Which Browser is Best?

The year: 2016
The time: Morning, noon and night
The place: Anywhere, USA
The cast of characters: Everyone you know

“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination.”

It is an area that we call the INTERNET.

Web browsing has become a ‘Twilight Zone’ of sorts – once a world of fantasy and illusion, the Internet (in all of its vast grandeur) and surfing that ensues has now become an essential part of our daily lives. The browsing options have expanded exponentially, especially within the past few years.

Because you should absolutely NOT still be using Internet Explorer, the Vertical Tech staff have collated the best browsers and assessed them for your convenience.

Get your optimal browsing on…



safari icon finger on phone


  • Built in integration on Apple products
  • Private browser setting that blocks all cookies
  • Clean, unobtrusive browsing experience
  • Reading List feature saves URLs of interesting web pages that you want to revisit and read later
  • Top Sites feature offers an at-a-glance preview of your favorite websites
  • Remarkably fast loading time
  • Reader button on the search bar allows users to eliminate all the advertisements and visual distractions in an article


  • Lacks some of the customization options many competitors offer
  • Doesn’t always work well on Windows



firefox browser



  • Constant updates, add-ons and high performance across all platforms
  • Uses less memory during each session than the other browsers
  • Easy-to-navigate menus described with simple language
  • Allows users to save frequently used pages like Gmail or Pandora as permanent tabs
  • Processes Javascript as well as HTML-intensive sites at a high standard
  • High security standards


  • Slow load time on image-heavy pages
  • Base version doesn’t offer much beyond the browser, but adding more than a few extensions can slow it down considerably



chrome browser


  • Fastest loading time of the browsers
  • Unmatched in first-party integration (synchs with the Google ecosystem perfectly)
  • Allows the user to close slow or freeze pages without restarting the entire browser
  • Wide array of apps and add-ons that add a considerable amount to the browsing experience
  • Translation feature recognizes a page in a foreign language and will offer to translate it in a matter of seconds
  • Minimalist design is clean, simple and easy to use


  • Privacy options not as extensive as some other browsers
  • Customized add-ons can slow the performance


Microsoft Edge

(Internet Explorer successor, released by Microsoft in July 2015)

microsoft edge home screen


  • Lightweight design, quick surfing, smooth scrolling
  • Note-taking option – Can write and highlight directly on the web
  • Designed to harness the best of Windows 10
  • Integration of Cortana
  • Pages render at lighting speed


  • Doesn’t currently support add-ons or extensions – will be coming in 2016
  • Site that rely on Microsoft’s Silverlight tech don’t function correctly
  • Still in development, meaning all of the kinks have yet to be worked out.


Now that you are armed with the knowledge of the right browser for you, you are ready to enter into the world of the wide web. Go. Go and browse until your heart’s content. If you have any other tech problems or questions, though, contact Vertical Technologies. We will get your business IT up, running, organized and optimized to maximize your productivity.











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