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What Is the Best Internet Browser?

There is huge debate in the computing world, as to which is the best internet browser. This is a very hard question to answer, as there are so many factors that need to be taken into account. For example Firefox may win on security, but Safari may win on speed.

However, in this article I am going to try and find out which is the best browser, by giving each browser a score out of 10, for each major aspect which is important when choosing your browser. These will be: Page load speed, functions, interface design, add-ons, security, originality and customisability.

Please note that I will only be comparing the five browsers which are the most commonly used, and well known. There are also other browsers.

Below is a table containing the ratings that I gave each browser for each aspect.
Browser
Firefox
Internet Explorer
Chrome
Safari
Opera
Page load speed
7/10
5/10
8/10
9/10
10/10
Functions
9/10
8/10
5/10
4/10
4/10
Interface design
5/10
6/10
8/10
4/10
7/10
Add-ons
10/10
5/10
7/10
8/10
3/10
Security
10/10
7/10
7/10
8/10
7/10
Originality
9/10
9/10
2/10
7/10
9/10
Customisability
10/10
5/10
8/10
7/10
8/10
Total
60/70 (86%)
45/70 (64%)
59/70 (84%)
47/70 (67%)
48/70 (69%)


It would seem that Firefox narrowly won, however it was very close, so now I am going to give a quick few good and bad points about each browser.

Internet Browsers - Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari Mozilla Firefox
Lets start with the browser that won, although it was by an extremely small margin. First the good, its open source which means that everyone and anyone can help to make it better. It has so many add-ons it is unbelievable! Furthermore it has impeccable security as it warns you if a website may contain viruses, or is trying to con you, it also virus scans your downloads before you open them.

However its two major downfalls are its interface, which un-personalised is rather dull, and its startup time. The more you add to it, the better it becomes, but the longer it takes to start up, compared to other browsers which start at a snap of your fingers, it is very slow.

It would seem that Firefox narrowly won, however it was very close, so now I am going to give a quick few good and bad points about each browser.

Google Chrome
Chrome also scored very well, because of the speed at which it loads pages. Chrome also starts up very fast, meaning that you can get browsing straight away. This makes it good for not very powerful computers, especially laptops, as Firefox may be a too heavy browser. I sometimes use it if I need the internet quick, but usually I wait for Firefox, as it is well worth those extra few seconds wait!

There are three major downsides to Chrome. 1, Its lack of originality, it is just really a combination of Safari and Opera. 2, It doesn't have that many functions, but I believe these will grow with time. 3, Its still very young, and Google still need a bit more time to iron out all the faults.

Opera
On the Opera website, they brag about how it is "The fastest browser on Earth". To be honest, I can't really fault that, it is quite fast. But, and its a big but, its lack of functions and add-ons really drag it down. The problem all browsers face it that too many functions slows it down, but then not enough is also bad. I believe that unfortunately Opera does not yet have the balance right yet.

Apple Safari
Another fast browser, but once again the functions and the interface letting it down. I am not sure that Safari could ever dominate the browser market, as it seems to be aimed at too much of a niche market, a bit like the Mac - its Apple brother - is too.

Microsoft Internet Explorer
I really hate this browser. The lack of customisability and add-ons, matched with the poor security make this a really bad browser. There are two things that could save this browser, a fast page load time, which it certainly doesn't have, and/or a fast startup, which it also doesn't have. I think that Microsoft should make an effort to really improve IE, or scrap it altogether. France and Germany have warned their people not to use this browser due to its lack of security. One of Google's systems which originated in China, was hacked using the weaknesses in security of Internet Explorer.
 

I hope I have helped you in your choice of which is the best browser to use. So as a quick summary - avoid Internet Explorer like the plague, and investigate Firefox, Chrome and possible Opera and Safari a bit more, to find out which you believe is the best browser, for you to use.

Links: Microsoft Vs Google - Microsoft Vs Apple - Top 5 Firefox Add-ons - Firefox Review - Speed up Internet Explorer - Speed up Firefox - Google Chrome Review

Posted By: Christopher (Admin)
Date posted: 11th June 2010

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