Nice list of alternatives to Google apps from Dave:
First, use a non-Chrome, non-Safari browser. That leaves you with Firefox; notably faster and with privacy and security built-in by default.
Second, avoid Gmail. Google snoops through Gmail messages. Even if you have nothing to hide do you really want someone looking through your email?
Third, get a different search engine. There are alternatives, including my favorite, StartPage, and DuckDuckGo.