Chrome or Firefox? Everyone has their favorite browser and tends to stick to it not changing unless something is not working as expected. As developers, it is important to have the best tools to work in a fast and efficient environment.
The statistics say that most people are using Google Chrome, but what about its classic rival, Firefox, how is it doing? In this article, we are going to clash two titans: Chrome and Firefox. We are going to list the advantages and disadvantages of each one and try to figure out if there is a reason to choose one over the other.
Knowing the Beasts: Chrome
Google Chrome is supposed to be a lightweight browser. It was released in 2008 and since then it hasn’t stopped gaining popularity. Right now it is the staple and most used browser out there.
By default, it does not come with a lot of features or plugins. However, there are a lot of them available online in the Chrome Web Store.
In terms of benefits, the easily obtainable and installed extensions mean you can really make it your own. There's support for parental controls and a huge range of tweaks and settings to ensure maximum efficiency for your working environment.
Like everything, it has its downsides. Despite being announced as a lightweight browser, lately it is among the heaviest browsers in terms of resource usage, so it's not brilliant on machines with limited resources (such as RAM memory). Some benchmarks suggest that its performance doesn't quite match up to other browsers. In terms of privacy and anonymity, with Google's tentacles running through it, you might be uncomfortable with the ways in which your browsing data may be used.
Knowing the Beasts: Firefox
Firefox is the highly popular free web browser that more than 500 million people worldwide are using to surf and interact with the Internet. The browser is available in more than 70 different languages.
It is well known for being the most customizable web browser. With a selection of thousands of free add-ons on the Firefox Add-ons site, you can customize Firefox to have it look the way that you want, and function the way that you want.
Until 2012, Firefox had more users than Chrome. However it started losing users. The exact reason remains unclear, but people seem to prefer its rival.
Despite some reviews saying it lacks performance in benchmark tests, the feeling of using it does not seem sluggish in any way.
The implementation was controversial, but it now supports Pocket and Hello as a built-in mechanism.
The clash: Chrome or Firefox?
Both are available for all the main platforms (Linux, Mac, Windows) and some others.
Chrome was the first to simplify the user interface, offering the users little more options than the browser bar. Firefox’s current user interface is not complex, but still has the independent search bar.
In both browsers the user interface is easily and readily customizable.
Chrome extensions are easy to install from the Chrome Web Store, but this also happens with Firefox and the Add-ons for Firefox.
In both browsers, bookmarking is easy fast one click.
There are advanced configurations available for both of them.
In terms of performance, independent benchmarks (2015) show that Firefox is faster than Chrome in several categories.
It is very simple, when it comes to choosing a browser: it's your choice.
It would be unfair to classify one browser better than another. It depends on your computer, what kind of work you do in your browser, and what kind of principles you stand behind. And finally and most importantly, it depends on your personal preference.
In my opinion, if you value online privacy and want to make personalized tweaks you should choose Firefox. On the other hand, if you need security, work in a formal company and want to go with certain plugins choose Chrome.