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WhatsPoppin

The Great Browser Debate

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WhatsPoppin

I have performed a google and GTAF search to make sure there was not a topic like this, but if there is please KINDLY direct me to it

 

 

Alright lets get to the real meat of it(lol) which internet browser do you think is the best and why, do not "bash" other member's choices, and if you want to make a point against another browser try it like this: I think "Browser A" has a better looking toolbar than "Browser B" and why, and to make a claim you must have used both A and B before

 

Thank You for choosing my topic

 

 

My choice of browser would be Internet Explorer 8 as it has speed, organization, and a that nice "I-grew-up-with-this" feel ,also the back and forward buttons look cool when compared to other browsers

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nlitement

Firefox for being open source and having extensions and addons.

 

Unlike IE that has a reputation for being vulnerable, poor rendering performance, hasty security measures, lack of modern features besides tabs.

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K^2

I mostly use Chrome, because it is so light, and it does seem to be more secure than other browsers due to separation of tab processes.

 

FireFox has a lot of addons that I use, though. So when I'm expecting to need them, I jump ship.

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WhatsPoppin

I opened IE, Firefox, Opera, and Safari and loaded GTAF on all 4 and surprisingly it seemed Opera loaded the fastest

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bobgtafan

Internet Explorer. Why because I have it. The end. Amen.

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Ronnyboy

I use Safari and Firefox mainly. Firefox is kind of like my workhorse, let's me download youtube vids, have special plug-ins for certain pages, downloads 98% of the data that's currently on my computer. It's also the one I enjoy spending time on with editing and trying new things out. I love Firefox to death and I wouldn't give up my custom skins, random plug-ins, and all my bookmarks for the world.

 

Safari on the other hand is like my racer, the thing I use rarely, but enjoy it all the same. The new version a sweet interface and a feel to it I love, plus Private Browsing cool.gif. I really just enjoy bringing up all my web pages on Safari to see how they compare to Firefox, usually Firefox wins.

 

If I were to say the best browser available was Firefox, I would be damn right. I don't see how any can't like it. If your just getting off of IE and moving onto FF, download an IE skin to make you feel comfortable. You want a tool to automatically update facebook? Firefox has it, along with other useful ones. I don't see how Firefox could lose with it's large fan base and frequent updates.

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Seachmall

Firefox, I code a lot of websites so the plug-ins are beyond helpful. I have 23 plug-ins that mostly provide functionality IE, opera and safari can't.

 

I do enjoy Safari's private browsing functionality so I use that now and again ( moto_whistle.gif ).

 

But honestly there is no debate, use what you want. It's all personal preference.

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zinklesmesh

Honestly, Firefox is just bloated as hell for me lately. It takes almost 20 seconds to start it every time, even without any modifications. Google Chrome is instant. I'm using Chromium (constantly updated open source version of Chrome, more features)

 

I also love the 'drag and drop' ability of Chrome's tabs, its streamlined interface, and man, it's just so damn FAST. Far more stable than Firefox too.

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Mike Tequeli
Internet Explorer. Why because I have it. The end. Amen.

This seems to be the typical argument in favor of IE.

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Seachmall

 

Internet Explorer. Why because I have it. The end. Amen.

This seems to be the typical argument in favor of IE.

Similar to when your born with a life threatening condition and decide not to treat it because, meh, it's too much effort.

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Girish

Firefox for me, all the way. These add-ons are like addictions; can't do without them. I have tweaked it here and there so it's as fast as it can be.

 

IE sucked major balls until IE7 and recently, IE8. But still it's not enough to force me to switch to it. The only time I use IE is to fill in forms that are only optimized to load in IE (cheap web designers, I guess).

Never liked Safari. The last time I had it installed, it kept giving me some stupid error upon closing the window. Never tried it again.

Opera was alright. But there were certain things I didn't like (can't remember which though), so uninstalled it and never went back.

Then I tried K-Meleon. Many of you might not even have heard about it. It's a simple browser based on the Firefox engine. But it seemed faster than Firefox since it did away with most of the fancy FF specific stuff. But still, the lack of add-ons got to me.

 

Google Chrome is excellent. If only it gets as much add-on support as Firefox, it can give some serious competition to Firefox.

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WhatsPoppin
Internet Explorer. Why because I have it. The end. Amen.

This seems to be the typical argument in favor of IE.

Similar to when your born with a life threatening condition and decide not to treat it because, meh, it's too much effort.

It all depends what your into if you like customization FireFox, If you want organization, Opera, If you want Simplicity, Safari, if you want speed, Chrome

 

I think all those browsers are good in each of the fields they are in but do not perform as good as anoither browser in a different field (ex: FireFox is way more customizable than Safari but Safari is easier to understand)

 

To me IE isnt the best in any cataegory but it blends all the catagories together to make an enjoyable browsing experience

 

That is my arguement for IE.

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Seachmall

Except IE lacks the speed, simplicity, customisation and organisation. Not to mention the security and rendering.

 

I'm just joshin' ya turn.gif.

 

I don't like IE but I code websites so that's to be expected, I do like Opera and Chrome but I prefer the functionality of Ff over their speed. Safari is OK too but my second least favourite (although, as mentioned above, I do like it's privacy options). Honestly I don't think IE can compare to any of the other major browsers.

 

And yes, I just said "joshin' ya". I'm hip like that.

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Teqila
I prefer Opera. I don't need many add-ons and Opera is a bit faster than Firefox.

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Spaghetti Cat

Currently using Safari, not a fav, just what I'm using.

 

BTW what's the big deal with Private Browsing? I use it every time, but that's only cause I'm a privacy freak.

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Seachmall
Currently using Safari, not a fav, just what I'm using.

 

BTW what's the big deal with Private Browsing? I use it every time, but that's only cause I'm a privacy freak.

Safari has an option to browse privately (it doesn't store cookies, history, passwords etc.) and an option to reset Safari back to factory settings and it wipes everything (cookies, history, passwords etc.).

 

Handy if you don't want anyone to know what you were looking at. *cough*porn*cough*

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agent17

Firefox is superior to Internet Explorer in nearly every way.

 

I've never had any problem with Firefox in the past, and Internet Explorer is unquestionably slower.

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Stuch

In terms of my pure usage time, I'd go with Firefox. The main reason for using it over IE, initially at least, was purely because of its reputation. More secure, better standards compliance, more features and extensions for everything. Microsoft has been catching up and if they can really push forward with making IE standards compliant, and finally shedding the mistakes of IE6, then the only thing stopping them is customer perception (and the European Commission). And a Windows 7 style revamp could possibly help that.

 

Chrome is some serious competition too, especially if it builds up the same kind of extensions library that Firefox has.

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Nightmare.
Firefox for being open source and having extensions and addons.

 

Unlike IE that has a reputation for being vulnerable, poor rendering performance, hasty security measures, lack of modern features besides tabs.

You said it!Firefox is just better.

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1066ant

I currently use FireFox.

 

I used IE for years, but yes it vunerable, I can't use mine its so buggered up. Its slow compared to FireFox, its also arguably harder to achive certain things via the layout.

 

I've not actually got any add-ons for my copy of FireFox and its just stock, but it gets the job done and works for me well. Better than IE for sure.

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nerner

Well... Firefox is open source, and does have lots of possibilities for addons and the like. One such example being the GTAF specific addon, which I am using now. Although to me it just doesn't seem right to use it all the time, for some reason, maybe because I have only just started using it and cannot quite tear myself away from any others yet...

 

Internet Explorer does feel kind of homely to me, as it was what we always had in school, and what I had at home, I am even posting on it now. Although it is not ripe for editing like Firefox, and sometimes feels slow and burdening during loading, on my current laptop it still runs quite fast, so I still use it the majority of the time.

 

Safari is kind of the new up start in this kind of area, and it does have some cool features, like the ability to wipe everything off, and of course, browse everything privately, and easily navigate between your most visited pages and favourites. However, like Firefox it does seem kind of weird for a born and bred Internet Explorer user, as the buttons are either too small, too large, or in the wrong place compared to their counterparts on IE.

 

Never tried Google Chrome, so lets leave that one aside...

 

And so, in conclusion, Internet Explorer for me, as it just seems more familiar, and it just does what it does, in the way I want it to do it for the moment, maybe if I want lots of updates, I will make the full switch to Firefox, and if I want easy navigation, then I will go to Safari, but for the moment, out of the three that I have installed on my laptop, Internet Explorer is what I use for browsing 90% of the time, then for about 9% of the time, I use Firefox for the GTAF and language pack add ons, but only if I want to make a huge mass of BBCode, or post something in Cyrillic for some reason. I hardly ever use Safari 4, as from my experience, it doesn't work as well for me as the other two, plus the PHP download this thingies and popups get my goat really bad while I am on here.

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crashsilumator234

the 3 bests are: Google Chrome, Opera, and obviously Firefox

 

i only use IE because i got permanently banned from youtube on firefox suicidal.gif

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4thosebout2rock

I use Firefox, Not really a reason as too why i do either, I just use it.

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Playstation_Loyalist

I don't know. I actually got myself pissed off with Firefox's slow response to commands. IE, on the other hand, is fast-responding. Although fast, IE does bring privacy to it's lowest level. It is so very unstable, so Firefox does win over IE IMO.

 

Downloading is a moonwalk ahead in Firefox than in IE. IE got me into nuts when it downloaded a Trojan virus (probably after visiting the Megaerotica site... for downloading files...not those fantastic porn star pics).

 

Firefox gets my nod. turn.gif

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Jesus'En'Hitler420

I USE THE f*ckING CRAZY BROWSER, IT'S CRAZY!

 

www.crazybrowser.com

 

I have no idea how other browsers are becuase the craziest of the browsers, crazy browser, has always sufficed.

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Long Haired Freaky Guy

For me it would definitely have to be Firefox from Mozilla. The amount of customization that can be done to it makes your browsing experience seem more personal, plus all the add-ons that are available make it so easy and organized.

 

When I first had a PC, back in the days, I was on IE, and I had so many viruses getting added on my PC, and the amount of times it came up with an error and shut the browser down was unbelieveable, and frustrating when halfway through doing something.

 

Over the weekend, my PC downloaded Safari 4, and when I opened it up I thought it looked pretty smart, but the length of time it took to load a site was forever, so that was deleted from my PC.

 

Will always stick with Firefox.

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Lt. Dan

Opera all the way for me. It is faster than Chrome, IE, Safari and even Firefox. I scrolls smoothly, loads faster and is much more slick-looking.

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Peter

All browsers are bad, simple as. Every single browser out there got its own artifacts, bugs and problems related to rendering and Javascript. One large difference between the parties who actually make the browsers is, in my opinion, the way how they treat bugs, problems and suggestions. Internet Explorer's development process and bug-reporting systems are entirely closed, Apple Safari and Opera limit the information on a need-to-know basis (which has its advantages) and Firefox and Google Chrome are completely open source and transparent. While the latter obviously got advantages, there also are certain disadvantages; security problems might be fixed quicker, however, it often is easier to make exploits for those who do not update as often as well.

 

Which browser you use is totally based on what one seeks in a browser. Internet Explorer feels the fastest because it doesn't flicker (on well programmed sites) when you reload a page and is installed on Windows PC's by default. Firefox is mainly popular due to the plugins which can be used with it, Safari because it's included with Apple Mac OS X and Opera is used by those who like things like IRC- and Bittorrent clients in their browser. Google Chrome is just... Google Chrome. If anyone got a great network to advertise their browser it's Google, let's face it, almost the entire world knows what Google it. While you and I might care, the majority of the internet users does not. They just use whatever is installed on their computer regardless whether it is Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. Will Microsoft's latest plans to include a browser-overview screen shortly after launching their browser for the first time start a major move towards Firefox? I absolutely doubt it; while people might recognize the Firefox icon from previous experiences Internet Explorer suits their needs.

 

Ideally Microsoft would drop Trident, Opera would drop Presto and Mozilla would drop Gecko; all browsers would use WebKit. Why WebKit? It got a well architected source, is memory efficient, can be used on almost every platform (including mobile devices), is really fast and conforms to even the most recent web standards. Internet Explorer can still be Internet Explorer with their own Javascript Engine, own tab-engine and browser layout. Firefox would not have to drop their plugin support nor any other important feature they depend on and Opera can cut their operational costs with a huge share by stopping to develop their own engine. Furthermore it would be a major relief to all the web developers out there who need to optimize their websites for every browser with a market share of more than a percent.

 

Google Chrome will feature plugin support with their third version. Knowing Google, a well organized system of plugins will be available shortly and they'll provide good documentation and examples to anyone who might want to use them. It could be a real punch in the teeth for Firefox, their market share in particular.

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nlitement

But Peter, Opera passes the acid3 test.

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agent17

Just downloaded google chrome the other day, and after some use I can conclusively say that Chrome was EASILY three times slower on my system than Firefox, loading most web pages was considerably slower contrary to people's reports.

 

I know for most people chrome is faster, no idea why that happened...

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