Google Chrome: 3rd impressions
Since I’ve gotten fed up with the bullshit Firefox likes to call user experience, I’ve decided to give Chrome a third chance.
(Yes, third; first was like 2 or 3 years ago, second was like 1 year ago)
So, after getting all my useful extensions and whatnot installed, here’s what I can say:
»Things I like
- Startup speed is much faster than Firefox’s.
- Handles CSS animations MUCH better than Firefox
- Memory management is much better (more on this later)
- Dev tools runs circles around Firefox’s
- The speaker icon that shows which tab is playing sound — now I don’t need a Flash blocker ;)
- Closing multiple tabs at once no longer freezes everything for like 30 seconds
- Overall much more stable compared to Firefox (haven’t had a crash yet, but then again, I’ve only used it for like 2 days now)
- Built-in PDF reader is much better than Adobe’s plugin
»Things I hate
- Nearly no options to configure (everything needs to be done with addons, even changing the new tab page… WTF)
- No native UI support; you’re forced to use the ugly Chrome custom controls (Firefox can do native style custom title bars; why cant Chrome?)
- Extension community is nowhere near as good as Firefox’s
- No native RSS feed support :(
- No downloads window (this is why I downgraded to Firefox 24, guys!)
- Scrolling around is very laggy - this is probably due to lazy loading of parts of the page to save RAM, but still. Auugh.
- YouTube videos freeze a lot. What the heck.
»Other random thoughts
- Address bar is really oversized — I feel like it’s made for people with the eyesight of an 80 year old
- Clicking on open menus closes and re-opens them — that’s just stupid
- Tabs are too easy to accidentally close
- Gobbles up memory like there’s no tomorrow, but is very good at releasing it when closing tabs (a good thing, since I often find myself having 50 tabs open and closing 49 of them at once)
Overall, my verdict is: Firefox for newer PC’s, Chrome for older PC’s, unless you spend most of your time on YouTube, in which case Firefox is still better. Unfortunately, since my laptop is about as fast as maple syrup, I guess I’m going to have to start using Chrome. Bleh.