

      Exact same here. Safari for personal browsing, Chrome when working.

      I don't think I have any mindblowing tips, though. I usually have a fair share of productivity extensions on Chrome, plus all the resources I need for work on the bookmark bar.

      3 points
    • Laura McCartney, over 7 years ago

      Yep, same here.

      0 points
  • Chris Rosenau, over 7 years ago

    Firefox for web development and personal. Way better extensions and privacy. Chrome for mobile development IE for testing

    Safari is basically IE for the mac.

    3 points
  • pjotr .pjotr ., over 7 years ago

    Netscape Navigator

    3 points
  • Phil RauPhil Rau, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    I switched back to Safari from Chrome, and I haven't looked back. Its quite nice actually... very very speedy, and I really like the "reader mode" + Reading List features.

    Plus, I also prefer how Apple handles the "commonly used" bookmarks icons vs. Chrome's screen previews in a grid. Feels faster.

    3 points
  • Adam Hayman, over 7 years ago

    Safari on Mac. Chrome on PC.

    2 points
  • Floyd WilliamsonFloyd Williamson, over 7 years ago

    I use Chrome at the moment. I would like to use Safari, since I think it looks the best, but there are too many annoyances. I hate the fact there are no favicons, you can only bring back one recently closed tab via hotkey, and so forth.

    2 points
  • Sean O'GradySean O'Grady, over 7 years ago

    As much as I wanted to move to Safari, there are still a few things I dont like about it, its Chrome for now

    2 points
  • Steve OrchoskySteve Orchosky, over 7 years ago

    Chrome, specifically for their extensions. Some of my favorites are save to pocket, save to pinterest, and snachrr (http://getsnatchrr.com/) when I'm not in the mood to inspect elements. Not sure if other browsers offer these, but they've become a vital way for me to find and document inspiration

    1 point
  • Ed AdamsEd Adams, over 7 years ago

    Chrome because the dev tools are what I'm used to (even if Safari's may be better statistically, which is the impression I'm getting from some other comments) and the extensions are there.

    If Safari had better extension support, and installing/configuring extensions was as easy as it is on Chrome, I might make the switch. There are lots of things about Safari I much prefer over Chrome, but the extensions I need either aren't there or are an inferior version.

    1 point
  • Emil NikovEmil Nikov, over 7 years ago

    Mostly Safari, for the great integration between devices and nice development tools built-in. The new responsive preview is top! (cmd+alt+r)

    1 point
    • Ryan Cates, over 7 years ago

      I wish the safari inspector was better. I do like the integrations with devices and the responsive preview is v nice but the inspector is just confusing and overcomplicated. I use chrome for dev stuff and had to switch to safari for something the other day and was instantly frustrated. Chrome and FF dev tools are v similar so I find it easier to switch between the two. Safari just doesn't have that advantage.

      1 point
  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 7 years ago


    1 point
  • Marvin Hagemeister, over 7 years ago

    Chrome. In my opinion it simply has the best dev tools available on the market currently. That being said I have to test my sites on all major browsers anyway at work, so I'll use them all.

    1 point
  • ポール ウェッブポール ウェッブ, over 7 years ago

    I use Opera.


    ...yes, I know. Nobody uses it. But, I became an Opera user back when IE still had the market on lockdown and Firefox was unusable (for me). I miss Presto, but now I stay with Opera because reasons.

    1 point
  • Kumbi MadzingaKumbi Madzinga, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Firefox for everything. I'm sure you all have your own reasons for whatever you use.

    0 points
  • Joe Blau, over 7 years ago

    Safari, and Chrome when I want to destroy my CPU (Basically Chrome is for Flash)

    0 points
  • Lucas MoralesLucas Morales, over 7 years ago

    Chrome, for the auto-translate

    0 points
  • Russ BrownRuss Brown, over 7 years ago

    I used to use Safari for personal and Chrome for work but since changing to an android phone I'm Chrome all over now

    0 points
  • Martin KMartin K, over 7 years ago

    Chrome at work, Safari at home

    0 points
  • Todd SielingTodd Sieling, over 7 years ago

    Safari, with the odd fallback to Firefox and after that Chrome.

    0 points
  • Thien Do, over 7 years ago

    Chrome for develop and Safari for everything else :D

    0 points
  • Daniel SieradskiDaniel Sieradski, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Chrome for personal. Chrome Canary for development. It has the best dev tools, though I do like Firefox Developer Edition.

    Update: After playing with Safari a bit more, I believe it does in fact have superior developer tools.

    0 points
  • Jacob BuckJacob Buck, over 7 years ago

    Safari is my primary browser. Better performance and OS integration.

    But Chrome on Android and for web development, as I can't stand the developer tools in Safari.

    0 points
  • Nakkeeran Raveendran, over 7 years ago

    All day any day Chrome. The use of Chrome apps is seamless!

    0 points
  • Dan Boland, over 7 years ago


    0 points
  • Jonathan YapJonathan Yap, over 7 years ago

    Safari on apple devices, and chrome on android. Still stick to chrome for dev work. Uses anything from push bullet or evernote, to paper or scribbles on my hand to ping links cross device.

    0 points
  • Danny Brown, over 7 years ago

    Safari, mostly. Man, that command+option-r key stroke combination....someone posted here yesterday was pretty epic! If you haven't tried it, check it out.

    0 points
  • Laurens SpangenbergLaurens Spangenberg, over 7 years ago

    As unpopular as it may be, I prefer Firefox, with additional privacy and security addons.

    0 points
  • Alec LomasAlec Lomas, over 7 years ago

    Chrome. Great DevTools plus I'm on Android so having "synced" tabs is nice.

    0 points
  • Clarence JohnsonClarence Johnson, over 7 years ago

    Safari. I know... I know....

    0 points
  • Spencer HoltawaySpencer Holtaway, over 7 years ago

    Chrome for personal, Safari for work. Saves me switching accounts.

    0 points