My computer was becoming slower and slower recently – like a tired tortoise – and I couldn’t quite figure out why. Yesterday I looked at the “Activity” view on my computer – the one that shows which apps are hogging all the resources – and it was clear there was a culprit: Google Chrome browser. It was sucking up the bulk of my computer’s resources at any given moment. So, what the hey? – I gave Firefox a try.
It’s been many years since I last used Firefox as my primary browser. I used to love it back in the days before Chrome existed (Chrome was released in 2008), and I used Firefox through 2009 UNTIL…(dun dun duuuuun)…it slowed my computer down considerably! Chrome solved that speed bottleneck at that time. But that was 2009.
Yesterday, after simply closing the Chrome browser, I noticed a considerable speed boost on my computer. Apps are opening faster, key touches are more responsive – it’s basically the computer I thought I had purchased a year ago!
Notable Firefox Features:
- Firefox Screenshots: A full-page screengrab that’s better than Chrome’s tool.
- Firefox Send: The perfect way to securely send large files up to 2.5 gigabytes!
- Firefox Dev Tools: I don’t notice any functional difference between this and Chrome’s dev tools for what I use it for – mainly html markup and css.
Which is better: Chrome or Firefox?
If your computer is running slowly, you could do worse than giving ol’ Firefox a spin. So far, I’ve found it has sped up my computer considerably while not losing any functionality vs Chrome.