Safari VS Google Chrome VS Firefox VS Internet Explorer VS Opera

Note: Because of a glitch, the article is now harder to read. The first figure you see is Safari, the second is Chrome, the third is Firefox, the fourth is Internet Explorer and the last is Opera.

SAFARI             VS               GOOGLE CHROME              VS            FIREFOX          VS        INTERNET EXPLORER    VS      OPERA

STARTUP TIME – SINGLE TAB (lower is better)

Windows 7                                                     1.99 sec                                           2.09 sec                                              2.06 sec                                        2.19 sec                               2.17 sec

Mac OSX                                                        2.06 sec                                           2.56 sec                                              1.99 sec                                            N/A                                  3.40 sec

Average                                                           2.03 sec                                           2.32 sec                                              2.03 sec                                        2.19 sec                              2.78 sec

Winners: SAFARI AND FIREFOX. If you run Windows, use Safari, if you run Mac OSX, use Firefox.

STARTUP TIME – EIGHT TABS (lower is better)

Windows 7                                                    9.35 sec                                            5.74 sec                                              6.52 sec                                        5.12 sec                               5.78 sec

Mac OSX                                                        6.37 sec                                           8.09 sec                                              6.79 sec                                           N/A                                   7.13 sec

Average                                                          7.86 sec                                           6.91 sec                                               6.65 sec                                         5.12 sec                              6.42 sec

Winner: INTERNET EXPLORER. If you run Windows, use Internet Explorer, if you run Mac OSX, use Safari.

PAGE LOADING TIMES (lower is better)

Google                                                            2.43 sec                                            1.84 sec                                              1.81 sec                                        2.05 sec                              2.12 sec

YouTube                                                        8.22 sec                                            8.85 sec                                             11.33 sec                                      13.99 sec                            15.09 sec

eBay                                                                19.67 sec                                         18.37 sec                                            19.74 sec                                      17.69 sec                            23.77 sec

Wikipedia                                                     19.21 sec                                         19.50 sec                                             21.68 sec                                      18.35 sec                           15.60 sec

Winners: SAFARI, FIREFOX, INTERNET EXPLORER AND OPERA. Firefox was one of the quickest, and would have won this category if it had loaded Wikipedia faster.

JAVASCRIPT PERFORMANCE (lower is better)

Windows 7                                                   21.32 sec                                          37.75 sec                                            16.84 sec                                      19.54 sec                           31.24 sec

Mac OSX                                                       25.16 sec                                         32.77 sec                                             16.12 sec                                          N/A                                22.73 sec

Average                                                         23.24 sec                                          35.26 sec                                            16.48 sec                                      19.54 sec                           26.99 sec

Winner: FIREFOX. Firefox was the quickest on both Windows 7 and Mac OSX

HTML5 PERFORMANCE (higher is better)

Windows 7                                                  232 GBS                                             473 GBS                                             1597 GBS                                     1311 GBS                             149 GBS

Mac OSX                                                     1374 GBS                                            526 GBS                                             266 GBS                                           N/A                                   98 GBS

Average                                                        803 GBS                                             499 GBS                                             932 GBS                                       1311 GBS                            123 GBS

Winner: INTERNET EXPLORER. Although Internet Explorer had the best score on average. I would give this to Firefox because both Safari and Internet Explorer performed well on their preferred system.

MOZILLA HARDWARE ACCELERATION STRESS TEST (higher is better (60 max))

Windows 7                                                 13 FPS                                                  23 FPS                                                60 FPS                                         60 FPS                                  22 FPS

Mac OSX                                                    56 FPS                                                  10 FPS                                                 5 FPS                                              N/A                                     19 FPS

Average                                                      34 FPS                                                   16 FPS                                                32 FPS                                          60 FPS                                  21 FPS

Winner: INTERNET EXPLORER. This is another undeserved win, because Internet Explorer was not tested on Mac OSX. Personally, I think Safari won this category.

CONCLUSION

Out of the total six categories, four were won outright and the two others were contested between two and four browsers, respectively. In the outright categories, Internet Explorer won three, and Firefox won one. In the contested categories, the category with four contestants had every browser except Chrome, and the other had Safari and Firefox. But in both those categories, it depended on what system you ran. So in the four contestant one, Firefox should have one, but only if it had loaded Wikipedia faster, because it was around 1st-3rd for all categories except Wikipedia. Also, with the duel contestant one, if you ran Windows, you should have Safari, but if you have Mac OSX, you should run Firefox.

Enough with the technical mumbo-jumbo. If you like browsing the web with only one or two tabs, use either Safari or Firefox, your pick. If you like looking at every website at the same time, use Internet Explorer, but if you are a Mac OSX user (the right user), use Safari. When loading pages, overall, it was all pretty even, but if you like a nice all-rounded browser, use Chrome. But, actually, if Firefox was faster at loading Wikipedia, it would have smashed the competition in this category. Also if you use Wikipedia a LOT, and eBay and YouTube not so much, use Opera, but I DO NOT recommend using Opera. Using Javascript, there was no competition, all the browsers were annihilated by Firefox. With using HTML5, technically, Internet Explorer won, but that was because it was not tested on Mac OSX, so, again, Firefox won that category. And lastly, Internet Explorer had another undeserved win, which Safari should have won in the Hardware Stress Test.

The placings were (for Windows 7):
1: FIREFOX

2: INTERNET EXPLORER

3: SAFARI

4: GOOGLE CHROME

5: OPERA

The placings were (for Mac OSX):

=1: FIREFOX

=1: SAFARI

3: GOOGLE CHROME

4: OPERA

5: INTERNET EXPLORER (N/A)

The placings overall were:

1: FIREFOX

2: SAFARI

3: GOOGLE CHROME

4: INTERNET EXPLORER

5: OPERA

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