top web browsers for 2011

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Your Internet browser is the key the World Wide Web. It is basically a must have application on your computer. With this software, you get to access all kinds of information and hot technology. It may be sometimes overlooked, but the kind of browser you use affects your overall surfing experience. Your Internet browser enhances your web experience every day. If it is user-friendly and compatible with most operating systems, then it is probably good.

To make things easier for you, here is a list of the best top 6 browsers available in the market today. This compilation is complete with reviews on some amazing features. If you are not familiar with any them, then this is good time to check them out and see if their features and functions are what you need to enhance your web surfing experience. Not all browsers are the same; some have their own positives and negatives. Hopefully, one from the list may be the one for you and your computer.

6.Safari

– First release: 2003

– Apple’s claims Safari 5 as the fastest browser globally. Depending on your computer’s specs that may really be correct. However, if you require more than speed, Safari is not your right choice. Safari concentrates on being trivial and non-flashy unlike other browsers that are more customizable. Hence the sleek interface is not very huge and the frame is only one pixel wide.

– Acid3¹ passed.

Outstanding Features:

  • Spell checking
  • Spatial navigation²

Pros:

  • Speedy
  • New interface
  • Enhanced graphics
  • Snapback
  • Resizable text boxes

Cons:

  • No ad filtering
  • No text search of history
  • No caret navigation³
  • No mouse gesture
  • No text-to-speech
  • No voice control

Current version: Safari 5

5.Maxthon

– First release: 2002

– Maxthon is especially designed for people who love customization. This versatile browser can be fit to your web browsing requirements. Customization options comprise the security settings, the interface layout, and helpful plugins. Maxthon seeks to offer many rich features and a highly customizable interface, without losing any of the compatibility of Internet Explorer.

– Acid3¹ = 20/100.

Outstanding Features:

  • Spell checking
  • Ad filtering
  • Spatial navigation²
  • Caret navigation³
  • Mouse gesture

Pros:

  • Easy to use and powerful
  • Flash, Java applet and ActiveX blocker
  • Great Customization Option
  • Supports many Internet Explorer plugins
  • Multi-user support

Cons:

  • No text search of history
  • No text-to-speech
  • No voice control
  • Lacks competitors features like thumbnail previews, a smart toolbar, and anti-phishing technology

Current version: Maxthon 3

4.Opera

– First release: 1996

– Opera aims at faster browsing, better synchronization and offering modern standards to its users. Opera is open source and has all enjoyable and practical features that can make your web journey functional and fun. Further this quicker browser offers faster loading web pages and great at running your preferred web applications. Basics of Opera would include tabbed browsing, mouse-over previews, a customizable search bar, sophisticated bookmarking tools, and easy integration with e-mail and chat clients.

– Acid3¹ = 100/100.

Outstanding Features:

  • Spell checking
  • Ad filtering
  • Full-text search of history
  • Spatial navigation²
  • Mouse gesture
  • Text-to-speech
  • Voice control

Pros:

  • Thumbnail previews,
  • Customizing skins
  • Fast and lightweight
  • Carries unique features

Cons:

  • no caret navigation³

Current version: Opera 11

3.Internet Explorer

– First release: 1995

– Majority of people use Internet Explorer and for them IE8 is icing on cake. IE 8 is the closet competitor of Firefox 3 when compared with the browsing and productive features. However some features are notable of this browser such as Accelerators and WebSlices offering convenient and unique way to access web resources. Its color-coded tab system, address bar, and superior privacy protections are also remarkable.

– Acid3¹ = 20/100. Under development: Internet Explorer 9 (Acid3¹ = 95/100)

Outstanding Features:

  • Ad filtering
  • Full-text search of history
  • Caret navigation³
  • Voice control

Pros:

  • Great tab management system
  • Compatibility view to support display problems
  • InPrivate browsing
  • WebSlices
  • Address bar provides autocomplete
  • Crash recovery
  • Fast startup
  • Flexible search option

Cons:

  • No spell checking
  • No spatial navigation²
  • No mouse gesture
  • No text-to-speech
  • Supports only Windows

Current version: Internet Explorer 8

2.Google Chrome

– First release: 2008

– You can claim speed, simplicity and compatibility all under one roof with Google Chrome. With the inception in September 2008, it offered download only for Windows Vista and XP, however it has now expanded to Mac and Linux platform too. Looking forward for more innovations for the browser in near future.

– Acid3¹ passed.

Outstanding Features:

  • Spell checking
  • Ad filtering
  • Full-text search of history
  • Spatial navigation²

Pros:

  • Thumbnail images of your most visited sites
  • Drag, drop and rearrange tabs
  • Excellent task manager option
  • Process isolated tabs and add-ons
  • DNS pre-fetching
  • Neat page Search

Cons:

  • No caret navigation³
  • No mouse gesture
  • No text-to-speech
  • No voice control
  • Lack of add-ons when compared to the competitors

Current Version: Google Chrome 8

1.Mozilla Firefox

– First release: 2002

– Firefox is one of the most flourishing open-source web browsers of all time and gives pleasant working experience. Firefox offers quick web browsing, enhanced tab handling, fresh interface tweaks and many other features with its latest version. By having a look you may not be able to differentiate between the 3.0 and 3.6, yet the new version carries great speed for JavaScript performance and runs parallel to other latest browsers such as IE 8, Safari 5 and Opera 11 by incorporating private browsing mode.

– Acid3¹ = 94/100. Under development: Mozilla Firefox 4 (Acid3¹ = 97/100)

Outstanding Features:

  • Spell checking
  • Ad filtering
  • Caret navigation³
  • Voice control

Pros:

  • Open video and audio
  • Instant web site id
  • Awesome bar
  • Customization
  • Faster JavaScript engine
  • Excellent support
  • Customization with themes and extensions
  • Cross-Platform versions for Mac and Linux

Cons:

  • No text search of history
  • No spatial navigation²
  • No mouse gesture
  • No text-to-speech
  • Slow start up

Current version: Mozilla Firefox 3.6

Notes:

– some of the features of the browser can be achieved only after installing specific add-ons, plugins or extensions for that particular browser.

¹ The Acid tests are standard tests to rate the performance of a browser. Upon each test’s release, they are designed so that no existing browser can pass without further development. In order for a browser to pass any Acid test, the latest public release of the browser (not an alpha, beta, release candidate, or other version under development or testing procedures) must meet the requirements shown below. In addition, the browser should be tested upon completion of installation, with no add-ons installed (some browsers make this easy by providing a “safe mode” option) and all the factory settings (no options have been changed from their defaults).

Acid1:

  • Final rendering looks exactly like the rendering provided by the Acid tests website.
  • Text can be highlighted and radio buttons can be selected.

Acid2:

  • Final rendering looks exactly like the rendering provided by the Acid tests website.
  • Smiley’s nose turns blue when hovered over.

Acid3:

  • Final score of 100/100.
  • No error messages on final rendering.
  • Render-in-progress loads smoothly (no pausing).
  • Final rendering looks exactly like the rendering provided by the Acid tests website.

² Spatial navigation = using the arrow keys on the keyboard to navigate on the “2D plane” of the interface, for example, pressing up arrow key will focus on the closest focusable element on the top.

³ Caret navigation = keyboard navigation where a caret (also known as “text cursor”, “text insertion cursor”, or “text selection cursor”) is used to navigate within a text document.

surse: en.wikipedia.org, honeytechblog.com, google.com

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