Samsung Internet and Google Chrome are pre-installed on Samsung devices. Both are fast, and both offer many amazing features. How do both differ? The blog post explores the two and covers: Samsung Internet vs Google Chrome (2020).
The look of both the browsers is a lot different. Most of the options on Samsung internet such as tabs, home, settings, etc., are at the bottom. You only find bookmarks and reload buttons at the top of the screen. Google Chrome, on the contrary, offers the home button, tabs, and the settings button at the top. Both support the swipe down to refresh feature. Although the interface is different, the options row on Samsung Internet takes some space allowing Google Chrome to show slightly more content.
Both offer light and dark themes. The fascinating thing is, Samsung Internet goes one step further by changing the site’s CSS and layout. You can see in the above picture that Samsung Internet is showing the site background in dark colours. Google Chrome only applies the dark mode on the app content.
Another feature Samsung Internet offers is high contrast mode. The contrast mode only works when the phone’s night mode is off. It changes the colours of sites to dark to help you see even in the direct sunlight. Both come with an option to choose the theme, but you can override that with the system’s default.
Samsung Internet uses your Samsung account, while Google Chrome uses your Google account. The options synced are browning history, bookmarks, passwords, etc. You can turn both off in the settings as well.
Samsung Internet comes with a secret mode. When enabled, all the tabs become private. The feature separates both modes, and you can’t browse the internet generally until you don’t turn off the secret mode. Google Chrome contrarily offers to navigate the normal and private internet at the same time. The options, such as history and cookies, are not saved and synced.
As we know, both use accounts to sync. Samsung devices come with an app called Samsung Pass, which works with other apps to sign in quickly. You need to verify that it’s you by inserting the PIN or any other form selected in the app. This makes browsing more secure.
Google Chrome, on the hand, does not come with any protection features when it comes to logging in. It suggests the email and password as soon as you reach the login page. Also, when you sign up on a website, Google Chrome suggests a secure password, and if you choose that, it automatically saves to the Google account.
Samsung Internet comes with the homepage, default search engine, and sync options, while some advanced options, including privacy and security, sites and downloads, and useful features, are there for more customisation options. Google Chrome, on the other hand, comes with the default search engine, passwords, payment methods, addresses, notifications, and themes. Some advanced options such as site settings, accessibility, lite mode etc., are also available.
Samsung Internet goes one step ahead when it comes to extensions. Google Chrome does not offer any, while Samsung Internet does. You can find add-ons such as ad blockers, Amazon Assistant, safe browsing etc.
The battery round of Samsung Internet vs Google Chrome shows some interesting results. For this round, two tests (Wi-Fi and mobile data) were conducted by playing the same video on the full volume.
Results for Wi-Fi test:
The battery usage tracking feature showed 5 minutes of usage time for Google Chrome while for Samsung Internet, it was 4 minutes. Still, there was a difference of 50% in battery life. Samsung Internet consumed about 0.3% of the battery, whereas Google Chrome consumed 0.6% of the battery life.
Results for mobile data test:
The video covers the battery part of the whole comparison. You can check out the full comparison video on YouTube. Anyway, on mobile data, the results were different. Both consumed 1% of the battery even though the played media was shorter than the video played on the Wi-Fi. This also proves that both browsers consume more battery on mobile data. Overall, Samsung Internet gets this round.
The other features section in Samsung Internet vs Google Chrome covers some of the unique features.
- Both offer a microphone feature to speak the site name.
- The app allows the changing of the text size on websites.
- It separately saves video URLs in history.
- Samsung Internet offers to scan QR codes
- The app comes with a lite mode to save data.
- It comes with a one-tap share URL to PC browser feature.
- Google Chrome allows managing cookies, permissions, and cache for each website.
Which one should you use?
For a Google lover, who uses Chrome on Android and PC, Google Chrome should be used. The app is more powerful when you combine the desktop and mobile versions. If you don’t use Google Chrome on PC, or your phone work is entirely independent of PC, then you should try and see if Samsung Internet is worth it.
Samsung Internet vs Chrome covered the essential topics. I hope the blog post helped. Please let me know which app you are going to use. Also, if any other thoughts about both, please let me know down below. You can also subscribe to the newsletter for future updates.