Posted Feb 9, 2012 20:19 UTC (Thu) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389)
In reply to: I run both by alex
Parent article: Tracking users
I've used Firefox for a while (Incredible and now the Galaxy Nexus) and I've switched to Chrome on the phone after just a few hours of testing it out. Some pros/cons of each (on the Galaxy Nexus):
- I can change the search engine.
- The readability plugin.
- Save page to PDF.
- URL bar does not appear mid-page if bookmarks/history/etc. is displayed (it shows the page behind it instead).
- Cannot scroll tab page panel thing on ICS (it worked on 2.3), so anything after the 12th tab or so is inaccessible without closing other tabs.
- Has issues with remembering pages when using "back" after going to another app (opens a page I closed hours ago and forgets the 10 or so tabs I had most recently).
- Tiny targets for tab closing and switching makes it way to easy to do the wrong thing.
- Sometimes forgets URLs if I open in a new tab and don't switch to it "soon" which means I probably also forgot what link I opened it from, losing the page that I wanted to read.
- Can't setup synchronization without a desktop instance…which I don't use.
- Tab switching/management is *much* nicer.
- Can use sync without needing the desktop browser to set it up.
- Feels faster.
- Starts up in a reasonable amount of time (Firefox 9 got better…but it's still painful).
- Can't change the search engine besides the baked in ones (I much prefer DDG over Google search).
- Too actively forgets the page and reloads it on app switch (making LWN unread damn near impossible to use in it). But, it at least reliably remembers the URL that the tab opened with.
- Can't find the downloaded files list to open previously downloaded files (sure there are directory browsers, but that should be unnecessary).
- Doesn't reflow text on a portrait → landscape rotation, instead, zooms the text to fit in the new size. The text can't be zoomed out again without reloading the page (feedback sent).
Overall, Chrome is much nicer because Firefox dies from the "1000 papercuts" effect. Both browsers need a "save for later" option that is more permanent than a tab and less permanent than bookmarks. Another app for this feature feels…unwarranted.