6 Reasons Why Firefox Dude May Want to Switch to Chrome

default   6 Reasons Why Firefox Dude May Want to Switch to Chrome I did it. About a week ago, I took the plunge. I made Google Chrome my default browser, and now do almost everything within Chrome. I do miss Firefox every once in a while (after all, we were in a relationship for quite a while, and over a number of version changes), but I’m glad I’ve moved on.

Chrome is only getting better ““ rolling out more features, making existing features work even better, and generally getting faster and awesome-er.

Here are the six reasons that ultimately lead me to checking that “make Chrome my default browser” button:

(1) One Tab, One Process

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My biggest issue with Firefox was always that it’s a memory hog. Leave it open overnight, and suddenly it’s taking up 400MB of RAM. That’s a lot of RAM. The only solution would be to close Firefox, and restart it ““ either losing all my tabs, or waiting approximately 19.5 hours for them all to open again.

Chrome’s better ““ each individual tab runs as its own process in Windows Explorer. There’s a task manager within Chrome that lets you see which, if any, tabs are using tons of memory, and close just that one. Similarly, if a tab crashes, you’ll be able to just close that one tab, rather than having to close Firefox entirely. With Chrome, browsers don’t crash: pages do. That’s a huge plus.

(2) One Box, Many Searches

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With the address bar in Chrome, you can do a ridiculous number of things: search your history, do site-specific search (by typing a domain and then Tab), search Google, or get suggestions based on your browsing history. To search just about anything within Chrome, type Control+L and then whatever you’re looking for. Chrome’ll find it.

(3) Better Downloader

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Firefox’s native download manager is awful ““ it’s a new window, doesn’t make finding documents easy, and does a bad job of showing you what’s downloading without lots of hunting. In Chrome, when you start a download, it just starts. There’s a status bar at the bottom of the page, and you can easily click to open the file, or right-click to do a number of other things with it. Though there are Firefox extensions to mirror the functionality Chrome has, I’d rather have it native ““ plus, Chrome’s is better anyway.

(4) The New Tab Page

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Every time you open a new Tab in Chrome, you’re presented with a page full of possibilities. There’s a list of recently-closed tabs, in case you closed one by accident. There’s a box to search your history, in case you forgot the site you want to get back to. There’s a list of recent bookmarks, for some reason that I never really figured out. And, best of all, there’s a list of sites you visit most ““ easy access to your top 9 sites is pretty great ““ not to mention sad that addictinggames.com makes my list.

But that’s beside the point. There’s a ton you can do quickly and easily, right from the second you open a new tab in Chrome. Again, there are Firefox extensions that do some of these things, and the new build of Firefox promises a similar new tab page, but I’ll stick with Chrome.

(5) Application Shortcuts

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Ultimately, this was the feature that sold me on Chrome: the ability to turn single sites into standalone applications. Now Gmail, Google Calendar, and Remember the Milk each have their own application that can be launched from the desktop, lives in its own window without a nav-bar, and looks and feels just like a desktop app. Click on a link, and you’re taken to a new tab in Chrome, so your page always stays open. That, plus Chrome’s great use of Google Gears, means your calendar, email, tasks and more can be available online and off as desktop apps.

(6) Tab Around

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This one’s not as big a deal as the others, but I think it’s pretty fantastic: Tabs are incredibly easy to manipulate in Chrome. You can pull a tab out to make it its own window, or pull one back in to consolidate your browsing. You can even ““ I just discovered this ““ drag a Firefox tab into Chrome and it’ll load right there! If you’re reading this in Firefox, try it. I’ll wait.

Awesome, right? All over Chrome, tabs are easy to move around, open and close, and they live at the top of the page which makes them even easier to find and use.

To put it simply, Chrome is faster and smarter than Firefox. I liked Firefox a lot, but Chrome seems to get how I intuitively want to use a browser. I can’t switch permanently until Chrome has extensions, or at least functional Greasemonkey support; for my regular browsing, though, Chrome’s the clear winner.

What’s your browser of choice? Why?

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BDot

I will say that while I love Chrome’s quickness, and intuitive interface, I am not able to use it as my default browser. Two reasons, both are dealbreakers:

1)It does not work with my bank’s website (usaa.com). My accounts do not display (at all) when using Chrome.

It just shows a blank frame.

2)Lack of extensions. I’ll spare you guys the details about all the firefox extensions I use, but until Chrome adds support for extensions, I’ll have to pass.

Though, Google is definitely on the right track with it. And I will be keeping an eye on it.

RB

BDOT, I use USAA too. I found that the “stable” version of Chrome does work, but the “beta” version does not. FYI, I have notified USAA of this fact.

Johnny

If Chrome doesn’t work with your bank’s website, that is their fault. Honestly, they must be using some shitty javascript thats causing an issue. Get them to switch to a standardized compliance based library like MooTools or JQuery.

Alessandro

You can not add google toolbar to add online bookmarks

Anurag

You can add a bookmarklet for google bookmarks into chrome’s bookmark bar. Works great.

Alessandro

but not online (?)

Franck

What about the launch speed ? So damn fast !
Anyway, as a firefox dude, i’ll never switch to Chrome unless AdBlock is available !

mave2k

Exactly what I was gonna say. I am so spoiled from AdBlock! It’s like having a DVR on the web, no commercials, heh.

luizashellfish

I agree with you guys I don’t care if FF is too slow as long as I don’t see all those annoying adds.

lee

I was in the same boat about Chrome and ad blocking until I discovered Adsweep (adsweep.org). It’s not as simple as installing a Firefox extension, but once you get Chrome set up for greasmonkey scripts, you can add adsweep as a user script. it does a great job of blocking ads. There’s also a user script for blocking flash-based ads (flash block) which is available at userscripts.org. With these installed, I have the blinding speech of Chrome,without all the ads.

oldfirefox junky

if u compare the load times of firefox and chrome… firefox is left in the dust… b/c chrome uses less memory it loads faster and performs faster…

i been using firefox since it came out.. i am sad i left it….but more than happy i switched to chrome

Subi

Chrome loads at a super sonic speed!
It will get better with addons – just like FF- and then I will not have to solely depend FF again.

jetterz

chrome user here too. ditto on the 6 reasons. i especially love the application shortcuts too.

Hezi

Been using it since it came out and pretty happy with it.

Sudarshan

yeah! Google chrome rocks. I use it too. Loved this article. But the Google Chrome beta has got lot of bugs not rectified yet. The stable version rocks.!

http://sleepingnomad.blogspot.com

MCSwan

I only have a handful of extensions in Firefox, but they have become absolutely indispensable to my browsing.

Beyond the cleanness and security of AdBlock Plus and NoScript, I think I would stay with FF simply because of PasteEmail.

ku

I love Chrome. I’m DYING to make the switch, but there is literally a single thing holding me back: it needs better bookmarking platform AND and xmarks equivalent. It’d sure be nice if they had a good adblock function (their makeshift one makes me grrrr) but it’s not a make or break thing. My main attraction to chrome is the separate processes and the fact that you cal pull tabs out of windows without having the page refresh.

shan

Book marking is more simple than ff

u can even hide your book marks by Ctrl + B

steve l

The reason I haven’t switched is the bookmarking system. If I could even just open them up in a sidebar, I’d be happy. But I love the tab detachment without refreshing the page.

Someone else mentioned the same too things, so they must use Chrome for porn as well.

andy

It’s been said to death, but until Chrome can handle user-extensions and enough of the popular ones are rewritten for Chrome, there are a LOT of Firefox users who will never switch.

I cannot go back to browsing the web without Adblock, Firebug, or Xmarks.

Owl

I like Chrome, it’s fast, but without NoScript & AdBlock (for starters, there’s a couple more extensions I’m too accustomed to to not have) it’s a no go for me. As for the 6 points, I’ve had my FF do more or less all of that, and more, for quite some time, with the exception of #1 of course.
But I’ll keep taking Chrome for a test drive every now and then.

Sanraith

I have to disagree with some of your reasons.

(2) – Have you ever heard of the Smart Location Bar? It does pretty much the same thing…

(3) – “Though there are Firefox extensions to mirror the functionality Chrome has, I’d rather have it native – plus, Chrome’s is better anyway.” – No comment… That’s the point of Firefox. You can shape the browser using extensions, to make it fit to your needs.

(4) – The same as above. In addition, regardless firefox knows it too, you “just stick with crome”. So it’s not even a real reason.

About (5) and (6): I tried these features in chrome, and they don’t really interest me. I rather prefer using bookmark toolbar buttons instead of shortcuts on my desktop and I’m using only one firefox window. But anyway, others probably like these two.

Finally, the (1): Well, I have to agree with that. Firefox uses a lot of RAM, so if you don’t have much, it’s logic to switch from firefox. But if it don’t bothers you, in my opinion there’s no real reason to switch.

Sorry for bad english.

Martín Aberastegue

You can find that kind of features on Opera… and it’s a better/complete browser.

grs3

I like chrome. Just one thing when you try to download you don’t have the option of just open it without saving in your computer. When I receive let’s say power point presentations or videos in my email I have to download them not just open them. Anyway, I like chrome a lot, I use Beta with the autofill and works great.

Greg

I like chrome a lot, but I disagree with the way it handles downloads. I want a separate window handling my downloads. Occasionally on accident, I’ll close the tab that has my download. I’m not saying I like firefox’s download manager, but I like it better than chome’s.

Doc

Adblock Plus. Firebug. Stylish. YesScript. Themes. Web Developer Toolbar. DownThemAll. Tab Mix Plus. Need I go on?

Renee

I will never make the switch unless NoScript (or a similar native function in Chrome) is made available.

Caught a virus while using Chrome where as NoScript in FF would of blocked the ability to even allow the virus to initiate.

Esteve

I can not live without my firefox extensions.

Ben

I WISH I could use Chrome but I can’t until they add a “CONFIRM-on-close” dialogue.

I constantly accidentally click on the X in the top-right corner and it closes the whole browser instantly. Seriously this happens to me 5 times within half an hour. It is extremely annoying when you have several tabs open (I often have many tabs).

I don’t get it – it seems like such an easy, obvious thing to add.

RB

Doesn’t the “recently closed tabs” option alleviate this issue?

Reed

i do that sometimes too. when you simply open a new chrome window (that he shows on #4) you can tell it to open previous session restoring all your tabs. the button is bottom rightish… its not very obvious but its there

radman

To the 6, I will add a 7th. The paste and go/search option offered in Chrome that none of the other browsers support.

bugmenot

How about Opera…

RanMan

Try “Text Link” extension. If a link or just text applied to a web page just double click and it opens the web page without having to even highlight the text or link. A simply double click gets it done.

Aryamaan Giri

I say switch to Flock ! It is really fast and is similar to firefox. So not much getting used to either !

beer

I switched on day 1. The speed and simplicity was just too good to pass up. I was a fan of the FireFox and participated in the record-breaking download day, but I never used extensions so I didn’t think twice about switching. I block ads at my router, or use a custom hosts file. Even as a developer, I never found a Firefox extension that made me that much more productive. My contact-management spreadsheet “app” is awesome. I don’t like that some sites interpret Chrome as Safari v1, so I have to use IE, but those sites are disappearing. I haven’t had a problem coding to Chrome standards yet. Anything that works in Chrome seems to format properly in IE, FF, and Opera, which I couldn’t always say when coding for Opera. I am looking forward to testing IE8, and I’m hoping IE6 disappears soon, but I will stick with Chrome, its uncluttered interface, speed, rock-steady operation, and no-extensions-necessary glory.

Gennice

Nothing can change Firefox! At least not now…

Isaac

Chrome will be great for Linux. I can’t tell you how many times Flash has caused Firefox to crash on Ubuntu (hence why I’m running Firefox 3.1b3 now where Flash doesn’t work anyway).

I’ll miss my extensions but I will not miss the seg faults.

Mackenzie

That’d be Flash crashing, not Firefox. You could just stop using Adobe’s crappy software. Ever notice how all their freeware is inefficient and sucky? You could try Swfdec instead of Adobe, or use NoScript.

Bolomkxxviii

Maybe I am just getting old, but I much prefer FF’s layout to Chrome. I would like FF to be faster but I am not giving up a comfortable interface and extensions for speed and Google tracking my surfing habits.

Mackenzie

#6 is doable in Firefox too. Try it. You can drag tabs back and forth between Firefox windows all you want.

Michael D. Hall

Let me be the 100,000th to reiterate this. “ADD-ONS!!!!” FireFox may no longer have the claim of being the most technologically advanced browser, and Chrome sure is slick looking but it’s not nearly as stable and extensible as FireFox. Until they have an extensibility model comparable to FF it’s a non-starter. Heck, even the Google experience isn’t much improved by using Chrome, so what the hey? Only installed for compatibility testing. :-)

jakes

A Twitter feed that doesn’t suck:
http://www.twitter.com/filthyrichmond

John Munro

I’d say the top reason I use Chrome over Firefox is speed

Yoeff

I love that in Chrome you can right click on a tab and duplicate it.

Martin

FF has an extension/add-on for this called Duplicate Tab. Works a treat.

Oly

I’ll give it a test run when they come out with the “send link via email”, until then it’s no use to me :)

Maher

Can’t live without firefox!

Austin K.

Confirmed Firefox addict. Other than #1 I don’t see anything worth switching for. #5 is slicker than Prism, but I’ve been using Prism to do the same thing for ages. The FF’s awesome bar has changed how I browse/bookmark/search.

I think Chrome is an awesome fit for switching out IE users who can’t or don’t want Firefox (IT policy or something).

Jon

1) Chrome is a memory hog: it uses 30-50% more memory than Firefox, try it and see for yourself.
2) That’s a firefox plugin.
3) Yawn. Plus I happen to like FF’s DL manager.
4) Also a firefox plugin (several).
5) OMG, like a bookmark, only…a shortcut!
6) Who cares?

Google sucks at desktop software: from Google Desktop to Gtalk to Picasa to Chrome, they’re all half baked and full of broken UI conventions, no coherence whatsoever between their products, poor quality (ever use Gtalk or Desktop?) and bugs galore.

Jesus

FireNES > Chrome

Jacob W

Firefox still wins in my book. One reason – add-ons. StumbleUpon will forever be in my heart.

me

Why don’t you use the Prism extension for desktop application support in firefox?

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6665

It’s the next version of Webrunner which has been around for awhile. I am pretty sure that Chrome just copied Mozilla on that one.

James Rowe

Almost every single one of these “awesome” features are available, and have been available for some time, in Safari, if you’d care to open your mind.

das7282

I actually hate the “9 most visited websites” view that’s default when you open Chrome… I use iGoogle as my home page and that’s all I want to see when I open my web browser. And I’m not sure if that feature can even be turned off. I poked around in the settings some to see if I could turn it off, but I didn’t find any way that I could see. So I didn’t waste any more time looking and went back to Firefox.

TanaG

I don’t see why FF users should migrate to Chrome. FF doesn’t suck. I think it is the IE folks who should consider migration. :)

MZ

1) Firefox never crashes for me anyway, and it never uses more than 150 MB of RAM (then again, I use the Linux version). At a time when 4 GB of RAM costs $50, this is hardly an issue.

2) Firefox Smartbar (even better, Smartbar + Xmarks drop down menu).

3) This is hardly a feature worth switching for.

4) There are several Firefox add-ons that let you make a tab page just like that.

5) Mozilla Prism

6) Meh.

(7) Also, re the speed issue, try Shiretoko (FF 3.5 beta).

And now 6 reasons why I can’t leave Firefox (yet).

1) Adblock Plus
2) Xmarks
3) Tab Mix Plus
4) Gmail Notifier / Google Reader Notifier
5) Better Gmail 2
6) Linkification (turn text urls into real links)

2500 other reasons to use Firefox:
http://addons.mozilla.org

James

Thousands of reasons to use Firefox instead of Chrome:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

Also, Firefox works on Linux, which Chrome does not.

holyindian

Seems you’ve never used Firefox with this full potential and the right plugin’s.
Most of the features you are talking abt in Chrome is present in Firefox.. and much much more!
Except of the resource hog.. u can tweak that setting in about:config.

Sunny

What?! No mention of “incognito window” (Ctrl-Shift-N)…or are you too shame to admit it? Haha.

Well, I’m not. I feel like an online NINJA!

Final_Transit

There is a reason why they don’t have Chrome for Mac. ;-)

Sir

Biased. Try with 20 tabs open, my standard daily reality… Who’s the memory hog then?

Calder

Chrome itself is a fine browser, but I don’t like the combined address/search bar, and I truly despise the download manger in Chrome. The Firefox download manager is much better in my opinion, as it is easier to use. If you need to access it often, just add it as a button on the top bar. Also, with regards to RAM usage, if that’s all you’re concerned with, you wouldn’t be running Chrome. You’d be running Linux, and Chrome doesn’t work on it yet. Even if I liked Chrome more, I don’t want to have different default browsers in Vista and Ubuntu.

lswartz

“The only solution would be to close Firefox, and restart it – either losing all my tabs, or waiting approximately 19.5 hours for them all to open again.”

This saved me a lot of wasted time reading the rest of your……. Facts work better for me.

Henk

Again and again I see Chrome and Firefox and Safari users applauding great innovations – and most of these great new features were actually first introduced in the Opera browser years ago. Speed? tweakability? privacy? widgets? user scripts? page thumbnails? etc… If you’re happy with Chrome’s usage-snooping habits or Firefox’s bloated memory-munching, then by all means keep using those poor imitations. With Opera latest v10 beta, I’m happy to be lightyears ahead of you all.

Kaayru

I recently switched to Chrome too, initially just to try the version 2. I tried it for a few hours, and then switched back to firefox and I was like “meh, it’s slow!” :)

I thought I could not live with my FF extensions, but actually that’s not a problem – especially AdBlock Plus, but Chrome handles pop-ups pretty well.

gwz40

I’d migrate to Chrome immediately if it had the features of my favourite FF extensions. Not just adblock, but stuff like snaplinks or greasemonkey. In my casual surfing conditions FF east up to 1gb of ram and crashes daily, so I’d be happy to see it go.

Opera Singer

These browser comparisons always snub Opera, yet the new wave of browsers steal so much from Opera. So I ask you, dear reader, have you tried Opera?

Schultz

Like someone above me says, firefox does all of these, with the exception of process per tab which would be nice but makes no real difference to me, and a couple of thousand things that chrome doesn’t.

It does use a lot of RAM. Luckily I have massive amounts of RAM and now and again I close the browser anyways.

I like chrome as well, I just see no reason to switch to it.

Praveen

point 1: there are pros and cons of this feature
point 2: firefox does this. and its better than chrome at it
point 3: true. but marginally better
point 4: not everyone wants their pages displayed to the world
point 5: if im not mistaken, there is google gears for firefox. also mozilla has prism
point 6: firefox does this.

please know your material before you write about it

Caleb

I played around a bit with Chrome when it was in Beta, and I thought it was pretty good. I could never make it my default browser however, for one major reason: the extensions. I know that Google will, in future versions, create the ability to add all sorts of extensions, but until they do, Firefox is it for me.

David

Just FYI: #5 also exists in Firefox. It’s called Prism, and has the exact same functionality.

gadget00

For each of those reasons, Mozilla has answered in the past. I mean, for the sites as applications, long time a go Mozilla showed Prism, which is a Xul-Runner browser to have your web apps with icons. So Chrome didn’t invented boiling water there(it depends of Google Gears).
The downloads in Chrome are terrible; you can’t stop the download or see extra information. With downloadStatusBar FF kicks it away, totally.
Every special thing about Chrome was already available in FF with the add-ons. The only things I really like is the 1 tab 1 process thing(faster), and the js virtual machine. Those are great innovations, but besides that FF is the best browser ever: highly customizable and full standarized.
Sorry, but the Fox is still the bomb!

Mark

Guess what, (6) Tab Around is available in firefox 3.5. I love firefox and there is nothing chrome can do to can convince me to migrate.

JoBobbyBob

Chrome will NEVER catch on. It does too good a job broadcasting your porn habit to your significant other, you can never trust that it won’t snitch on you since I does so much with your recent activities.

david dt

No Adblock, No Chrome

hostile

l2speedial

TI

I like Google plenty and wish them all the best but I am not going to get rid of Mozilla Firefox until they do add-ons, specifically, NoScript. I do not want to go to any website with scripts enabled….after I see the site and its content I allow some scripts.

Lee

Chrome is the new king of the hill at my house. It is so much faster than Firefox, even with most Firefox extensions disabled. With Chrome beta’s new compabilitity with greasemonkey, I’ve found user scripts for blocking ads (adsweep.org) and flash (Flash Block at userscripts.org).

I have been a long time user of Firefox, but with the latest enhancements, Chrome rules, at least for me!

P

As far as I have heard: drop down menus do not work over flash animation in Chrome? They do in Firefox

sferrari17

I switched to Chrome from Firefox a few weeks ago, mostly for the speed. Chrome is simply way faster than Firefox.

Who_Am_I

You are wrong on every point!

MOZILLA FIREFOX FOR THE WIN!

Slick

I switched a couple months ago because I had so many add ons in firefox that it would take forever to start. I still use firefox at least 3-4 times a day when I need a add on but for most stuff I like chrome a lot better.

RU

My favorite browser is Maxthon. It had all the UI features of Chrome and FF years ago and still leads the way in interface and usability.

It has too many features to enumerate. But my favorites are:
-Ad Hunter blocks web ads with flexible and updateable filters (imagine browsing without ever seeing an ad),
-Maxthon Downloader automatically uses multiple mirrors (if available) to download big files in simultaneous streams even when the browser gets closed,
-Collector allows to store memos or clips from pages,
-insanely customizable tabs that you can put up top or on the bottom of the browser, lock to prevent from accidentally closing, rename, etc.,
-Split View where you can see two tabs side-by-side (any other browser does that?)
-customizable mouse gestures,
-detachable tabs with no nav buttons (just like Chrome)
-Super Drag and Drop (to open link in a new tab just drag it and release, no right click needed),
-Screen Capture can save either a part of the page or the entire web page (more then fits in the screen) in any common image format,
-Content Control alows to quickly disable Flash, images, ActiveX, scripts, etc., on any page,
-Maxthon Guardian protects from malware (sort of like Vista’s UAC),
-CPU Saving Mode – automatically stops Flash movies in inactive tabs,
-Bookmarks and Collector are synchronized between all your computers when you log-in to browser with your account,
and there’s more.

Note that all these features are BUILT-IN. But if that’s not enough for you they have thousands of plug-ins hosted on their web site.

P.S. Yes, Maxthon is using IE as a rendering engine, but with introduction of IE8 you get all previously missing features of CSS2/3, etc. and fixed rendering issues.

Disclaimer: I’m web developer (not affiliated with Maxthon in any way) and I spend more then 10 hrs a day, every day in the browser, so usability is most important to me. I do use latest versions of ALL major browsers on a daily basis for development and debugging, including FF, Opera, IE, Chrome, Safari and I find that some browsers are better at certain tasks then others. Still, Maxthon excels at most tasks (at least for me).

Anne H

I do like the browser but hit two instances this week where it failed. One was the web page my router uses for settings. For some reason, Chrome wouldn’t accept my credentials. I had to use FF. The second was a membership site I belong to that has a forum. It looks terrible with Chrome, but I suspect some of the issue is the site coding..

Bottom line is I think I will always need 2 browsers.

trevor

…um excuse me, but take a listen and watch your hard drive activity when using chrome. Constant grind! What is chrome doing?

Lisa

I cannot abandon Firefox, as it has Zotero, which is indispensable for academic research, so I won’t be switching anytime soon.

Sunil

The great feature of firefox is plugins and extensions.

Abhilash

One by one:

1. Since Firefox rarely ever crashes, this is useless for me.
2. The firefox address bar also can be used for search
3. The downloader is not better. Download speeds are slower in Chrome than Firefox
4. New tab page? Really. Frequent websites are an old feature.
5. Since you can use gears without chrome, i dont see the point of this
6. Thats just flashy effects. not a deal sealer.

Why i don’t use chrome?
1. Extensions
2. Download speeds
3. Personas
4. compatibility with a lot of ecommerce sites

Burak Erdem

The only reason that I can’t switch to Chrome is Firebug. There is no other extension but the mighty Firebug. Until then i’m stuck with FF.

silentcon

Even on a slow computer (AMD Turion, 512mb RAM) i still use Firefox, i tried moving to Chrome, but still i missed the addons. Too hard to search by domain, and too hard to add keywords (timesaver). Chrome is sure fast.

shelly

the funny thing is that you can get it pretty much all with very little customization in Firefox today so why bother. e.g. the new- tab experience is brilliant with New Tab King

–shelly

Anca

ITT: Just one user who’s heard of Opera.

Anyway, I’ll be installing the new beta and ejoy the flexibility, slick design, little memory usage and in-browser goodies.

The only thing Chrome has vaguely tempting is the in-browser task manager.

shreyashi ganguly

I agree, a similar browser task manager would be a great addition to firefox, but every single other thing that has been mentioned in this list do-able and even better with firefox extensions and there are things that chrome can’t even begin to assimilate, so spare me the preaching. I’m not even considering moving to chrome.

Jim

I LOVED FF. Made most of the excuses, I’m sorry, reasons, I’ve seen above, especially extensions ’cause I had a few. Switched anyway. Haven’t looked back.

Joshua

I am a huge fan of Chrome, especially the “Developer Preview Channel” more commonly known as the dev channel. If you like trying the latest thing out and seeing what they’re planning next, than you should switch. Totally worth it, more customizable new tab page, among other things. Check it out.

http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel

Michael

Firefox drinks my memory like a drunken sailor, but on the other hand we are in love I just can’t let go

Please FF for the love of love can you fix this issue and we could stay happily married ever after

shevopato

Firefox can do everything you described and much more through plugins. I once had chrome but I needed more power (I know it loads faster but it’s the only thing chrome is better than firefox)

96th

Intresting. I will make my parents use it as soon I have some free time. ^^

Time Saving Software

I *do* like the speed of Chrome. And when the recently-used dashboard was introduced I thought I had fallen in love. I found, however, that Firefox has the same feature AND allows me to control it better. I don’t want my frequently used sites jumping around. I like having Gmail in the upper right corner and my blog login in the middle, etc. Just because I visit Overstock.com 20 times today looking for something doesn’t mean that I want it to replace one of my frequently used items.

Diabolic Preacher

Reasons I left Chrome and went back to firefox.
1. no full screen mode. with smaller screen netbooks, full screen helps
2. revealing my history with the speed dial style new tab functionality.
3. as a test, i saved remember the milk app as a desktop standalone using chrome (+gears), but on clearing private data n all and starting the app from the desktop. it did ask for my login, but showed a ‘screenshot’ of sorts of my logged in page behind the login. thats not good.
4. i dunno what’s functionally more awesome about chrome’s download manager. its simple n meh.
5. i dont prefer installers that dont give the whole package directly (helps in keeping a copy on usb drive) nor lets you set installation directory and installs only for current user.

Lineker Tomazeli

it looks like Google is going to dominate the world ! huh?

RanMan

I’ve been using the beta release of Firefox, now v3.5b4 on my laptop and it is just as fast as Chrome, and I have a huge number of extensions. Which in theory is supposed to slow things down. This version is significantly faster than v3.0.8/3.0.9 and with Nightly tools I have all but one extension working fine.

As several have stated it is the flexibility, usability and functionality of a browser that makes it a valuable tool. Whether it be for work or entertainment. Speed alone is not really useful for most. I want to arrive at a web page within an acceptable amount of time and utilize tools (extensions)to extract/manipulate information and for me that is what using a browser is all about. I suppose if I just wanted to view videos, photos or listen to music Chrome might be acceptable.

I currently have Opera, IE8, Chrome and FF General Release and Beta release install on my PC. I keep them all at the current version level and occasionally switch around to examine what improvements have been made to each. All have been improving. Especially over the last year or so. However, I have Firefox as my default browser simply because it is more effective for me.

BTW – Maybe not practical to some, but memory is so cheap now days that not buying additional memory to enhance a PC operation doesn’t make any sense to me. I have 4GB and have yet to experience a RAM problem. If an aged PC has exhausted RAM expansion it is probably time to buy a new PC. Newer technology can only support older hardware to a point. Memory eating browsing is a sign of the times and it will only get worse. IMHO

Becki

I made the change about a week ago too, i have Fire-fox but I don’t really like the interface, mostly I used IE but it has a lot of flaws. Chrome is much cleaner, quicker, easier to use, shows a list of sites that i visit most when I open a new tab and everything is easy to find, I think i’m sticking!

arcane

used it when it first came out but;
it crashed and tabs wouldnt work
the lack of addons made it so i had to download torrents in an archiac manor
and after so many tabs it takes up more memory then firefox.
it didnt work for me

Suresh

Though, I agree with what is said about the Google Chrome.
There are two areas in which Google should work: Add-ons and Ass-ons

John

Chrome sounds great. But until it supports Roboform, forget it.

tree

I gotta have stumbling ability….relieves the boredom, transports my butt away….

No-Chromer

Not many people commented about Chrome watching your browsing. Isn’t this still a HUGE concern? I know there’s an ‘incognito’ mode but I’m still concerned about Google even thinking about watching my every browsing move.

My other reasons for having no interest in Chrome is that I find it butt-ugly and, as thoroughly mentioned above, lack of extensions. I’m also a no-Chromer because they don’t have an Ubuntu version yet.

Etherel

theres a group out there called SRware that has taken all the coding for Chrome and stripped away any presence of Google. It sometimes means manual updating of a new version, but its a small price to pay to not have google updater or having any information needlessly passed thru Google on its way to you. It even comes in a portable edition which I have on my USB and synch with my PC.

Chrome (or in my case Iron) is a speedy little amazing thing, but it just isn’t the workhorse of Firefox. If I ever need to do some indepth internet use I use Firefox. If I need to look up something really quick and go back to whatever I was doing, Chrome is great! It opens quick, I search, read up, close it out, and I’m done.

I use and love both browsers, just for different needs/styles. However, being paranoid of the Google Empire, I only use Iron, and would probably never use chrome past Testing purposes.

Tobey

Why not to mention the most innovative browser of all as well… Have you people at least gave Opera a chance?

I did once… never looked back.

J

Wouldn’t it just make more sense (and be a smart move on FF’s part) to have Firefox ape Google’s features like the sandboxing and separation of processes? But natively, without having to install new extensions to get there.

Will Robinson

I’m content with FF the way it is; I’m a customization freak so I’m over the moon with what it has to offer, you can’t even change the colour of Chrome from XP-blue. It just comes across as ‘plain old browser’ to me, nothing special.

Also I can’t believe it hasn’t been mentioned but one of the main reasons I only use Chrome as a speedy back up (when I’m in a rush) is the fact that you have to manually clear the download window one file at a time.

stringycustard

I’d love to switch to Chrome sometime – whenever it actually hits Mac. FF is far from perfect, but it is good at what it does.

I like the concepts behind the way Chrome works. It essentially did a semi-restart on browser design and being an interface-whore I appreciate the effort it took to do that.

I have issues with some of the way it works and extensibility is pretty limited. Much of what you discussed is covered by plugins in FF, and while I realise native is generally better, I am more impressed with something that lets me do it the way I want – the same reason I am pretty set against the OS X interface. It’s pretty and all, but it doesn’t work perfectly and I wish I didn’t have to break my OS just to customize it.

Matt

The reason for the recent bookmarks is to help you find book marks that you use the most just in case you have a ton of them. I find them to be pretty useful.

John L

100% Firefox fan here and so is everybody I have shown it too. Chrome may be fast but it is so stripped of functions that it is not surprising. Take all of your seats and goodies out of your car and that would go faster too. I use it to check one website only as it just cannot do what Firefox can with all of its addons, extension etc. As for reason number 1, if this is a problem then install session manager and restart Firefox and go back to where you were. As for individual tabs crashing, I cannot say I have ever had that in Firefox but had it a lot with Chrome. The other reasons given to switch have already been dismissed.
There really is nothing you can do in Chrome that you cannot do better in Firefox. Chrome may be fast but it is nowhere near as useful.

Lauren

I like the way Chrome looks and it is fast, but I love this add-on where you drag a link and drop it on a page so it opens in a new tab.

Brian

RAM is cheap. Buy more. Who cares if Firefox uses RAM. Free RAM is wasted RAM. Besides, Chrome lacks 95% of what makes Firefox great. Extensions.

Jinkzt3r

When Google Chrome gets a StumbleUpon add-on, I’ll switch over. I honestly use both.. but until then I will use Firefox more so than Chrome. =/

David Pierce

Definitely agreed. I’ve found that’s actually the one thing I frequently still use Firefox for. I’m waiting for the extension-less SU toolbar, which I’ve tried to use but can’t make work right, to be useful. Then it’s over.

nicbot

This is a poorly written article…and concept. Sorry man.

First, you should have targeted IE users.

Second, you points are biased and hardly based on facts/hard data.

Third, if you were a FF user you would know that most of the things you knocked FF for can be added via add-ons.

And lastly, add-ons and community is what FF is all about. Being able to customize MY browser to how I want it is the attraction for most users to FF. If all you do all day is open and close one browser window, then yes, maybe Chrome is for you.

Next time you decide to write an article like this it might be wise to take the time to consider the other side of your argument first.

kilik

I personally prefer firefox. I got into the chrome hype a bit when it first came out but it’s not really there yet for me. Perhaps it’s just because my primary OS was linux so I didn’t get right into it — it will be again soon, I just got really heavily into gaming for a bit there and as much as I don’t love windows I don’t believe much in emulating games.
The Tab per Process thing seemed cool, but really unnecessary for me. I never really have more then 6-7 tabs open at a time, if I need something again I can find it relatively quickly.
As for the many searches thing I can do plenty of stuff with keywords and that’s more specific, same with the graphical empty tab thing — and mind you many of these things were borrowed from Opera — it takes too long for me to use my mouse to get somewhere. It’s easier just to toss out a few key combinations and be there.
But yeah, several cool features Opera has had before, and they didn’t really do anything for me due to the way I do things.
As for the tabs at the top of the screen; fair enough, I have read some stuff about being at the top vs 10 pixils off does actually make a difference, but I really am fine with just using Tiny Menu+ a really large progress bar on one bar, and then tabs on the second… It’s really small and works fine.
Also I find the private browsing thing pretty cool, though I wouldn’t be surprised if chrome had that. Chrome’s sandbox mode thing is defently worth something, but the general experience just isn’t quite where I like it with chrome…
After a year or two I will probably reconsider, but for now I prefer firefox by far.

Kenny

I use Chrome for all Google web apps (ie. Gmail, Documents, Calendar etc.), AJAX Yahoo Mail, and MS Live mail.
Wouldn’t trust it with any online banking transactions. It loads up really fast and feels ‘light’ weight. I like the fact that it is a separate process per tab. Lots of advantages to doing that!

It’s still rough around the edges though. Lots of niggles such as not being able to remember the last folder i downloaded my file in whenever i click ‘Save image as’.

Using a website in ‘application’ mode is rather annoying because I can’t use the Back button (i’m not supposed to but the unpredictable nature of the WWW makes it essential to do so sometimes).

I also have IE8, Firefox and Opera installed on my PC. That said, my default and favorite browser right now is Opera!
It’s innovative, all the other browser stole feature ideas from it, it loads the average web site fastest, has a great download management tab, and excellent default features.

I try not to install too many extensions on my Firefox. I want the essential browser features such as ad-blocking, no-script browsing etc. without having to bloat my browser and make version updates slow.

Opera gives me all that, and mouse gestures! I absolutely *heart* mouse gesture browsing! hehe

Kenny

I use Chrome for all Google web apps (ie. Gmail, Documents, Calendar etc.), AJAX Yahoo Mail, and MS Live mail.
Wouldn’t trust it with any online banking transactions. It loads up really fast and feels ‘light’ weight. I like the fact that it is a separate process per tab. Lots of advantages to doing that!

It’s still rough around the edges though. Lots of niggles such as not being able to remember the last folder i downloaded my file in whenever i click ‘Save image as’.

Using a website in ‘application’ mode is rather annoying because I can’t use the Back button (i’m not supposed to but the unpredictable nature of the WWW makes it essential to do so sometimes).

I also have IE8, Firefox and Opera installed on my PC. That said, my default and favorite browser right now is Opera!
It’s innovative, all the other browsers stole feature ideas from it, it loads the average web site fastest, has a great download management tab, easy (easier than other browsers) to access the browser cache(for downloaded streaming files) and excellent default features.

I try not to install too many extensions on my Firefox. I want the essential browser features such as ad-blocking, no-script browsing etc. without having to bloat my browser and make version updates slow.

Opera gives me all that, and mouse gestures! I absolutely *heart* mouse gesture browsing! hehe

Scott

Why is this an either/or thing? I think both have their uses. As long as I don’t have to use IE, I’m happy!

(1) I agree that FF has become a pig. It became popular to begin with because it was fast and Mozilla was a pig. Of course, I haven’t tried FF without my hundred add-ons lately, so it could just be me!

Also, when FF started, it was a selling point that is didn’t open a new process with each new browser session (as opposed to IE at the time).

(3) – In FF, your download history is always available (in the Tools>Downloads menu) and you can right-click on any download to find it in Explorer (or Finder on the Mac). You can delete any entry or clear the history if you choose.

(Other) FF is available on the Mac, Chrome, not yet. I use Windows at work and Mac at home. Extensions such as foxmarks work seemlessly.

HamalSharatan

One reason why many would consider this Google’s new spy tool:

“The auto-suggest feature of Google’s new Chrome browser does more than just help users get where they are going. It will also give Google a wealth of information on what people are doing on the Internet besides searching. [cnet]“

Samuel

One reason: Adblock on firefox. Without adblock, there’s no reason to surf the net, and moreover, chrome – developed by google – will never want to let anything block their ads.

Gauss

Is there a way to save images in the way it’s possible with firefox? Firefox has in its Tools the option: Page Info, then you navigate to the Media section and there you get every image on the page. This is great with a lot of pages that doesn’t allow right click or use other tricks to stop you from saving images.

Gauss

Nevermind, I discovered how and it’s much more simpler in Chrome! :D Awesome option with a right click on Chrome: “Inspect element”, thumbs up!!

Gauss

BTW. Why Chrome is still stubborn on submitting any info when going back or forward? That’s annoying on some pages, in example a page that generates a random page on every click, when going back, Chrome resubmits the request and a new page its loaded!!! common, if I hit back, I want the previos page no matter what, as in Firefox. It’s also annoying when filling forms, Firefox just save any info on the webform fields and lets you click “Submit” when you need it, that rocks!

passerby101

Just curious what version of firefox you’re using?

1. firefox 3.5+ agree that it’s still source hog, but constantly being improved…3.6alpha has great start up speed

2. many searches in address bar: can be done with omnibar and other addons

3.downloader: even better done with addons

4. new tab page: firefox has a beta new tab page addon called “about:tab”

5. prism (mozilla)

6. I use firefox 3.6Alpha1 (Namoroka) and it does Tab Tearing

passerby101

Also, agreeing with Scott that it doesn’t have to be an either/or thing…I use Chrome to watch Hulu/Youtube for simplicity (and resource hog that Ffox is)…other productivity resides in Ffox

And no automatic RSS detection or subscription with Chrome…*sigh*

Akash Nair

WHAT STOPS ME FROM SWITCHING TO CHROME IS THE TOTALLY AWESOME “ADBLOCK PLUS” ADD ON.