The new “great debate” among Mac users is indeed Safari vs. Camino. Most (if not all) power users were using either Chimera or Mozilla before Safari came along, but now that Apple has released it’s own browser the choice isn’t clear. Giles Turnbull covered both them in his recent article, but I have a few things to add to what was said.
Tabs are a very important part of any browser to many users: Safari does have tabs unofficially, and no doubt will in it’s next official release. The tabs in Safari v67 are better than Camino’s for several reasons:
They align to the left side of the window
They have their own close tab “x”
They don’t overflow in a new window
They have their own network busy indicators
Points for Safari: I don’t think Safari’s lack of Tab Groups is likely to hurt it much, since most of us who need to check that many pages at once will use an RSS feeder of some sort. I also don’t think Camino’s on-the-fly text encoding altering is likely to attract anyone to it much.
For Camino: Camino does indeed start up faster than Chimera. Camino also gets points for the ability to remember web form passwords.
That said the race is almost neck-in-neck. Aluminum vs. Aqua isn’t an issue, since both browsers can use either. The bookmarks managers are quite different, so that may factor into some decisions. For now, I’m using Safari v67. If it was a choice between Safari v60 and Camino, I’d choose Camino.
So what browser do you use? And why?