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Google Chrome versus Mozilla Firefox: War of the Better Browser

Updated on January 31, 2010

For years, I was using Internet Explorer, and then discovered IE 7, with its tabbed feature.  Little did I know that the tabs had been used on Mozilla’s Firefox, and so I tried it. 

In all honesty, I don’t know how I lived without tabbed browsing.  These days, I usually have my computer going with one long window taking up half the screen, a screen in the lower-left hand corner that I write in, and a screen in the lower right-hand corner that I use to watch a video of some kind, so I don’t get bored with my work. 

During these videos, like the ones that I watch on hulu.com, I am bombarded with ads for the Google Chrome Internet Browser.  Most of them talk about how fast it is, and how beautiful it is compared to other browsers, so I checked it out. 

Like Firefox, Google has a tabbed system that works by clicking on a tab to create a new one.  This isn’t like the blank tab that you see on Firefox, but Google has a series of Bookmarks.  This can come in handy when you are trying to access a site that you have saved in the bookmarks.  This is something that I usually do by going to Firefox’s Bookmark site and hit the appropriate site simultaneously with the Ctrl key. 

When I tried to access a blank tab with Chrome, if I wanted to type in the URL of the site I wanted to access manually, it usually didn’t work after I hit return.  I’m not certain if this was just a problem with my computer.  My laptop is a few years old, and I believe that Chrome is designed for newer computers.  I found that if I typed in the URL, google would recognize a few keywords, and then it would spell out the site I wanted in green print from a menu bar of choices.  I could then select it with my mouse or arrow keys, and it would work. 

Yes, that feature of Chrome bothered me, but I wasn’t going to give up on it yet.  I admired the bookmark method, and it is handy to have your bookmarks conveniently on one site and access with mouse only without a keyboard. 

However, what sold me on Firefox was something that I tried to do on Chrome on my usual works.  On Firefox, if you right click on a hyperlink, you will see a number of options.  When I tried to do the same thing using Chrome, I found that “Bookmark this link” was not one of my choices. 

This alone swayed my decision to reject Chrome and stay with Firefox. 

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      Anthony Goodley 

      8 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Personally I think Chrome is a better all around browser, so I disagree with your choice. But to each his/her own as they say.

      Firefox is better for web developers with all its plugins. But since Chrome recently introduced extensions this is quickly changing. There is an excellent Chrome comic that explains many of the details about Chrome's V8 javascript engine and its memory management. Basically its built from the ground up for speed and security.

      http://www.google.com/googlebooks/chrome/

      One thing I love about Chrome is that it saves data other browsers do not. Several times I have had my laptop shut off right in the middle of writing a comment or hub. Upon rebooting my machine Chrome asks if you would like to restore your prior session. Click yes and it opens up every tab you had open before. It even restores the text you was writing into a form, like this text here for instance, that you had not submitted yet. What a time saver when you need it!

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