Recommend me a web browser

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  • Deleted user 2 July 2009 22:27:16
    Contenders are Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera.

    I want it to load pages and videos quick, be stable and leave a light memory footprint.

    Desired features: Address bar history type-search; Google Search bar (non-Chrome obv); bookmark tab bar; search a word(s) in address bar, and it will automatically link you to most relevant site.

    Ta.
  • ecureuil 2 Jul 2009 22:27:55 76,723 posts
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    How about you just download them all and see which one you like the most?
  • JCHilton 2 Jul 2009 22:29:20 1,465 posts
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    I dont use it myself, but i have used it and I'm definetly considering it: Firefox.
  • PinkSpider 2 Jul 2009 22:29:48 3,346 posts
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    I prefer Opera for the interface. However out of those I think Firefox would work the best. (I'd still be using it but it just doesent feel as professional to me).
  • Deleted user 2 July 2009 22:32:22
    ecureuil wrote:
    How about you just download them all and see which one you like the most?
    Come on now, would you be arsed?

    Plus, I recently re-installed my OS and I want to keep my computer lean and mean, only install programs I'll keep and use.
  • mrpon 2 Jul 2009 22:38:22 28,756 posts
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    ecureuil wrote:
    How about you just download them all and see which one you like the most?
    Go on then and report back your findings.

    /taps fingers

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • ecureuil 2 Jul 2009 22:39:21 76,723 posts
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    Well, yeah.. I've tried them all. Opera has the best interface and is fastest, but FF has addons I don't like to be without. Chrome is not bad but I wouldn't use it as a main browser at this point, and the Windows (which I assume you're using) version of Safari was really bad last time I used it, a few months ago. Bad enough for me to not want to download it again to see if it's any better now.
  • heyyo 2 Jul 2009 22:40:56 14,373 posts
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    Opera
  • Deleted user 2 July 2009 22:43:22
    heyyo! wrote:
    Opera
  • Articulate-Troll 2 Jul 2009 22:43:42 3,101 posts
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    Firefox is essential purely for the add-ons. I can't imagine browsing without Adblock Plus, Linktification, dictionary and X-Marks.
  • Oh-Bollox 2 Jul 2009 22:46:40 5,211 posts
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    Firefox. Opera is also quality. Can't think of anything that bad about Chrome, but it feels very bare bones next to Opera or FF.
  • seasidebaz 2 Jul 2009 22:48:27 6,126 posts
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    firefox 3.5 has that new video codec thingy that stops Flash taking up your CPU time.
  • Deleted user 2 July 2009 22:49:31
    Articulate-Troll wrote:
    Firefox is essential purely for the add-ons. I can't imagine browsing without Adblock Plus, Linktification, dictionary and X-Marks.

    pure quotage for truth
  • Deleted user 2 July 2009 22:51:40
    seasidebaz wrote:
    firefox 3.5 has that new video codec thingy that stops Flash taking up your CPU time.
    Built-in or add-on?

    Firefox seems to be getting a lot of love for extensions. Do they add much to the memory footprint?
  • corimi 2 Jul 2009 22:53:45 1,311 posts
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    They're all lacking in one way or another, but Firefox gets my vote. It definitely has the best address bar - for example if I type 'for', Eurogamer forum is the top hit.
  • PinkSpider 2 Jul 2009 22:56:53 3,346 posts
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    Indeed, thats the only thing I miss about firefox. However I have the forum on the quickdial thing and if I type E in it's the third one down.

    I really didnt miss the messing about with addons myself and I cant say I've been bombarded with ad's since moving to Opera. Plus the interface is very nice.
  • Bloodloss 2 Jul 2009 22:58:06 4,499 posts
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    Firefox. I like the interface more than Opera's, there's no discernable speed difference between it and Opera for me, and it has far more addons (and thus features) than Opera.
  • Deleted user 2 July 2009 23:03:25
    PinkSpider wrote:
    I really didnt miss the messing about with addons myself and I cant say I've been bombarded with ad's since moving to Opera. Plus the interface is very nice.

    How to block ads in Opera.
  • BravoGolf Moderator 2 Jul 2009 23:04:04 12,740 posts
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    Browsers are overrated.
  • Fizzog 2 Jul 2009 23:07:54 4,108 posts
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    Safari 4 definitely, I've tried loads of other browsers but not of them come close when it comes to interface and performance for me.

    FireFox feels cheap and unprofessional to me and I don't know what it is about Opera, I want to like it but I JUST CAN'T FEEL COMFORTABLE USING IT.
  • PinkSpider 2 Jul 2009 23:11:21 3,346 posts
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    Micro_Explosion. wrote:
    PinkSpider wrote:
    I really didnt miss the messing about with addons myself and I cant say I've been bombarded with ad's since moving to Opera. Plus the interface is very nice.

    How to block ads in Opera.
    Ta, quite a bit in there already and added a list from one of the sites linked.
  • Futaba 2 Jul 2009 23:23:31 3,503 posts
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    Firefox! I love the Search Engine bar next to the address bar too.

    As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a ninja.

  • Deleted user 2 July 2009 23:32:27
    I keep moving from FF to Safari, then back again (on a mac).

    On windows I use FF, as it is the only non-MS browser that plays nicely with the company I work at.

    If Apple had any sense they would have a proper, legit plugin SDK for Safari and start stealing them customers from Mozilla...
  • warlockuk 2 Jul 2009 23:36:52 19,148 posts
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    Safari is a pile of balls.

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • Deleted user 2 July 2009 23:39:09
    Cheers for the feedback guys. Firefox wins, it seems to be where most of the love is.
  • Deleted user 2 July 2009 23:40:26
    warlockuk wrote:
    Safari is a pile of balls.

    on mac or pc? C'mon, be a touch more helpful :-)
  • Fizzog 2 Jul 2009 23:47:58 4,108 posts
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    warlockuk wrote:
    Safari is a pile of balls.

    How come?

    As I've already said Safari is easily the best browser I've ever used, never had any problems with it.

    I like FireFox too but it tends to crash quite frequently and the interface is really fugly.
  • Deleted user 2 July 2009 23:51:16
    Why not use IE. It's really good now.

    /hides from inevitable torrent of abuse
  • neilka 3 Jul 2009 00:08:20 15,849 posts
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    Real men telnet to port 80 and type the GET commands in themselves.

    Anything else is for children and gays.

    A map is like comparing velocity and speed.

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