Back in June I tried out Opera 10 and nine other browsers, eventually coming to rest back on my favorite, Firefox, despite the fact that Opera performed much better on the Acid3 test. Yesterday, after finding Fedora packages (repod, no less!) of Chromium, I had to try it. Just for fun, I also pulled Fedora’s package of Arora, an ad-blocking browser recently reviewed by Lifehacker.
Chromium, which I’ve been waiting to try out, is definitely the best browser of the three. It renders fastest (runs way fastest), gets 100⁄100 on the Acid3 test with a couple of small errors, and is generally pretty sweet. However, I have two big issues. First, extensions. See my treatment of Firefox below. Second, the “Other Bookmarks” button that’s ridiculously huge and can’t be removed. Google, what are you people thinking?! Everything else in Chrome’s interface is beautiful - small, icon-type functional buttons placed well. But you have a text button that’s more than an inch long on my small screen, and I can’t change the name, hide the button, or replace it with an icon. Stupid.
Arora is pretty much what it says it is. It’s a browser that includes Adblock Plus functionality without an extension. Not really sure why Lifehacker even worked it in, except that they like having twenty posts per day. Arora isn’t any faster than Firefox, and even though it uses the WebKit rendering engine of Chrome/Safari fame (which I think Firefox should just hurry up and use already), it doesn’t get 100 on the Acid3 test. Nothing to see here, move along.
Yep, I’m once again sticking to Firefox. Adblock Plus, AutoPager, Delicious Bookmarks, Download Statusbar, Fission, Flagfox, Ghostery, Greasemonkey, Tiny Menu, and Wishpot (all extensions) are too much to give up when Chrome’s UI isn’t fixable. When I last tested it, Firefox got 73⁄100 on Acid3; now it gets 93. I do wish they’d hurry up and just adopt WebKit… but that might be one browser to rule them all, and then they’d get drunk with power and become completely evil….