- Internet & the Web
Chrome Vs Firefox, Which is Better? CPU Usage and More!
Internet browsers have been at war for quite a long time. Advertising runs rampant, people argue back and forth, and fights break out. Which is best? Who does what better? It is hard for people to know which is better unless they spend a few years using each.
Good news, I have used both browsers for years and intend to settle the score here and now with a truthful exploration of which browser does what better. Here we will discuss and judge the following - and you are able to make judgement for yourself to see if you agree with me or not for your own call on who wins.
Look and Style
When running a program it is nice to have something that is light weight so that it is not taking up all of your memory. Google Chrome advertises that it uses a low amount of memory and that that is what gives it extra speed. However, I am not buying it. Watching Chromes background memory for the last few years one thing became clear. Everything you open starts a new process.
Lets say Firefox uses 186k memory. If you look at the running processes for Chrome, with exactly the same content running, it is only 125k. Oh wait... that's right, there are 10 processes of Chrome instead of just one and the memory it is taking up is a shocking total of around 398k memory.
Firefox definitely wins this round, weighing in at almost half the weight of Chrome.
Over the years , I haven't really noticed a difference in speed. I honestly assumed Chrome was faster. However, I just spent the last 10 minutes going to random heavy content sites on both browsers and the times were not different at all. If they were, it was milliseconds and I really could not tell any difference.
Neither win this one, as they both are the same speeds.
Both Chrome and Firefox use different tactics with their addons, extensions, and plugins. Chrome uses an everything but the kitchen sink approach, and Firefox uses a smaller selection but they seem to be higher quality at times. You are able to find the same addons across the browser boundary - however some of the better Firefox ones are treated as second class citizens.
I would say, that they are equal. However, Firefox leads by a hair because the everything but the kitchen sink approach is not the best one. You can get lost in Chrome's addon pages for a while, and there are multiples of the same thing - sometimes 6+ addons that do the same thing because anyone and everyone submits them
Firefox by a hair.
Look and Style
Both Chrome and Firefox also have ways to augment the look of the browser depending on what colors and backgrounds you want. Though I kind of like the images from Firefox a bit more, Chrome takes the lead with its new tab screens - the full image takes the screen, and it has a few buttons that can often be used. It just looks a lot better than the grey white color.
Chrome wins out by the new tab feature, it just looks so much better.
Chrome - as far as I know - does not have any other versions of its browser because it updates whenever it wants no matter what you want.
Firefox has 3 kinds of browsers depending on how stable you want. Firefox is the primary one, where updates come up every few weeks. Aurora has updates a lot, automatically, but every day or two. Nightly has updates - you guessed it - nightly.
Also, you can use older versions of Firefox if you want.
If Chrome can update whenever it wants without asking, that makes me uncomfortable. I like having a stable browser that updates when I want it to. If I wanted more updates, which I don't see why they are needed really, I would go with Aurora or Nightly.
Firefox Wins by ability to be updated when you want it, or to be able to use older versions if you want.
Parent Company Goals
Lets take a look at the parent companies of these browsers.
Chrome. Google's browser. Google has had a history of privacy infringement and it is an advertising company that runs a search engine. Chrome also uses your information to serve ads based on your personal information - and they do it underhandedly. They say:
"No personally identifiable information – We don’t collect or serve ads based on personal information without your permission."
However, at the end they say by default you are opted in. Hmm.
Firefox. "Mozilla is a proudly non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the power of the Web in people’s hands. We’re a global community of users, contributors and developers working to innovate on your behalf. When you use Firefox, or any Mozilla product, you become a part of that community, helping us build a brighter future for the Web." - Mozilla Mission Statement.
Shady advertising company, or non-profit organization... If Google didn't have such a sticky history, and try to be underhanded in their own ToS, I might trust them more.
Firefox wins hands down.
I have to say, it looks pretty bad for Google Chrome. From heavy memory, negligible speed differences, and an advertising parent company who takes your information for advertisers, I have to say I do not like Chrome very much anymore. Though I will still use it off and on, I will heavily consider removing it entirely.
Firefox wins this one.