During the early days of the internet, desktop users weren’t exactly spoilt for choice when it came to web browsers. In fact, calling it a choice is exaggerating; when our Kidderminster based computer repair service first opened its doors, there was one option and one option only: Netscape. You either liked it or lumped it!
Since the advent of broadband, however, things have changed considerably. Now, we have access to a laundry list of different web browsers, all crammed with exciting features and tech, which are updated around the clock. When confronted with so many different options, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Luckily, we’re here to offer you some expert advice. The following blog post looks at some of the best browsers on the market, comparing speed and functionality, before deciding which browser is best suited to which device.
Generally speaking, most modern browsers are surprisingly snappy. If you want to get around the web extra fast, however, the best option is the latest version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Surprisingly, Google’s Chrome browser, currently the most popular on the market, is almost 70 ms slower than Microsoft’s offering, according to our Sunspider benchmarking tool. Here’s the full rundown (the lower the number, the better):
1. Internet Explorer (modern) 93.1 ms
2. Internet Explorer (desktop) 94.7 ms
3. Firefox 157.9 ms
4. Chrome 165.2 ms
5. Opera 174.4 ms
6. Safari 197.9 ms
When it comes to customising your web-browsing experience, Firefox is still the undisputed champion, offering a bewildering array of widgets, bookmarks, pin tabs, and apps. Google is steadily gaining ground though, and has been consistently rolling out new apps and features to its faithful Chrome followers since March of last year. In contrast, Apple’s Safari browser is sadly lacking when it comes to add-ons, offering users access to a comparatively slim selection of extensions.
Our pick for Windows 7 and 8
If you’re using Windows 7 or 8, Internet Explorer is the way to go. It’s sleek, fast and even has a modern, touch based interface, making it ideal if you have a Windows phone or tablet.
Our pick for OS X and iPad
As we can see above, Apple’s Safari browser is somewhat lacking. If you’re browsing on a Mac or iPad, we advise opting for Google Chrome instead. It’s faster, has better functionality, and lets you enjoy the added benefits of Google’s extensive list of additional programs and services.