BrowserStars Galactica

Today's guest blog is written by buzz builder, Tyler Deng. Tyler compares web browsers and helps us decide which one to use!

For heavy Internet users, the past two months have become your new best friend. The unveiling of updated browsers (Safari, Google Chrome, IE9) and betas (Mozilla, Opera) has led to the inevitable question of: What is the best browser?

To answer this question, you'd have to check out what each one has to offer and what best suits your Internet usage.

Internet Explorer 9

IE has been the staple of browsers since the dot com bubble, even before Safari came into the picture. It has fallen behind the major competitors due to speed, boring interfaces, and lack of an integrated search engine. However, IE9 is the fastest browser released by Microsoft so far. The interface has vastly changed, with simple designs that now allow users to Pin Pages. Pinning pages allows users to save websites onto your toolbar so it runs like an application. This neat little feature, along with the One Box (allows web addresses and web searches to be in the same box, a la Google Chrome) is reason enough to say IE9 is back in the game.

Safari 5

Two words. Safari Reader. It's a nifty tool that allows users to read articles in a single web page, free of clutter with a sleek design. This alone makes Safari a leading browser for innovation along with a smart address field that matches websites with search terms in history and bookmarks as well. Minor changes include convenient switching of tabs including most popular sites and full history searches. Intense users can also interact heavily with developmental tools and increase page caching.

Mozilla FireFox 4

Speed kills. Except in this case, where speed enhances. FireFox is measured to be quicker than before, which was already speedy in terms of page loading. The 'Awesome Bar' adapts to your searches over time and remembers your go-to searches. The interface has also had a complete makeover; previous versions had URL tabs under the bar, whereas most browsers have them over the bar for convenience. There is also a Panorama view to organize bookmarks and a handy dandy apps tab, which saves sites you usually keep open, into simple little tabs on the bar.

Google Chrome 9

Where to begin? Cloud Print allows users to connect printers to Cloud Print enabled web sites. Web GL applications lets users tinkle with 3D accelerated graphics. Web Apps allow games, themes, apps, and anything that can be pulled out of a hat to be downloaded here. You can save web site apps into desk top icons and launch them in new windows. This is just the tip of the iceberg in the world known as personal customization.

Opera

The seemingly dark horse of the top browsers, Opera boasts it has the fastest Javascript engine. That coupled with a great degree of customization and privacy leads Opera to be an alternative to Google Chrome.

The answer is.......Completely up to you (sorry for the lame answer), but it's true. Browsers cater to the users' needs but every need is different whether you eBay shop excessively or write 10 page thesis papers every week. Personally the overwhelming support has been in favor of Google Chrome which very rarely disappoints.

Which browser are you loyal to and why? Share your thoughts in the comments!