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Analysis And Conclusion

Web Browser Grand Prix 5: Opera 11.50, Firefox 5, And Chrome 12
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Analysis


Winner
Strong
Acceptable
Weak
Performance Benchmarks
Startup Time
Opera
Chrome, Internet Explorer
Firefox
Safari
Page Load Time
Chrome

Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari

JavaScript
Chrome
Firefox
Opera, Internet Explorer
Safari
DOM
Opera

Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer
Safari
CSS
Chrome
Opera
Internet Explorer
Firefox, Safari
Flash
Internet ExplorerOpera, SafariChrome, Firefox
Java
Firefox
Chrome
Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari

Silverlight
Opera
Internet Explorer
Chrome, Firefox, Safari

HTML5
Firefox
Internet Explorer
Chrome
Opera, Safari
HTML Hardware Acceleration
Firefox
Internet Explorer

Chrome, Opera, Safari
WebGL
Chrome

Firefox
Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari
Efficiency Benchmarks
Memory Usage
Safari
Firefox
Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera

Memory Management
Internet Explorer
Chrome
Firefox, Safari, Opera

Battery Life
Firefox

Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera
Safari
Reliability Benchmarks
Proper Page Loads
Firefox, Opera

Chrome
Internet Explorer, Safari
Conformance Benchmarks
JavaScript
Internet Explorer
Opera
Chrome, Firefox, Safari

DOM
Chrome, Opera, Safari
Firefox, Internet Explorer


CSS3
Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari
Chrome


HTML5
Chrome
Firefox, Opera
Safari
Internet Explorer


Conclusion

When we take raw performance, the conformance grade, total placing, and the categorical analysis tables into account, a clear winner emerges. There's no argument; Chrome 12 is the Web Browser Grand Prix 5 champion. 

Google boosted its numbers in performance, reliability, and standards conformance just enough to take the championship from Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, which just barely holds onto second place ahead of Firefox 5 (though this might be debatable). But it's not just the number of total wins that gives Chrome 12 an edge, but also its low number of losses. In fact, the only area where Chrome falls completely behind is in HTML5 hardware acceleration, which is a feature not yet supported by this browser.

The same could be said for fourth-place finisher Opera. WebGL, HTML5, and HTML5 hardware acceleration are the weak areas of the Norwegian Web browser; those are also features not yet supported.

Safari 5 is simply the oldest browser in the lineup. Being the longest to go without a major refresh makes it somewhat like a control group, a way to gauge the latest against the previous generation. But Mac OS X 'Lion' is so close that we can hear its roar. The big cat brings Safari 6 which is set to be a major upgrade to the browser.

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