Is Google Chrome Better Than Firefox?

Features that existed almost exclusively on Firefox became a part of Google Chrome early on. This, coupled with an elaborate marketing campaign on the part of Google, made Google Chrome an almost instant competitor for the second spot under Internet Explorer. More recently, Firefox 4 has been released and its new UI looks surprisingly similar to Google. How does Firefox 4 compare to Google Chrome 10 in terms of user experience?

Firefox has had a major UI change in version 4. The menu bar has been condensed down to a single button, tabs have been moved to the top rather than below the search and navigation bars. On the windows version, the menu button is located on top of the tabs which may result in an accidental button press if you’re not paying attention. It’s almost undeniable that Firefox borrowed this UI concept from Google Chrome.

One area where the differences between the two browsers is more apparent is sync. In Google Chrome, synchronization of your bookmarks and settings from one system to another is accomplished by logging in to Google. That’s it, no key codes or pass phrases to remember. Further than that, synchronization is practically instantaneous between systems running Google Chrome. Firefox’s sync gives you a few extra hoops to jump through, and key codes to remember. Sometimes, you just want to sync everything up when you’re not next to the primary machine.

Google is constantly updating Chrome, and bugs are being fixed almost as quickly as they are discovered. Chrome was the first browser to receive a fix for the WebKit exploit discovered in this year’s Pwn2Own contest. In this contest, multinational teams compete to see who can hack their way through various systems and software in the least amount of time. This exploit was not used against Chrome specifically, so there’s no telling whether or not it had a high potential of actually working. To Firefox’s credit, they survived the contest where they hadn’t in years prior.

As with any constantly-evolving software, everything mentioned here can and will likely change. Firefox has made huge strides in their efforts to reinvent the platform, and it may be just a matter of time before they come up with that new feature that blows Chrome out of the water.

21 thoughts on “Is Google Chrome Better Than Firefox?”

      1. True and agree, but they have approved it on there extensions list.

        Only it’s made by someone elas.

        1. the extention on firefox is adblock plus, the one on chrome is adblock… they both do the same thing.. so blocking ads is no issue on either browser, though the firefox version does seem slightly more effective.

  1. If Google Chrome’s UI was more customizable like FireFox then I’d say yes, but until then it’s a best second in my book.

    1. i use firefox as my main browser cause it allows toolbars (i use 2)… and you just cant do that with chrome.

      plus firefox seems to handle CSS better on certain sites where with chrome it seems to freeze it up as it has to refresh and reload the whole page and firefox seems to not do that cause it processes it faster (but on some sites both browsers handle CSS the same, or chrome just slightly slower)

  2. would not touch chrome anything…. screwed my system to the point of wipe and restart….

    firefox 4 just works./… good luck out on the edge , as you say bleeding…

  3. Features that existed almost exclusively on Firefox became a part of Google Chrome early on ”
    You might also mention that most of those features were on Opera first.

  4.  FF5 is going to be sporting some mad speed updates, but I agree that it feels bloated, and will most likely be very bloated by the time it hits actual release.  Chrome has won the FF user over.  Biggest reason: streaming vids.  Netflix, YouTube, news sites . . . all have this annoying skipping issue in FF4, in Chrome it’s not there.

  5. “More recently, Firefox 4 has been released and its new UI looks surprisingly similar to Google.”

    I always thought the interface is more similar to Opera 11’s interface than Chrome. But now that Chrome and Opera both support extensions, I predict Firefox will begin to lose market share (along with IE).

     I’m still liking Opera, though. It’s almost as fast as Chrome, but has more features out of the box. I suppose you could get the same features on Chrome with extensions, but that ads to RAM consumption. Chrome has been a bit of a memory hog in the past, but with v12 just released it seems to be handling RAM a lot better, and I must say better than Opera now.

  6. Hi Chris, I have 1 question: Is it really ‘safe’ to let the browser remembering your passwords? I’m always worried about hackers and such… or am I just being paranoid? Thanks in advance!

  7. I have changed my opinion about Chrome/Chromium. It has become more unstable and have now several problems with especially multimedia playing. I have had several problems running MOV-files and amazinly lots of problems with Youtube too.

    Because that negative change i have come back to Firefox. Another reason is that Google advertise and collecting your browsing history. I don’t like. And when Firefox has become much better now than 2-3 years ago it has helped me to choose it again as my default browser. Of course i use Chrome/Chromium and Opera also.

    Firefox has especially great add-ons and great multimedia playing.

    1. Plus, there’s a 25% chance that you won’t be able to open Chrome, rendering it useless. Firefox takes a while, but, um, OPENS?

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