Sure, Safari comes preloaded on your Mac and it's got a lot of great features, but it's not for everybody. The folks at Mozilla have come a long way with the Mac version of Firefox with the intention of creating a flexible browser that plays nice with the elegance of Mac OS X. In addition to Firefox 4's revamped interface, what makes Firefox particularly enticing is the ability to pick from a huge library of themes and add-ons.
Unlike Safari, Firefox lets you change the overall look of your browser to fit your style. With add-ons covering a wide range of functions--from adding iTunes controls to your browser window to the ability to view lists of found photos in 3D--the sheer number of additional things and customization options you can tinker with in Firefox is staggering. Read more...Read full review
Though it's often overlooked with Safari and Firefox stealing most of the spotlight, Opera is an excellent Mac browser in its own right. Themes and add-ons are easily searched right from within the interface, and Opera might be the fastest when it comes to page-loading times.
The Speed Dial feature lays out your favorite sites in an easy-to-navigate format, letting you get to your most visited sites with the click of your mouse. Its Wand utility makes autofilling forms a breeze. Unlike other browsers for the Mac, Opera also supports torrent downloads. To top it all off, Opera Link makes it possible to transfer your Personal Bar, Bookmarks, Speed Dial, and Notes across multiple computers if you have Opera in several locations.
Though Opera isn't as popular as the other Mac browsers, it has plenty to offer including unique tools everyone can appreciate. Read more...Read full review
Not interested in extras and add-ons? If you like the idea of surfing the Web without all the excess baggage, check out Mozilla's other browser for Mac, Camino. Camino is for those not interested in weighing down their Web-surfing experience with added options and just want to get down to the business of exploring the Web.
With basic controls and smartly designed for speed, Camino is the minimalists Web browser. Solid Web standards support means you'll be able to explore all the Web sites you would in other browsers, and the slimmed-down interface might make this option the most agile of the group. Read more...Read full review
Now into its second year, Google Chrome has begun to mature from a lightweight and fast browsing alternative into an innovative browser on the precipice of a potential browsing revolution with the pending ChromeOS. The browser that people can use today, Chrome 8, offers highly competitive features including synchronization, autofill, and maintains Google's reputation for building one of the fastest browsers available. Read more...Read full review