My mini-browser review

Being the first post of 2012 and seeing how I am currently brushing up on my JavaScript skills, I'd thought I'd post a mini-browser review.

Over the last month, this has been my browser of choice at both home and work. Based on my perception, it is the fastest browser out there. It is also smooth (meaning initial start-up & opening app tabs) and when something goes wrong, you can just open up the Chrome Task Manager and kill the offending tab. I think its what most people think Firefox should be like. The only downside is that the developer tools are clunky to work with.

Firefox 4+
I have always love this browser from the start and it has been my main browser since then. But do I dare say, it seems bloated at times? The initial start-up can cause it to freeze for 30 secs (with only 2 app tabs mind you) and if a tab crashes, it takes a moment or two to recover. But for development purposes, its tools are unmatched.

Internet Explorer 9
I just can't use it. Its UI, while trying to catch up to Chrome and Firefox is still ugly. Some web sites still don't render properly and it is still behind its in implementation of HTML5/CSS3 web standards. Also how many releases have Chrome and Firefox have their been since IE9 came out? That's what I thought. Slow output from a company that needs to greatly pick up the pace. I'll wait till version 10 to see if my mind changes.

Opera 10+
I think Firefox stole its UI :) I use it from time-to-time to just see what it can offer and its pretty good. Pages load fast and it has interesting built-in development tools. How fonts look could use a little work however. It truly is the little browser that could.


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