Quick/simple notes about Firefox and Chrome browsers based on my daily use as a normal user on Windows 8
Firefox is very flexible in customization. Wonderful display on Windows 8 and lighter on low-tech machines.
- Not opening a link in the appropriate app on Android.
- No advanced edit for Google Photos.
- No Google+ extensions.
- Using Chromebooks later might be not easy.
- Not available on Windows phones which contradicts with their famous tag “#lovetheweb”.
- Latest updates made it faster. However, Opera and Chrome are still faster. But it’s not so much noticeable; especially if you do some increasing speed settings & tweaks.
- No 64 bit version till now. They promised it would be available soon.
Fast and it might be the best if you’re investing a lot into Google services.
- Fonts are not clear even after the recent updates. Some font rendering extension might get things a little bit better though. (The font will be clear on high resolution; in my case 3200×1800)
- If you’re Evernote user, Evernote clipper doesn’t open the desktop version. Still prefer the clipper in Firefox.
- Chrome apps extensions (Web Apps Shortcuts) can’t be handled correctly on Windows if you’re installing them outside the Chrome store (developer).
- Causing a lot of strange behaviors on my Windows 8 laptop.
- Less customization in comparing to Firefox.
- Web OneDrive is better on Chrome than on Firefox and Explorer (e.g. folder upload)!
Recently, I’m testing Opera browser. I can say that I should’ve used it long time ago. A good app nowadays should be available everywhere: Web/Desktop, Android, Windows phone, iOS, … This is the case in Opera. Opera uses Chromium so it’s almost as fast as Chrome. The font display/rendering is better than Chrome but not as good as in Firefox on high DPI Windows 8 screens.