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Best Internet Browsers

Posted by Ben Thursday, February 3, 2011

So Many Browsers So Little Time
You're not going to get too far on the Internet without a browser to work with. Like everything else, there are a bunch of different browsers out there, all with their own pros and cons. Here is a list of browsers, along with what we like and don’t like about them.

• FIREFOX 3: Firefox has been making inroads in the browser world for some time now and gaining a loyal following. Firefox users love its speed, its customizable options and the fact that it uses less system resources than many browsers. Reviews point to Firefox 3 and the even-faster beta version of 3.1 as using less memory than Firefox 2, and incorporating other improvements and updates that users love. The customizable options can get confusing, though, and a crash on one tab crashes all the open tabs. Private browsing and many other features also all require add-ins.

• FLOCK 2: Set up much like Firefox 3, Flock 2 is an enhanced Firefox browser that also includes a blog editor and integrates social networking and photo sites. It's a great option for Windows users who love multitasking, but some find that the extras can all wind up being a little confusing and can take up a lot of space on the screen itself.

• GOOGLE CHROME: Once again, the folks at Google have come up with a simple, stable product that is easy to use and understand. Google Chrome allows offline use of Internet apps and comes with a private browsing option as well. Not surprisingly, it also has great search features. Paradoxically, though, the Chrome browser is a resource hog for many machines. Also, its stripped-down nature means that it has fairly primitive bookmarking, no ad blocking and not much in the way of customization. Things like RSS feeds and blog options aren't available with Chrome.

• OPERA 9.5: If you've got an older computer, or one that's short on power and memory (or has a loaded-up hard drive already), Opera might be the way to go. It's not a resource hog. It beats many other browsers in compliance with web standards, and it includes many convenient features that should make it popular with users. Opera also offers a mobile browser that's a great choice for phones. Some reviews have compared Opera favorably with Safari. Opera's down sides include its lack of ad blocking and no private browsing option.

• EXPLORER 8: Those who are loyal to Explorer are probably going to love Explorer 8, which evolves Internet Explorer's tab features a little bit further with color-coded tabs that can be grouped together. It also has private browsing, improved search, improved security and a new context-sensitive right click. Unlike Firefox 3, if one site crashes, only that tab closes rather than crashing the whole browser. Note, though, Explorer 8 is slower and heavier on resources than many of its competitors. It's also not as crash-proof as Google Chrome or Firefox 3. Still, this sexy browser is an improvement over its predecessors like IE7 and IE6.

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