Archive for December, 2010December 24, 2010
I have mentioned before my dissatisfaction with the stability of Safari. It just seemed odd that in this day and age, a web browser would need to be “rebooted” occasionally to keep it running smoothly. But the memory was also a concern.
As the Chrome releases piled up, I decided to give Chrome a test drive. Using it for a bit revealed a very small (in comparison to Safari) memory footprint. The final ounce of courage to make the switch was provided by a report showing Chrome blowing past Safari and reaching almost a 10% share of the browser market.
The Chrome experiment has been quite successful. A quick check of Activity Monitor after using it for some time reveals a memory footprint about 75% smaller than Safari’s. I did have one crash (that took down the entire application), but Chrome recovered gracefully when I restarted it. Overall, I’ve had a good experience with Chrome.