I’m an avid FireFox user, I love FireBug and having access to several key addons I use on a weekly routine but, I beta tested Chrome and still used it from time to time, that all changed last week when I set Chrome as my default browser.
FireFox has been buggy over the past month and it seemed to just get worse when it upgraded version 9. For no apparent reason FireFox would be sucking a minimum of 140MBs of RAM with a few tabs open, all of my addons were disabled, and sometimes I expereiced memory leaks where FireFox would use up to 300MB, now, this is on a machine with plenty of RAM, but FireFox would slow down, become unresponsive at times (twice) and it would take a browser restart to “fix” the problem. One thing that puzzeled me was that IE9 would use the least amount of RAM when viewing the same exact websites when compared with FireFox, literally a quarter of the amount of RAM. I have another Windows 7 machine experiencing the same trouble.
I’ll stop ranting now, I want to point out a few things that I have found with Chrome. 1, it’s faster, now, everyone says this, but it really is, there’s no delay when I hit enter, and the auto load as you type is magnificent, I love it. It feels snappier, perhaps it’s the new browser delusion.
It took two clicks for me to import everything from FireFox into Chrome, I was hoping for this import feature and Chrome’s implementation was seamless.
So did I drag FireFox into the recycle bin? No, and for good reason, I find FireBug to be superiour over Chrome’s developer tools, I love FireBug, it is one my favorite dev tools. Second, FireFox’s addons keep calling my name. Chrome is my primary browser, and when I need to edit some source code or use a special app, I’ll fire up FireFox.
Overall, my experience with Chrome is off to a good start.