There is no such thing as the perfect browser, Redditors know that. However, we can always use one that’s perfect for our needs, and what better way to learn which browser to use than looking into hardcore internet users' suggestions we can find on Reddit? They know what’s new on the market, every new update coming out and its impacts on the browsers' overall performance. Although we know a thing or two about browsers, there’s always room to learn, and Reddit, once again, was able to teach us a couple of things.
Windows Redditors Prefer a Well-Rounded Browser, While macOS Users Favor Safari
Google Chrome is still the most used browser worldwide, having much more market share compared to its competitors. However, since Redditors take privacy seriously, it's one of the least liked browsers on Reddit. Google Chrome is known as one of the less private browsers in the market since it uses a significant amount of users' data to deliver better-targeted ads.
Nevertheless, it's not only privacy that Reddit and Windows users want from a browser. In fact, they want a well-rounded browser that offers a generous amount of customization, ease of use, and excellent performance both in speed and resource usage. Moreover, if the browser also has an ad blocker and anti-tracking built-in, even better. The competition ends up being between the veteran Firefox and the new kid on the block, Brave. Although Firefox is still winning, Brave is gaining considerable traction recently and has become the favorite of many Redditors around the world.
On the macOS users' side, performance is, without a doubt, the primary concern. In this case, when we talk about performance, we’re particularly addressing power usage. In other words, macOS Redditors want their battery to last as long as possible, and their browser needs to contribute to that. Therefore, it's no surprise that Apple's browser service, Safari, is the preferred one. Not only is it built to work flawlessly with Apple products, but it also offers synchronization among all Apple devices, something that Redditors see as an essential factor as well.
On Mobile, the Story Is Slightly Different
Although performance is still vital when it comes to choosing a browser for mobile, the main feature Redditors want – both on Android and iOS – is the possibility to sync their browser habits with their computer. Therefore, when it comes to iOS, it's not a surprise that Redditors still prefer Safari over everything else. However, for Android, we can’t say the same since Firefox is no longer number one, being surpassed by the newer applications Brave and Samsung Browser.
To better understand why this happens, it's essential to comprehend what Redditors, accessing Reddit through their Android app, are looking for in a mobile browser. Besides synchronization, it's also essential to have a night mode – we guess so they can be on Reddit until falling asleep – as well as a built-in ad blocker. Well, both Brave and Samsung Browser offer these features, but, for now, Brave is taking the lead.