As far as the internet browser market is concerned, Google Chrome is the dominant force both on Android-based devices and even PCs.
Microsoft Edge Browser on the other hand is starting to take things more seriously on the desktop by redesigning the application and ridding it with numerous features that users actually need.
Then there is the Samsung Internet which isn’t even supposed to be on the list but for whatever reason made it here because of the vast reach of the Samsung Galaxy smartphones across the globe, the Samsung Internet browser app is certainly underused and underrated.
These three browsers are great options for Android-based device users and they’re all advantageous but also have their downsides as well (which will be discussed later in the post.)
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But first, if you ask me why I compared these three mainly and not add others such as Mozilla Firefox or even the Opera web browser, the reason is that these three apps in my experience have been the very best web browsers that I’ve ever used.
Mozilla Firefox crashes unnecessarily on my PC many times while Opera browser is ridden with unnecessary features, inconsistencies, and annoying fake messages. It’s as if Opera is trying to be everything at the same time.
But back to our main three which in my subjective opinion are the best internet browsers for anyone using an Android phone and a Windows computer.
While the Samsung Internet browser is the least appealing because it isn’t necessarily cross-platform in the normal sense, there are ways by which you can integrate its key feature into your Google Chrome via a plug-in.
Google Chrome on the other hand is extremely handy. Almost every Android phone comes with a Google account even though the OEM usually have their own account systems too. For example, there is also Samsung ID despite Google ID. There is also Huawei ID. You get the point.
But the point is that so far you have your Google account logged onto your Android device, and you gain direct access to all Google-based services using their single-sign-on technology that basically automatically sign you into all those apps including the Chrome browser.
So things such as your password, website cookies, and bookmarks are synced between your Chrome mobile browser and the web version (if you also signed in on the desktop version).
This convenience is something that many want. Being able to also share links between mobile and desktop Chrome versions makes life easy. But the plainness of the browser might be a turn-off to some people, like me for example, I like customization. I love to customize my experience all the time. That is why I’m not necessarily a Chrome fan.
However, there is Microsoft Edge which now comes bundled with every Windows software. The browser has all the cool features and the ability to tweak its user interface to your taste.
I like the new widget-based layouts whereby you can integrate services such as WhatsApp, Spotify, Facebook Messenger, Microsoft 365, and a plethora of other services into the browser to have quick access to them in a Widgetized way. Even though the three services are basically the web version, they are presented in such a way that it seamlessly integrates with the Edge Browser making it seem like a complete widget. Unlike having to literally open innumerable tabs on Chrome in order to be able to do something like this.
Also, remember that the Edge is baked into the Windows core system so it’s less resource intense and it loads 2x faster than Chrome or any web browser for that matter.
Since the Edge Browser is also an account-based software, you can sync your experience with the mobile version and gain access to your bookmarks and saved contents directly from your Android smartphone.
In my opinion, in ranking them, I’ll put Edge as number one then Google Chrome before Samsung Internet. But let me explain further by breaking each of the browsers down in full detail.
This is a web browser developed by Samsung Electronics for its Android smartphones and tablets which is where it stopped.
It would’ve been nice if the app was extended to other devices such as the Galaxy Notebooks (their Windows-based PCs) at least even if they won’t make it open for third-party devices to be able to install the app.
However, Samsung believes that being able to extend the power of your premium Galaxy smartphones (starting from the Galaxy S8 series), you can make use of the DeX software to turn your mobile experience into a desktop experience.
But to be sincere, the Samsung Internet is known for its speed, security, and customization features. The app’s core is based on the Chromium project, the same open-source browser engine used by Google Chrome. However, Samsung Internet offers some unique features that make it stand out from other browsers.
One that particularly stands out to me the most is its Night Mode which accurately converts every web page into a dark mode for you even if the website doesn’t have the feature built into its core.
Brumpost for example has a dark mode feature that can be toggled. But CNET doesn’t. However, using the Samsung Internet, you get a well-defined dark mode that is accurately depicted without any issue.
I also like the customization of the App. You can install a couple of extensions to make the app function even better.
I personally switched to Samsung Internet due to the positions of its. Navigation. You can easily switch between tabs and rearrange tabs. All these features are missing on the Chrome browser for example. You also have to always reach the top to switch tabs in Chrome as there is no Footer-based navigation system on the app.
- Fast performance: Samsung Internet is known for its fast performance. It uses a built-in ad blocker and has an optimized browser engine that loads web pages quickly.
- Privacy features: Samsung Internet has a built-in tracker blocker that prevents websites from tracking your online activity. It also has a Secret Mode that allows you to browse the web without leaving any traces on your device.
- Customization options: Samsung Internet offers a wide range of customization options, including a Dark Mode, the ability to change the font size and style, and the option to customize the navigation bar.
- Limited availability: Samsung Internet is only available on Android devices, which limits its user base.
- Inadequate extension support: Samsung Internet does not have adequate extensions, which means that users cannot do much as there are limited third-party tools or features to the browser.
- Inconsistent updates: Samsung Internet does not receive frequent updates, which can result in security vulnerabilities and compatibility issues.
With over 10 billion downloads in the Play store alone compared to Samsung Internet’s 1 billion downloads or Microsoft Edge’s 50M downloads, Google Chrome is certainly the number one most downloaded and the most popular web browser in the world.
It’s so popular that most people make fun of the Edge Browser as a Chrome installer because most people that get their new PC only open the Edge browser just so they can use it to download a Chrome browser and that’s all but that isn’t the case anymore (more on Edge later).
Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google. It is one of the most popular web browsers in the world as mentioned earlier, and it’s known for its speed, stability, and compatibility with various devices and platforms.
It’s also the number browser for Android devices to the point that most Android OEMs despite making their own UIs for the Android platform often just leave out the browser software and integrate Chrome as their primary web browser rather than creating theirs.
While Google Chrome for mobile is extremely limited to the point of being useless in my humble opinion, its desktop version is very powerful.
It’s so powerful that there’s almost an extension for anything you want on the Desktop version of the Chrome browser. If you want a VPN, there’s an extension. If you want a coupon code explorer, there’s an extension. There’s in fact a Chrome extension to integrate your Samsung Internet into Chrome so you can sync things such as Bookmarks between the browsers (something that I did.)
One thing however is that the Chrome browser is resource intense. It takes a large chunk of your device resources the more you open more tabs even though Google is trying to introduce different features to help reduce this.
Google hasn’t really changed the user interface of the Chrome browser in a really long time. The company is known for its minimal approach to design which explains why the mobile version is very plain compared to the other two on the list.
- Wide availability: Google Chrome is available on almost all devices and platforms, including Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS.
- Compatibility: Google Chrome is compatible with almost all websites and web applications, making it a reliable choice for most users.
- Extension support: Google Chrome supports a wide range of extensions that allow users to customize their browsing experience and add extra features to the browser.
- High resource usage: Google Chrome is notorious for its high resource usage, which can slow down older devices and drain battery life on mobile devices.
- Privacy concerns: Google Chrome is owned by Google, which is known for its data collection practices. While Chrome offers some privacy features, users may still have concerns about their data privacy. I do personally.
- Slow startup time: Google Chrome can take longer to start up compared to other browsers on the list because it’s considered a third-party application (except of course the Google Pixel devices), which can be frustrating for users who want to quickly access the internet.
We all know that Microsoft developed the Edge Browser for both mobile and desktop platforms and it was launched in 2015 with the primary agenda of replacing the ancient Internet Explorer.
Microsoft Edge is known for its speed, security, and integration with Microsoft’s countless products and services and even third-party services as mentioned earlier.
The new Edge Browser comes ridden with so many features that you’ll get lost counting them. I think this is Microsoft’s attempt to make the browser number one on its desktop platform, Windows.
With its partnership with OpenAI, the Edge Browser now has integration with ChatGPT to enhance user search and productivity using the single browser.
I think it’s about the time before everyone discovers how useful the Edge Browser actually is.
I also like the fact that the app now has support for third-party extensions in order to bring in more features and enhance the overall performance of the app.
One thing that I like about the Edge Browser is that it loads very fast when you’re just starting it up which can be attributed to it being a core application baked into the Windows operating system. Unlike Chrome which literally eats up your computer storage, plain and boring, the Edge Browser offers a lot of cool customizations, is less resource intense and it loads faster.
Even though some of those experiences are extended to its mobile version even though the mobile is quite limited in features, you can sync with the web version in order to import your browser history, bookmarks, and so forth.
I also love the fact that they allow you to literally import all your Chrome data into Edge. I don’t know why Google will allow this but that’s how it is.
One of the main reasons why most don’t want to use the Edge Browser or even any other browsers for that matter is because of the amount of data they have on Google Chrome. I’m talking about passwords, web history, cookies, bookmarks, and so forth.
But you can literally just import everything in one click to your Edge Browser and delete your Chrome browser if you’re tired of it.
- Integration with Microsoft products: Microsoft Edge is tightly integrated with Microsoft’s other products and services, including Office 365 and Windows 10.
- Fast performance: Microsoft Edge is known for its fast performance, thanks to its optimized browser engine and built-in ad blocker.
- Privacy features: Microsoft Edge has a range of privacy features, including a tracking prevention feature and a private browsing mode.
- Limited availability: Microsoft Edge is only available on Windows and Mac devices, which limits its user base.
- Lack of extension support: While Microsoft Edge supports extensions, its library is not as extensive as Google Chrome or Firefox.
- Compatibility issues: Microsoft Edge may not be compatible with some websites and web
Decide for yourself
In conclusion, Samsung Internet, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge are all popular web browsers with their own advantages and disadvantages.
Samsung Internet stands out for its fast performance, privacy features, and customization options, but is limited by its availability and lack of extension support.
Google Chrome is widely available, compatible with most websites and web applications, and offers a wide range of extensions, but has high resource usage and privacy concerns.
Microsoft Edge is integrated with Microsoft’s other products and services, is fast, and has strong privacy features, but it’s not as popular as the above two probably because it’s fairly new.
When choosing a web browser, it is important to consider your individual needs and preferences. If speed and privacy are your top priorities, Samsung Internet or Microsoft Edge may be the best choice for you. If you need a browser that is widely compatible and offers a wide range of extensions, Google Chrome may be the way to go. Ultimately, each browser has its own strengths and weaknesses, and it is up to you to decide which one is the best fit for them.
But personally, I’m seriously thinking of moving to Edge even though I’ve recently moved to Samsung internet on my mobile device while integrating the browser extension into my Chrome browser on the web and combining it with Edge.
I literally use the three browsers and the experience has been great. It might not be useful to have three browsers on your device but you can use one that is efficient and well-rounded. I think in my opinion, the new Microsoft Edge Browser comes as number one while Chrome stays at number two because of its wide availability. It could have easily been Samsung internet if it was available across different platforms but it’s only limited to mobile devices which is a bit disappointing.