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I’ve been a die hard Firefox fan ever since I switched from using Internet Explorer the day I finally got fed up. Since then I have come to love the speed, stability and extendability of Firefox.  Me and Firefox, we’ve been best buds for a long time and until recently I didn’t think anything could get between us. Google has power we have yet to understand.

You see, since Chrome came out, it still had miles to go to split me away from Firefox. Sure it had its perks such as the different way it handled memory, its minimalistic feel, its simple way of handling downloads, etc.  If I think hard enough I’m sure I could think of more.


I have actually begun to use Chrome for some things while still using Firefox as my main browser. Will I ever stop using Firefox? We’ll see because Chrome is still improving more and more and may even pull ahead (in my book).

Recently Chrome threw a few balls into the internet browser court that may end up being a game changer. There are two areas that Chrome has drastically improved over Firefox that cannot be ignored.  Two activities, that have always annoyed me about Firefox, are now being done better by Chrome. They are themes and extensions. Let’s take a look at a Google Chrome vs. Firefox comparison.  You be the judge.  Which browser does it better in these two areas?

Google Chrome Is Classy In The Way It Handles Themes

google chrome firefox comparisonWhen Chrome first came out, themes were not originally available. This was one of the reasons I didn’t see myself switching from Firefox. Even though it didn’t really change the usability, I simply liked making my browser my own.  However Chrome now does themes, in my opinion, as good as Firefox.

If you have ever installed a theme for Firefox, you probably noticed that Firefox asked you to restart the browser for the changes to take effect. This was the case until they came out with Personas.  Now Personas were not fully-fledged themes but only skins for the browser.  In other words, themes could modify shapes and designs of things like buttons, whereas Personas only change a few colors and background graphics. Personally, I’m happy with that. I like the buttons where they are.  Getting back to the point, Personas do not require a browser restart, which is what I love about them.

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Chrome now does themes too. They have it set up so that a restart is not required. Like I said, I love that. Who wants to stop what they are doing and wait for the browser, with all the sites you’re working on, to reboot? I know I don’t. All things being fair, what Google calls a theme is basically the same as Firefox’s Personas, being they are only a few color and graphical changes.  They’re basically skins. If you are happy with the simplicity of Personas, as I am, then you’ll probably like Chrome’s themes.

Let’s see how simple it is to install a theme in Google Chrome:

  • Click the handy wrench icon in the upper right of the window and click the “Options” button,

google chrome firefox comparison

  • Click the “Get Themes” link (or skip these steps by going directly to this link),

google chrome firefox comparison

  • This brings you to Google Chrome’s theme directory.  From here you can choose to either click a link to preview the theme or just click an “Apply theme” button to automatically change your theme.  Theme files have the extension “CRX” so whenever you download one of those, Chrome knows what to do and the change is automatically made.

Very cool and very classy.  Lately I’ve been digging the simple design of the Puk-Puk theme.  How about you?

Google Chrome Handles Extensions Like A Million Bucks

One of the biggest complaints about Chrome since the time of its release has been its lack of extendability compared to browsers like Firefox.  To be honest, this has been the largest game changer for me.  There have been a lot of things about Chrome I have loved, but because of my beloved Firefox extensions, there was no changing for me.  Now that Chrome is bringing on the extensions (check out Chrome extensions for Google services), only the future can tell!

Listen up, Firefox, because Chrome has a way of handling extensions that you can really learn some tips from.  Firefox, just like the themes, makes you reboot the whole browser to activate an extension.  Boo!  Chrome comes to the rescue only requiring a few clicks.  The process is simple:

  • Read the warning and click the “Continue” button :

  • Read the next warning and click the “Install” button :

  • And that’s it.  The icon will immediately show to the right of the address bar:

See how easy it is?  In my opinion Firefox must do something similar to get a hand in the extension handling fight.

The point of this article is not to tell you that you ought to switch from one browser to another, nor is it to tell you one is better than the other.  The point is to show you that the war is far from over.  Sometimes it seems that as soon as we set one browser aside because it doesn’t do this or that, that browser comes out with some kind of improvement changing the dynamics of everything.

Now it’s time for your opinions.  Do you like how Google Chrome is currently handling themes and extensions?  At this point in the war, which browser is doing better in the fight?

  1. zaman
    June 28, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Chrome still poor beyond developers

  2. Fallout Boy
    May 20, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Sorry but to argue that Chrome handles themes better than Firefox isn't a compelling reason to switch. Also type 'Chrome skins' into Google search and one of the links takes you to http://www.mychromeaddons.com/... When trying to download a theme the instructions say you download a .rar file and need to install in a particular folder and backup certain files. This is in no way better than Firefox. ALL Firefox themes install in the same way whether on the main themes site or personal webpages. Btw Opera doesn't require a restart to install themes and has way more (and complex) themes than Chrome. Doesn't make it a better browser.

  3. Fallout Boy
    May 20, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Sorry but to argue that Chrome handles themes better than Firefox isn't a compelling reason to switch. Also type 'Chrome skins' into Google search and one of the links takes you to http://www.mychromeaddons.com/tag/google-chrome-skins/. When trying to download a theme the instructions say you download a .rar file and need to install in a particular folder and backup certain files. This is in no way better than Firefox. ALL Firefox themes install in the same way whether on the main themes site or personal webpages. Btw Opera doesn't require a restart to install themes and has way more (and complex) themes than Chrome. Doesn't make it a better browser.

  4. jedy
    May 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Opera 10.5 is a great browser and would be my number 1 except that there are still rendering issues on quite a few webpages (http://www.greenandblacks.com homepage for example) that simply don't exist on all the other main browsers. As it isn't widely used, many coders don't test with it so rendering issues will occur. It's a shame as it's one of the best browsers!

  5. Leszek Cyfer
    May 9, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Who uses themes anyway? Is there some use in using them apart from aesthetics?

    I tried to use Chrome, but I'm using key shortcuts heavily and what I was doing automatically on Firefox was disastrous on Chrome - I was so fed up I uninstalled it. Since then Chrome came back on my computer because my brother asked me too - he uses mostly mouse and he likes Chrome better.

    I might consider Chrome if there exist an extensions that changes its shortkeys to ones identical with Firefox.

  6. Leszek Cyfer
    May 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Who uses themes anyway? Is there some use in using them apart from aesthetics?

    I tried to use Chrome, but I'm using key shortcuts heavily and what I was doing automatically on Firefox was disastrous on Chrome - I was so fed up I uninstalled it. Since then Chrome came back on my computer because my brother asked me too - he uses mostly mouse and he likes Chrome better.

    I might consider Chrome if there exist an extensions that changes its shortkeys to ones identical with Firefox.

  7. yirna
    April 28, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I used Chrome all summer on a crappy laptop--literally it was the only thing that would run. I love it. My only problem? Java won't run in Chrome. They haven't updated it yet (though I haven't checked recently). So I still use Firefox. Never IE though...

  8. Samitha Kulathunga
    April 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    more safe ... in what wars exactly ... don't just randomly say stuff!?

    add ons ... ever seen the amount/ quality of Firefox addons!?

    yes Chrome i9s fast ... but its also Buggy on so many web pages.

  9. Samitha Kulathunga
    April 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    ys because chrome themes are just skins LOL
    while Firefox has both skins and REAL themes

  10. Samitha Kulathunga
    April 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    This is the DUMBEST article ever!
    I mean I was really expecting some REAL THOUGHT OUT reason for how Chrome (with all the bugs, and issues) will outpace Firefox.

    THEMES installation & Extension instillation ... seriously ??? that's all you have!?
    btw. Chrome themes ARE JUST SKINS ... ever seen a chrome theme that changes the buttons, toolbars, etc.

    I honestly thought this was a April fools article ... wow!

  11. Samitha Kulathunga
    April 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    This is the DUMBEST article ever!
    I mean I was really expecting some REAL THOUGHT OUT reason for how Chrome (with all the bugs, and issues) will outpace Firefox.

    THEMES installation & Extension instillation ... seriously ??? that's all you have!?
    btw. Chrome themes ARE JUST SKINS ... ever seen a chrome theme that changes the buttons, toolbars, etc.

    I honestly thought this was a April fools article ... wow!

  12. hardikjakharia
    April 23, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Chrome is best for web browsing, firefox is recommended for compatibility, and IE is crap, but most widely used, for now and atleast 2-3 years, by when FF& Chrome will have overtaken it.

    - Hardik

  13. Anonymous
    April 23, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Chrome is best for web browsing, firefox is recommended for compatibility, and IE is crap, but most widely used, for now and atleast 2-3 years, by when FF& Chrome will have overtaken it.

    - Hardik

  14. timmyjohnboy
    April 21, 2010 at 5:15 am

    At the time I was having trouble with IE hogging RAM (which I was low on at the time and was getting sick of everything Microsoft hogging RAM) and becoming buggy and freezing.

    I had heard good things about FF, what with a great community, great add-ons, and more stability, etc. That was a couple of years ago and I've been happy ever since.

    That's my story. I'm sure other people have their own story and opinion.

  15. Aibek
    April 20, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Firefox has an excellent NoScipt addon that eliminates most of the
    potential security threats.

  16. flezzey
    April 20, 2010 at 6:47 am

    CHROME ROCKS ! Been using it for past 2 years, it just gets better - migrated from Firefox, which I liked, but when I test drove Google for a month, that was it - bye bye Foxy, hello Google! FAST, NO freezes, more SECURE> Simple choice !

    Can't work out why anyone still uses Firefox, with it's security vulnerabilities especially

  17. Anonymous
    April 20, 2010 at 4:47 am

    CHROME ROCKS ! Been using it for past 2 years, it just gets better - migrated from Firefox, which I liked, but when I test drove Google for a month, that was it - bye bye Foxy, hello Google! FAST, NO freezes, more SECURE> Simple choice !

    Can't work out why anyone still uses Firefox, with it's security vulnerabilities especially

    • Aibek
      April 20, 2010 at 7:55 am

      Firefox has an excellent NoScipt addon that eliminates most of the
      potential security threats.

  18. bates girl
    April 19, 2010 at 9:42 am

    All good things come to an end, especially when they are monopoly-oriented. I just hope that the beautiful minds creating stuff for FF and the open source community keep on truckin' to keep the FREE world's heart beating.

  19. uncledavidclark
    April 19, 2010 at 10:42 am

    BTW: The author stipulates he finally got fed up with Ie and switched to Firefox but now he's hip to Chrome.
    No s**t. tell us the how and why of it dude.

  20. Anonymous
    April 19, 2010 at 8:42 am

    BTW: The author stipulates he finally got fed up with Ie and switched to Firefox but now he's hip to Chrome.
    No s**t. tell us the how and why of it dude.

    • timmyjohnboy
      April 21, 2010 at 3:15 am

      At the time I was having trouble with IE hogging RAM (which I was low on at the time and was getting sick of everything Microsoft hogging RAM) and becoming buggy and freezing.

      I had heard good things about FF, what with a great community, great add-ons, and more stability, etc. That was a couple of years ago and I've been happy ever since.

      That's my story. I'm sure other people have their own story and opinion.

  21. uncledavidclark
    April 19, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I just don't like it.
    Its awkward and the tooks are realy sparse, I like working with tabs and multiple home pages. I installed it worked with it a few days and said to hell with it.
    Frankly Internet explorer is nicer than Firefox for some of the same reasons.

  22. Anonymous
    April 19, 2010 at 8:39 am

    I just don't like it.
    Its awkward and the tooks are realy sparse, I like working with tabs and multiple home pages. I installed it worked with it a few days and said to hell with it.
    Frankly Internet explorer is nicer than Firefox for some of the same reasons.

  23. hardikjakharia
    April 19, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Always loved Google & espc Chrome.. Works like a charm on my P3, where IE just hogs RAM, and firefox gets buggy...
    - Hardik

  24. Anonymous
    April 19, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Always loved Google & espc Chrome.. Works like a charm on my P3, where IE just hogs RAM, and firefox gets buggy...
    - Hardik

  25. Mike
    April 16, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I don't care for Chrome, I love Google. Use alot of their products. Was upset when then pulled Notebook!
    Just the same though, Chrome kept crashing!!!
    I could use FF, IE, Safari, Maxxon and so forth with NO PROBLEMS!!! Not Chrome, it crashed on alot!!!
    FF isn't perfect, but in my experience it works BETTER than Chrome!

  26. ito
    April 17, 2010 at 7:08 am

    I agree that Opera is a great browser. One thing though that I can't do with it and I'd like to, is adding my own images to the dials in speed dial instead of seeing a thumbnail of the page. I'd also like to see more useful user scripts that I can add to it. The few ones I found on userscripts.org are either useless or don't always work in Opera. Some do.

  27. Mick
    April 16, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Author: shle896
    Comment:
    If you go to the icon to the left of the wrench on the far right, toggle down to Zoom and you can choose "Larger", "Normal" or "Smaller". and it should remember that choice, even after you close the browser and re-start it. At least, that's my experience using the Beta version of Chrome.

    This only affects the "Home" page. All other pages open in type too tiny to read. I just checked on the latest version available.

  28. Jean Chicoine
    April 16, 2010 at 11:24 am

    You want looks, speed, reliability, security? Opera, simply the best.

    • ito
      April 16, 2010 at 9:08 pm

      I agree that Opera is a great browser. One thing though that I can't do with it and I'd like to, is adding my own images to the dials in speed dial instead of seeing a thumbnail of the page. I'd also like to see more useful user scripts that I can add to it. The few ones I found on userscripts.org are either useless or don't always work in Opera. Some do.

  29. kurt
    April 16, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Why doesn't Chrome let you edit web history by item, not just by day? to me it's ridiculous and spoils an otherwise good browser.

  30. Mick
    April 16, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Chrome will be functional when they supply a way to keep their default fonts readable on the computer screen. I keep checking new versions of Chrome, but the print is too tiny to read! I know that there are "work arounds", but they don't work on all pages. I keep hoping...

    • shle896
      April 16, 2010 at 11:02 am

      If you go to the icon to the left of the wrench on the far right, toggle down to Zoom and you can choose "Larger", "Normal" or "Smaller". and it should remember that choice, even after you close the browser and re-start it. At least, that's my experience using the Beta version of Chrome.

  31. JonathanPDX
    April 16, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    "I’ve been a die hard (Browser Name) fan ever since I switched from using (Other Browser Name) the day I finally got fed up."

    LOL! Just look at what's available, find one you like and use it. After all, that image of some grass is ALWAYS greener in the other browser window. ;-)

  32. Jonathan McRobert
    April 16, 2010 at 10:23 am

    "I’ve been a die hard (Browser Name) fan ever since I switched from using (Other Browser Name) the day I finally got fed up."

    LOL! Just look at what's available, find one you like and use it. After all, that image of some grass is ALWAYS greener in the other browser window. ;-)

  33. toputop
    April 16, 2010 at 10:03 am

    There will between head to head tie between these two in future.

  34. Alex
    April 16, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Seriously? The complete thesis here is that Chrome doesn't require a restart, whereas Firefox does?

    I'm sorry. This is a waste of bandwidth.

  35. timmyjohnboy
    April 15, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Chrome also uses the info for advertising purposes:) At least with gmail, etc.

  36. ito
    April 15, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Pale Moon is also pretty good after reading about it today and trying it out. I have also used ChromePlus and I like it.

  37. ito
    April 14, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I use Firefox for my main browser. I have it configured exactly how I like it. I won't change to another unless it keeps being that much slower than the other two. Hopefully they speed it up enough.

    I also use the latest Opera because it is fast and great for particular tasks. For example downloading. It has become my downloading browser. And not to forget Opera Unite for sharing files without having to upload them anywhere else.

    Now that Chrome has the Speed Dial extension I use it for quick searches or gmail. I agree that SRWare Iron is good but I got tired of the little bugs that seemed to pop up all the time. For whatever I use Chrome for, Google can snoop on me :) Everything else happens in Firefox or Opera.

    I like this 3 browser system but I never run them all three at the same time.

    • shle896
      April 15, 2010 at 7:07 am

      If you think Google is the only one "collecting data" as you browse, you're sadly mistaken.

      No offense, but it always makes me laugh that people think their innocuous browsing history is so important to anybody. Unless you're doing something nefarious like surfing for child porn, nobody cares one little bit. The browsers (yes, ALL of them) use that information to enhance your browsing experience, remembering your cookies and habits to make it faster.

      And I don't know about the other browsers, but Chrome does have the option of browsing anonymously. It's one of their most prominent features. And Chrome by far is safer in every other regard.

      All this talk about Google spying on their users and abusing the information that they and every single other browser and search engine collects, is CRAP.

      • furkan
        April 16, 2010 at 12:34 am

        first of all, you need to learn respect to other people's choices. Probably, you are not watching child porn at your home but you have curtains for privacy. i am not doing anything wrong at my home, but i don't like the idea somebody peeping me anyway. Same goes for internet.

        Second thing is, you must educate yourself about internet technologies if you want to argue on these issues. Not all browsers are collecting data about you, but chrome is. Please refer to privacy statements of browsers. For instance, it is clearly stated that chrome is sending URLs to google which you typed in address bar. Firefox is not doing this. Also,cookies are sent by websites which you are browsing in order to log your habits. They are nothing to do with browsers. browsers are just a communication medium with you and server. The last thing is, firefox has a private browsing feature and frontier in that area.

        Cookies are avoidable by disabling. On the other hand, sending URLs typed in to address bar to a remote server is a very nasty way of collecting data about people. Google is spying on you, unlike any other. There is no other browser doing this, afaik. Cut the crap and learn to read mate.

  38. timmyjohnboy
    April 14, 2010 at 5:16 am

    Yeah, they've actually been out for awhile but I've noticed them talking about it a lot more recently. I designed one of those, too, but it came out a bit wonky.

  39. Jonathan Bennett
    April 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Tim, Mozilla must have heard you. Have you seen the new Personas for Firefox? They're freaking sweet!

  40. furkan
    April 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    i am using firefox and i only have one bar on top of the screen. no status bar, no title bar etc. just location bar, shortened awesome bar and favs on it. So argument about theming is compeletely irrelevant to me. Frankly, i think that whole theming is just a joke. browsers are for browsing, but not for watching. I don't need a eye-candy browser, but well operating one. Firefox is better on this aspect, just a little slower but nothing distinguishable by a layman user. Don't be allured with speed tests, just put two browsers side by side and try on your most used sites. You will see, there is not much difference in speed. On the other hand, firefox rapes chrome everything else than speed.

    • shle896
      April 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm

      Have you even tried Chrome? If you had, you would know that Chrome is MUCH (and very noticeably) faster than Firefox.. unless you have a slow connection or older OS.

      • furkan
        April 16, 2010 at 12:06 am

        Yes i used chrome and tested speed. Just read it carefully, I am not saying that they are equal speed wise. They are nearly equal for the sites i am using. Then again, i mentioned that chrome is faster than firefox. Maybe chrome could be much much faster as you said, but it is like using a rally car on regular traffic for me. probably for most the users that so-called speed will not make a difference. This is why i am saying, try it yourself. By the way, i have nice system with 10mbit fiber optic connection.

        The thing is, firefox is responding to chrome by improving it's speed. Chrome is responding firefox with implementing extensions. In the end, both will copy each others good sides and we will have 2 similiar browsers at hand.

        • shle896
          April 16, 2010 at 3:56 am

          Paranoia will destrtoya. Mate.

        • furkan
          April 21, 2010 at 3:26 pm

          Paranoia? Do you know what is paranoia? Paranoia is extreme, irrational distrust of others. My argument is not irrational. It is clearly stated by google itself that chrome is logging my habits. I choose not to share my information with them. I am not saying choose this instead of this. I am just stating FACTs for other people, instead of watering down issues or offending people's choices.

  41. timmyjohnboy
    April 11, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    I thought it was pretty clear. Chrome has done a good job in the way it handles themes and extensions. Firefox could learn some things:)

  42. tabaz
    April 11, 2010 at 11:51 am

    like someone said before - this article does not make much sense. Its like saying beer is better than coke because its fluent - but coke is fluent too, this is why beer is better.

  43. timmyjohnboy
    April 11, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Good description of the battle fronts. 2 things: I wonder if Chrome will catch up and I wonder how memory intensive Chrome will become with an amount of extensions.

  44. timmyjohnboy
    April 11, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I agree. [Customize Your Web]

  45. David LeRoy
    April 11, 2010 at 7:37 am

    I think Chrome will be the greatest when I has a very good version of the Firefox Extension, Customize Your Web. I think that is one of the best extensions for Firefox. I can't wait till it reaches Chrome.

  46. Kalyan Roy
    April 11, 2010 at 3:07 am

    The themes & personas bit seems a little childish - it cannot be the reason of placing one browser above the other. If you want looks go for Opera, FF & Chrome appear crude in comparison.
    As for Chrome extensions - anyone can install them easily & then see the difference in their functionality, where Chrome mostly lags behind. FF extensions are worth the trouble of going through the restart.

  47. shle896
    April 10, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I am hooked on Chrome. I, too, was a Firefox diehard for years, but once I used Chrome for a couple of days, I couldn't believe how lightning fast it is.

    The few times I've been back on Firefox reminds me of surfing the web circa 1998. Firefox seems downright lethargic compared to Chrome.

    One thing that wasn't mentioned in this article is Greasemonkey scripts. In Firefox you have to install Greasemonkey and you have to go to a separate place to manage the user scripts. In Chrome, you don't have to install Greasemonkey. You just double click the script and presto, it's installed and can be managed in the same page as your extensions.

    Google has really hit one out of the park with Chrome. It's a real game changer.

  48. Simon Slangen
    April 10, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    IE = Indecisiveness
    Safari = Apple fan, but memory intensive
    Firefox = Extendability, but memory intensive
    Chrome = Speed, smaller extendability
    Opera = Looks, innovation

    In essence, all 4 latter options are pretty good, depending on your primary preference.

  49. Brains
    April 10, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Chrome is a big resource hog, and on 2 or 3 different PCs i've used it on, it has crashed every time after a bit of use. Always have to kill it.
    Won't be going back to try it again thanks.

  50. Anne
    April 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    I used Firefox for years, but I switched to Chrome permanently when the Linux version came out. I love how easy it is to change the theme, or add extensions. I also love the built-in ability to sync my bookmarks to my Google account. I used to use Xmarks for that, but now I don't even need that extension. The clean feel of Chrome is wonderful as well. The menu/tab bar/etc. are out of the way, so I can focus on content. Whenever I use another browser these days, I feel crowded by all the toolbars.

    Nice choice of theme, Tim. I just switched to Puk-Puk a few days ago, and I love it. :)

  51. Andrew
    April 10, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Too bad Chrome still devours resources and suffers in the performance category once you have more than one tab open.

  52. megamike
    April 10, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    if chrome has this https://addons.mozilla.org/en-...
    or if it gets it
    let know
    because I find this add on invaluable

  53. megamike
    April 10, 2010 at 9:48 am

    if chrome has this https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/951
    or if it gets it
    let know
    because I find this add on invaluable

  54. Kishore Mylavarapu
    April 10, 2010 at 8:46 am

    These are not exactly the new reasons..and these are not the correct choices for Googel Chrome to beat Mozilla Firefox..

  55. deralaand
    April 10, 2010 at 7:34 am

    I think that both FireFox and Chrome need to release a mobile browser. I'm sick of the currently available browsers for mobile phones. Opera may be fast...but the page rendering leaves a lot to be desired. I know Fennec is in the works for Android ( sorry Win Mo users ) but it is taking forever. Chrome for mobile will never exist. Unless its in the form of ChromeOS for mobile...and that would be interesting.

  56. Andrew
    April 10, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Chrome takes up less bandwidth than Firefox too. big plus

    • Andrew
      April 10, 2010 at 7:25 am

      did I say bandwidth? I meant memory. my bad

      • furkan
        April 16, 2010 at 12:15 am

        in fact, chrome is eating much more memory than firefox because of the seperate tab process thing.

  57. Mike
    April 10, 2010 at 6:16 am

    I don't know about you, but I don't change my theme and add extensions every day. Both of these are meaningless background tasks that have little to do with the web browsing experience.

  58. timmyjohnboy
    April 10, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    No prob!

  59. timmyjohnboy
    April 10, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I noticed this too. I hear FF and Chrome will also be handling HTML5 differently so we'll see what happens.

  60. Ileane
    April 10, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Another display of Chrome awesomeness!! I love chrome and the extensions are great. I'll have to try some themes on for size now too. Thanks Tim!

  61. Oleksandr Zalishchuk
    April 9, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    I prefer Firefox, 'cause I don't find some extensions on Chrome which are necessary for me. First of them - no good ad-blocking extension. Those existing are much poorer than ad-block plus in Firefox.

  62. Alireza
    April 9, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Firefox is still the best for web designers, I prefer Opera for daily surfing.

  63. Vishnu
    April 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I like the way chrome handles extension. But Chrome needs to improve a lot to compete with firefox

  64. Martin
    April 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I'm with the other Firefox die-hards. Chrome is fast and has some niceties, but with my heavy reliance on my 31 extension in Firefox there's not a hope of making Chrome my default unless the extensions I use are available there too. Additionally, their Extensions page has a terrible layout after doing a search. Firefox's search results page is much better and with the ability to sort by the criteria I need.

    Thanks for the article though, it made me take another (overdue) look at Chrome.

  65. Anon
    April 9, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Even Chrome has advantages over Firefox, your article does not make sense especially for the part about themes/personas.

    • Samitha Kulathunga
      April 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm

      ys because chrome themes are just skins LOL
      while Firefox has both skins and REAL themes

  66. Aeiluindae
    April 9, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I like the greater flexibility of Firefox themes and extensions. The simplicity of Chrome is good, but it comes at the cost of functionality, it seems. Firefox themes and extensions can change the entire appearance to a huge degree (look at the Strata40 theme, and the associated extension), and add an amazing amount of functionality.

  67. Helio
    April 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Chrome stay poor. Firefox, the best so far.

  68. pthesis
    April 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Try SRWare Iron. It's Chrome without all of Google's snooping features.

    • timmyjohnboy
      April 26, 2010 at 8:11 pm

      Heard of it... good suggestion.

  69. Robert M
    April 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    I've switched from Firefox simply because I got better Flash video performance on Chrome.

    • David
      April 10, 2010 at 4:13 am

      I've also noticed Chrome handles flash video better than FF. I don't know why that's the case ... but it is.

  70. fo shizzle
    April 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Quit your debating and get Opera 10.5

    • Altzan
      April 12, 2010 at 4:38 am

      ^This.

    • jedy
      May 19, 2010 at 3:45 pm

      Opera 10.5 is a great browser and would be my number 1 except that there are still rendering issues on quite a few webpages (www.greenandblacks.com homepage for example) that simply don't exist on all the other main browsers. As it isn't widely used, many coders don't test with it so rendering issues will occur. It's a shame as it's one of the best browsers!

  71. jazzman
    April 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Chrome is the future of all the browsers ....
    1 fast
    2 add ons
    3 handle tabs more quicly than firefox
    4 more safe
    5 better pop ip block
    I think those are good reason to change your internet life .

    • Samitha Kulathunga
      April 23, 2010 at 2:42 pm

      more safe ... in what wars exactly ... don't just randomly say stuff!?

      add ons ... ever seen the amount/ quality of Firefox addons!?

      yes Chrome i9s fast ... but its also Buggy on so many web pages.

  72. Andy Duong
    April 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I Think Google Chrome can't be replacement Mozilla Firefox

  73. Chase
    April 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Chrome 100%. It does everything better.

    • Samitha Kulathunga
      April 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm

      yes all the crappy stuff!

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