Web Browser Grand Prix 2: The Top 5 Tested And Ranked

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I agree. Firefox 4 was supposed to have the major speed up (especially in startup time.)
 
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But you know what, apple said they have the world's fastest browser. I think we should just pack up and call it a day. The spoken word of god is indisputable...
 

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I'm very happy to see my beloved Firefox's performance.Whatever people say about Opera and Chrome, Firefox is the best IMO.And Apple is proved to be a liar from this article.
 

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I've been using Firefox for about to two years now. I can't get enough of adblock plus. One of my favorite plug-ins.
 

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@Lady slayer, and Boi, this is only for stable releases. Notice that Chrome 6 is not benchmarked. FF4 is a beta, the final product is a long ways off. Judging on what they promising and what they implemented so far in the beta and nightly builds, I wouldn't be surprised if FF4 was delayed until early next year.
 
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FF Fanboys always will be biases fanboys, but the fact is:
Chrome and Opera are the best ones, the others are just slugs in a F1 race.
That's the truth. Period.
 

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Used Firefox for yearssss. Just started using chrome a couple months ago and can't go back to slow ugly Firefox. Love the single address and search bar, tabs on top, minimalist design and speed of chrome.
 

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First can we have an article like this every month or so, just like the graphics cards for the money articles?

Second, to sum up the article imo, IE is a clear loser, Safari comes 4th trailing Firefox in 3rd, while Chrome and Opera are up ahead, close enough to say that they share 1st and 2nd, depending on updates.
 

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Considering how many websites are yet to be optimised, crash or just do not work for Google Chrome I fail to understand how it can be classed as a winner. When it comes to everyday use for me Chrome is way behind other more established browsers.
 
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How can Opera be #1 when they don't even have a simple ad-blocker? Functionality is much more important than a few ms of loading.
 

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I started using Opera on this computer and have loved it ever since. It's just... nice I suppose. Speed-wise 10.50 was quite a bit slower than Chrome, although when I upgraded to 10.60, I could feel a bit of a speed boost.
 

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Another thing I like about Firefox is that when you update to a new version like from 3.6.4 to 3.6.6, it only downloads the parts which have been modified or some new updates that might have been added.Thus an average update is only 2-3 MB.No other browser lets you do this.
 

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I was wondering why some graphs don't start at 0. It's misleading to talk about a "decent margin" if all browsers between 19.2 and 19.6. Will a user notice that difference?

Some people overclock hardware to gain performance at the expense of stability; others use alpha/beta software for the same reason. Could you run a "alpha/beta/preview" browser test, where IE9 goes against FFox4 and the other browsers' test versions?
 

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First off, interesting comparison.

It's also interesting how most of the tech crowd places so much emphasis on artificial benchmarks on browsers.

In a PC component review, synthetic tests are done first, then real-world benchmarks are performed.. That's because real-world benchmarks (games, applications) mean heck of a lot more than synthetic benchmarks.

Why isn't the same done with browsers? Tests are done in reverse - from real-world test to synthetic tests. The emphasis is clearly on running scripts in an artificial environment than actual startup and page load times, it seems.

Or, perhaps, is the tech crowd just hung up on mercilessly beating IE8 as a crappy browser? Because as it shown in real-life tests - it performs pretty damn well for such an unoptimized, old browser in my opinion. For general web-surfers - which comprise of the absolute majority of the population - IE8 fits the task just fine. And as it was shown in a previous review, it provided the safest browsing experience as well.

Downrate me all you want, but after doing so why not hit "reply" and explain why you disagree?
 
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@benedict78, get your facts right, Opera does have an ad-blocker, look for 'content blocker'. If that is not good enough look at http://adsweep.org/

One thing I will say against Opera is that they don't always advertise their browsers features to maximise uptake.
 
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