Web Browser Grand Prix: Chrome 18, Firefox 11, Windows XP

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Firefox was released 2 years after XP and Chrome was released 7 years after XP release. But Opera was released on 1996. Definitely, Opera was and is best browser for XP. In 2001, I experienced Opera when there was no other browser yet (Firefox, Chrome, Safari).
And in my opinion, most innovated browser is Opera and other browsers imitate its features.

 

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Hey, how comes that, in the comments, everyone who talks about Chrome is getting the thumbs down? Its not all bad, and although Opera did win, Chrome was only a 1/2 point behind. I have used Opera before, but it messed up my settings for default browser etc, and I could not download anything else, so I had to uninstall Opera. But I might give it a shot soon.
For now, it is Chrome, Safari and Firefox for me. IE only when I have to. Opera will be installed again soon.
 
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An interesting attempt. I believe more studies like that should be made.

Yet, the current results are close to meaningless:
- the results are not statistically significant - running it 5 times is a joke; 300 or even 3000 would be a better number (especially since there's network IO)
- the experiment should be run in an controlled environment (e.g. recorded IO and stimulation of network traffic, disabling turbo, etc) - the time differences cited are neglectable when there is network IO; this being said I believe the data for cashed pages is more reliable the one for non cashed pages
- what is the list of pages used for the study? And how well does it approximate usage behavior?

Study criticism aside, I believe some analysis of the data would also be useful.
Would you prefer Sandboxing and high security (e.g. Chrome, and Firefox to some extent) or would you ignore sandboxing for a gain of 1/10 (arbitrarily chosen) of a second in load time and expose yourself to a large number of attacks (e.g. Opera)?
 

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[citation][nom]blazorthon[/nom]Tom's has already done that. They might do another one later.[/citation]
would you link it, 'cause I can't find it.
 

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CORRECTION: Opera still can be run in Win98. A great browser for retro gamers. http://kernelex.sourceforge.net/wiki/Opera Additionally, check this from a couple years ago: http://my.opera.com/hellspork/albums/showpic.dml?album=875612&picture=11984306 In similar fashion it is a common choice of browser in Tiny Core Linux due to minimal library dependencies.

http://my.opera.com/community/forums/topic.dml?id=1301892 You can set navigation mode to restart the frozen memory image of a page when pressing Back, with no actual loading or DOM cascade needed.
 
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Thanks blazorthon! I hope they do a new one using the Galaxy Nexus.
 

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[citation][nom]yolav0412[/nom]Since browsing the Web is one of the only modern tasks such a system is capable of, more often than not the issue usually has something to do with "the Internet being slow."[/citation]This is correct, our internet is a bit slow, even Chrome is sometimes slow on my old laptop (about 6 years old, Win XP) but internet connection speed will affect all browsers equally. This makes IE8 even slower than before. In fact, I tried CSS Mazesolver on IE8 and had to give up after 1 minute, because otherwise it would have maxed out my CPU and crashed the computer.
 

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Margin would be even higher, if other browsers did not borrowed certain functionalities and ideas from Opera. Opera is true pioneer in browser world.
 

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From almost every test, Chrome became the fastest, but how fast is actually in real world scenario? For example, I access internet every day more than 12 hours through PC, read and archive many "heavy" articles, download a lot of videos, visit sites with lots of advertisements over and over again, and test a lot of web design. So, the web browser which is best for me? Until now, I still use Firefox, because I'm used to, there are add-on that meets those needs, cache management up to 1024 MB, and customizable toolbar. All these things have not been able to be provided perfectly by other web browsers. I hope from next article "Web Browser Grand Prix" can provide a complete picture of the real world scenario, where every web browser to compete with one another using their full potential (add-on, custom aggresive configuration, slow internet connection), instead of just a bunch of test results.
 
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