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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Spoilt of Choices... :P

Since long ago, I used Mozilla Firefox as my first choice browser. However, Firefox lagged quite often recently, as consequence, I tried to close and then reopen it. But, it was futile because the browser still running in the background. Hence, I have to end the process manually in Task Manager. This problem had been reoccurring for about 2 weeks. Now, I think I had found out the problem. It might due to an application that I quite frequently used in Facebook. If I did not use that specific application, then Firefox will not have any problem. Although the cause was identified, it did not stop me from seeking an alternative browser.


After seeking advices from friends, I tried Opera 10. As saying goes, 'Don't judge a book by its cover', my first about impression about the design is not as artistic as Firefox or IE. But, just after I randomly search something, it surprise me quite a bit. The download speed is faster than Firefox. All thanks to "Opera Turbo", which will increase the data download speed and reduce the number of unnecessary data to be downloaded. The user can either set the "Opera Turbo" into automatic mode, which will activate it if the connection speed is slow or just keep the "Opera Turbo" on whenever he use it. If the connection speed is constant and fast, then we can disable it also. However, the downside of this function is that it will decrease the quality of the images after the page is loaded because of the images was compressed during the loading process. Opera 10 also has basic widgets that other browsers do not have. For instance, typical games such as crossword , brainkrieg etc. are available for the user to play for free. Furthermore, I like the way designers design the panel which can enable users to search for bookmarks, history, widgets, downloads, and notes. Also, users can sign up for "My Opera" for free to blog and share their photos to friends. Too bad that I had a personal blog, if not I will try it out. All in all, Opera 10 is all-in-one browser which enables users to search, blog and share photos.

Besides that, I also tried Google Chrome. Google Chrome is like any basic browser but it was faster than Firefox and in fact, it was as fast as Opera 10 with the turbo mode on. When it comes to downloading videos, I think Google Chrome has the slight edge over Opera. Unlike the Opera 10 and Firefox, most of the customization can be done in one button. Therefore, it is more user-friendly. Overall, the layout is simple but better than Firefox.

Currently, I have 4 browsers (IE, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera 10). I had decided to use Opera 10 as my first choice browser as Google Chrome is only just launched recently and Opera has a better security record. However, I do not know whether I want to remove Google Chrome and Firefox or not. Seriously, I'm be spoilt for choice. By the way, I still thinking about whether I should tried out Safari 4 or not :P

6 comments:

Xjion89 said...

too many browsers liao~~~
remove some of them lah^^

Bryan said...

Be a mac and you can notice the difference. Windows sucks.

Wei Wen said...

jay - ya, it is true, too many browsers... will delete google chrome...

bryan - yeap true true, when i hv money i will sure buy a mac book :)

Hackster said...

Now Mac sucks...Its the OS that's ok...

And for single core users, beware of google chrome. It lags badly.

Anonymous said...

i suggest u try chrome plus @ chromium. ;)

Abhinav said...

Kindly update the opera logo, this one is obsoleted.
You can get the new logo from here: www.opera.com/press/resources/

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