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Web Browsers: Ratings of Sources

Total of 46 Sources
March 13, 2014
Which Browser is Best? Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Internet Explorer
by Michael Muchmore
Our AssessmentMichael Muchmore,'s software analyst, reviews the most popular web browsers and gives a slight edge to Google Chrome because of its voice response and instant page loading; Firefox is praised for its extensions, while "third-party" browsers Opera and Maxthon are also mentioned as good choices.
June 30, 2013
Chrome 27, Firefox 22, IE10, And Opera Next, Benchmarked
by Adam Overa
Our AssessmentTom's Hardware offers a comprehensive review of web browsers using several indicators (memory, reliability, security and standards conformity) in its well-known "Web Browser Grand Prix." Editors test Chrome 27, Firefox 22, IE10 and Opera Next. As of mid-2013, Firefox comes out on top with "the most punishing margin of victory" against its long-time competitor, Chrome.
3. NSS Labs
March 31, 2014
2013 Browser Security Comparative Analysis Report: Socially Engineered Malware
by Randy Abrams, Orlando Barrera, Jayendra Pathak and Dipti Ghimire
Our AssessmentAs with most tests by the independent NSS Labs over the past few years, Internet Explorer 11 performed superbly here, catching 99.9 percent of more than 650 malware threats. NSS Labs ran their tests over a 14-day period; Chrome caught 71 percent, Opera 29 percent and Firefox and Safari 4 percent.
4. NSS Labs
Nov. 28, 2012
2012 Browser Security Comparative Analysis: Phishing Protection
by Randy Abrams, Orlando Barrera and Jayendra Pathak
Our AssessmentDespite performing well in malware and privacy tests, Internet Explorer 10 scored the lowest of major browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera) in 12 days of phishing tests run by NSS Labs, catching 83 percent. Firefox 19 was highest at 96 percent.
5. NSS Labs
July 23, 2013
Browser Security Comparative Analysis: Privacy
by Randy Abrams, Orlando Barrera and Jayendra Pathak
Our AssessmentThis privacy report from the research firm NSS Labs found Internet Explorer 10 "performs best with regard to out-of-the-box privacy configuration, with Apple's Safari a close second." The report noted that IE offers tracking protection lists that stop certain sites from tracking your browsing.
March 31, 2014
Best browser 2014: which should you be using?
by Gary Marshall
Our AssessmentThis in-depth review tests Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 28, Safari 5.1.7, Chrome 33 and Opera 20 on a Windows 8 PC and compares the performances of each browser in a multitude of categories including speed, privacy, add-ons, and compatibility with Windows XP, Android, iPad (Chrome) and more.
7. Laptop Magazine
March 31, 2014
Best Android Browser: Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Opera vs. Dolphin
by Cherlynn Low
Our AssessmentThis comparative test review weighs interface, speed, special features, standards support and sync ability. Opera wins out here because of interface, speed and standards support, while Dolphin is dead last.
8. New York Times
Feb. 24, 2014
Apple's Serious Security Issue: Update Your iPhone or iPad Immediately
by Molly Wood
Our AssessmentThis is one of many articles explaining the serious security breach that impacted Apple's desktop and mobile operating systems in February 2014. The writer recommends Apple users stop using Safari because the security issue left devices vulnerable to hackers -- even if users thought they were on a secure network -- and to instead use Chrome or Firefox.
As of April 2014
Web Browsers for Windows
by Editors of
Our AssessmentFirefox and Chrome get 5 out of 5 stars or "spectacular" ratings from CNET's editors. Firefox has a slightly higher user rating; other browsers are also well reviewed.
10. Macworld
Nov. 1, 2013
Mac Web Browsers
by Macworld Staff
Our, per its name, reviews only products designed for Mac, including web browsers. Standouts include Maxthon Cloud Browser, which is praised for its wealth of features, though its syncing features can be wonky. Also praised are Chrome, which excels on all the benchmark tests, and Safari 7, which has battery-saving features and social media syncing.
April 6, 2012
The Best Android Browsers
by Sara Yin, William Felton
Our Assessment

Best browser for privacy

Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer

In this older review roundup, Dolphin wins the Editors' Choice award for Android browsers.

Opera Mobile 12, UC Browser and others are also tested and their features and performance are reviewed.

July 27, 2013
Best browser for 2013
by Barry Collins
Our AssessmentPC Pro tests leading browsers in two performance benchmarks and a memory-consumption test. Firefox 22 scores 5 out of 6 and is named "the most memory-efficient of the browsers on test, using only three quarters of the RAM Chrome demanded for the same 20 tabs." Chrome 28 is ranked second, scoring 4 out of 6. Internet Explorer 10, Safari and Opera 15 are also tested -- Safari scores the lowest, with just 2 out of 6 thanks to a cumbersome setup and the browser crashing several times on a PC.
Dec. 16, 2013
Battle of the browsers 2014: which is the best web browser for Windows?
by By Roland Waddilove
Our AssessmentPC Advisor reviews the features and performance of Internet Explorer 11, Opera 18, Firefox 26 and Google 31, but does not test them. The website names Chrome and Opera the best browsers, but says that Firefox is a decent performer and offers many add-ons that work with older version of Windows.
14. Midas Blog
Nov. 13, 2013
The Best Web Browser? Internet Explorer 11, Chrome 31, Firefox 25, Opera 17, or Safari 5?
by Editors of Midas Blog
Our AssessmentMidas Blog tests the leading browsers for speed, performance (including memory usage) and compliance with HTML5 and CSS3. Chrome comes out ahead of the other browsers in eight of 15 tests to win the first place award, but is far slower than other browsers when multiple tabs are used. (Internet Explorer 11 shines in this category.)
Feb. 26, 2013
The best Windows browser today: IE 10 or Chrome 25?
by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Our AssessmentThis short review tests the speed of IE 10 against Chrome 25 in five benchmarks. Chrome outperforms IE 10 in the tests, has better compatibility with HTML5 and runs on most Windows platforms, making it the choice for ZDNet's reviewer.
March 31, 2013
Battle of the best browsers: IE vs. Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Safari
by Brandon Widder
Our AssessmentThis browser review and speed performance test pits Google Chrome 25 against Firefox 19, Internet Explorer 10 and Safari. Chrome is the fastest, particularly in HTML5, but the reviewer notes that while most everyone at uses Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox have become much faster and user-friendly.
April 29, 2013
Maxthon Cloud 4.05 review: a web browser you should install and try today
by By Roland Waddilove
Our AssessmentPC Advisor gives Maxthon 4.5 out of 5 stars because of its plethora of features. Waddilove doesn't make any comparisons except to say that other browsers don't have the same level of functionality.
18. Macworld (U.K.)
Jan. 31, 2014
What's the best internet browser for Mac?
by Lou Hattersley
Our AssessmentThis review focuses on the features of leading Mac browsers: Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Omniweb. Hattersley offers up pluses and minuses for each, but doesn't actually declare a winner. In a Macworld poll, Safari was the most popular, just ahead of Chrome.
April 8, 2014
Google Chrome Privacy Whitepaper
by Editors of
Our AssessmentThis lengthy white paper explains Chrome's privacy policies and practices, detailing everything from the browser's use of Omnibox predictions to its Do Not Track feature.
June 19, 2013
Dolphin Browser hits version 10 with a fresh design, new features
by Andrew Martonik
Our AssessmentThis one-off review at, which covers Android apps and devices, is one of the most recent for Dolphin Browser. Martonik discusses the browser's new, more robust features and clean interface and likes what he sees.
Not dated
(Hands-On) Dolphin Browser Makes Huge Update to Version 10, Revamps UI, Amplifies Search, Debuts Web App Store, and More
by Bertel King, Jr.
Our AssessmentThis is a detailed review of Dolphin Browser's newer features, along with helpful screen shots that explain each feature. The reviewer doesn't compare Dolphin to other mobile browsers, however.
Nov. 7, 2013
Internet Explorer 11: the Review
by Craig Buckler
Our AssessmentThis test review of Internet Explorer 11 covers everything from installation to benchmarks for speed to innovative features. The reviewer calls Microsoft's new browser "awesome" because of its speed (it beat Chrome and Firefox in two benchmark tests), developers' tools and security. Limited add-ons and support for just a few operating systems (Windows 8 and 7) are cons, according to the reviewer.
Oct. 16, 2013
Fixya Mobile Browser Report: How Users Feel About Chrome, Safari, IE, Opera, and the Android Stock Browser
by Editors of
Our AssessmentSafari shines in Fixya's Mobile Browser Usability Report, a reliability indicator that focuses on how many "fix-it" requests there are for each browser. In addition to reliability, Safari's reading lists and the ability to mail and tweet links were pluses. Coming in a distant second to Safari was Stock Android, then Opera, Chrome and Internet Explorer.
24. NDTV
March 8, 2014
UC Browser review
by Gopal Sathe
Our AssessmentIndia's NDTV provides one of the more recent and in-depth reviews of UC Browser, which is popular in China and India. UC Browser is well-reviewed here; pages load quickly and features like the download manager are commended.
Oct. 22, 2013
Everything You Need to Know About Safari 7
by Matthew Guay
Our AssessmentThis is an in-depth and largely complimentary single-product review of Safari 7, which the reviewer states is the "one browser that brings a 100 percent native feel to the web." Safari 7's strong points include faster browsing and tab isolation (problems in one tab won't slow down another) and a simpler design with easier access to features like the browser's famed Reading List.
As of April 2014
Windows Software Reviews
by Editors of
Our reviews several web browsers, including Maxthon, which gets a perfect score because of its fluid syncing between different platforms and its competitive speed. Other top performers include Internet Explorer and Opera; each earns ratings of 4 out of 5 stars.
27. IT Pro
Oct. 29, 2012
"Android browser head-to-head: Chrome vs Dolphin vs Firefox vs Maxthon vs Opera Mobile vs Skyfire
by Gareth Halfacree
Our AssessmentIT Pro has an informative but older comparative review of top Android browsers. Opera Mobile is praised for using less data than competitors. Android's stock browser and Chrome are recommended over the other competitors but none are formally tested.
May 21, 2013
New Opera for Android looks like Opera, tastes like Chrome
by Andrew Cunningham
Our, a news and reviews website for IT professionals, has a detailed review of Opera Mobile. The review focuses on its new technology (Opera uses Google's code) that puts Opera's speed on par with Chrome. Features are a major focus here; Opera Mobile's Speed Dial page with favorite sites and bookmarks is praised.
29. CNET
Feb. 26, 2013
A tour of the WebKit-based Opera for Android
by Stephen Shankland
Our AssessmentCNET's pictorial tour of Opera Mobile highlights its interface, usability and features like Off-Road mode. This isn't a review but provides useful information on the browser.
30. TechAdvisor
Sept. 27, 2012
Dolphin Browser 8.8.1 review
by Matt Egan
Our AssessmentThis older review from TechAdvisor (part of PC Advisor) gives Dolphin 3.5 out of 5 stars because of its many features. But the reviewer, who doesn't make direct comparison to other mobile browsers, says it needs to perform slightly better to warrant a higher rating.
31. Google Play
As of April 2014
Android Apps: Browsers
by Contributors to Google Play
Our AssessmentMillions of Google Play contributors rate Android browsers here, including Dolphin Browser, Firefox, Opera Mini and Chrome. Most browsers get at least 4.5 out of 5 stars overall, but Dolphin has the most ratings, with more than 1.5 million.
June 20, 2013
Dolphin browser for Android adds redesigned UI, new store for web apps
by Edgar Alvarez
Our AssessmentThis short write-up of Dolphin Browser version 10 for Android highlights the browser's features (drag-and-drop support for speed dials, gestures, new app store) and user interface. While it's brief and there aren't any tests or comparisons, this positive review nicely sums up upgrades to the browser.
As of April 2014
2014 Internet Browser Software Review
by Danny Chadwick
Our uses an easy-to-read chart and ratings system that ranks each browser, though it's not clear that editors here actually did any testing. Google Chrome and Firefox come out on top based on features, security, speed, ease of use and support.
Jan. 18, 2013
Dolphin Browser Demonstrates Why Mobile-Only Is a Losing Bet
by Dan Rowinski
Our AssessmentWriter Dan Rowinski doesn't review Dolphin Browser but instead details the limitations of the browser (and the mobile-only browser market) because they don't have desktop versions. He instead endorses "cross-platform browsers."
35. PC World
Jan. 20, 2014
Maxthon 4.2 review: Browser integrates cloud functionality and multiple session logins
by Ian Harac
Our AssessmentPCWorld's reviewer gives Maxthon 4.2 a score of 3.5 out of 5 stars, citing some performance issues. Harac says it's worth checking out though due to all of its features.
36. Laptop Magazine
Sept. 13, 2012
Internet Explorer 10 Review
by Konrad Krawczyk
Our AssessmentLaptop Magazine gives Internet Explorer 10 3.5 stars out of 5, citing its speedy page loads (the website runs numerous tests on the browser). This review weighs IE's Modern (full-screen mode) against its desktop version, noting that the two aren't synonymous (Modern doesn't have browsing history for example) and that the desktop version "isn't as touch-friendly as its Modern counterpart."
37. Webmonkey
Oct. 26, 2012
Review: Internet Explorer 10 Bests the Competition on Windows 8 Tablets
by Scott Gilbertson
Our AssessmentThe author provides an in-depth review of Internet Explorer 10 based on his own monthlong use of the browser on a tablet. He strongly recommends the browser for Windows 8 tablets because of its touch-screen functionality, but says the desktop version isn't much better than Chrome or Firefox.
Feb. 19, 2014
Review: Google Chrome wants to be your OS
by Martin Heller
Our AssessmentThis detailed report includes technical information for Chrome's 32 version, as well as benchmark test results. Chrome wins's Editor's Choice award for its features, performance, ease of use and other attributes, scoring a 9 out of 10.
39. Gizmo's Freeware
Feb. 17, 2014
Best Free Web Browser
by "Joeguru"
Our AssessmentThis updated review doesn't test the leading browsers, but describes their performance and features in some detail and weighs the pros and cons of each. Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Maxthon and Sleipner are reviewed. Chrome gets the highest rating, 5 out of 5 stars, for its features like automatic updates and its built-in flash and PDF viewers.
40. Naked Security
Sept. 23, 2013
Firefox burns Chrome in our trustworthy browser poll
by Mark Stockley
Our AssessmentNaked Security's (part of security company Sophos) informal poll found just over 50 percent of respondents trusted Firefox the most of six browsers: Chrome, Chromium, Safari, Internet Explorer and Opera. Chrome came in second, with 27 percent of the vote. While the results are interesting, the poll is unscientific and it's unclear how many respondents there were.
March 4, 2014
Opera 20 FINAL released, beefs up Bookmark bar, Speed Dial
by Nick Peers
Our AssessmentThis isn't a review but instead describes updates to Opera 20, including drag-and-drop features on the bookmark bar and speed dial.
Not dated
Best Mac Browser Performance Benchmark 2013
by Tom Nelson
Our runs performance tests for iCab, Safari, Firefox, Opera and Chrome in five top benchmarks. Chrome scores the best for speed overall, leading to declare it the best Mac browser.
Nov. 30, 2012
6 Reasons Dolphin Should Be Your Default Browser
by Tim Lenahan
Our AssessmentThis somewhat dated review from AppStorm, a blog focusing on Android apps, gives Dolphin Browser a 9-out-10 score largely because of its features, like voice and gesture commands and friendly user interface. The browser itself is not tested.
Dec. 2, 2012
5 Top Browsers for Android In 2013
by Judene Macariola
Our AssessmentThe write-up for each browser -- Google Chrome Beta, Opera for Android, Dolphin HD, Boat and Overskreen -- is limited to a short paragraph. It's unclear whether the browsers were tested although the reviews describe speed, performance and design. The browsers are not compared or ranked.
Nov. 22, 2013
Opera Browser updated with new look for Tablets
by Joe Hindy
Our looks at Opera's new interface for tablets in this one-off review. Hindy doesn't compare it to other tablet-optimized browsers though.
Dec. 17, 2013
Opera Max beta compresses most of the data going through your Android device
by Brad Molen
Our AssessmentThis short write-up of Opera Max beta, which compresses data at unprecedented levels, praises the service for making it easier to stream music and video and view images and other multimedia. As Opera Max was in beta phase at the time, the app isn't fully tested.

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