After reading Walt Mossberg’s review of Firefox 3.5 (which I have yet to install), the only question that I was left with is: what the hell is up with Firefox these days?
Firefox used to be the browser to recommend! It was fast, not to mention the galore of add-ons and customizations you can download to enhance the browser. It was refreshing to delve into after coming from Internet Explorer regardless of what version number of IE was installed. However, after Firefox 2.0 was released my personal experience with Firefox started to go down-hill from there.
Firefox: The Bad & The Ugly
Firefox became the biggest memory hog in the world with the release of version 2.0. In addition to hogging a lot of resources it would move to crawling speeds after 2-3 hours of usage forcing me to restart it a lot. The same could be said for Google Chrome as far as being a memory hog. However, Google Chrome has never slowed down on me. Rarely do I restart it. In fact, I’ll leave it open for days on end. Hog all the memory you want, but performance needs to remain optimal! Otherwise, why the hell are you hogging all of my memory?
I’ve eliminated unnecessary add-ons, themes, uninstalled, reinstalled, and tweak every setting imaginable to receive optimal performance from Firefox. Then I thought, “why am I doing all of this just to open a couple of tabs without hindering my browsing experience?” That is not why I decided to make the switch to Firefox from Opera. In fact, it’s the antithesis of what Firefox originally represented.
What the hell went wrong?
The Switch To Google Chrome
Within the past 2 months, I’ve almost completely switched to Google Chrome as my default browser. It doesn’t give me nearly as many problems as Firefox. It’s quick, smooth, fluid, though a memory hog. However, I don’t mind the memory hogging if it means optimal performance. That’s exactly what Chrome has given me, picking up in areas where Firefox has become such a slacker in. In fact, the only reason I haven’t uninstalled Firefox is because of Feedly, my favorite RSS reader.
If Feedly ever makes it out of Firefox, you can be sure that Google Chrome will be the only browser to remain on my computer.
- How has your Firefox experience been as of lately?
- Do you think Firefox 3.5 will give me better results?
- What has your experience been like?