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February 4, 2011

Firefox vs. Chrome Web Browser: Which is the Best Browser?

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It actually sounds like something from a sci-fi flick, The Browser Wars”, but it is not. It is a very real fight and until recently the top contenders were Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari, with Firefox clearly being the better program. That was until Google threw its hat in the ring.

Now it goes without saying that the true fight has begun between Firefox and Google Chrome. If you are interested in how they stack up against each other read on.

Speed: Chrome is by far the fastest. It uses the Webkit engine layout and independent speed tests have already cemented this engine as the leader in overall speed.

Although Firefox did attempt to amp up its search speed with the introduction of its 3.5, it still looses hands down.

Security: All browsers have had occasional security risks. However Chrome treats each tab as an individual process.
This means that if one search result in the tab is infected by a malicious site, then it is contained and subsequently “pawned.” This keeps the infection from spreading to the other tabs. This alone gives Google Chrome the edge over Firefox.

Search Options: This is the one area that Google Chrome falls short in. As of now the program cannot support any other browser. Firefox is compatible with all other browsers and is capable of supporting a lot more add-ons than Google Chrome supports. These are important for people who use the browser for more than just a simple search.

Memory: The separation of the tabs for security purposes also may look, at first glance as if that is gross usage of memory space. But tests have proven that is not the case.

The memory usage also depends a lot on the number of other programs running within the browser. Since Firefox users tend to have an abundance of add-ons, this makes for a much larger memory loss. So even though Firefox would win this one, it is with reservations.

The bottom line is that you can’t go wrong with either one of these browsers. Right now, power users will find Chrome to be faster and cleaner. Internet marketers will find more options with Firefox. Use both for maximum effect. Happy browsing!

As you can see both have their benefits and both leave something to be desired. You can download and use both for different projects. Since this is war, you have to find out for yourself which one is best.


Pat Lindle is a consultant over at www.smallbusinessconsultingco.com and principal at the website www.buywebhosting.co helping small business owners with hosting needs.

8 Responses to “Firefox vs. Chrome Web Browser: Which is the Best Browser?

    avatar Angelique Finch says:

    To find out weve been running it alongside the two big browsers IE8 beta 2 and a pre-release version of Firefox 3.1 the Minefield build with the new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine enabled.On the face of it all three browsers are excellent – but there are big differences in the way they do things and even bigger differences in the strain they can put on your system. We benchmarked all three programs on a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo machine packing 2GB of RAM and Windows Vista Ultimate – but as thats a fairly speedy machine we also blew the dust off our trusty and desperately underpowered Acer Aspire to see how they coped on that.Wherever possible weve compared like with like and for the sake of clarity well avoid terms such as OmniBox Chrome or Awesome Bar Firefox when were comparing different browsers address bars.

    avatar SEO Reseller says:

    With my experience using Firefox, Chrome & IE, I can say that Firefox is still the most stable, most flexible and most user friendly. It’s genuine open source. Speed tests are measuring minimal fractions and are not the most important factor.

    avatar JojoRU says:

    Unfortunately Firefox is becoming bloat ware as is IE.

    avatar Frustrated Stay at home mom says:

    But after a while my chrome stopped loading things like facebook, twitter, and it took years just to upload this page (exaggeration). I’m a stay at home mom and i work from home so it frustrates me when my web pages for work do not load. My friends say OnLive Web Browser works beautifully and i should try it but i don’t know. I’m about to just go crazy on chrome becuase i’m so far behind in my work

    avatar Jeffrey says:

    Very nice and unbiased review. Both browsers are good. I prefer Firefox due to the more add-ons that i use and that are available there.

    avatar Alex says:

    Google Chrome is the BEST !!! Believe me it is

    avatar Ossy says:

    Chrome it is :) All the way !!! though I’m not a fan of Google or their Android (Cause Apple IOS rocks :))

    I like how light Chrome is and how large the viewport is, plus incognito is great where doing SEO spot checks. However as a developer I do use FireFox as my browser of choice because of the Dev tools / plugins that I have installed for testing.

    These tools are available for Chrome but don’t quite have the same functionality and usability as the FireFox counterparts.

    Again as a developer I always test in all the browsers I can get my hands on, on a variety of platforms, so from Chrome, Safari and Operas WebKit based browsers to Mozillas FireFox to IE versions its imperative to test on all. I also use emulators and my own devices to test for tablet and mobile devices.

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