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Browsers, In Your Opinion The Best?
Posted 07 June 2008 - 09:29 PM
Posted 08 June 2008 - 03:57 AM
Posted 08 June 2008 - 09:23 AM
The slowest of them all is Internet Explorer, it sometimes feels like I'm still using a dial up modem when I work with it, it startsup very fast, but it's has some annoying things (the yellow bar and the stupid (slow) page that tells me that my settings are so called 'unsafe'). IE is imho the least safe browser available.
Next on my list is Safari, I respect that it's a port from MacOS so I do understand it's a bit slower and less stable, but it's a nice and ratheer good looking, basic browser. I only don't understand why it has to use such weird fonts...
Second last is firefox, it's a realy advanced browser with a lot of potential and it's a real good browser for developing website (because of the plugins), but I don't want to use it as my default browser since it's UI is not as responsive as it should be (especialy if a lot of plugins are installed).
My all time favourite is Opera, I've been using it since it still had advertisements in the top bar . A few years ago it was already a mature browser that was more strict when it came to rendering webpages. It might not be the quickest starter and the memory usage isn't the lowest possible, but the UI is fast and everything works together like a well oiled machine. I also like the completeness if it, browsing, mailing, rss-feeds and widgets. I also like the way Opera is adding development tools into it's browser
ps. LegallyHigh, Opera is not a Mozilla product, it's a Netscape product as is the Mozilla browser product line.
Posted 08 June 2008 - 01:30 PM
Posted 08 June 2008 - 02:36 PM
Posted 08 June 2008 - 04:07 PM
Posted 08 June 2008 - 04:55 PM
I have Explorer by default, but would love to devolve back to Explorer 6... I think this newest installment was trying to be different and to mimic Firefox... It works fine, but I have had to reopen my IE browser many times just to get it to work without bugs.
Firefox is my default browser right now. I do notice that it does take up a lot of memory and space, but I do think it is well worth it. As long as new TABS are used and not windows opened, it will only add a little bit of memory to each new tab. But if another window is opened, then I do start to notice a slower computer. But I still recommend it... that, and it is fun to customize Firefox like themes and add ons.
Like the post above, I also have Apple Safari installed on my PC, because it came with iTunes update. I am not really sure how it works, because I don't really use it. I make my webpages, and I will preview it in Safari, but that is about it. If it is being commonly used with iTunes, then I will try to at least make it accessible on my webpages... but it seems to already work well with my other browsers.
Opera has been brought up many times on the web. I have not installed it, but I have read up on a few reviews. If I were to try collecting browsers as a hobby, I guess I would try to install it too.... I do know of yet another browser, but it slips my mind... Maxton!!?? I may be confusing it with the harddrive Maxtor. But I think it is not as widely used, or I would remember the name better.
So I will continue to use Firefox, and sometimes Explorer... unless there will come a time when a new browser comes along and blows them out of the water!
- skedad -
Posted 08 June 2008 - 07:25 PM
If people start supporting WebKit, I'd move my main browser there.
Posted 08 June 2008 - 07:35 PM
One comment I should add is that I've never actually used Opera or Netscape (or pretty much any other browser you care to mention), so I'm not even going to try to compare what I hear about them to my first-hand knowledge of FF and IE.
Perhaps the most important aspect of FF to a web developer is the fact that it renders pages as the standards tell it to. While there'll always be a few minor discrepancies between the exact conversion of CSS to pretty pages, FF does have a damned good go at it, whereas IE says something along the lines of "web standards? They're the things all the other browsers stick to", promptly shreds all copies it has of them, ignores what every other browser is doing and then - and only then - decides to make its own mind up about how things should work and look. For some reason (perhaps the whole "it being distributed with every copy of Windows" thing ) it's commonly used, so developers have to deal with the mutations it can suddenly decide to make to the page you've designed that looks just perfect in FF, Opera and Safari.
From that perspective, as all the pages I make are "personal" (i.e. designed for a select group of people that I at least vaguely know) I can choose to say "tested in Firefox, any freakouts IE has with it aren't my problem", which is a luxury a vast majority of developers lack.
So anyway, overall I honestly can't see any reason why I would use Internet Explorer instead of Firefox, although I understand the memory and CPU requirements argument that people take. Of course, saying that is perhaps similar to saying that you play a game that's not as good as another one, but requires less in the graphics department: your system can't handle it, so you can't upgrade.
Posted 08 June 2008 - 08:59 PM
Posted 08 June 2008 - 09:18 PM
Posted 09 June 2008 - 07:45 AM
I rather use Mozilla Firefox. However, it's not the best browser because it's so bloated and slow. Opera's rendering engine is mediocre at best, but fast. Safari is great, but the problem is that not a lot of people support the browser since not a lot of people write support for KHTML/WebKit.
If people start supporting WebKit, I'd move my main browser there.
I have never had any problems with Opera's rendering engine. Only pages that are written extremely bad (ie. frontpage websites) don't show up properly, but hey ... that's not Opera's fault .
@Jeigh: don't forget to try out Opera 9.5 beta
Posted 10 June 2008 - 04:40 AM
I agree that Safari is a great browser, on Linux I prefer Konqueror above all, but on Windows version of Safari, I just test the page, because of the GUI, I never really like Apple GUI, I rather see a webkit browser with a GUI written with QT that it would look like Opera or at least like Firefox..
Firefox 3 beta is really promising, because it's so fast, just hope it will stay so fast when the final version will come, because the more features and add-ons and stuff it has, the slower it is.
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