Monday, October 4, 2010

Browser Comparison

Today I will be comparing the three main Windows browsers while in beta. IE9, Chrome 7 and Firefox 4. These tests were done on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit machine. I recommend downloading them all and seeing which one you like the best, all have unique features that make the special. Also feel free to run the tests on your own.

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Acid 3 Test:

Chrome - 100/100
Firefox* - 97/100
IE9* - 95/100

*Both failed on the 5 color, blue

HTML 5 Test:
Chrome - 231/300
Firefox - 204/300
IE9 - 96/300

Note - These browsers are still in beta and the numbers from both tests are likely to change before the final release.

Memory usage:
Firefox ~ 90,000K
Chrome ~ 50,000K
IE9 ~ 37,000K

Robot Unicorn Attack Test: Basically I played the game on all three browsers and took note on smoothness
Chrome and IE9 both displayed the game very smooth. I got a higher score on Chrome but a higher average on IE9
Firefox is glitchy while playing the game

This data is backed up by the Beauty of the web tests

Pros and Cons

Multiple Ad-ons
Personas - Themes
Sync - Allow for syncing between all devices of bookmarks and passwords
Grouping Tabs - Allows you to group tabs based on what it is being used for
Tab Bar location
Almost fully customizable

Takes up a lot of memory
Takes Awhile to boot
Tabs in taskbar (Can be disabled)
Poor 64-bit version

Ad-on support
Some Themes
Low memory consumption
Passes Acid 3 and highest on HTML 5
Tabs bar location

Not fully customizable
No tab-grouping
Poor 64-bit version

64-Bit support
Pinning Websites - Pin a website such as Facebook in the Taskbar for quick access (Check this out)
Low Memory consumption
Quick Boot
Designed only for Windows machines

Minimal ad-Ons and personalization
Tab Bar and Address bar are next to each other

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