Poll: What Browser Are You Using These Days?

By Daniel Scocco

I used to be a die hard Firefox fan. Just check the “Software” category on this blog. You’ll see dozens of posts about Firefox, related news and favorite extensions. Then one day Google announced it was going to launch a browser….

As you probably know that browser is called Google Chrome. When it came out I decided to give it a try, just to know what was going on. I had no plans at all to switch, as I was very happy with Firefox.

At first I liked it a bit, but it didn’t have all my extensions, my bookmarks, and things were a bit different, so I kept using Firefox.

Somehow once in a while I would open Chrome and browse a bit with it, and over time I started to notice how faster it was compared to Firefox.

Long story short within a couple of weeks I had ditched Firefox completely in favor of Chrome, and these days it’s just a pain to use Firefox because it’s much, much slower in my opinion. Curiously I haven’t added any extensions to Chrome at all, and I am doing just fine in that regard.

I haven’t tried Firefox 5, and while I still think it’s a solid browser, I think I’ll be sticking to Chrome now.

But I figured maybe not everyone feels like this. Hence the poll. Share with us your favorite browser, and drop a comment if you want to elaborate your thoughts.

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54 Responses to “Poll: What Browser Are You Using These Days?”

  • Tecnologia

    Chrome for ever! At first time when it was launched it didn’t had almost any extensions as firefox does, but today it has a lot of extensions, same as firefox and with the plus that it’s 200% faster.

    Cheers!

  • Nica M.

    I’ve been using Chrome ever since it was released and I love it’s interface and how fast it is. However, I noticed lately that it doesn’t allow me to login to several web sites, Mailchimp and Elegant Themes Support forum included, but the login details are correct. I have to use Firefox to access these sites

  • Shlomo

    I’ve been using FF for a number of years now. Haven’t yet tried FF5.

    I’ve installed and uninstalled Chrome 4 or 5 times. Never could get used to it. Never liked the look of it.

    Just this week I installed it again and I’ve been using it some. Still not ready to dump FF.

  • Maaike Quinn

    I still love Firefox, but I am OK with Chrome too. I seriously dislike IE.

  • Toni | ChromeBookBox

    I still use flock cause i love built-in blog editor in flock. I also use IE for some reason.

  • sefcug

    I used to use Firefox all the time, but now I primarily use Google Chrome.

    I also use Opera, and very occasionally IE.

    In my opinion Google Chrome is the fastest right now, as well as the easiest to use.

  • GH Bogan

    I was trying to work in a pure Microsoft environment but have found that both the Vista OS and the “new and improved” Internet Explorer 9 have become more and more unstable with each update. As much as I am not a fan of intrusion into my business, I have changed to Google Chrome and found it a refreshing change over Microsoft. Speed, while important, is not as critical to me as a great reduction of browser lock up or crash incidents. And with the installation of some of the Google Aps, I find that I have become quite comfortable and adept at using Chrome to its fullest ability.

  • Nasrul Hanis

    Whatever it is – Firefox rocks! 😀

  • Karen W.

    Agree with you 100% – Firefox is dog slow compared to Chrome and Safari is the worst of all for Mac users – go figure 🙁

  • Omar

    Im using Google Chrome because its faster & from day one i feel i’m very familiar with it ,
    Google always keeping every thing simple ,

    every day people escape from IE ,
    Always asking my self , when IE will die

  • Doug

    I used to use FireFox all the time but I started having issues with it locking up around the time that Chrome came out. Since then, I use Chrome for about 95% of my browsing, FireFox for about 4% and IE for 1% only if I really need to use it.

  • Stephen

    Chrome for me.

    Your story is almost exactly the same as mine. My copy of Firefox became bloated with plugins and extensions and was very slow.

    When Chrome came along I tried it for a bit, didn’t like it so I went back to Firefox, until one day it took several minutes to open. I tried Chrome again and have used it everyday since. I hardly ever use FF now. I even prefer Opera to FF, and IE is a joke.

  • Sean

    Yeah Firefox used to be good, but now its Chrome and nothing else.

  • Sridhar Katakam

    The day full version of Firebug (not lite) becomes available for Chrome is the day I am going to stop using Firefox and switch to Chrome.

  • Casey

    I use Firefox and Chrome too. I have not been using IE for awhile now. I used it only when I needed it to check how my template would look in IE.

  • Nishant Adlakha

    I to agree with Daniel. Chrome is roaring very fast. With hundreds of plugins being added everyday, it is sure a threat to Firefox. I too have written a post promoting Chrome on website. http://www.chillgeeks.com/2011/06/download-chrome-plugins.html

  • Anastasia

    I use Chrome too. I used to use Opera but Chrome seems to be faster. And I like its design more.

  • tikyd

    I use chrome a lot more and to me is is just better than firefox. The look seems clearer to me compared to firefox.

    One extension that I use from time to time on firefox is a rank checker.

    Other than that , one of the extensions on chrome that I have is “Read Later Fast” which permits to save pages to check them out after even without connection.

  • Dimitar Dimitrov – SEO Specialist

    Hi, Dani! I cannot select multiple choices so I’m gonna write my answer down here 🙂 My main browser for browsing (normal surfing) is Chrome, because of its speed and stable work. My secondary one is Firefox (5), because I’ve many many many add-ons there that are not available for Chrome… If you’re web designer/developer/SEO Specialist you know what I mean.

    And since my profession is all about the web, I’ve to use IE too… but I hate this soft with all my bones!

  • Destination Infinity

    I use firefox primarily and chrome (Chromium) at times… I like the ability to search from your URL box in Chrome. It makes life simpler for people who search a lot. Chrome is maybe slightly faster than firefox – i don’t see a big difference in Linux Mint, between the two. But when I was using Vista, Chrome was lot more faster than other browsers for that OS. Chrome was the main reason that I held on with Vista slightly longer – Otherwise, I would have switched to Ubuntu/ Linux much earlier.

    Destination Infinity

  • David L Rattigan

    My story is exactly yours, Daniel.

    I still have Firefox installed, as I need it on the odd occasion a website or function isn’t compatible with Chrome. I did miss the FF features at first, but Chrome’s speed more than makes up for that.

    I never open IE. The security is lousy.

  • Jane | Find All Answers

    Hey Dan,

    Firefox used to be my favorite browser and I have never allowed anyone to talk through me to change my opinion. But about 3 months ago I just wanted to give chrome a try coz it’s from Google. When I did, I just fell in love with it and dumped Firefox.

    Chrome is light and hence fast. As you say I am not using any extensions on it either, and I am doing fine. And I have not encountered browser crashes and freezes since then.

    Cheers,
    Jane.

  • jennine

    i use both, and safari too… mostly firefox but i usually have several browsers running becuase i have different accounts in gmail and run different blogs. it’s probably not the most efficient.

  • Bob Marconi

    I understand Google is ‘collecting’ a lot of information within it’s browser – true or false? If true can these collecting regimes be turned off?

  • Nick

    For me, it’s either Chrome or Firefox and both have their advantages.

    Chrome is still the fastest browsing experience overall, imo. Barely ever crashes and is snappy as heck. Now that the Chrome store is up, the amount of extensions and apps coming out are biting at the heels of Mozilla. Still my browser of choice and has been for about 2 years.

    Firefox 4 (now 5) really sped things up for them. I think it was a huge leap from 3.x and is back to being a competitor to Chrome in that regard. For extensions and overall capabilities, FF still takes the cake although Google is catching up. There’s an add-on to do nearly anything you could ever think of. Amazing browser and always my backup.

    So if you want the fastest and lightest browsing experience possible, Chrome is the way to go. If you want something more robust while still having great speed, Firefox is the better option. All depends on what you need.

  • Blake Waddill

    I end up using Chrome, FF, and Opera. Opera is very underrated. IE is a nightmare.

    Since I do some web design/seo for an agency, I end up having to use all of the big 5 just to make sure things are working right. I think FF has the best interface of LastPass which is a big deal to me because I have so many logins and form fills that I use on a regular basis.

  • Rison Simon

    Firefox is the best. Everyone who says chrome is faster users almost no extensions on chrome while Firefox is crowded with them. Another complaint is that Firefox uses a lot of memory. In reality chrome also uses same, if not, more memory. But since chrome creates a new task for each tab, we are more likely to believe it takes less memory but in reality it takes as memory as Firefox when we add all the memory used by all tabs. Try using the same amount of plugins and tabs on both Firefox and chrome and you’ll feel the difference. It will also help you know why Firefox is and always has been the king of all browsers. If you need another reason, Firefox has the most customization features than any other browser.

    Chrome is only useful when there are almost no extensions installed.

  • Tammy

    I am all about Rockmelt these days. Based on Chrome. Awesome.

  • James

    I adopted Chrome as soon as it came out in beta. I use it for almost everything these days. I still use firefox for my web development work, as the tools are more advanced and easier to use.

  • Delilah

    I use to use IE but I was getting so much junk, cookies and stuff that I switched to Chrome and I love it….except I can not watch net flicks on it….no sound I have to switch to IE to watch. I wish Chorme would work on this.

  • Tammi Kibler | Write More. Write Fast. Write Now.

    So funny you should ask this as I am testing different browsers this week.

    My Mozilla hasn’t worked since I installed the 5.0 update two days ago. As you imagine, I am completely frustrated to lose all my bookmarks, suggestions, and passwords. Couple that with trying to learn how to do things on IE and Safari, grrr.

    I am very unhappy with IE. GH Bogan mentioned compatibility issues with Vista and that might be my problem. It’s crashed at least 4 or 5 times in the past two days, and it drives me crazy in WordPress.

    Safari seems nice and fast compared to IE and Firefox, but I think I will look at Chrome.

  • Jon

    I use Chrome all the time now. Mostly because it is cleaner, seem to have a lot more space. Not a big user of addons really, just like the feel of it. Still use Firefox for alternative web accounts though.

  • Extreme John

    Google Chrome, topped off with a little Google Chrome and a side of Chrome to make it perfect. I’ve tried Firefox, Safari, Rockmelt and just about every other. When the dust settles it’s GC day in and day out.

  • techkhan

    Well, I use both Chrome and FF. Firefox is for heavy use which is loaded with all my favorite extensions, while Chrome is plain and simple.

  • James Cannon

    Chrome doesn’t have the ‘all in one sidebar’ extension, so firefox it is.

  • Harrison Li

    i am a firefox fan, like heavily but even Daniel says we should give chrome a shot, why not, ahaha 🙂 Speed is everything i reckon

  • Cristian

    I am using Chrome mostly, but Firefox also.

  • Cristian

    Oh, by the way Daniel, you could extract this statistic from google analytics as well.

  • Jelbee

    Fire Fox And Google Chrome are the browsers that I am using now. I don’t recommend Internet Explorer (very Slow and some css design doesn’t work with IE). Why firefox? lots of useful addons.

  • Paul Odtaa

    Well I need a toolkit of browsers

    Chrome for day to day work and research. I don’t use any Chrome plug-ins or add-ons as I want to keep it fast.

    Firefox is better as a plug-in manager so I assess website ratings, debug problems etc with FF’s lovely range of add-ons.

    Opera for testing the look at sties.

    and the bloated Internet Explorer because governments and big corporates use it for some reason. You’ve got to use it to see if your sites will work in Microsoft non-standard set-up, (and of course they often don’t). It’s really the browsing equivalent of the naughty step.

  • Ranjith (SR) | A light hearted talk

    I have always been a big fan of Internet Explorer and the reason is that it comes pre installed with Windows OS. I have once installed FireFox and Chrome to check them out but haven’t switched over to them. I think that it is the time now as I frequently experience browser freezes.

  • Annabella Freeman

    I was forever using Firefox until it kept freezing and then the boyf switched me over to Chrome last Sunday – it’s like night and day. I’ve kicked the fox to the curb!

  • Rq | Completetricks

    I’m a frequent user of both Chrome and Firefox.Chrome is faster than Firefox,only by a fraction…not much comparable.In my view,Chrome best fits google and related websites.But when it comes to security,Google Chrome lacks some important features like the Master password option in Firefox.Master password is an important factor for people like me,who would like to save multiple usernames and passwords in different websites.Master password saves a lot of time and also provides more security to our accounts.I agree with the speed of Chrome.But when it comes to security,speed and style comes secondary.

  • Extreme John

    For simple browsing, I am using Google Chrome. I like its style, simple and minimal, fast in terms of loading. But for those web applications developer, Firefox is commonly used as it provides plug-in tools useful for web development.

  • Aaron

    Amazing how many people still use IE. Can’t for the life of me find one reason to use it over the other browsers. Currently running the newest Firefox version. So far so good. Opera is my all-time favorite browser, but it lacks too many of the powerful add-ons that Firefox has. Until it catches up in that area, Firefox is what works best for me.

  • Eunus Hosen

    Mozilla Firefox, I still use it and love it! I did upgraded to FF 4.0, but it seems too much unstable to me. Then downgraded to FF 3.6.18.

  • eran

    I downloaded the chrome beta and never looked back.

  • Steve

    Still really like all the plugins that go along with Firefox, although some of the plugins that I work with do not work with the most recent 5.0. Hopefully all the plugin writers will catch up with the more frequent release cycle.

  • Marija

    It’s been months since I noticed that Firefox is crashing too often and is increasingly slow, and Google Chrome has been on my mind for some time already, although I was too lazy to actually implement the change. Your post pitched me to make the change, and actually it’s been very fast and smooth, I imported my Firefox bookmarks to Chrome in a minute and I’m already feeling the benefits of Chrome! It is much faster! I have to say I’m sad to see Firefox a thing of the past!

  • Jerrick

    i been using Mozilla Firefox 5. It really better than last time which it search result faster alot compare to Mozilla Firefox 4.
    But is till stay with Google Chrome because Google Chrome still the fastest and the plugin is easy to install. Even Google Chrome crush frequently but i still prefer Google Chrome which it look clean and clear in the browser.

  • George Tee

    I use mozilla firefox in browsing mainly because I have my tools on it, I felt it is still fast and I haven’t experience problems with it. Though I have a chrome here, I haven’t touch it so I guess I have to check that out to know the difference.

  • Vasathi

    I use Chrome for sure.
    I am big fan of Firefox before Chrome arrival, now Firefox seems to be a dump software in my system.

  • Alan Mater @ Work From Home

    I’m still a fan of Firefox as I actually have never used Chrome before. At times I get frustrated with its slowness, though. I may just check out Chrome and use it for browsing purposes to see how I like it.

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