Wednesday, March 8, 2017

What's the Best Internet Browser?

What's the Best Internet Browser?

There are a plethora of internet browsers out there, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, and more. However, which one is the most well-rounded? We're going to be reviewing 7 browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari, Opera, and Vivaldi.

7. Internet Explorer

This is one of the most well known browsers, but it's not the most well known for a particularly good reason. The browser is slow, doesn't have many features, and isn't very user-friendly. Coders also hate it because of it's lack of support for W3C standards, which is a organisation that standardises the web. Because of this, coders have to write whole sections of different code for Internet Explorer users just to display the page. This is not a browser that you should use, especially if you use Mac. Even Microsoft recommends that you use their Edge browser instead.
Pros:
- Good security features
- Clean interface

Cons:
- No W3C standard support
- Slow
- Not many features, like extensions
- Not optimised for Mac or Linux

6. Microsoft Edge

Because Internet Explorer is a notoriously bad browser, Microsoft decided to release a new one called Microsoft Edge. They've urged all users of Internet Explorer to begin using Edge. This is sort of the Safari of Windows, except there are more features. However, this browser is only available on Windows operating systems, which is the fatal flaw that makes this number 6 on the list. However, it's also optimised for people who use touchscreen Windows computers. If you use touchscreen, this is your number one browser that you should definitely use.

Pros:
- Touchscreen optimised
- Customisable
- Clean interface
- Easy navigation
- Relatively fast
- Integrated with OneNote

Cons:
- Complicated settings
- Not available on Mac or Linux

5. Safari

Safari is a relatively good browser. It's not the worst browser, but it's not the best one. Available as the default browser on Mac, Safari is a clean browser with relatively basic functions. It's easy to navigate, and it's an old favourite of Apple fans. However, it isn't really anything special, it's quite plain. There's not many special features on it. If you're not really a technology person and don't care about browsers, you would be fine with Safari.

Pros:
- Clean interface
- Easy navigation 
- Fast loading times
- Syncs well with Apple products

Cons:
- Only optimised for Mac operating systems
- No customisation abilities

4. Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is a fairly standard browser. To be honest, it doesn't have many features that make it stand out from the crowd, but it's also not a bad browser. The interface is clean, it has bookmarks, plugins, incognito mode, it's safe, it has all the things that you'd expect from a browser. It's the benchmark. The browser is also well optimised on all operating systems, Windows, Mac, and Linux, which does make it better than browsers like Safari. If all you want is a browser with no big downsides, you should probably use Mozilla Firefox.


Pros:
- Clean interface
- Easy navigation
- Large amount of plugins
- Good security features
- Customisable

Cons:
- Slow image loading times

3. Google Chrome

Google Chrome is the browser most people have heard of, and the one most people use. It was the one that I used before I started using my current one, and there's a good reason for it. It has a ton of plugins,  a lot of customisation, syncs well with Google products, and more. However, the major problem with Google Chrome is how much RAM it eats up. It's also slow on older systems, and crashes occasionally. For this reason, it's only number 3 on the list.

Pros:
- Clean interface
- Easy navigation
- Large amount of plugins
- Good security features
- Customisable
- Syncs well with Google products
- Performs well on all operating systems
- Mutable and pinnable tabs

Cons:
- Eats up RAM
- Slow on older systems

2. Opera


Opera is the browser that I currently use. The main reason I switched from Chrome to Opera was because of how slow Chrome ran on my computer. Opera is a lot more well optimised. It has Turbo Mode, built-in free VPN, built-in adblocker, and all the other things you'd expect, bookmarks, plugins, synchronisation, mutable and pinnable tabs, etc. Even if you ignore the built-in VPN and adblocker, it still runs faster than Chrome, and if you're worried about your Chrome plugins and bookmarks not being there, you can port them to Opera. I'd strongly recommend this if you want a better browsing experience.

Pros:
- Clean interface
- Easy navigation
- Large amount of plugins
- Good security features
- Customisable
- Syncs well with other computers
- Performs well on all operating systems
- Turbo Mode
- VPN
- Adblocker
- Mutable and pinnable tabs

Cons:
- None

1. Vivaldi

This is one you may not have heard of. Vivaldi is a browser made by some former members of the Opera browser team. It's entire purpose is to be customisable. You can customise anything and everything in this browser. You can stack tabs, write notes, install themes, and it has an adaptive interface. If you want your browser to adapt to the colour of the page you're on, no problem. Different icons, no problem. The only problem? The browser has extremely small market share. Not many people know about it, so not many people can develop things for it. However, it's still a great browser that's extremely customisable.

Pros:
- Can customise anything and everything
- Includes quick commands
- Clean interface
- Easy navigation
- Extremely fast loading speeds
- Dev team listens to the community
- Can port bookmarks to it
- Can install Chrome extensions

Cons:
- No mobile
- Small market share

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