Many people will soon be forced to choose between one of many browsers in Windows 7 so here we made a small article in basic language which helps them pick the Web Browser that is right for them.
The Novice Guide to choosing a browser :
1. Internet Explorer (Download) :
You can use this browser if your used to it, but it’s the uttermost basic browser there is. It doesn’t provide extended functionality, lacks some functions to display websites correctly and is somehow considered unsafe, especially when your e-banking.
Pros : Basic, Simple
Cons : Unsafe, Bad displaying of websites, Lacks functionality
Firefox is the most “fun” browser and is the best browser if you are too used to Internet Explorer but still want to try something else.
You can change its looks by using personas to display backgrounds behind your buttons. It displays the web correctly, is light and is also extendible by using plugins to eg. display all google pages on one one page so you don’t have to click the next buttons anymore.
A downside is that it isn’t the fastest browser and that you still have to install features through the plugin system that are default to most other webbrowsers.
Pros : Fun, Decent, Simple, Extendible, Light
Cons : Extensions are hard to install for novice users, Not the fastest
Safari is the browser from Apple, the manufacturer of iPods, iPhones, Macs and iTunes. It has its own look but still doesn’t differ much from what you are used to in layout. It still looks basically like internet explorer and Firefox to decrease the learning curve.
It’s the best browser if you want synchronisation with iPod Touch or iPhone. It’s the fastest browser together with chrome and supports all possible web technologies.
It also has an astounding way to let you open all your favorite websites, by displaying all your favorite websites in a 3D wall, which automatically puts a star next to all websites which were changed since the time you last visited them.
Pros : Best usable with Apple products, Fastest, Simple, Easy access to favorite sites, Displays websites correctly
Cons : Heavy, Lacks Functionality
Chrome is a browser from Google, yeah that’s right, the Search Enige Google. It is considered the fastest browser by many sources, but this is disputed by Apple’s Safari.
It displays websites as well a Safari and has a different look and feel than most browsers. It’s simple and more or less functional, but it is a big step from Internet Explorer since the interface differs too much. It is updated a lot and is considered very safe.
Pros : Very Safe, Different, Fastest, Displays Websites Correctly, Updated a lot
Cons : Not so easy for Internet Explorer users, Heavy
Opera is the least known of this browsers and isn’t made by a huge organisation or a computer giant, but still gets around well.
Opera displays websites quite well, but it definitely isn’t the fastest browser. It has a whole lot of functionality and has a huge amount of features to enhance your user experience. It is always the first to come out with fun features like Opera “Unite” which let’s you chat or share images or other files with other people who use Opera.
Opera is also the browser which looks the least like the traditional browser. It differs from Internet Explorer tremendously and is criticized because many of its features are hard to access.
Pros : Many features, fun, always innovating, different
Cons : Slow, Hard to use, doesn’t feel like a normal browser, not customizable
What do we suggest?
Firefox or Safari
Firefox has all the things a browser needs and if you need to get more advanced features you can use the plugins, also the personas are a lot of fun, to get eg. your favorite singer to appear behind the buttons.
Safari because it is in our opinion the fastest and because the 3D “Top Sites” feature is the best way to access your favorite websites, something you won’t find in any other browser by default.
What do we avoid?
Many people who make websites agree, Internet Explorer is ruining the web, where Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari already support 3D animations in websites and the ability to watch video’s without needing Flash Player, Internet Explorer just lacks these features. If less people start using Internet Explorer you would have websites you can walk through, view youtube video’s without slowdowns or without needing Flash Player and could play eg. World of Warcraft or The Sims directly in your browser.
Word List :
-Flash Player : A tool created by Adobe that enables you to play games and watch video’s on the Internet.
-Personas : A feature of Firefox which allows you to set a background images behind the buttons at the top of your webbrowser.
-Opera Unite : A feature of Opera which enables you to display applications in your webbrowser which allow you to eg. Leave notes for other users, exchange files or images or host your own website. It is still being developed and isn’t included in Opera at the moment.
-Top Sites : A feature of Safari which enables you to display miniature versions of you websites in a 3D wall to allow you to easily access your favorite websites.