With over 2 billion installations since 2016, Google Chrome is definitely the most popular browser for users. But it is necessarily the best choice? After rummaging through various sources to find an answer (on Google Chrome might I add), I think I’ve cracked the code.
Design-wise, Chrome’s layout is simple enough to navigate, and offers an extensive amount of customization options through themes and other features. That level of customization may be what’s so appealing to its users. But of course things like looks, design, and customization are are quite subjective. In order to really determine the superior browser, I needed to take a look at the stats. I found a few user opinions online that point to Chrome as their top choice overall, but I wasn’t too impressed with what I was finding statistically (of course each company is going to rave about it’s particular browser, right?). I decided to run a quick test on these browsers to find out for myself.
Out of the four most popular browsers I tested, two being cross-platform and two being platform-specific, (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge) I was able to come to a few conclusions. I tested for the amount of memory used to run each browser using the task manager on a PC and the activity monitor on a MAC, and determined that Firefox was using the most memory to run overall. Below are a closer look at the statistics I tested:
Of course with the two platform-specific browsers Safari and Edge, each runs the least energy and memory overall for their particular computers as they are optimized to do so. I think it’s safe to say that the platform-specific browsers would be the best option for users looking for the fastest loading speeds, and optimal performance on their respective computers. Chrome however, would be the next best choice based on memory consumption.
My personal favorite overall is Chrome, with Safari coming at a close second on my computer. I’m quite driven by customizable aspects of anything, so Chrome’s customizable themes and attractive interface, really hooked me. When speeds get a little too slow, or I need something a little easier for my computer, I switch to Safari.
Blog by: Marissa McCauley