Usually, their question is referring to one of the “big four” browsers, all of which can be downloaded and installed for free on your computer…
- Internet Explorer (comes with Windows)
- Google Chrome (www.google.com/chrome)
- Mozilla Firefox (www.firefox.com)
- Apple Safari (www.apple.com/safari/)
But to be honest, the question of which is best is kind of like asking “which car is best, a Chevy or a Ford or a Dodge?” (or Honda, or Nissan, or….)
ALL 4 browsers do what they are supposed to do (let you navigate to a web page and read it), they just all do it a bit differently.
Which means that to REALLY know which one is “best”, you have to try them for yourself.
And that’s what I propose that you do!
Use the above links to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, and install those two (along with Internet Explorer, which you already have on your computer) so that you can compare them.
(And yes, they will all play nicely on your computer together, and shouldn’t mess anything up).
Now, in order to do the comparison, I do have some suggestions as to what you need to consider…
- Speed – How fast does the browser start-up, and how fast does it display the pages you are visiting?
- Basic Browsing – Does the browser screen feel comfortable as you move back and forth between pages?
- Compatibility – Do you correctly see your most-visited web sites?
- Favorites/Bookmarks/History – Can you easily keep track of web pages you want to return to?
- Tabbed Browsing – Can you easily open multiple web pages at the same time, and then move between them?
- Internet Options – Can you turn off and on important Internet features?
- Plug-Ins and Add-ons – Are the most common browser plug-ins available? (Flash, Shockwave, Reader, etc.)
It might also be helpful the browser’s online feature list…
- Firefox: www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/features/
- Chrome: www.google.com/chrome/intl/en/features.html
- IE: www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/features/faster.aspx
- Safari: www.apple.com/safari/
Now, if you’re wondering which browser I personally use, I’d have to say that Google Chrome is my favorite. But I don’t limit my browsing to just Chrome, I also use Firefox, and to a much lesser degree, Internet Explorer on a fairly regular basis. And on my iPhone/iPad, I of course use Safari.
By the way, if you’d like to learn more about using the Internet, and how to better use a browser to find and access the information you’re looking for, I recently released a brand-new book on the subject called “Using the Internet“.
If you are interested in the book, drop me a note ([email protected]) and I’ll tell you how you can get a copy (it’s only $15 plus shipping for the printed copy, or $10 for the PDF version).
As always, I’d love to hear about your own personal experiences with using browsing and using the Internet. You can leave your comments below!
And Happy Browsing!!!