I think you have to try things and judge for yourself. We have different settings and different apps installed, all things that can change the experience. I listen to opinions and then try things for myself. Ultimately, only *I* know what I want my Thrive to do and how I want it to behave. Every user has to make that choice for him or her self. Dolphin was unbelievably slow for me. It might be GREAT for you. It's all good.
I like Maxthon, so far. It's free. If something better comes along, I'll just uninstall. As the Doctor once said, "It can't all be the relief of Mafeking, you know." LOL