The folks over at CNET have posted the results in what appears to be an extensive series of benchmark testing for the three most popular browsers on the market. These new browsers and respective updates represent the best that Google, Mozilla, and Microsoft have to offer consumers and all are very capable in what they do. Yes, each is different in their graphical user interface, but overall each has something to offer anyone who enjoys surfing the Internet.
What is noticeable is the absence of browsers such as Opera and Safari. Opera is a very capable browser and the latest version I tried is very quick at loading pages. My only complaint was the lack of add-ons or extensions that other browsers offer. I have used Safari on my wife’s Apple iPad and found it also capable and also quick loading pages. So if you are an Opera or Safari fan, make sure you bombard us with comments from all of your friends, because it will really make a difference in our decision-making process in choosing a browser.
The first thing I noticed in the CNET article were the pretty graphs. Someone took a lot of time and painstaking effort to compile some of the most colorful and easy to follow charts I have seen lately. Here is an example:
I studied the benchmark testing very closely, checking the memory usage statistics and measured the boot time as specified in the final graph. I noticed that some of the red graphs were high and that some were low. The same for the yellow and blue graphs. After spending some 90 to 100 seconds viewing the data I came up with some conclusions:
For the person who is sitting somewhere in America with an old Windows XP machine and on a 56k dial-up connection, none of this information pertains to them.
There are companies in America where their IT departments have ruled that every employee will use Internet Explorer 7 and if you are caught updating to a higher version, you WILL be terminated.
That there are people like myself who have a favorite add-on or extension that only works properly in one browser, therefore that is my browser of choice this week.
There is also the experience that reader Buffet had when his computer screwed up when he tried updating from IE 7 to IE 8. If it wasn’t for having a back up image, he would have had real problems.
Bottom line is I use the browser that best meets my needs and benchmarks have little or no influence in my decision.
What about you? Do benchmarks play an important role in which browser you use?