In-depth Comparison of Web Browsers at MaximumPC

There are a lot of web browsers on the market today, with a lot of marketing text and hidden agendas clouding any real evaluation of each browser. Even at Lowter, we heavily lean towards Opera. All of the graphs and speed tests are the worst, with each data set showing almost entirely different results, always skewed towards a particular browser.

However, I found a great article on Maximum PC (external link) that gives a pretty detailed and fair review of the major browsers (external link) on the market. It compares the browsers on the rendering engine, the user interface, standards support, security and privacy, add-ons and themes, and performance. It looks at IE7, Firefox 3, Opera 9.6, Safari 3, Chrome 1.0, Firefox 3.1 Beta 2, IE8 Beta 2, Opera 10 Alpha, and Safari 4 Beta. Sadly, it fails to include Chrome 2.0.

One thing I really like about the article is that it covers the browsers currently available on the market and the browsers in the beta and alpha stages. A lot of articles, particularly about Safari 4, tend to compare the latest development release of Browser A to the public release of Browser B, ignoring the latest development release of Browser B. This article takes a bit more into account, so it gives a more accurate and fair overview of the browser market.

I'm interested to hear people's opinions on the bias of this article, whether or not you agree with me about its accuracy and largely unbiased approach. Feel free to voice your opinion below.


  • Great article! Took ages to look at on my phone in Opera Mini though. 500KB pages are no fun at 10kb/s frown

    Posted by Matt Oakes (external link) on Thu 12 Mar 2009 at 18:08