Eric Limer of Gizmodo recently wrote about why he had finally given up on Google Chrome and gone back to Firefox. “These days Chrome is bloated, slow, and constantly crashing on me,” he complained. “I’ve finally reached the breaking point.”
Like Eric and many others, I was once a happy Firefox user who couldn’t possibly think of using any other web browser. While some early adopters gushed over Chrome, I just wasn’t feeling it. I could appreciate aspects of it, but it just didn’t measure up to what I was used to. Way back when Chrome was still at version 4.0 (!), I wrote:
The more I used Chrome, the more it reminded me of the contrast between Google’s Android platform and the iPhone. While Android has improved considerably since its initial release, it still lags pretty far behind the iPhone in terms of overall user experience, and the apps for the iPhone are far more numerous and generally better developed than those for Android. Such is the case with Chrome and its extensions versus Firefox and its add-ons; while Chrome continues to improve, it’s not nearly as polished as Firefox.
Yes, a lot has changed in five years. Android, of course, has improved immeasurably, but soon after writing the above post, I migrated to Chrome and never looked back. That is, until now.