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WHICH IS THE BEST WEB BROWSER?

Chrome continues to increase its use , being currently the most popular browser (almost by default) of the majority, due to its marketing, integration in ChromeBooks and Androids. On the other hand Firefox is in a paradox , it does not stop refining and perfecting its code ** complementing with free services (Relay, Monitor, Pocket, Facebook Container …), at a technical level it has never enjoyed such health but instead it is losing market share. Nor should we ignore the great use of Safari , being key in the Apple ecosystem. And let’s not forget other Webkit flavors that are claiming their niche markets: Brave, Opera, Vivaldi…

CHROME

CHROME LOGO

Pros:

  • Good speed.
  • Lightweight interface.
  • Well adapted to Google services.
  • A fantastic Javascript engine. Origin of Node.
  • Interesting native extensions: such as Gmail offline, Google Docs (an Office), video conferencing, desktop sharing, video games … (Among many others).

Cons:

  • Google tries to force you to use it.
  • High RAM usage, which can be a problem for limited computers (Less than 1Gb).
  • Part of proprietary code despite coming from free software. What are you hiding?
  • Fear of major changes, the potential comes from extensions.
  • The password manager is very basic.

FIREFOX

Pros:

  • Committed to offering a good product. Your engine has been cleaning and optimizing with Quantum.
  • All the extensions you could want.
  • Fantastically customizable interface.
  • It uses less memory than Chrome, and now with Quantum less RAM than before.
  • Integrated and free services for any user: blockers, screen capturer, Pocket, sending links between devices, temporary email accounts (Relay), notifier if your data has been filtered (Firefox Monitor), password manager, download manager Independent…
  • Philosophy of Free Software in its purest form.

Cons:

  • You may notice that some Web Designers give Chrome a higher priority than Firefox, so you will find some pages that give you problems.
  • There are some Linux distributions that do not have the latest versions.
  • Updates come very slowly.

EDGE

Pros:

  • Seamless integration with Windows 10.
  • Good JavaScript performance. In addition, its engine is free.
  • Installed as standard on new Windows operating systems.

Cons:

  • It doesn’t offer much that doesn’t have a Chromium.
  • Its Linux compatibility is green, features are missing.
  • Much of the code is proprietary, at least for now.

OPERA

Pros:

  • Turbo mode. Ideal for slow connections.
  • Great Smartphone Versions.
  • Some integrated functions: VPN, messaging, ad blocker …
  • GX version for gamers.

Cons:

  • It doesn’t offer much that doesn’t have a Chromium.
  • Proprietary code. Although in this case it is understandable, since the company lives off the software.
  • Few updates. They have a hard time releasing new versions and for Linux they are very late.
  • The loss of your great integrated email client. Now it is independent, but it is not the same.

SAFARI

Pros:

  • Sublime integration with MacOS and iOS.
  • Clean, clear and simple interface.
  • Intelligent use of the touchpad.
  • If you have MacOS, the most optimized browser without a doubt; you won’t find anything better optimized.

Cons:

  • Behind the standards, which means that it is the browser that always lags behind the rest in features.
  • Proprietary code, like all Apple software.
  • Insecure being a bit outdated with the competition.
  • Only for Apple. And it will possibly always be so.
  • Basic extensions.

CHROMIUM

Pros:

  • Being Chrome’s parent project, we can say that it has all the good stuff.
  • 100% free.
  • Invaluable difference with Chrome on the part of the user.

Cons:

  • On Windows, updates are cumbersome.
  • Risk little or nothing.

BRAVE

Pros:

  • By sharing the heart of Chromium, we can say that it has all the good stuff.
  • Own cryptocurrency portfolio.

Cons:

  • It doesn’t offer much that Chromium doesn’t have, save for a few customization and function add-ons.

Is it bad that it uses a lot of RAM?

There is a reproach that I find very often in pitched wars for discrediting the rival browser: It  uses a lot of RAM . This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, it can even be an advantage. Using more system memory can be advantageous because you have to cache less, achieving more speed. And the RAM is to spend it. Another very different thing is that your team has few resources. In that case … either you invest in hardware or you give up certain browsers. But any device with 4Gb of RAM onwards shouldn’t have a problem.

It can be said that almost all the cake goes to Chrome, increasing its use compared to last year by 4%. Edge and Safari also grow slightly. While Firefox and Opera down almost 2%. The trend of growth in use of the proprietary browsers of the 3 large internet companies is consolidated, with Google taking 3/4 and 1/10 between Microsoft and Apple; being hopeful to see how Firefox remains with the silver medal . The rest of browsers add up to less than 1%.

Interest over time

This statistic is not very reliable , since it is data collected with search terms in Google such as: “download Opera”, “delete cookies with Edge”, “problem with Chrome”, etc. But it helps us measure people’s interest. In the end it is important that they talk about one, even if it is bad.

CHROME: https://www.google.com/intl/es/chrome/browser/

FIREFOX: http://www.mozilla.org/es-ES/firefox/new/

EDGE: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/microsoft-edge

OPERA: http://www.opera.com/

CHROMIUM: https://download-chromium.appspot.com/

BRAVE: https://brave.com/

Conclusion

Which one is the best web browser? As you can see there are several factors to assess. Personally, we cannot give a verdict because it would take it to my way of working. The best web browser is the one that best suits your needs. Performance is not so important anymore, they are quite balanced in power, what really slows down is your internet connection and computer power, not the browser! Now you have to give more importance to the interface and how comfortable it is for you.

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