There are two distinct software choices that are totally subjective and any discussion is certain to elicit a lively debate: browsers and antivirus software. We all tend to base our opinions on familiarization, our own personal criteria, and experience. As far as I am concerned, there is no such thing as a “best browser” with choices depending entirely on what a user is looking for in a browser. All mainstream browsers come with their own particular pros and cons:
- Chrome: Simple and fast but owned by Google so privacy is out the window
- Edge: Comes pre-installed with Windows and includes several useful features but, again, privacy is out the window
- Firefox: More private than most but too many webpages fail to render properly
- Brave: The most private out of the box but serious trust issues after getting caught out redirecting searches to an affiliated website
- Vivaldi: Highly customizable but way too extravagant and busy for some
Some users prefer a browser that is simple and fast, as attested by Chrome’s dominant market share. Others who view privacy as a major consideration might prefer Brave or Firefox, which is fair enough. Others might like to pretty up their browser and so opt for the highly customizable Vivaldi, which is also fair enough. So, the answer to that imponderable question “which browser is best” is… whichever browser best suits the user’s needs.
One thing I dislike is when derogatory remarks are made regarding a particular browser without any elaboration or clarification. It’s a bit like when politicians criticize the other party’s policies without putting forward any sort of viable alternative. Plus, those types of remarks are not only criticizing a browser, but they are also criticizing a large portion of other users’ choices.
There’s an old sales credo that a salesman should never criticize a particular brand. That’s because the person they are hoping to sell to might have purchased that brand in the past and been quite happy with it. Ergo, by criticizing the brand they are also demeaning that potential buyer’s choices. By all means, point out areas where one product might be superior to another – that’s a positive approach rather than a negative one.
Personally, I would never criticize a user’s choice of browser. I have no idea what they are looking for in a browser so who am I to make assumptions based on my own criteria? On the other hand, if someone is looking for a browser with a specific feature or characteristic, I’ll certainly do my best to steer that person in the right direction.
I have been a long-time Firefox user but started to look for alternatives as more and more webpages failed to render properly. I’ve flirted with other browsers but have now settled on alternating between Firefox and Edge. I do wish Mozilla could fix the rendering issue but I think it’s out of Mozilla’s hands and more down to the webmasters who are catering to the prevalence of Chromium-based browsers. One thing I will say, from a firsthand comparison, Edge renders webpages far more quickly than Firefox does, and that’s a fact.
What browser do you use and why? Let us know in the comments.