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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09:28 Dec-27-2014

Chrome is pretty fast and reliable!

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08:52 Dec-27-2014

I only use Chrome on my mobile, I like the way you can easily use your bookmarks on the desktop and vice versa. Although, I have to say I do like IE now on windows 8, especially compared to XP, where IE really sucked in my opinion.

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08:26 Dec-27-2014

I switched from Chrome to IE 11 because of the encoding method used on YouTube. On Chrome, 60FPS videos stuttered like crazy and I'd end up having 2,000 dropped frames in about one minute.

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08:38 Dec-27-2014

In addition, I currently got a Surface Pro 3 and noticed Chrome's was using about 70% of my CPU while IE 11 was using only around 6%. This not only drains battery life, but makes my tablet uncomfortably hot.

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07:56 Dec-27-2014

Excuse me "Beergaroo" please stop defending Internet Explorer and go eat paste like the developers that made that browser.

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08:14 Dec-27-2014

Buddy there is no need to treat others like that. Just chill and enjoy yourself

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08:40 Dec-27-2014

Nope, I'll always stand against biased idiots who criticise IE for no reason. IE 11 is great resource-wise and speed-wise. Nothing you can say will change that and it deserves recognition.


I know this is a place for opinions and all but, in this case, most people's opinions, in this comment section, are wrong.

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07:47 Dec-27-2014

I'm a loser

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07:43 Dec-27-2014

well I like Chrome, Firefox, and Maxthon. IE 11 is a joke

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07:24 Dec-27-2014

Opera best and very handy.

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07:04 Dec-27-2014

the one in the mario games

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06:30 Dec-27-2014

I love Opera!!!! Its the best!

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05:46 Dec-27-2014

Gee.. I Love the look of the Chrome and its speed :D
Gotta love it.. Alternative for me is mozilla though :), love its elegant look.
IE though, its my last resort.. Its looks old and uh.. nevermind :P

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05:24 Dec-27-2014

Firefox is the best of them all. we should start a poll on this.

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07:29 Dec-27-2014

Agreed!

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04:02 Dec-27-2014

I use Chrome for my main stuff. When I'm on my secondary accounts though, I use Firefox, so I don't have to log out on Chrome.

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03:36 Dec-27-2014

This is why i vote for Chrome :)

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03:18 Dec-27-2014

Well, I would say Chrome for general browsing, then Firefox or Tor for banking/shopping, etc.

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03:17 Dec-27-2014

Chrome. I use chrome daily it works good no problems and has great add-ons and customizabilaty features.

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03:08 Dec-27-2014

Chrome :)

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02:12 Dec-27-2014

It all depends. I switch it up between Chrome and Firefox. If Chrome has a **** update (especially with flash) then ill go back to firefox till its fixed. I like both there equally as fast. Ive used thunderbird though since day 1.

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01:59 Dec-27-2014

chrome, mozilla ff next. I feel deep shame for people saying IE

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01:27 Dec-27-2014

I used to love firefox with all it's extensions but the constant crashing caused me to swap to chrome and haven't had any issue's since.

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01:09 Dec-27-2014

I am a chrome guy, but firefox is a great browser.

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