Think Firefox, IE and Safari are the web's only browsers? Then think again. They may be the most well-known, but they're necessarily the best. We've got six alternative internet browsers that may suit your needs better.

When it comes to web browsers, it's normally Mozilla, Apple or Microsoft that springs to mind. And that's because they're the only good browsers available, right? Wrong.

Firefox, IE or Safari hit the headlines because they're the biggest and most popular browsers. In fact, with the exception of Google's Chrome (which made a big splash, mostly because it came from Google) most of the alternative browsers out there tend to get lost in the shuffle.

And it's too bad, because some of these relatively unknown browsers are good - and could be better for some users than the ones they're using now. We asked three writers to take some lesser-known browsers out for a spin and see how they do.

They chose six candidates: Camino (for the Mac), Maxthon (for the PC), OmniWeb (for the Mac), Opera (both the Mac and the PC versions) and Shiira (for the Mac). Which is the best? It all depends on what you need from a browser.

For example, Camino is for those who want a simple, basic browser, while Maxthon is overflowing with every power feature in the book. OmniWeb offers speed and an interesting approach to tabbing (but, at a base price of $14.95, is the only browser in this round-up that isn't free), while Opera brings with it a number of features it has pioneered over the years, along with a strong fan base. Finally, Shiira has an interface that is more Mac than Apple's own Safari.

It's possible that none of these will do what you need better than the browser you're already using. But as we all know, sometimes you have to step outside of the tried and true in order to find something really great.

Check these browsers out - one of them may work for you.

NEXT PAGE: Camino 1.6.4

  1. Think there's only Mozilla, Microsoft and Apple, think again
  2. Camino 1.6.4
  3. Maxthon 2.1.4
  4. OmniWeb 5.8
  5. Opera 9.6
  6. Opera 9.6 for PC
  7. Shiira 2.2

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