Ever since Google launched Chrome back in 2008, it has become the most trusted web browser. However, Firefox, Safari, and Opera have implemented their own updates to catch up. Even Microsoft introduced a new and improved browser for Windows 10, namely Microsoft Edge. But out of all these browsers, which one holds the accolade of best browser?
In order to find out, it helps to assess them according to the following metrics:
All of the mentioned browsers can easily be downloaded from their respective websites. However, in some gadgets, a select few are already installed. A perfect example is Safari. No matter what the Apple gadget is, you can be assured that it already has Safari.
Apple’s Safari and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Edge were specifically built for Mac OS and Windows respectively. So far, creators of these browsers have not programmed them to be compatible with the other OS. As for the rest of the browsers, they can all be opened with Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Android.
This is where the competition starts to get tight. Obviously, all of the major browsers are able to perform their most basic functions, viewing and accessing sites on the World Wide Web. But the tools, features, and interface are what really makes one of them stand out.
Here’s a rundown of each browser’s unique qualities:
(Note: For this article, we will only tackle the leading browsers.)
SPDY is a networking protocol invented by Google that transports web content and manipulates HTTP traffic in a faster and more secure way. This is achieved through data compression, multiplexing, and prioritization. This tool enables pages load much faster.
Separate Tab Processes
Chrome excels in isolating the processes of each tab to the point where they are almost like separate windows. The programming for this function relies on the OS to single out which tabs are not functioning properly and make sure it doesn’t affect the performance of the browser. As a result, this function has made Chrome one of the most stable browsers.
Out of all the browsers, Firefox has one of the most sophisticated Application Programming Interface (API). For those who are not familiar, API is a set of tools, protocol, and definitions for creating new application.
However, for most browsers, their API is only limited to tweaking the code and appearance of a website. What makes Firefox’s API unique is its ability to test out new desktop applications just from the browser. For this reason, developers and programmers prefer Firefox.
This tool groups your bookmarks into three categories, namely Most Visited, Recently Bookmarked, and Recent Tags. This helps you search said pages much faster. Another good thing is you can create your set of categories.
Simply open the Bookmarks Menu and click Organize Bookmarks. From there, select Organize Menu and click the New Bookmark option.
Afterwards, the Add Bookmark window pops up and you just simply type in the name of the new category.
This nifty feature allows you to view a page without the ads, comments, widgets, and other distracting features. As a result, the page only displays the text. However, this feature can only be activated on single post pages; this means it can’t be used on the homepage of a website. Another downside is that it also hides images.
If you prefer a quick read, then this tool is definitely useful.
New Security Options
Other security tools that the browser boasts is Smartscreen Filter (a tool that notifies users when a site has malware or phishing apps) and improved cookie management.
This is a tool that shows you your original search results. This is definitely helpful if you ever forget what keywords you entered.
There are several ways you can use this tool. You can simply click on the orange arrow found on the right side of the search field, or you can use a keyboard shortcut, pressing Command, Option, and S at the same time.
There are some sites that cause your browser to slow down. This can be because there are certain files or information that need to be downloaded, such as images and scripts. If you suspect this is what is slowing down your browser, then you can open Activity Window. It lists down all the sites and indicates the status of each one. From there, you can decide which of them to close.
So far, this is the only browser with an integrated ad blocker (other browsers allow you to install an ad blocker extension). By removing the ads, pages load much faster. This feature indicates the number of ads it blocked on the site you are visiting. Below that, it also displays the total number it blocked within eight days.
When your internet connection is slow, it could take you some time to open sites and its corresponding pages. This is especially true in areas with limited signal or with too many users. But Opera boasts that with this browser, you can still search the web. Even better, this allows you to browse 15% faster compared to other browsers. The reason this is possible is because Turbo saves as much as 70% of data.
All of these features make it hard to pinpoint which one is the “best”. However, a report from PC Advisor reveals that 52.67% of users still think Google Chrome is the undisputed champion. On the other hand, a review from InfoQ suggests Microsoft Edge is performing better than all the rest, even its predecessor.
The final verdict
Ultimately it’s up to you, the user, to determine which browser is best for you. You can try out all of them and explore their features to help you decide which of them you find easier to use.