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Firefox and Chrome: A Winning Pair

Chrome's growing on me. 

Ever since the Chrome Browser from Google came out, I've been resisting it. Partly due to obstenance, I didn't like being so in the grips of Google as I use Gmail, Gcal, Greader, Blogger and obviously Gsearch. I was loath to add another Google service to my daily routine. I was also reluctant to start with Chrome due to my love of Firefox. I have a sense of loyalty to that software because it's been such a satisfying experience using it all these years. So I was quite unwilling to give Chrome a chance.

Lately, however, I've found myself somewhat limited by my laptop's hardware i.e. memory and speed. Running iTunes, TweetDeck, BumpTop, Firefox and a few other resource hogs slowed my work/play flow which was irritating. So after a little while I started turning Firefox off but that proved to be problematic when I wanted to quickly check e-mail or a link. Starting my bloated Firefox (my own fault for beeing an add-on lover) took forever! So I decided to give Chrome a chance and I'm finding it a surprisingly useful addition to my daily routine.

Here are a couple of reasons why that is :

1. Speed - Chrome starts up significantly faster than an add-on laden, multi-tabbed Firefox. When you want to take a quick look at a website or check out a link, you don't need a bunch of add-ons and/or tabs to start up, all you need is the web page of interest and Chrome excels at doing just that.

2. Application Shortcuts - What an amazingly useful tool. Chrome allows you to create a desktop shortcut to a webpage but not in the full browser which means it opens even faster. Having such access means that you don't need to use up as many system resources when checking your e-mail or your blog or your calendar which makes it efficient, quick and most importantly a painless process when running a bunch of other applications at the same time.

3.Don't give up your day browser - I don't look at Chrome as a Firefox replacement but as a compliment. When I'm working, fully immersed on-line, I want all my Firefox add-ons and the flexibility they offer my web experience.  However when I'm playing or laptop multi-tasking I really don't need all that flexibility, what I value then is speed and efficiency which Chrome delivers.

 I look at the difference between the two browsers the same way as I look at Blogging and Micro-Blogging. One is full featured with rich content and the other is all about the quick snippet/link or blurb of "here I am". Both have their place and provide value. Yes, Chrome is growing on me. I still don't care for my addiction to Google services but if something's good, it's good.

Comments

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htbthomas
Apr. 18th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
Good points! My husband has been using Chrome on his laptop, but I've been resisting, too. I love the add-ons. But when I'm working with GIMP, I can't use it and FF together without the whole computer becoming EXTREMELY slow. I will have to give this idea a try. :)
earlgrayhot
Apr. 18th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, GIMP is a total resource hog! I definitely recommend Chrome as the "quickie" browser to run along side it :)

Let me know what you think after you've given it a go :)
chickadilly
Apr. 18th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
That's actually why I rarely use Firefox - it's sooooo S-L-O-W - especially when you have graphic applications open. Safari may not have the cool add ons but it's quick and easy. (Though I think the Windows version sucks having tried it on my mom's PC.)

I'm anxious to give Chrome a shot. I wish they'd hurry up with the Mac version.

Edited at 2009-04-18 05:05 pm (UTC)
craterdweller
Apr. 19th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
I hope they release a Mac version soon. I've been dying to try it.
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