I’ve used IE, Firefox and Opera, I even still have all of them installed on my laptop so I can switch to the other if a site doesn’t load properly in one browser. But I have complaints on all of them so now I’m going to compare these 3 browsers with on another to conclude which one is the best.
I have used IE Version 6.0.2900, Firefox version 1.5 and Opera version 8.50.
Speed can be quite an important issue for some people and I can already conclude that Opera is the fastest browser and Firefox is the slowest.
IE: IE is quite a quick browser, it loads quickly and is also pretty quick in displaying pages and loading images.
Opera: Opera is even faster than IE, it loads faster and displays pages also quite a bit quicker.
Firefox: Firefox is by far the slowest of these browsers when it comes to starting up. Browsing then goes pretty quick as with the others.
Another very important issue is the user friendlyness and on this point I can’t complain about any of the browsers. They’re all very user friendly in their own kind of way.
IE: simple, that’s the word, the interface just works, the only real bad thing is that it has this close integration with Windows, it doesn’t even have it’s own configuration.
Opera: easy to use, but the standard interface configuration is a real pain. It takes some time to get it configured properly, so here it loses a point.
Firefox: 1 word: brilliant, no configuration required to tweak it in any way unless you need to use a proxy or if you want to change the standard downloads folder.
All browsers have a built in download manager, here is a comparisation.
IE: downloadmanager? Barely. No list and no option to continue an aborted download.
Opera: winner. A good list and the ability to pause and resume downloads, even those which have been accidentaly aborted.
Firefox: it’s limited, but it works, unfortunatly it has no built in resume function.
All browsers can be equiped with plugins, good or bad?
IE: bad, lot’s of evil plugins available which try to break into your privacy or bugger you with spam. Maybe it’s too easy to install those.
Opera: good, well protected against evildoers and easy to install.
Firefox: like Opera, it’s well protected against evildoers and probably because it’s open-source software there is a huge amount of handy as well as other useful plugins available, here Firefox is the definite winner.
Maybe the most important issue is safety.
IE: not safe, that’s it, it has many security leaks which are exploited in every possible way.
Opera: I haven’t had any problems with this one, it seems safe as it blocks incoming bad code automatically.
Firefox: open software, leaks and other bugs are fixed quickly simply because anyone can, better safe than sorry.
Stay away from IE, use Opera or Firefox instead. Opera is the faster one, but Firefox has more options when it comes to plugins and the open software concept helps Firefox to stay up to date at any time. Like with IE, with Opera you will have to wait for yet another patch from one closed team.
I like both Firefox and Opera, but now I’m using Firefox instead of Opera, because Opera doesn’t really like WordPress. I suspect this to be a bug in Opera and not a bug in WordPress though, simply because it works fine in both IE and Firefox.
Ofcourse there are many other browsers out there which are good too, but I haven’t used them… I once played a little with Konqueror, but not enough to say it’s good or bad. I have also used Mozilla Suite for a while, but then I prefer Firefox as a browser. Mozilla Suite is a bit less user friendly.
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