Sunday, June 21, 2009

Google Chrome vs Firefox 3 vs Internet Explorer 8

Google Chrome, Firefox 3 and IE 8 are the 3 most popular Internet browsers today. Each has their own good and bad. According to techradar, Google Chrome is best in terms of usability and performance, while Firefox 3 and IE 8 excels in expandability and keeping user's privacy respectively.

Check out the following videos that compare the performance of all 3 browsers by recording the time used by each browser to open Myspace, Youtube, and Facebook.





Different from TechRadar, the videos are suggesting that Firefox is the fastest among all three followed by Google Chrome and IE. While I have tried both Google Chrome and Firefox before, I couldn't really tell the speed difference between the two. So my personal favorite browser is still Firefox because of its expandability. Check out this list of top firefox extensions and you will know why I love Firefox so much. Also, some people dislike Google Chrome due to its default setting that will auto send the usage statistic to Google. Check out this article: Why Not Google Chrome?

Oh, and if you decided to go with Firefox, here's a little useful Firefox tips that show you how to setup multiple home pages in Firefox!

25 comments:

Seno said...

I use both Google Chrome and Firefox. For surfing, I think google chrome is better, but for increasing alexa I choose Firefox. That is just my opinion :)

naruto said...

firefox 3 is the best .. :D

Ian said...

Thats a bit of a lame test. How often are you going to be running the internet with just one tab open? I can personally say NEVER. When having 4+ tabs open, chrome handles everything so much better than ie8 or firefox. I think its because each tab has its own process running rather than mixing it all together like ie8 and firefox do, but whatever it is, chrome is much better than the other 2 when under stress.

The Rev said...

man i wish i could a lame-0 like Ian and say man i love Google chrome even though i have to open 4 tabs for it to function well what a lame excuse Firefox has been kicking internet explorers ass since 2004 and will continue to do so for the remainder of google chrome's lame attempt at being the next best thing google is a great search engine, and a great email service. Deal with it

dsi said...

According to me Mozilla Firefox is the best browser and it's also has a simple functionality to access the web site..

Anonymous said...

I agree with Ian. Firefox may be faster by a second or two, but Google Chrome doesn't explode into a thousand pieces screaming "DOES NOT COMPUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" when you open a second tab. In short, Google Chrome FTW!!!

Brochure Printing said...

Haha! I expected IE to fall short on that list. Seriously, Microsoft has to do something about their browser. If this continues, more and more people will opt to use other browsers, like Firefox.

Anonymous said...

Rev,

You're a damn idiot. Ian never said that the only way Chrome is functional is by having 4+ tabs open. he simply stated they handled the load better.

And lame-o? Kid, get off your parent's computer and do something with your life.

nbanicholas said...

ok this is how it works out:

firefox:
generally faster on single tab, and if configured correctly with some add-ons multiple tabs are ok. also because of add-ons, CAN be more secure and/or reliable. It's almost too customizable. and with too many add-ons can run way to slow.

Chrome:
Faster/better than any IE and handles the mutible tabs very well. little costimisation availible, and almost nothing you can add to but is still pretty secure by default.

IE(any):
A failed attempt at creating something useful.(also you must pay for the windows operating system in order to get it)

Safari:
i honestly don't know enough to comment on it. ill check it out.

Final verdict:
Firefox is the best if you actually take the time to set it up properly.

however, if you do not set up your browsers for your personal settings, Chrome is the best.

Safari for now is the wild card

Chris said...

What about Safari ??

Sefolkerth said...

Hands down, I love Firefox. I switched to it last year and I've never looked back. Tabs or no tabs, it runs smoothly, never crashes and it's an all out flexible browser. I multitask a lot, and usually have three to four tabs open at once, I've never had my Firefox freak out on me.

wvbig said...

I've used all 3 & prefer IE8 to both. Chrome isn't compatible with all types of sound files or with KeyScrambler Personal keystroke encryption software. Firefox just plain sucks! It's super slow & frequently unresponsive when you enable all the addons required to achieve the security Mozilla claims it has. It's also not compatible with any of the sound files on my website

Ian said...

Safari (from what I've been told), runs great on a Mac (go figure), and is around, if not below par, when used on a windows operating system.

Rev are you out of your mind? Or maybe your just 14? :/

Some people do not care about customization; those people will enjoy Chrome the best. Some people who enjoy speed while doing multiple tasks at once will like chrome the best.

Some people who like playing music through there browser, or using an IRC chat for it, or like making it a million colors, will like Firefox the best.

It all depends on the consumer, everything has it's pros and cons.

technominx said...

I thought I'd share with you something I discovered the other day...I was surfing the web and I came across this feature in IE 8 called Domain Highlighting...its this new security feature they've installed where the domain name of the site gets highlighted all bold and black...its really cool cuz very often while I'm browsing I click on links which I believe are part of or related to the site I'm on, but the url immediately redirects to some complex ones, which I just don't trust...I'd recommend u guys to use this IE 8 feature to keep away malware at least.

Perfect Horizon said...

the fact that chrome creates a new process for each tab is what makes it complete trash...gee thanks google for sucking up my processor and ram...firefox is 150% the best browser.

Fred said...

it would have been a much better test if the tester cleared his cookies and cache.

Since it wasnt, the "speed" test was more about which browser can access the temporary documents, rather than load the webpage.

i use both FF and chrome, and i never got times as slow as 8 seconds

Anonymous said...

I have used all three browsers. Like the customization on firefox, capapbilities of IE, and simplicity of Chrome. As others have mentioned earlier, it depends on the user. IE was too slow on startup and on opening new tabs for me, so I switched to Firefox. Firefox had more speed on my system. Loved customizing it. then i found chrome and compared them. realized I customized my firefox just because i could when i first downloaded it, and then never had a reason to otherwise. Chrome is simple, fast, and doesnt have alot of addons and customizations that could and do freak out at times. I prefer Chrome because i like the speed and usablility on high number of tabs open. I use a 64 bit vista OS and 4gb RAM. never noticed overusage of CPU.

Christopher said...

Are you kidding? Google Chrome hands down. IE8 has to many bugs. And Firefox is too protected.

Anonymous said...

Anyone know the background music and artist in the video?

Anonymous said...

What is the name of the music in the video and the artist? Thanks.

SedativeChunk said...

I can't believe all these ridiculous Firefox lovers on this page. Firefox was good back in 2006, but now, it's garbage. You call Firefox fast? It's a slow ball of crap, and it takes forever to load up, even without all the add-ons. Mozilla is too geared towards add-ons and customization more than the performance of the browser anymore.

Chrome loads up in seconds. It's standard compliant, and handles multiple tabs fast, it auto updates in the background, and it's lighting fast for surfing the web. People here are complaining about the multiple Chrome processes but this actually more of a good thing than a bad one (in fact, there are no bad things about it). If you load up 10, 20, even 30 tabs at a time, Chrome still runs lighting fast. Firefox on the other hand, bogs down, and most of the time will crash.
From a developers standpoint, Chrome is the best browser. I have no respect for Firefox anymore.

Internet Explorer, well, Microsoft has made improvements over the years but it's still a crappy browser. Safari is the most pathetic excuse for a web browser I've ever seen out of 30+ web browsers I've ever used.

Jon said...

@Perfect Horizon
Actually having an individual process for each tab is ingenious by design. I've had firefox crash on me plenty of times because I would have "too many" tabs open (around 50-70). Now because firefox lumps all the tabs into one lump sum process, if one tab fails it takes the rest of firefox down with it. I've also found that firefox can be quite a resource hog itself. With all of my add-ons installed and with 30 or so tabs open, I regularly see upwards of 450mb of ram being consumed. I love firefox but I just might have a new favorite web browser.
Back to my ingenious design comment... If chrome were to have a tab crash on me, it would only kill that individual process and not crash the whole browser. How would you like your browser were to crash on you when you're about to make a sniping bid on ebay, or you're in the middle of a stock trade?

Anonymous said...

Personally i don't like firefox and am currently using Chrome. Wouldn't recommend anyone using IE8. Google always seems to have the best soft ware......and really how much processor speed and ram could a single tab take up, not enough to really matter..........

3D said...

@technomix that feature has been on FireFox for quite some time now. LocationBar bolds out the domain and fades out the rest. It's about time IE did something like that.

I can't really comment if Firefox is better than Chrome or not, and to me IE is not even in the picture. But, I have never had problems and with the browser and all the add ons and what not that Firefox has to merit using Chrome. If the day comes that Firefox becomes the new IE, then I might try out Chrome.

Cynic Observer said...

I am most concerned with security. I use both FF3.6 (?, whatever is the latest version) and IE8. I am very disappointed that FF crashes frequently. Yet, whenever possible, I still go back to use it because it is easier to handle than IE. But when I download files (shared projects, etc.), I reluctantly use IE because it RARELY crashes. I have just downloaded Chrome, but its interface is not as easy to use as IE or FF. Any suggestions, I'll appreciate very much.

 
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