Up For Debate - Which Web Browser Is Best

Written by Sam Welch on Fri, Dec 26, 2014 4:00 PM
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It's been creaking along for a good old while now but it's been a long time since Microsoft's Internet Explorer was a dominant force amongst web browsers. Internet Explorer does just what it says on the tin, but does it do it best? Did it ever do it best? 

Probably the biggest names in web browsers now are Mozilla Firefox, another stalwart that's offered an innovative alternative to IE for a long old while, and Google Chrome (Who knows the web better than Google?). They don’t stand alone though, older favourites like Opera are still knocking about doing what Firefox and Chrome just can’t do for some surfers; I even recently saw somebody rocking a dusty-looking build of Netscape.

And what about Safari? Boo - I know, yes. But the browser has undeniable merits for many users. A less cluttered user interface, 'reader view' feature, lower energy demands at competitive speeds and many tiny tweaks that make for a smoother browsing experience. For instance - I've noticed that Safari logs me onto each site I visit automatically if I give it permission to start with. And I don’t mean it remembers my login details for me, I mean I type the URL in the search bar and press return, and the page loaded has me already logged in without clicking anything else.

Extensions are another important comparison point, and while most browsers have a range available now, the amount available between competing softwares still varies quite a bit (Safari is definitely still lacking in this department).

Which browser is king? Since popular new features are almost always quickly adopted by rivals, are there any important differences? Over to you!

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13:55 Jan-17-2015

I use both Firefox and Chrome and they're both great... although i think mozilla is easier to learn and configure plus i got some awesome supernatural background xD

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20:03 Jan-16-2015

Even knowing it takes more resources from your pc, I think Chrome is the best browser you can get RIGHT NOW. We'll have to wait to the release of windows 10 to be released for enternet explorer 10 to be released

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23:04 Jan-14-2015

Haha, lol Internet Explorer is beating Safari... xD
Well done, Apple... :D

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23:02 Jan-14-2015

Chrome, baby!

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22:35 Jan-13-2015

I use Opera the most now, has good features your able to keep the the last pages you were on so when you start it up again there right there. Also I noticed downloads seem a bit faster with Opera. I also like the layout of it as well.

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00:08 Jan-13-2015

Chrome master race hahahahahha but on a more serious note now firefox got some really cool features that chrome does not have but i perfer chrome

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00:13 Jan-11-2015

Someone actually voted for IE? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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09:28 Jan-10-2015

My favourite is also Firefox, but it uses very much resources. If I need those because I want to game, I normally switch to Midori, wich is a nice resource saving browser (if you don't open too many tabs, it doesn't handle that well) with very simple coding.

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15:59 Jan-09-2015

i like firefox the most

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20:22 Jan-08-2015

Mozilla Is The Best

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20:21 Jan-07-2015

chrome is best for me


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20:19 Jan-07-2015

chrome is best for me


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22:05 Jan-06-2015

Chrome always crashes on my Android phone so I use Dolphin with Flash. I use Chrome/Chromium on my Linux laptop, Firefox on my Linux Desktop. IE only when I have to fix bugs because IE won't play nice with websites.

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15:32 Jan-06-2015

Am I the only one that thinks IE is so underrated? I feel that it is fast, has great security and privacy features, has site pinning for most viewed web pages, good graphic and hardware acceleration, and supports WebGL and SPDY.

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18:27 Jan-07-2015

It's insanely underrated. I've ran benchmarks and I've found that IE11 either is on par or is often better than other browsers when it comes to performance. Not to mention the UI is so power user friendly.

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19:20 Jan-13-2015

Yeah... IE 11 is great, fast, lightweight. But the problem to me is because it runs only on Windows 8 and at my work most PC's have XP, 7 and Linux, and I really need to sync my bookmarks between them. So, unfortunatly, I can't rely on it.

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11:23 Jan-06-2015

I love MFF really...
but my default browser was GC... :v

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07:41 Jan-06-2015

Firefox on my Mac, Chrome on desktop.

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17:06 Jan-05-2015

I used to love Chrome because it was lightweight, compatible, simple and not BLOATED. Well.... so much for that idea.

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22:16 Jan-04-2015

IE11 for me now. Was a big firefox user but just love the minimalist look and feel of IE11, and how far its come since older versions

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16:51 Jan-04-2015

I mainly use chrome because it integrates my google account and just makes certain things easier to deal with. But I also use firefox for when chrome gets a little full of itself (freezing, plugin crashes etc).

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12:33 Jan-04-2015

I started out with Internet Explorer, then switchted to Mozilla, then switched to Chrome, and now I'm using Yandex. Of all of these, I think IE is definitely the worst and Yandex by far the best. Yandex is a bit like Google Chrome, but it just feels a lot quicker and has Opera Turbo, so is even fast with bad connection

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