I've tried them all - I started off on Archie and Gopher then Lynx and Mosaic then tried Netscape Navigator, whilst relying on Lynx for serious work.
[wipes tear from eye thinking about the Good Old Days ]
Nothing comes close to Opera - even at its worst.
First to use proper tabbing - without opening a new browser each time. I've got 40 tabs open right now.
Sticks to real HTML conventions - doesn't invent their own.
Doesn't chew up memory/resources.
Like my motto: - its hip to be straight
What did you use as your default search engine? Alta Vista, Hot Bot, Lycos, Infoseek?..
I started off with Netscape as it was about the best browser for pre- Power Macs.
Before Macs I was using a 386 and before that it was Wang computers... May be showing my age here...