Choosing a web browser is like choosing a pair of shoes. You have to find something that fits; you have to find something that’s comfortable. And much like shoes, there’re all sorts of styles to choose from.
What fits you? You may ask. How do you measure the quality of a browser?
I’m glad you asked!
Pay attention, because in just a moment, I will weigh the pros and cons of the top 10 best web browsers as we move forward into 2015.
10. Deepnet Explorer
This browser may not be pretty; and might even resemble something off your home PC when your were in elementary school, but it does its job well — browsing the web. What really sets it apart, though, is its P2P and RSS feed facilitation.
top10review.com said in a review:
“P2P, or peer-to-peer, networking is a type of file sharing integrated directly into the internet browser. Deepnet Explorer’s RSS feature comes with many popular news feeds preinstalled, and you can add as many as you want. The browser allows you to organize the feeds in an intuitive tree structure, and you can use the toolbar to search the feeds by keyword.”
9. Avant Browser 2015 Build 7
...It’s basically an add-on to Internet Explorer. I know, a little lackluster, right?
It includes basic functions like tabbed browsing, RSS feeds and a find-on-page function. But, what I found interesting about Avant, besides automatic updates, a password manager and an integrated Internet Explorer search engine, is the multi-processing design. This means each open tab functions independently, so if one crashes it doesn’t crash the entire application.
8. SeaMonkey 2.32
Although this little seamonkey is open-source and awesome, it’s a little too open-source. It seems that endless “contributions” from developers, marketers and testers has chipped away at the foundation of this browser, and, because of this, it lacks the sleekness and ease-of-use of its competitors.
The one redeeming feature of our water-bound primate is that its an all-in-one internet suite. This means not only does it provide browsing capabilities, it also has an email client, built-in chat and a WYSIWYG (“what you see is what you get”) editor that helps you build simple, basic websites.
7. Maxthon 4.4
Looking for a browser that synchronizes all your devices. Well, Maxthon is your man.
Don’t really get what I mean? Check this out.
You can drag and drop images and send them to your phone contacts or an email address in just a few clicks. This feature works exceptionally well when you use a snipping tool. Once you select your image, this service prompts you to send it to a contact. The synchronization works well if you care to save your browsing history from your PC to your smartphone.
But what it boasts in device synergy, it lacks in state-of-the-art conveniences like voice interaction commands and open-source development.
6. Torch 36
Now this is a browser for the rockstars of the social media age.
Stylistically, it’s up-to-date, but it doesn’t have too many distinguishing features. It does, however, have a few unique aspects that work in sync with your toolbar. This commercial freeware places a large focus on music downloads and, oddly enough, torrents.
Here’s something cool, kids. There’s a “Share” button that allows one to post on social media without visiting the specific social media sites.
5. Internet Explorer 11
Oh, yes, Microsoft’s famously infamous Internet Explorer.
Well, what can I say about this OG? It’s certainly the longest-running browser, and it was, once upon a time, the browser of choice. But times they do a-change, and our little Magellan here was surpassed by innovative startups (we’ll get to them soon).
What we can say, however, is that Microsoft has beefed up security for Explorer’s latest incarnation; built to combat the ever-growing threat of phishing and malware.
It still doesn’t boast the impressive speed and customization options of our top contenders. Which now brings us to...
4. Safari 8
It’s sleek, it’s clean and it’s fast… But, boy was it late to the race.
Safari was Mac-only until 2007! (Steve — why?!)
But it's not just Safari's late debut to the entire computing world that puts it in fourth position, it lacks the customization features that so many users seek in a browser these days.
It just goes to show, no matter how pretty and talented you are, if you lack depth and charisma, you’ll never finish first.
3. Opera 26
Opera 26 is so close… SO close. It’s like a modern Don Giovanni… Like, if Mozart was remixed by, say, Deadmau5… Yeah, opera.
So, its nearly perfect. Opera boasts cutting-edge multimodal features and competitive navigation speeds, yet lacks little things like parental controls. It also has compatibility issues with some sites.
Come on, Deadmau5… get it right.
2. Google Chrome 39
Personally, I love Chrome. I love it just as much as my old chrome BMX bike. But my bike had some issues, and so does this browser.
My bike was safe and reliable. And it was fast, too, but not as fast as I needed it to be. Google Chrome faces the same problem.
Chrome boasts secure browsing and sync capabilities that allow you to access your customized browser from any computer, but speed is what places it into the second spot under...
1. Mozilla Firefox
Our furry little flammable friend here has recently undergone design upgrades to increase simplicity and speed.
The new Firefox has ditched the orange tabbed menu that sat on the top left and replaced it with a three-bar button menu that fits on the main toolbar. This design, called Australis, rounds off the tabs and highlights the tab you are currently on, while the other tabs appear more translucent.
Firefox provides us with the ease-of-use, customizability and speed that we all seek in a browser. And that is why it sits as the current number one.
(Based on information from top10reviews.com)