Rematch: Which Is The Best Desktop Browser? [MakeUseOf Poll]

polls   Rematch: Which Is The Best Desktop Browser? [MakeUseOf Poll]Last week we asked you about your tech-related new-year resolutions for 2013. While not many readers voted, one answer emerged as the most popular one by quite some votes, and it’s definitely a surprising one! Ready to find out?

Out of 162 readers who voted, 6% plan to increase password security, another 6% want to support/contribute to an open source project, 10% plan to open a website or a blog, 12% want to waste less time online, 13% want to start backing up their data regularly, 14% will clean up and organize their hard drive, and 19%, more than any other option, want to learn how to program! Another 12% told us they haven’t made a resolution, and 7% chose something else.

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

Don’t forget to check out last week’s best comment by Lisa Santika Onggrid, who told us everything she would like to accomplish in 2013, and won 150 points for her efforts!

poll results jan 124   Rematch: Which Is The Best Desktop Browser? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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

Want to make some extra MakeUseOf reward points? The most useful comment on the poll will be awarded 150 points!

It has been 2.5 years since we last asked you this question, and its high time to see what has changed in the browser scene. In October of 2010, Firefox won the nod for best browser by a small margin, and IE and Safari trailed the group with almost no votes to their names. How do things look in 2013? Is Firefox still your favorite browser? Are smaller browsers eating away at the big names’ leads? Did IE and Safari manage to gain some popularity? It’s time to tell us which browser is the BEST!

Don’t forget to explain your vote in the comments, and tell us what makes your favorite browser the best. What do you think has changed since 2010 in the browser scene?

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Adeel Azhar

Although mostly I use Chrome but Firefox is THE BEST!

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Michael Greene

I feel like Chrome is the best, but I primarily use Firefox.

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Yang Yang Li

I feel like Chrome is the best, but IE integrates better with Windows.

1 votes

Daniel Huss

I feel like IE 6 is really the best, but Netscape Navigator is just awesome…

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Sashritha Peiris

Chrome is the best it integrates with whatever operating system you’ve got and is awesome.

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P R

Ever since Chrome first came out I’ve used it most of the time. I’d been a user of Firefox ever since its 0.6 days (when it was called Phoenix), but it got too slow, and started freezing too often. Despite its improvements, Chrome is still faster, and the UI of Chrome just blows away any browser (the only way Firefox is useable for me is to make its UI just like Chrome, which nobody else can do 100%). I love Chrome’s minimalist, keep the tools accessible but out of the way approach.

The only failing, and this is a major one, of Chrome is that the support they offer their products is the worst of any software that I’ve ever used. They do have forums, but rarely is a working answer given. Yes I realize they don’t charge for their products, but they do make billions and billions of dollars with folks using their free products every year, so they should do something more in the area of support.

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Emma

I have quite a hard time deciding between Maxthon and Firefox, as their strong points are on different areas. I just recently made the switch to Maxthon, as it is relatively seamless to use between different devices. In addition to the usual syncing of bookmarks and such, you can send files or websites between devices and have them opened when you open the browser.

However, as the question is about desktop browsers specifically, I think Firefox takes the longer straw, even if it’s not my main browser anymore. The customization abilities are pretty superb, even if you may end up with a slow, bloated browser if you gather too many addons. Chrome does come close, but I can’t help but wonder how much of my data Google stores.

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Yang Yang Li

Maxthon works but its GUI is horrible. Even Firefox looks pretty drab compared to IE or Opera.

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Réy Aétar

chrome looks good but man firefox roCKS

2 votes

Alan Wade

I have tried many browsers but always go back to Firefox. I have a couple of Firefox substutes installed – Pale Moon and Waterfox and I think that FF cannot be beat for its customizing addons and themes.

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

Yeah. Addons play a big part on this. I personally only use four, but they’re indispensable.

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Yang Yang Li

Yes, add-ons are the reason I use Firefox and then stop using it. Sooner or later a malicious spyware will find itself on my computer and hijack my Firefox. To the best of my abilities, I am unable to remove it. There is only one solution to making Firefox work again, uninstall it and wait for the next version.

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Pax

Opera still remains my browser of choice on my Desktop, Smartphone and Tablet. I still try other alternatives, as I have over the years, but the power, speed and usability always draw me back.

It would be nice to have a poll, however, that would allow us a second place vote. A lot of users use multiple browsers and appreciate the efforts by different vendors to provide us choice.

Firefox would have been my second place choice in this scenario.

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Yang Yang Li

Funny you mention everything about Opera except the one feature that draws me the most, touch gestures. It is way overdue for all browsers to include gesture navigation. A swipe left commands the computer to go back a page, a swipe down opens a new tab…
I agree with you about the other benefits of Opera as well. Its visual tabs and grouping features are great for managing tabs when you have many of them open.
I’m not sure Opera is on the right path though. The new versions got rid of Opera Link which allowed you to easily host a website using your computer. Disappointing :-(

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Yaara Lancet

Thanks for the comment, Pax. A poll can either allow one answer per user or multiple answers, it doesn’t have the option to rate your choices.

Sometimes I allow multiple choices, but in this case I wanted you guys to vote for the one browser you think is best, so you can only choose one.

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Adam Campbell

I love Firefox, but for me it is simply to resource hungry. I use Chrome most of the time, I think that its UI fits right in with the standard Mac look and feel.

1 votes

Lisa Santika Onggrid

Actually, Chrome is quite resource hungry too. Perhaps it’s different across OSes. I use Windows.

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Adam Campbell

You are probably right about it changing on different OSes. I have only looked in depth on OS X 10.6 and Chrome uses by far the fewest resources (out of Opera, Firefox, Safari and Chrome)

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Aska Nag

Always used Firefox. I think it best that-that can infinitely easy adjustment to themselves, as in visual terms and in terms of functionality.

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Doc

I’ve tried several versions of Chrome, but I always love Firefox for its customizability and extensions – Chrome’s addons SUCK, limited to one icon and very little usefulness.

Must-have addons: AdBlock Plus, NoScript, Firebug (HTML debugger/analyzer), Grab and Drag (drag a webpage like an Adobe Acrobat document), Simple Clocks (you need TWO extensions to do a digital clock on Chrome! – one for Hours and another for Minutes!), DownThemAll! (download all or selected files, including images, from any page, with queueing, segmented downloads like GetRight, and resume if the server supports it), Greasemonkey and Stylish (userscripts and user CSS), NoSquint (zoom the full page, just the text, or both, with per-site customization), Image Zoom (zoom or rotate images with a right-click), Resurrect Pages (look up missing pages (404) from Google Cache, Archive.org, and others)… there isn’t another browser (except Firefox offshoots) that has better addons. Period.

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Yang Yang Li

You are correct in stating that Firefox has the most add-ons. That is an impressive list you have there. I use most of them myself but I just learned a few new ones that look useful.

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Kevin Németh

Maxthon!

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

Care to elaborate?

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Yang Yang Li

If you use Maxthon, there’s no need to elaborate.

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Ryan

There are those who have navigated here to glean the opinions of people who have experience with browsers which they themselves are unfamiliar with. I would appreciate an elaboration. Thanx.

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Moises Cardona

Since the very beginning of Google Chrome I’ve been using it. It’s been amazing how it evolved and the things I like right now is the fact that it has flash player and a PDF viewer integrated so I don’t have to worry about downloading Flash Player just to see a website or, for a newbie, to need to download Adobe Reader just to see a PDF File. This also means Chrome has some performance gain since everything is integrated. It loads faster than any other browser I have installed. Google Chrome wins this battle for me.

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William Parulian

You should ask what OS does the user use. Safari is definitely better than Chrome in Mac OS, but Chrome is better in Windows OS.

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

Yeah, that’s fair enough, though it’d complicate the poll since we have to use nested questions instead of simple ‘click and vote’. Perhaps this can be utilized in next rematch?

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Yaara Lancet

It’s a good idea, but as Lisa says, it will make the poll very complicated. The only way to do it is to add lots of possible answers such as “Chrome on OS X”, Chrome on Windows”, etc.

It’s true that your answer is affected by your OS, but I don’t think it’s that straightforward, since it’s also affected by how much RAM you have, and other factors. It’s best to leave it simple and get a straight result. :)

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Vinh

Chrome is first for me with Firefox coming at a close second.

1 votes

Meena Bassem

9 voted for IE?
who are you people?

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

To be fair, recent IE isn’t exactly that bad and for some people, it’s enough.

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Yang Yang Li

Unfortunately, many business softwares integrate with IE so avoiding it is impossible. As a web developer, getting pages to render correctly in IE is of utmost importance. Plus, IE integrates very well with Windows. Try dragging an IExplorer window to the taskbar. You are in for a surprise.

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Reedyseth

As a Web Developer I am always struggling with the usage of the memory Ram, and also the response to different sites while loading them. I was a fan of Firefox but when I noticed that Chrome handle the memory ram better thant FF I switch Chrome and now is my favorite browser.

1 votes

Eric Wilborn

Just like with phone OSes, it’s always about the end user. What’s right for me isn’t right for my wife, nor her parents, nor my parents, or even someone EXACTLY like me. It’s a mix of personal preference, browsing habits, etc.

0 votes

Yang Yang Li

The reply that *should* have put an end to the online browser discussions war.

0 votes

Ivan Biolango

Firefox works for me perfect.

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Oswaldo Bellido

I use Chrome at home and at work. I got Opera on my tablet, just because it’s the lightest browser yet. But Chrome lets me sync across all my devices. I’m just about to start using Google Drive because of this integration.

0 votes

Marko D

Opera is the most inovative, but its simply not good. My case – chrome for surfing, firefox for developing.

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

What do you mean ‘simply not good’?

1 votes

Sashritha Peiris

Ah a very interesting poll. I used to use IE 9Internet Explorer) and never thought about using a different browser until a friend of mine who was teaching me HTML made me understand the real story. IE does not have any native ad-on support, not very good HTML 5 and java script speeds and has had security vulnerabilities. I strongly recommend you do not use this browser. When I bought my first Mac I met Safari. But it is not that great either. It does not have that many extensions and just feels plainly complex to me. Even after the Mountain Lion update and all the cool new features it still feels rather unattractive and unfriendly. That left Chrome, Firefox and Opera. I decided to download chrome on recommendation from my friend. It was absolutely awesome. It suits everyone you can customise it with themes, download thousands of extensions and it is considered the faster browser there is. It starts up in seconds and interactive elements and videos on webpages load super fast. It has excellent HTML 5 and Javascript support and Flash is super fast. I personally use a lot of extensions and it makes your browsing ver fun. My favourite extension is AutoPager. It loads the next page of the website you are visiting so as soon as you click on the link the page appears. For example on google search results the next page of search results as you scroll down. If you have a mobile device (iOS, Android) with the chrome app installed, all of the webpages you are browsing on your laptop appear on your mobile device. Your browsing history, bookmarks and other data is also synced. I tried Opera but I thought it was just too bloated and had way too many unnecessary features for a browser. Although Firefox is the second favourite option on the poll so far I find it too slow and ugly. Overall I think Chrome is the best

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gmvolk

Firefox, hands down. I will not use IE. Period. Chrome just won’t let me adjust the browser to my needs. With FF, I can install useful plugins, re-arrange the UI to work how I work and just get things done. Last time I used chrome, my biggest issue was the poor download manager implementation. I mean, why do I need this huge toolbar at the bottom of the screen. Every other browser opens downloads in a separate window, or in the case of FF I can use DownThemAll. I’ve tried Opera several times, but just too different from all the others for me to get used to.

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

Actually I can tell you several persons who prefer that kind of download manager. Easier to see. Then again, to each their own.

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Yang Yang Li

Same sentiment shared here. The download bar in Chrome is distracting, takes up space, and unintuitive. When I click on a file to download, I don’t just sit there staring at the screen waiting for it to finish. I continue browsing my webpages. With the flashing download arrows at the bottom of the screen, I am forced to watch my download’s progress, keeping me from continuing my work.
I have tried closing the download status bar but then I am not aware of when my download finishes.
I feel that Firefox and IE have it right with their download manager in a separate window.

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Yaara Lancet

It’s funny that you mention Chrome’s download bar. I’ve been using Download Statusbar on Firefox for ages. it adds the same download bar to Firefox, and I can’t live without it. I love Firefox, but there are some Chrome features that are just better. Luckily you can get them on Firefox too with the right add-ons. :)

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Sarvesh

Absolutely agree with you Yaara!!

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Rama moorthy

Chrome and Safari ever ..! Firefox ..!

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Souvik Chandra

I have an old computer and Opera works on it best. Chrome eats up a lot of memory and often pages get unresponsive, Firefox also tends to get slower when it is open for a too long time. Though Opera gives a slow response after being minimized for a long time, it works better than Chrome or Firefox for me. And the speed dial of opera is very good. Any page can be bookmarked in speed dial easily and that is very useful. Don’t know Chrome or Firefox have the feature or not. I think they only shows the most used pages in speed dial. IE shouldn’t be in the list :P

1 votes

Ashwin Ramesh

Internet Explorer is still the most commonly used browser today. However, choosing the best browser is all about individual preference – “What’s the best browser for your computer?”. Choosing the best browser is not choosing which is the fastest or the one that has the most number of extensions. For me, being a Windows 7 user, I feel Chrome is the best, not only for it’s plain and simple UI, but also for the advanced developer options it gives. I can go on and on talking about Chrome, however, I would like to say that the race is tightening up. But for me, Google Chrome remains the Desktop Web Browser to beat, in terms of features, support for new standards and also speed.

0 votes

Yaara Lancet

Actually, Chrome passes IE sometime in the past year, and it’s now the most commonly used browser. IE is in second place.

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Ashwin Ramesh

Yes, you’re right. Chrome pipped IE sometime last year. But what I was trying to say was that some people think that IE is the only browser as it was the most dominant one, up until last year.

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Yaara Lancet

Oh, and you’re right, of course. The best browser for you depends on your computer, your OS, etc., but as I mentioned in a comment above, factoring all these in would have made the poll too complicated.

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David Phillips

Chrome lost me when developers ripped out side tabs. I started using Firefox again, with Tree Style Tabs (what a wonderful add-on!) and haven’t looked back.

1 votes

Abul Hassan

It seems Chrome is getting ahead :-(
I have always been a Firefox user, for its versatility, customizability and great add-ons.
No one seems to know that, Chrome sucks while using slow connections.
But Firefox & Opera are best for slow connections.
It doesn’t require a account to be associated with it, for using add-ons & other features.
Firefox Rules :-)

0 votes

Lisa Santika Onggrid

I know. Chrome has trouble rendering pages that load just fine in Firefox using my mediocre connection at places with low signal (3G USB Modem)

0 votes

James Smith

Great to use Firefox while developing and to debug web sites.

1 votes

Sam Kar

I voted for FF, as IE is disaster, and Chrome is memory hog. While opera cannot compete with FF in addons (yet very decent) loses the battle. Safari & others are not in my dictionary, so Ff gets the vote.

0 votes

Usman Mubashir

I have used all of the major browsers, firefox did not appeal me because its slow and it kind of reminds me of IE, I initially used Opera but then Chrome came out :)

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john swiman

The only two browsers that I consider using is Firefox and Chrome. However of the two I prefer Firefox and there is a good reason for this.

Chrome is excellent however since it is offered by Google I feel that there is more of a bias. This is the same way that Microsoft has with IE. As for Firefox it is basically a stand a lone product. Now if Chrome was spun off from being a part of Google i would then have to say that I would use it more.

1 votes

752c67c053d4fdc85a197430a321f00f

I used to be an Omniweb user, but when 1Password stopped supporting it, I had to go searching for a replacement. I’ve used and had installed just about every browser that is out there, and have always returned to Omniweb, but with 1Password supporting only the big three, I was forced to choose between Chrome, Safari and Firefox. I like Firefox a lot, and constantly recommend it to people, and have gotten my wife hooked on it, but I have to do her maintenance for her. No big deal, but Firefox, while nice and flexible can be a bit of a hassle when I simply want to concentrate on browsing. It _needs_ tweaking. Chrome, on the other hand, is more like Safari in that it presents a simpler face, but it still has an interface that just doesn’t appeal to me. Worse, even now, it somehow doesn’t render pages as attractively as Safari, even though it is also using Webkit. I don’t like its tab arrangement, and the multiple menu placement. Simply put, it’s not Mac-like enough for me, and together with the slightly “odd”-looking pages, I just can’t get into it. In the end, I turned to Safari. It has vastly improved in its latest incarnations, and the inclusion of smart zooming, reading list, and integration with the rest of the OS makes it a painless browser to use–transparent I would say, meaning it doesn’t get in my way. I use BetterTouchTool to complete what multi-touch gestures it’s natively missing, and I’m complete. BTW, I also have set up BTT with the other browsers which helps, but without the smart zoom, they just can’t compete, and add in the other little features, and Safari wins. I have no idea how well it works on Windows, or if it’s still available, but on the Mac, it tops the rest. I’ll add that I frequently pull out the other browsers, and make one my default for the day, but always, after a few hours of use, I return to Safari in frustration–for reasons mentioned above as well as for others I can’t put into words. I just like Safari. (though I had to use my old Hackintosh Netbook a few days ago, and enjoyed using Omniweb again… sigh…)

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Yang Yang Li

Reading your reply reminded me of another one of Firefox’s drawbacks, its constant need for maintainence. I used to have to run CCleaner every week just so Firefox would start up in a decent amount of time.

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Peter Cowdrey

Tried them all at the moment trying Avant seem’s to be quite fast can always revert to Firefox .!!!!!!

1 votes

nalk

I´m amazed. Mostly that so many swears to Chrome. It is a Google tool and most Google tools are pretty damn ok, but they deliver our online lives to Google.

Leaving that to a private, and in my case, foreign company always irks my a little bit even though I understand that Google only gathers data to make the money they would otherwise have to get from putting a different pricetag on their products.

I use the Iron browser for most of my surfing because of my “irk concerns”. Mostly because it does not have the “Google price tag” on it.

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

Some people like to trade small bit of privacy for convenience. There’s no one to blame since aside of being memory hog and carrying the ‘dreaded’ Google brand, it’s a fine piece of software. If I’m forced to use that, I’m not going to log in, that’s for sure.
What’s the advantages/features of Iron?

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nalk

Iron is exactly the same as Chrome, just without the “Google price tag”.

You can even use the same extensions, but with Iron you dont give away your whole life to Google in one big gulp.

I know most people dont consider the “user life give aways” a problem because they get free software in exchange. I doubt most people even think about it.
I´m not a fanatic about it myself, but I do think about it some times, which is why I use Iron.

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

Thank you. I’ll take a look at that.

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

Have to say Firefox. I love Opera in my phone but never get it to work in my computer. Tried Chrome, which is quite interesting, until I open more than five tabs and it starts freezing and stuttering. What a memory hog. Recently I tried some Firefox derivatives like PaleMoon for secondary/fallback browser. Downloaded Maxthon, but don’t have the reason to try it yet.

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Yang Yang Li

So all except Opera on your desktop. I would strongly encourage you to try Opera since you appear to be an user that keeps multiple tabs open. Opera automatically saves your tabs when you close it so everything is right there when you start it again. Its tab grouping feature allows you to keep more than 40 tabs organized and easy to access. Plus, you’ll love its gesture navigation and ability pin tabs into cute bookmarks displaying only a website’s favicon. You can even run regular tabs and private tabs at the same time. Opera has the best tabbed navigation system hands down.

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

I downloaded Opera. Funnily, it shows error message for every page I try to load (something about no connection) even though Firefox load them just fine. I’ll see what cause this.

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David G

I use a combination of browsers, not just one. Chrome opens the fastest, which I set as my default browser, and I have all my multiple tabs in Opera. Firefox good too.

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David G

I use a combination of browsers, not just one. Chrome opens the fastest, which I set as my default browser, and I have all my multiple tabs in Opera. Firefox good too.

0 votes

Laurie Reynolds

My reason for voting for Firefox is functionality and familiarity, but I’m interested in the reasons people prefer Chrome, is it speed or reliability?

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Mihai Triboi

I am using Firefox as my main browser and Chrome, on the second screen, as a second browser.
Chosen Firefox as my main browser because I think it’s the best browser, stable, fast ENOUGH, customizable, secure. I’ve been using Firefox since I remember me using the Internet, and I am not going to change it, but if it’s somewhy not releasing anymore. I hardly trust another browsers but Firefox and Opera, so I’m using Opera when Firefox has some bad releases, but I’m back as soon as Firefox comes bug-free again.

Chosen Chrome as my second browser because I am highly using Google’s services such as calendar, translate and maps. They’re all Google-powered, just as Chrome is. AND, Chrome has a very very very short start-up time, and that’s the main reason why I have chosen it as my second browser, because my second browser is set to start-up at boot (Chrome makes that awesomely fast, Firefox just wouldn’t LOL).
(a bit weird to automatically start-up the second browser, not the main, right? :D )

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Yaara Lancet

Interesting, for me it’s exactly the other way around. Firefox is super fast to start since not all tabs load on startup. Chrome’s window opens fast enough, but it remains unresponsive until all my tabs load.

I guess my problem is that I always have open tabs the browser needs to restore for me. If I didn’t have those, I guess Chrome would have been fast too.

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Mihai Triboi

Well, I have 5 tabs set to load at start-up in Chrome: Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Search, Google Translate and YouTube(!). But still Chrome loads pretty fast, it’s just the perfect second browser for me.

(A bit offtopic/bragging: One another day Chrome will have to load also Blogger, as I’m preparing to open my personal tech blog. ^_^ )

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Yaara Lancet

Good luck!

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Ernie Domingo

Safari is the fast and the easiest to use and with iCloud Safari syncs bookmarks between all devices: Windows PC, iPad, iTouch and iPhone. Chrome and Firefox, which I both like, do the same thing but Safari is faster and just works the way I like.

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David McGregor

When I selected OTHER, I was expecting to be asked: Please specify – just for the record I use Maxthon 3!

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Yaara Lancet

I did ask you to specify! At the end of the poll. Thanks for specifying anyway. :)

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ned

I never thought I would leave IE. My son told me I wouldn’t die if I switched. I think that’s what has changed most since 2010 — others like me also have the courage to try new things. Other operating systems and open source programs, free games, free utilities, etc. There’s so MUCH out there and it doesn’t all cost hundreds of dollars!

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Igor Rizvi?

I use Chrome regulary,but from time to time its starts to get slugish…. so i switch to firefox..and still runing smothly…

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John Soanes

I like the speed and wide range of available extensions for Chrome. The add-block and FB photo-zoom are worth the switch alone. Initially it was a bit of an adjustment but I’ve now ditched IE and its annoying and ever present “wanna speed up browsing” dialog completely.

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Mike Freeman

I used to use mostly Chrome, but recently I’ve run into too many odd formatting errors with a good percentage of the web sites I visit (oddly enough, including many of the Google sites, such as G+). So I’ve switched to Firefox, which seems to be nearly as fast, but formats perfectly.

1 votes

Victor Ong

Obviously Chrome will win. It’s fast, sleek, and syncs with all your devices. But I didn’t vote Chrome.

Instead I voted Internet Explorer. I did this to add to the very few who actually voted this way. I voted IE because of its incredible advances in the past two releases. IE 8 was mediocre at best, and it looked very ugly. Microsoft really hit it on the nail with IE 9, which was MUCH faster and provided a MUCH cleaner and more beautiful interface.

When windows 8 came out with IE 10, there wasn’t much difference on the desktop side, but it is notably faster than IE 9 and WAY faster than IE 10. In fact, IE 10 beats both Chrome and Firefox at start times, which is why I have it set as default (so when an application opens a link it starts quickly in IE). In terms of load time, IE also sometimes beats Chrome and Firefox, though usually the difference is super-minute, so I can’t tell very much.

Overall, I voted for Internet Explorer because of the fast start up times and the very quick loading. It is a browser that has come back leaps and bounds from IE 8, and is a direct competitor to Chrome and Firefox. Internet explorer deserves a second chance. Let’s give it one.

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Yaara Lancet

I’m glad you chose to elaborate on your choice. Not many people voted for IE, and it’s interesting to read about your reasons for doing so.

Doesn’t it bother you that IE doesn’t really have any add-ons to speak of, though?

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Victor Ong

Not really. I’ll admit that IE isn’t the BEST browser to date, but I think it should be given a “second chance” per se. It’s my default browser for all of my computers because of how fast it starts and loads. Opening thousands of tabs might be a problem, but for quick authentication/research, IE 9 and 10 is the way to go.

As for add-ons, even though IE doesn’t have a lot of them, it doesn’t really matter to me. I don’t need many add-ons because most of them (like from the chrome store) just add extra functionality to browsers and webpages. I really have no need for this extra functionality and like my browser add-on free for speed.

Firefox, is my slowest browser, and it is also the one with the most add-ons. Coincidence? I think not.

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Juan Valmaggia

It´s a lot quicker than the rest. I have used all of them, the worst is IExplorer, the others some have missing options others are slower.

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Alberto Lerma

Chromium is my favorite, it has all the good stuff that has Chrome (since Chrome is based on Chromium, the last get access to all the extensions, same compatibility, etc.) but without Google’s eyes watching you that much. Also, compared with Maxthon and Firefox I haven’t see a real difference on the speed field to make me want to use’em on regular basis. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

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Rajaa Chowdhury

I do not know if I am the authority to comment on this and though I voted for Google Chrome, I cannot vouch it will be a unbiased decision, as browser experience are always to her/his own. However, let me explain how I came to my decision to vote for Chrome. I am a Windows 7 user who has not been lucky yet to migrate to Windows 8. I am with IE9, which is certainly not in par with FireFox or Chrome on a similar platform. I heard a lot of good things about IE10 on Win8, but as I have not used it personally, I cannot comment on it. Probably a usage could have tilted my decision towards it. Firefox, is a very capable browser, which can practically do anything, however the browser itself doesn’t feel so light with it’s choices of extensions, as to it’s competitor, though it can browse really fast. I did try Opera also a couple of years ago and it is super-fast, light and I started liking it, till I faced incompatibility issues with some scripts on some websites. Similarly, Safari was also tried a couple of years ago, found it a bit clunky on the Windows platform, though it may be a totally different story on MAC OS X. So, I ultimately settled on Chrome and never regretted it as it i light, super-fast browsing, compatible to all websites and regularly updated.

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Ray Maloney

Firefox. Chrome is a pretty close second.

Firefox does a better job with maintaining sessions, and can handle the number of tabs I have open without problems better than chrome. It also has better download management, and the firefox devs seem to pay more attention to customer support than google does for chrome. I also appreciate the auto-refresh on tabs.

Chrome is nearly as good, and has better persistent bookmarks.

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Jacquelene Coetzer

Love Chrome & Firefox – only problem is that their JAVA keeps crashing!!! Sucks big time!!!

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Michelle

I am using Firefox more and more because there are certain sites that are more compatible with it or with IE. AND Chrome has been unreliable, of late. Right now, I use Chrome, most, because I converted to it a while ago and have not taken the effort to move all of my bookmarks, etc. to a new browser.

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Nikhil Chandak

Though I think the game is between Firefox & Chrome , but Google Chrome must win !
My opinion goes for Chrome , as its good in features , looks and much more !
If u wanna know more about Chrome , than u shall read the article about Chrome by Tina ! and also search about it on MUO !!!

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DJ Griffin

I have been a Firefox user for many years. I love the concept of setting up the browser in a way that makes my workload flow the best. I have learned that there are certain add-ons that I must have on all of my computers. However, Firefox has a big drawback, which is easily fixed, the “automatic update”. With the release of version 16, the websites for my bank and the learning management system “angel” at the local college would not function correctly. Fortunately, I always download the update, back up my current configuration, and then install the new version for a test. So it was easy to uninstall version 16 and revert back to version 14 that worked well.
The best advice I can offer for Firefox users is to turn off the auto update function (located at: tools>options> updates) and utilize the back up software “Mozbackup.” It creates a local backup of all my settings, passwords and configurations to a single file that is easily restored to any of my computers.

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Yaara Lancet

Good tips, thanks!

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Jinn

My personal, every day browser, has been Opera, for a long time. I think I fist started using it with a Win 92 machine. At that time I started using it because I was not satisfied with the built-in e-mail handlers of the other browsers available at that time. I continued to use it through each iteration of Windows up to XP. Then I changed to Macs. Opera as a cross platform application was very easy to transfer all of my mail accounts, my favorites, and my history, across from my Win machine to my Mac.
I think I have 7 or 8 different browsers available on my MacBookPro. Most of them are for that occasional friend or relative that wants to borrow my laptop for a quick lookup on the internet. My own backup browser is Firefox. I stick to Opera because in my eyes it is the fastest for my uses, and of course the built-in mail handler.

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Ch. B.

I use Chrome, but I will switch back to Firefox. I have many problems with Chrome, especially with Javascript.

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Andrew Newey

I have 2 favorites: Firefox when I need the plugins and IE just for browsing.

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Caren

Opera, it is so much faster than FF. Have been using it for 5 yrs now. Will never go back to FF.

Have been trying Maxthon lately, it seems like it could become a good alt.

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Jack Schiff

SRWare Iron

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Bill Laurienti

Application shortcuts.

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Ashok Kumar

I use chrome for browsing b’coz it’s faster than other browsers for slow connections(i have one) and I uses many other Google services like google reader/drive/docs/igoogle. Even people who uses other browsers(IE/Firefox) install google toolbar to use various google services, but when it comes to installing new apps or softwares on my pc I uses IE as it is more convenient.

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Carolyn Barnett

I am going to try the Chrome because ie keeps crashing.I just hope my robo form filler workd on it.

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Dennis Jeffers

Chrome is a great browser in it’s own right. It starts up fast, browses fast, and has some decent plugins. However, Firefox has been my favorite for many years mainly because, at least for me, it beats every other browser when loaded with multiple tabs, thereby making my multitasking work go with a minimum of fuss. It too has great plugins and add-ons, and the themes available seem to be endless. I prefer Firefox for it’s trustworthyness and sheer horsepower compared to the others.

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kadek pranata surya

firefox still the best…

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Nala Dimapunong

I both use Chrome and Firefox extensively. Chrome on my PC, and Firefox for my laptop. While I’m not that super techie, I just love how Chrome and Firefox meet my needs. For me, Firefox offers the most add-ons, both concerning functionality and visuals (themes). Because of that, it’s the browser that I’ve used the longest. However, Chrome is the easiest and simplest to use. The best thing about it for me is you can install extensions without having to restart it first. Plus, if you’re using Google products a lot, like me, it’s practically a necessity. I just don’t like how they just “change” stuff which we are accustomed to; I hope they won’t be like Facebook. Changing layouts or something like that can be pretty confusing. I mean, I miss the wrench icon on Chrome! Why the “sausage”? I don’t get it!

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franz

To my mind, chrome is the simplest to use,
but my wife feels that way about firefox.
Safari and IE compliment their OS’s,
I don’t think they are aimed at webaholics,
but are nice for the just-show-me -the-button set.

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Franz Wagener

I like Chrome, my wife likes Firefox.
I think Bill Gates secretly uses Safari …

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Mike Hewitt

Opera may not have the range of plugins that Chrome and FF do, but it is a superbly engineered browser that should get more support from the business world.

Opera’s bookmark organisation is streets ahead of either Chrome or Firefox.

What deserves special mention though is Opera Mail! It exposes gmail as a bedroom programmer’s toy. The clean interface and built-in data filtering are a joy to use.

Opera Mail is the best mail client I’ve used, browser or desktop. Anybody wanting a client that is effective for actual business use should try it.

My feeling is that the Opera team must have a good background in business ICT, which unfortunately is under-appreciated in today’s world of social time-wasting (aka social networking), pocket phone games and tablet toys!

I just hope Opera Mail doesn’t go the same way as Opera Unite…

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Andy Liu

I voted for others and I use Maxthon. I have always supported smaller brand browsers such as Opera, Maxthon and Sleipnir. They have all made different progress. Sleipnir have evolve to the point its able to use extensions from Chrome, and Opera as ever is innovating to survive. However, Maxthon is probably the browser to replace my long loved Opera this coming year.

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AP

I use Chrome and Firefox both, but my nightmarish experience with Firefox Version 12,13 and 14 forced me to rely more on Chrome.

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Susanne Iles

I switched to chrome because of its ease of use but was uncertain about its security. I am currently using Commodo Dragon, a secure build over a Chrome base.

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Finn

For whatever reason I can’t use anything other than chrome without rage quitting, I find almost all the other browsers kludgy and unintuitive. They also tend to take up a lot of screen space.

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Rusira Dulanga

I’m voted for chrome..but if i select second one, it’s firefox.

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prasanth vikkath

I’m voting for Chrome. From my personal experience its faster than any other web browser and more stable.

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Elizabeth

Late to the party, but…

Netscape Navigator totally pwnz Internet Exploder!

Wha — huh? Oh, OK, I guess I’m about 15 years late to the party. Blame it on that dial-up Internet I haven’t quite gotten the hang of yet… ;-)

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Timothy Zhu

I’m a Chrome user, for personal use and development purposes as well.

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Edward Goldblatt

Opera. Google Chrome is, well, just like the rest of Google. Too big for its britches lately, way too much of a memory hog, designed with a generally unpleasant interface (I want to be able to see my menu bar at all times, thank you very much), and if you want to use DuckDuckGo for search and Zoho for your e-mail, docs & spreadsheets, and so on, there’s none of the browser integration that they put in for Google products. Opera’s built-in E-Mail client, IRC client, torrent client, Opera Turbo, and the vast depth which you can get to just by tweaking settings, make Opera the best major-use browser on the market today. That’s before we get into the matters of tab previewing and tab stacking, Notes, or simple stability. So, no matter where you come at me from, Opera wins the day.

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Nigam Anjaria

I am very much impressed with Chrome. However, the way I browse, I need to back a number of web pages. Here, Chrome does not have a “Menu” bar. Someone I know very quickly explained to me why I did not “need the “Menu” bar. He showed me how do be able to same thing, which is use the “Goto” option under “View”. This is by using a new tab, which is a great feature in Chrome.

The above is no problem in Chrome but this aspect is. I had to search using Google how to custom zoom Chrome. I have not followed the instructions given on one of the sites, yet. But some of the comments say that as far as the zoom feature is concerned one really cannot do in Chrome what one can do in the Internet Explorer.

Otherwise I do consider Chrome to be at a higher level of capability than Internet explorer.