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  • Mozilla Firefox

    570 72.70%
  • Mozilla SeaMonkey

    0 0%
  • Opera

    89 11.35%
  • Maxthon

    3 0.38%
  • Avant

    2 0.26%
  • Netscape

    1 0.13%
  • Internet Explorer

    82 10.46%
  • Flock

    2 0.26%
  • Netcaptor

    0 0%
  • Slim

    1 0.13%
  • K-Meleon

    0 0%
  • Camino (only for Mac)

    5 0.64%
  • Safari

    23 2.93%
  • AOL Explorer

    1 0.13%
  • Deepnet

    1 0.13%
  • Ace Explorer

    0 0%
  • UltraBrowser

    0 0%
  • 3B Browser

    0 0%
  • Ideal Browser

    0 0%
  • Kopassa

    0 0%
  • Enigma

    0 0%
  • Smart Bro

    1 0.13%
  • Lunascape

    1 0.13%
  • Aw2 Explorer

    0 0%
  • Yahadi Web Browser

    2 0.26%
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    World best web browser poll

    In this poll I picked 25 web browsers I was able to find. Please vote on the browser you think is the best. Consider the latest version of each browser. For example, one of the options is "Firefox", so you consider Firefox 2, since it's the latest version, and not earlier versions such as 1.5.

    Please say why you picked the browser you chose. Don't spam insults on other browsers because you prefer one, for example "X is the best browser and all others suck big time", "X is the best browser ever and X is the worse browser in existence of the internet", etc.

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    Now on my personal opinion, I prefer Flock browser. I've always been a Firefox fan but since I found Flock I just fell in love with it. It is a Firefox based browser but with some added features I really like, like the picture uploader, the RSS reader, etc.

    Personally here's the order of the 5 browsers I prefer:
    1- Flock
    2- Firefox 2
    3- Opera 9
    4- Maxthon
    5- Avant
    Right now I only use Flock but I've tried all 5.

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    Also, On del.icio.us (should be the only one)
    dig g.com/software/Firefox_owns_in_sitepoint <- and on dig g
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    the best web browser: internet explorer 6

    why? because it's the one that i use
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    I'm liking FF 2.

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    Keep in mind that Avant, Deepnet Explorer, Maxthon and other so called "browsers" are not really browsers, but programs that sit on top of Internet Explorer's Trident rendering engine instead. While they do add features that IE (is/was, take your pick) lacking, they are still using the engine which is tied into the operating system, so you might as well use IE if you really want the additional features (I recommend IE 7 in this case).

    Or, better yet, get a real browser.

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    Since Lynx wasn't on the list, I'll have to go with Opera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Schulz
    Or, better yet, get a real browser.
    hey, you were told not to do that

    "Don't spam insults on other browsers"
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    Nightly builds of webkit

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    I like the FF for all the awesome plugins....

    Nothing that browser is not capable of....

    FF all the way, but ya do half of my browsing in IE - dying to lay my hands on IE7

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    The only problem with this poll is who has tried all of them enough to make a comment, or tried them at all? How many people voted for "the one they use" but hasn't tried anything else?

    The only browsers worth using are Firefox, Opera, Safari, Camino and Konqueror, though I've heard many good things about K-Meleon.

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    K-Meleon is a lot like FireFox (being built with the same rendering engine), but has just enough quirks to warrant testing against.

    As far as "mainstream" browsers are concerned, they are Internet Explorer (unfortunately), Mozilla FireFox, Netscape Browser 8 (despite all Netscape verisons combined having about 1% of the browser usage "pie"), Opera, Konqueror and Safari.

    When testing, it's best to test in IE, FireFox, K-Meleon, Konqueror, Lynx, Netscape, Opera and Safari. If your site works in those browsers (albeit with a lot of hand-holding for IE), chances are nearly 100% that it will work in the other modern browsers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r937
    hey, you were told not to do that

    "Don't spam insults on other browsers"
    And I'm not. Seriously, Avant, Deepnet Explorer, Maxthon and other "psuedo-browsers" are not real browsers. If you have a program that you call a browser that sits on top of a browser, then it is not a browser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Shulz
    ...programs that sit on top of Internet Explorer's Trident rendering engine
    Well, couldn't you say that Flock, Epiphany, Camino etc. are just on the Gecko engine? I think you've got to judge them for the whole package.

    I use Firefox out of personal preference, but for the best browser I had to vote Opera. They really have got it sorted, on small devices they seem to be clearing up as well, like with the Nintendo DS.

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    No, because they have their own copy of the rendering engine. If you don't have Mozilla Application Suite, Mozilla FireFox or Mozilla Seamonkey installed you can still use Beonex, Camino, Epiphany, Flock, Galeon, K-Meleon, Netscape (need I go on).

    If for some reason you were able to completely remove the Trident rendering engine from Windows (good luck using the OS again), and tried to use Avant, Deepnet Explorer, Maxthon or any other "psuedo-browser" you'd quickly find yourself in for a huge disappointment.

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    I voted for Firefox
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    Firefox is my favorite, it's look, it's speed, it's addons are just awesome in my opinion and it will forever stay my number 1 unless I get a Mac .

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    Dan is correct.

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    Firefox, for sure.

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    best browser is ie7, i like ff and opera, but firefox takes a while to load up, and opera is nice but still has issues with some sites.

    so ie7 it is, i use ff and opera for standards compliance modes, and no popups while i am browsing the web.
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    You do know that Opera can identify itself as IE or Mozilla on a per-site basis, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by i_like_php
    best browser is ie7, i like ff and opera, but firefox takes a while to load up, and opera is nice but still has issues with some sites.
    I'll never understand this attitude. Does loading an extra half-second faster really make that much of a difference when you spend HOURS sitting in front of the browser?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Schulz
    If for some reason you were able to completely remove the Trident rendering engine from Windows (good luck using the OS again), and tried to use Avant, Deepnet Explorer, Maxthon or any other "psuedo-browser" you'd quickly find yourself in for a huge disappointment.
    So the the prerequisite of a "real browser" is that it must have a standalone renderer?

    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia
    I'll never understand this attitude. Does loading an extra half-second faster really make that much of a difference when you spend HOURS sitting in front of the browser?
    Yes, I understand that. It's the same with OpenOffice: it may be pig slow starting up, but once it's up and running it's fine. I don't mind the one-cost startup, I more take issue with a slow overall program.

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    Normally, "real browser" is just an insult I use to indicate that Internet Explorer is not a standards-compliant browser. But in this case, yes, it would need its own integrated rendering engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by i_like_php
    best browser is ie7, i like ff and opera, but firefox takes a while to load up, and opera is nice but still has issues with some sites.

    so ie7 it is, i use ff and opera for standards compliance modes, and no popups while i am browsing the web.
    So you're saying ie7 is the best but you don't use it because you don't like popups and FF and Opera are more standards compliant? The 'startup' thing gets me, too.

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    whoops! I chose Mozilla Firefox...as we all know really, IE is the "Best Internet Web Browser In The World Not."

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    I prefer FireFox, personally.
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