TECHY.TOOLS / surf like a pro / browser wars16bc6da6-fbc3-4ed8-b0e9-e4a4aee2a341

We spend A LOT of time on the internet. That time can be less frustrating and more enjoyable!

As a web developer, I've tried them all. Here are their quirks.TL;DR:Vivaldi(below) is the best!

1. Chrome

It's very powerful!Has many extensions that customize everything. Many tools for developers.

Its most unique feature is letting you create multiple browsers, each with its own settings, extensions, bookmarks, cache, etc., one for each Google Account. You can then select whatever browser/account to use from the "People" menu. If you have multiple computers, your browsers/people will sync immediately. That is powerful if you have a work and home computer!

Unfortunately, it uses a lot of memory if you have many tabs opened at the same time. Also...

Its password manager is often glitchy and wrong :(

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2. Opera

This renders websites exactly like Google Chrome. It uses the open-source Chromium browser. It even lets you install almost all Chrome browser extensions. It is styled a bit differently (better?). It has some extra features. Vivaldi browser is the same concept, created by Opera co-founder.

It's got the best and most reliable password managerof all browsers I've tried!

It has built in ad blocker and privacyfeatures. It's auto-complete for text fields is improved too.

It's good for web programmers, because you can use all the same tools as in Google Chrome.

It sometimes forces you do things a certain way.

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Vivaldi (scroll down) is worth a try. All the good of Opera (and more) without any of the bad.

3. Firefox

Pretty good browser. Better performance and privacy than Chrome. Popup blocker built in. The password manager is annoying, not as good as Opera.

Doesn't have as many features as Chrome.Ex: Can not set a custom search engine.

Doesn't have as many extensions as Chrome.Ex: Can not set a custom url to open for all new tabs. Well, you can, but not as well as in Chrome. In Chrome, there are extensions that will clear the URL from the address bar, so even though a custom page loads in a new tab, you can just start typing immediately, because usually you will not want to stay on that new page but search something or go to some other URL.

4. Microsoft Edge

It's actually a very good browser! Great performance and efficient use of memory. Unfortunately...

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5. Safari

I am a web developer, and have in recent years experienced many more glitches and issues with Safari than with Microsoft Edge. That should be embarrassing for Apple! Also, as a user, I personally don't like the UI because it doesn't have as many buttons and doesn't show its extensions all in a row like Chrome/Firefox. But, it's for a good reason - to save space and keep that beautiful minimal designer look that is an important feature of Apple products.

It is more memory efficient, much better than Chrome, mostly because it does not allow tabs (websites) to run their scripts while inactive in the background (while you're not using them).

6. Duck Duck Go

The alternative "privacy" focused search engine (and now they have a browser). They use Google or Bing results, I forget which, but act as a anonymizer (middle-man, proxy, VPN) between you and the search provider, so the search provider does not know what you're searching. Don't know anything else about this one.

7. Vivaldi

Few people know about this browser, but if you're not using it, you're missing out!It is the best web browser.It lets you have a very minimal clean interface like Safari, or a very advanced one with many features, or something in between. It has the most features. It is the most customizable. It is the most powerful. But, the UI is still easy and pleasant to use!

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Just a few of the options. The browser works very well even if you never change any options.

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I'm not benefiting at all by promoting Vivaldi.It's just the best. I appreciate their hard work!