Over the weekend, the crew at Tom’s Hardware was busy testing the recently-released Firefox 22 using the usual bevy of benchmarks. This roundup included Chrome 27, Firefox 22, IE10, and Opera 12, along with the new Chromium-based build of Opera Next (alos known as Opera 15).
For the first time, Firefox 22 pulls off a truly decisive win against Google’s browser. Chrome, once known for starting up instantly, has become the slowest browser to launch, allowing Firefox 22’s lightning-fast startup times to create a wide spread between these two otherwise equally-matched browsers. Chrome’s historically poor ability to properly render many pages at once also became a problem for the world’s new favorite web browser, as Firefox 22 sees the return of rock solid reliable page renders. Google’s minor edge over Mozilla in other metrics just isn’t nearly enough for Chrome to fend off the fox.
As most would expect, Opera Next performs essentially like Diet Chrome, with superior WebGL performance being the only area where the new Opera stands above Chrome.
Note from Thom: I plan on trying out Firefox after its recent number of performance improvements. Chrome has been having some minor issues for me lately, and I want to keep an open mind to possible competing products. Perhaps Blink will enable Chrome to edge ahead in the future once more, but I want the fastest browser now, not four months from now.
Have any of you been switching browsers lately? If so, from which to which? Any troubles you ran into?