Which Is The Best Browser? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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Last week we asked about how often you shopped online. Surprisingly, it seems almost all of us shop online at least once per month!

We collected 149 votes: The most popular response, on 28%, was for shopping once every two weeks; 25% voters shop online once per month; 19% shop online more than once per week; 12% shopping once every three months; 7% voters never shop online; 5% shop once every six months; and 5% shop only once per year.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.


As you can see, MakeUseOf readers are clearly regular online shoppers.

This week’s poll question is: Which Is The Best Browser?

We’re not going to ask about the smaller browsers “” this is simply a showdown for the five most popular browsers.

Feel free to let us know why you chose your favourite browser “” Speed? Security? Features? Did you choose something different for your mobile? Let us know!

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Comments (64)
  • Marek Pepke

    Opera:
    – mouse gestures (now easier to learn with graphic guides) – I couldn’t browse without them, I would feel like a cripple.
    – easy customizable searches in location bar – faster than fast, you don’t have to look for search from list and then write what to search, simply type letter or two and search what you want. Also select word/sentence on page and search from context menu. If you want to add new search, just click Create new search. So simple and useful.
    – tab stacking – OH YES! Clear and organized.
    – side panels – mail, windows(tabs), transfers, bookmarks, chats, dictionaries, schedules etc. all in one place
    – intelligent “Next” button and “Go to parent directory” – faster browsing
    – ads blocking – built in, not obvious way to install prepared list, but functionally works like AdBlock in Firefox
    – Speed Dial – adjustable amount of links, very useful. I have not one home page, but 20.
    – Opera Turbo – when connection is slow or I want to save some kilobytes (GPRS)
    – Opera Unite – nice thing, when I want to send something to someone, creates mini web server (I don’t use for other things)
    – Opera Link – to synchronize desktop, laptop, and portable Opera
    – trash can for closed tabs – easy accessible and with easy, intuitive shortcut: Ctrl-Z
    – fully adjustable graphic interface – zero wasted space, increased functionality
    – transparent skin – I love it :D
    – thumbnailed tabs – not necessary, but still nice thing
    – mail client – simple, but that doesn’t bother me, easy to use
    – Opera Dragonfly – a little bit worse than Chrome’s Javascript Console, but it has some unique features and is here from start
    – nice integration with Windows 7
    – I already used to high speed of rendering
    – some things I use unconsciously
    Yes, I actively use everything on that list. On mobile phone I use Opera Mini with tabs, synchronized bookmarks

    I know, that some features could be existing in other browsers with use of extensions, but I don’t want to search web for inconsistent features, that maybe are that good as here.
    I like, that everything is in Opera and size of installation package is still less than 10 MiB, it doesn’t seem to slow it down.

    I’m still aware of some bugs and lack of stability (mostly because of Flash), that’s why I sometimes use Chrome for sandboxed tabs. But I’m awaiting this feature implemented in Opera.

    Maybe if I didn’t know Opera, I would use Chrome. But now I don’t want use any other browser, because simply doesn’t exist any better (for me).

    Cheers.

    • Angela Alcorn

      Thanks for such a detailed response! I pretty much use most of that using Firefox extensions, but I’m sure it’s much quicker on Opera. Might be time to change!

  • Marek Pepke

    Opera:
    - mouse gestures (now easier to learn with graphic guides) – I couldn’t browse without them, I would feel like a cripple.
    - easy customizable searches in location bar – faster than fast, you don’t have to look for search from list and then write what to search, simply type letter or two and search what you want. Also select word/sentence on page and search from context menu. If you want to add new search, just click Create new search. So simple and useful.
    - tab stacking – OH YES! Clear and organized.
    - side panels – mail, windows(tabs), transfers, bookmarks, chats, dictionaries, schedules etc. all in one place
    - intelligent “Next” button and “Go to parent directory” – faster browsing
    - ads blocking – built in, not obvious way to install prepared list, but functionally works like AdBlock in Firefox
    - Speed Dial – adjustable amount of links, very useful. I have not one home page, but 20.
    - Opera Turbo – when connection is slow or I want to save some kilobytes (GPRS)
    - Opera Unite – nice thing, when I want to send something to someone, creates mini web server (I don’t use for other things)
    - Opera Link – to synchronize desktop, laptop, and portable Opera
    - trash can for closed tabs – easy accessible and with easy, intuitive shortcut: Ctrl-Z
    - fully adjustable graphic interface – zero wasted space, increased functionality
    - transparent skin – I love it :D
    - thumbnailed tabs – not necessary, but still nice thing
    - mail client – simple, but that doesn’t bother me, easy to use
    - Opera Dragonfly – a little bit worse than Chrome’s Javascript Console, but it has some unique features and is here from start
    - nice integration with Windows 7
    - I already used to high speed of rendering
    - some things I use unconsciously
    Yes, I actively use everything on that list. On mobile phone I use Opera Mini with tabs, synchronized bookmarks

    I know, that some features could be existing in other browsers with use of extensions, but I don’t want to search web for inconsistent features, that maybe are that good as here.
    I like, that everything is in Opera and size of installation package is still less than 10 MiB, it doesn’t seem to slow it down.

    I’m still aware of some bugs and lack of stability (mostly because of Flash), that’s why I sometimes use Chrome for sandboxed tabs. But I’m awaiting this feature implemented in Opera.

    Maybe if I didn’t know Opera, I would use Chrome. But now I don’t want use any other browser, because simply doesn’t exist any better (for me).

    Cheers.

  • Ubuntuandstuff

    I did my own review at ubuntuandstuff.blogspot.com

  • FaithHack

    As a developer, I have to say that I like IE – I have billed out hundreds of hours working to make sites function correctly with Microsoft’s buggy, W3C standards hostile, security challenged, CSS brain-dead and screamingly slow browsers. Firefox and Chrome are great targets when you want to get things done and done right, but if you’re looking for billable hours – IE 6,7,8 and soon 9 are just the ticket!

  • RebeccaDoremus

    I use Chrome as my default browser and love the simplicity and clean interface. I have installed the tools I use into the main bar in Chrome, including my rss reader, bookmark sync, screen capture, internet trust (WOT), weather, phone, downloads, and share links. I use Firefox occasionally but it seems like every time I open it, there is an update that has to be downloaded, which then required more time than I wanted to spend doing what I needed to do …. so back to Chrome. I also have Safari, Opera, and Flock, and of course IE (last on my list of browsers).

    Recently I installed a browser named Epic. Although many of the features are for use in India, I found that the way this browser was designed and the speed … all in all a good browser. The bar on the right of the page has some very nice features, like job search … and the built in Anti-Virus/Security package is nice.

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