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Browser battles: Which browser is best for you?
mybroadband ^ | 05 June, 2009 | Ryan Noik

Posted on 06/09/2009 6:25:19 AM PDT by JoeProBono

On the information highway that is the Internet, browsers could be likened to your preferred mode of transport

How fast they run and how stable they are makes a significant difference to your daily online experience. The main players recognize the importance of the browser market, and all are competing to become your preferred means of accessing and experiencing the Internet.

Therefore, it is well worth periodically revisiting each of the main competitors, exploring what the latest version of each browser has to offer and comparing them to one another.

Google's Chrome

As would be expected from the online search giant, Chrome is exceptionally fast, simple and easy to use. This straightforward simplicity is arguably one of its greatest strengths, and more than a little reminiscent of Google’s search engine. The site address bar doubles as Google’s search box (a boon for habitual searchers), bookmarks can be created with a single click, and tabs enable you to open multiple pages within one browser window.

Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer 7 was riddled with problems, and the latest iteration of Explorer was tasked with solving them. Happily, there are definitely improvements to the browsers stability, and a host of new, interesting features, such as colour coded and dynamic tabs, crash recovery and web slices.

Mozilla Firefox 3

Firefox is open source and yet one of the most stable browsers currently available. The latest version, Firefox 3 performs admirably and offers a familiar browsing experience. Its ability to handle more than thirty simultaneous tabs of complex websites without any problem is testament to its stability.

Its only weakness is that the more extensions that are added to it to customize and increase its feature set, the more memory it consumes and the more frequently it wants to download and install updates, which can become annoying after a while.

Safari 4

Safari's most noticeable feature is the unmistakably Apple feel to the browsing experiencing, whether you are running it on an Apple Mac or PC. Its look and feel is distinctively different to the other browsers, with pages, history and bookmarks being presented in a Cover Flow type view. Additionally, Safari offers developers a set of development tools within the browser itself. Along with admirable speed, Safari offers smoothness of operation and intuitive ease of use.

Opera 9.6

Widely regarded as the best browser on mobile platforms, Opera&'s dominance on handhelds shows in its PC browser version with its speed dial feature. This offers one-touch access to favourite sites, stored in one of nine quick connect slots, much like you would be accustomed to on a cell phone. A new feature on Opera 9.64, Feed Preview, enables you to preview the content of a feed before subscribing to it. With a miniscule 5.4 megabytes footprint, Safari consumes little space and almost rivals Chrome for speed at times. However, it does lack support for some sites.

Speed and memory consumption

In descending order of speed, Chrome, Firefox and Opera proved to be the fastest to boot up and refresh pages. Safari’s speed was on par with Opera, while Internet Explorer was significantly slower than the others. In the reliability and flexibility stakes, however, Firefox came out on top, while Safari and Opera offered a slightly different twist on the browsing experience. IE 8 certainly proved to be an improvement over IE 7 but was still the slowest browser tested.

On memory consumption, the picture was somewhat different. Whereas Firefox consumed 87 megabytes on start up, Internet Explorer and Safari required 32 megabytes and 37 megabytes respectively. Chrome only required 7 megabytes, but was narrowly beaten by Opera&'s 6.5 megabytes.

To the point

On the information highway, Chrome could be likened to a motorbike (easy to use with few frills), Firefox, Opera and Safari to luxury sedans (fast and powerful) and Internet Explorer 8 to a four-wheel drive (larger, fully featured but less agile). Which you choose is a matter of preference, but if it is searching and page refresh speed you&'re after, Chrome is the answer.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: browser


1 posted on 06/09/2009 6:25:19 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

2 posted on 06/09/2009 6:30:08 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: JoeProBono

I downloaded Chrome a couple months ago and never went back (to Fox or IE) ...


3 posted on 06/09/2009 6:30:51 AM PDT by mlizzy
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To: JoeProBono

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4 posted on 06/09/2009 6:31:06 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: mlizzy

“I downloaded Chrome a couple months ago and never went back (to Fox or IE) ...”

Same here. I tried Safari for about 2 minutes yesterday and deleted it. Flashy maybe, but doesn’t get the job done as well as Chrome.

On a related note, I have done the same with search by going with Bing from Ask.com.


5 posted on 06/09/2009 6:35:30 AM PDT by villagerjoel (1. Implement socialist policies 2. ??? 3. Heaven on earth)
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To: JoeProBono

I want NOTHING to do with Google. I’ll stick to Firefox.


6 posted on 06/09/2009 6:35:35 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: SumProVita

I downloaded an early version of Chrome to check it out. I have NEVER had a piece of software which crashed so frequently and consistently.

Would never trust it again (and this is coming from a person who likes Google products).


7 posted on 06/09/2009 6:37:07 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: JoeProBono
Mozilla Firefox 3

Firefox is open source and yet one of the most stable browsers currently available. The latest version, Firefox 3 performs admirably and offers a familiar browsing experience. Its ability to handle more than thirty simultaneous tabs of complex websites without any problem is testament to its stability.

Its only weakness is that the more extensions that are added to it to customize and increase its feature set, the more memory it consumes and the more frequently it wants to download and install updates, which can become annoying after a while.

Hell, I can have 30+ tabs open in a single window, and still have several other windows open with a large number of tabs open in each, with no problem.

And the only extension I use is NoScript.

8 posted on 06/09/2009 6:37:44 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: JoeProBono

I like to open lots of windows and tabs and I like the feature of Firefox that saves them all if you want to shut it down. I’m not sure that is available on these other browsers. I haven’t seen it with Safari.

Bookmark management could be better on all browsers. You should be able to quickly port bookmarks between browsers.


9 posted on 06/09/2009 6:38:31 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: JoeProBono
I've been using tabbed & Ad Blocking shells for IE for years and see no need to change. Maxthon was my favorite now I'm kind of fond of TheWorld browser.

http://download.cnet.com/windows/web-browsers/?&filter=os=25|licenseName=”Free”|&tag=ltcol;narrow

10 posted on 06/09/2009 6:39:19 AM PDT by McGruff (Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency - Obama)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Agreed. That company gives me the creeps. Their stuff is insidiously metastasizing into a lot of aspects of our lives. I don’t like them. If someone else wants to use them, that is their choice and I respect that.


11 posted on 06/09/2009 6:39:25 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: rlmorel

I like Google products; just not Chrome.


12 posted on 06/09/2009 6:40:27 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Thanks for sharing that. Technology aside, I have problems with Google’s ethics. This is one reason why I use Scroogle for searching.

http://www.scroogle.org/cgi-bin/scraper.htm

;-)


13 posted on 06/09/2009 6:47:10 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: Red in Blue PA

I wouldn’t trust Google Chrome. Google wants control over all of your personal information and data. Who knows how much of your private information Chrome is “phoning home” to Google HQ?


14 posted on 06/09/2009 7:01:37 AM PDT by Astronaut
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To: ShadowAce

I have used firefox for years.

Recently had problems with crashes of verison 3.0 (.something)

When I installed version 3.5 beta found it much more stable.

I never never use IE, and really dislike Widows in general, although I use it every day at work.


15 posted on 06/09/2009 7:03:22 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Once a Republic, Now a State, Still Texas)
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To: Texas Fossil

Some widows are really cool. Maybe you need to meet some more of them.


16 posted on 06/09/2009 7:28:33 AM PDT by John Valentine
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To: JoeProBono
Safari 4 blazes on OS X or windows.

17 posted on 06/09/2009 7:29:15 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: John Valentine

LOL. SOunds like you would know...


18 posted on 06/09/2009 7:37:53 AM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|"AlsoSprachTelethustra"-NonValueAdded|Lk21:36|FireTheLiar)
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To: John Valentine

I have used them all from version 3.1 to XP. Have not used Vista or the new beta.

I built my first PC in 1983 and have been at this a while.

I prefer Linux to Windows for my personal machines.

My work machine is XP. There are some apps that I cannot find an equivalent in the Linux environment or I would not use Windows at all.

Have used Linux for 10 years. My first version was a flavor of Slackware and my first GUI version was Redhat 5.5.

I hate bloated software. My day is spent in a spreadsheet, database, and publishing programs.

I am not anti-Windows, just do not like some of the motives of MicroSoft, and do not trust them on security.


19 posted on 06/09/2009 7:39:52 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Once a Republic, Now a State, Still Texas)
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To: Texas Fossil

Firefox 3.5 nightly builds


20 posted on 06/09/2009 7:40:48 AM PDT by jprobst (Who is John Galt?)
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To: jprobst

I like it very much, and am a heavy browser user. Have it open most of the day.

Since Sqlite was added to Firefox, around verison 2.0, I think it is much faster. Have been playing around with the Sqlite manager plug-in for that database. Like that too. Pretty basic, but fast.

I am looking into using Sqlite for another project.


21 posted on 06/09/2009 7:44:59 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Once a Republic, Now a State, Still Texas)
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To: jprobst

I like it very much, and am a heavy browser user. Have it open most of the day.

Since Sqlite was added to Firefox, around verison 2.0, I think it is much faster. Have been playing around with the Sqlite manager plug-in for that database. Like that too. Pretty basic, but fast.

I am looking into using Sqlite for another project.


22 posted on 06/09/2009 7:45:02 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Once a Republic, Now a State, Still Texas)
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To: JoeProBono

i like firefox 3, but i can’t get adobe flash to install with it; i can only use flash player with microsoft’s browser.


23 posted on 06/09/2009 8:01:23 AM PDT by ken21 (i am not voting for a rino-progressive.)
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To: ken21

As we speak I’m using Firefox with the latest version of Adobe. You might want to try uninstalling {if you do not have the latest version} and installing version 10.something.


24 posted on 06/09/2009 8:24:02 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

I’ve tried them all, and I’m sitll sticking with Firefox. It’s comfortable, I’m fast at it, and none of the others have enough features to pull me away.

Except I think I’ll play with Safari 4 a bit more. Some of the visuals look sweet, and useful.


25 posted on 06/09/2009 8:47:33 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: jprobst

Yes. The beta I’m using right now appears to negate Chrome’s speed advantage.


26 posted on 06/09/2009 9:16:04 AM PDT by Big Giant Head (I should change my tagline to "Big Giant penguin on my Head")
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To: All

Does anyone else ever have a problem with Firefox disappearing from the taskbar in windows?


27 posted on 06/09/2009 9:19:11 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: ken21; JoeProBono
i like firefox 3, but i can’t get adobe flash to install with it; i can only use flash player with microsoft’s browser.

I have a somewhat similar problem. When viewing video, usually Flash, from TV news stations, they won't come up. I've disabled Adblock and Noscript but still they won't play; something's blocking and I have to go to IE. Mostly this happens when you need to watch 15 seconds of commercials before seeing the news video. Any thoughts?

But that is a mild inconvenience compared to the FF extensions I use every day to make my FR browsing so much easier.

28 posted on 06/09/2009 9:24:02 AM PDT by CedarDave (Not new news: Obama has Pork Flu)
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To: Straight Vermonter
Does anyone else ever have a problem with Firefox disappearing from the taskbar in windows?

Sure do. Any ideas why?

29 posted on 06/09/2009 9:24:37 AM PDT by SLB (Wyoming's Alan Simpson on the Washington press - "all you get is controversy, crap and confusion")
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To: Red in Blue PA
I like Google products; just not Chrome.

I like Google products; just not Google.

30 posted on 06/09/2009 9:37:42 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: ken21

That’s weird. I use Flash (10.0.r22) on FF (Linux version) all the time. My only extension (not plug-in) is NoScript.


31 posted on 06/09/2009 10:18:14 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: SLB

No, I was hoping someone else would.


32 posted on 06/09/2009 11:22:12 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Texas Fossil

Yeah, that’s great, but what about the widows?


33 posted on 06/09/2009 12:13:34 PM PDT by John Valentine
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To: John Valentine

I am a little slow, you meant real windows, not Windows OS.

Your will have to forgive me in my old age.


34 posted on 06/09/2009 12:22:31 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Once a Republic, Now a State, Still Texas)
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To: Texas Fossil; John Valentine

You had a typo in Post #15—he’s just playing off of that.


35 posted on 06/09/2009 12:24:03 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

Thanks, at times I miss that stuff.


36 posted on 06/09/2009 12:34:32 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Once a Republic, Now a State, Still Texas)
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To: ShadowAce

Looked back-

There is a difference in “Widows” and “Windows”.


37 posted on 06/09/2009 12:36:29 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Once a Republic, Now a State, Still Texas)
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To: mlizzy
Here is how the browsers stack up for visits to my www.varmintal.com site:

Good Hunting... from Varmint Al

38 posted on 06/09/2009 3:00:12 PM PDT by Varmint Al
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To: wideminded

Safari gives you the option to “Reopen all windows from last session”. It’s under the history menu.


39 posted on 06/09/2009 3:02:36 PM PDT by zeebee
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To: Texas Fossil

No worries, and if I can apologize for funnin’ a bit with you, when you get to be MY age, you wind up acquainted with quite a few widows.


40 posted on 06/09/2009 6:04:56 PM PDT by John Valentine
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To: John Valentine
when you get to be MY age, you wind up acquainted with quite a few widows.

Your last name, Valentine, would be appropriate for that, if you spelled as poorly as I did.

I am not young myself, have been married to my wife for 38 years.

41 posted on 06/09/2009 9:39:21 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Once a Republic, Now a State, Still Texas)
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To: Texas Fossil

My bride and I celebrate our 35th next week.


42 posted on 06/09/2009 9:58:35 PM PDT by John Valentine
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To: John Valentine

Congratulations.


43 posted on 06/09/2009 10:03:48 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Once a Republic, Now a State, Still Texas)
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