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Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox Are Fighting for My Affection

In Technology by Gino Carteciano10 Comments

It’s been a little over two weeks since Google unleashed their very own browser, the shiny Chrome. Like all new browsers or new versions of existing browsers, I downloaded it to take it for a spin. Unlike with the other browsers, though, I stuck with it after a couple of days.

It may have had a major hype within hours after its release, but most of it was justified. A home page that’s pretty handy. The Omni Bar that’s so simple but extremely helpful. Brilliant tab abilities. Built-in Google Gears functionality. Heck, even the logo had its own buzz. It’s all nifty.

But with all the awesome things about Chrome, I just can’t find myself completely switching to it from Mozilla Firefox. One word: ADD-ONS.

Adblock Plus: Sure, Chrome blocks relocates pop-ups, but it ticks me off to see huge advertisements on websites and blogs. Some of them I didn’t even know existed when I was still using Firefox full time.

ColorZilla: I know there are desktop applications out there that can “catch” colors on the screen, but as a web developer, I find it very efficient to have a color picker right there on my browser.

Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer: I go online using at least 3 computers and it’s monumentally helpful if I can access my bookmarks from anywhere I want to access them. I know I can use bookmarking services like Delicious, but I find FBS easier to use.

Imagebot: I share a lot of stupid images on Plurk by storing them on ImageShack so directly uploading images to The ‘Shack from a web page makes it easier for me to dick around.

MeasureIt: Like ColorZilla, this add-on helps me a lot in doing web development tasks.

PicLens: It’s just cool and sexy.

Screen Grab!: Another tool I use in web development. Generating screenshots of whole pages or just parts of it is a breeze.

StumbleUpon: When I’m in the mood to discover new websites, StumbleUpon is the way to go. It’s just like hitting F5 on the whole Internet. Fantastic.

TinyUrl Creator: Like Imagebot, this add-on lets me share awesome links without taking up too much character space. Quite handy when using microblogging services like Twitter and Plurk.

Web Developer: It’s easier to pretend to work if you’re using this baby.

That’s 10 reasons why I can’t make Chrome my 100% default browser just yet. I use it more than Firefox, though, but I don’t use it all the time. I might be in love with Chrome right now, but until it can support plug-ins, I’m not ready to commit to it yet. Right now we’re just flirting.



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  2. I’m having the same conundrum, and getting impatient waiting for a Linux version, but still the add-ons are what makes me stick with Firefox. In addition to your list, I need my Firebug add-on also. I think it’s just a matter of time before they allow add-ons. Still getting impatient, though. Argh!

  3. I agree with you about the add-ons. NoScript is still my hero. I thought I’d completely migrate to Chrome (the "Incognito" mode sounded fun) but one of our IT personnel recommended against it since it appears to be unstable. Oh and Firefox is coming up with its own porn mode too in version 3.1.

  4. @Ade: Thank God you didn't notice my sloppy Photoshop job.

    @Will: Firebug slows my FF down extremely.

    @dtd: I read somewhere that Firefox's porn mode isn't as stealthy as Incognito. We'll see.

  5. it's funny, the more i use Chrome (for windows), the more unstable it seems to get… crashes a lot more, can't handle sites with flash, hangs every time i close a tab… all that to say, i'm switching back to Firefox

  6. It took me months before upgrading to FF3 so LOL, it’s going to take ages before I give Chrome a spin. But goddamn, now there’s a new browser to take into account when coding? :(

  7. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox Are Fighting for My Affection

    And Chrome -as of right now- is winning. Hands down. Firefox is beginning to suffer browser bloat. I love the Mozilla Project. I contributed to early versions of Firefox (when it was still Phoenix) but come on . More is not always better.

    Karl A. Krogmann

  8. Firefox would still win my affection because all of the useful add-ons that I use for work are in Firefox. Chrome still have to develop more on their add-ons. But as for speed I would always go for Chrome.
    Toronto Internet Marketing


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