Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 21:36 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Internet & Networking Now this is a subject sure to cause some discussion among all of you. LifeHacker's Adam Pash is arguing that Chrome has overtaken Firefox as the browser of choice for what he calls 'power users'; polls among LifeHacker's readership indeed seem to confirm just that. He also gives a number of reasons as to why this is the case.
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Switched to Chrome on Day 1
by umccullough on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 21:46 UTC
umccullough
Member since:
2006-01-26

I admit, I pretty much switched to Chrome the day it was released.

However, I always keep Firefox installed and updated as well - and will often use it interchangeably (although Chrome serves as my default browser, both browsers are side-by-side on my windows quicklaunch bar). Edit: To clarify, IE doesn't even earn a place on the launch bar any longer - I've even removed it from my start menu at home to prevent accidental usage.

Firefox still serves as a backup browser for some websites that Chrome doesn't handle properly for some reason.

Strangely enough - I even used Chrome during the "dark days" before it had an ad blocking extension. And suffered a degraded browsing experience compared to firefox because the speed and pleasure of using Chrome outweighed the desire to block ads. I guess everyone has different priorities.

Edited 2010-09-23 21:47 UTC

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RE: Switched to Chrome on Day 1
by Valhalla on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 22:57 in reply to "Switched to Chrome on Day 1"
Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

Well I tried Chrome around the time it was officially released but it felt kind of clunky back then, particularly the lack of smooth scrolling in webpages using mouse drove me nuts but that was along time ago and I'm sure this and tons of other things have been fixed.

For me to migrate to another browser there must be something drawing me, javascript speed would probably be the most interesting thing, v8 is the fastest one around by all accounts and although I'm not bothered by Firefox's slower javascript now, it would seem that as it will be used more aggressively on the web my perception of this may change. Firefox new javascript engine is promising though so this may not be an issue after all, time will tell.

Tab process separation, well I don't have these frequent crashes some people seem to have so it's really a non-issue for me. Maybe it's because I use adblock,noscript,flashblock and only whitelist these things on a site by site basis.

Tabs on top doesn't really affect me either since I use the Tree Style Tab extension.

Are there any other advantages to Chrome that I am unaware of (other than it being new and shiny)?

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molnarcs Member since:
2005-09-10

There are plenty of advantages if you are an Android user and own at least 2 computers. I have a PC with nice big screen for home, a fairly decent netbook for travel (the Asus 1201N with ION and HDMI output) and a Nexus One. I started using Chrome primarily for its speed, and it is a better option for lower end netbooks. My girlfriend really appreciates it on her Acer Netbook (standard Atom 270 + 1Gb RAM crap) - it is noticeably faster there both in start up and rendering speed.

Back to my case, I appreciate it that all my Bookmarks, settings, even the skin is synchronized between my PC and netbook. I know you can duplicate the same in Firefox, but it's not as smooth. Moreover, your bookmarks are synced via your google account, and are also accessible on Google Docs. Lastly, I found Chrome To Phone extension really really handy when it comes pushing pictures, links, docs, whatever I find interesting to my phone. Seamless integration between all my devices is a definite advantage. And as a geek, you gotta admire the small footprint, innovative UI design (that everybody seems to copy nowedays - good think IMHO) and efficiency of Chrome!

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

Same with me. I literally switched the day it was announced, and never went back.

I am a web developer, and would use firefox as basically a firebug bucket, but nowadays the webkit dev tools are much better then they were, and I don't even need it for that anymore.

FF is now doing the same thing as opera, safari, and IE on my machine, which is just to test to make sure stuff looks ok.

Edited 2010-09-23 23:14 UTC

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Liquidator Member since:
2007-03-04

I would need the "Clippings" extension in Chrome.

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