Chrome Not Ready for Prime Time – Yet

Google Chrome is getting a lot of well-deserved good press for it’s blazing speed. For that reason I use it occasionally, but Firefox remains my core browser. Why? Three reasons.

1. Adblock Plus
2. Xmarks
3. Diigo

I recently used Chrome for a day but returned to Firefox. Here’s what happened.

Using the Chrome Channel Changer I switched to the development channel. That’s the only release that currently has extensions enabled by default.

1. Adsweep or Adblock are the two ad blocking extensions I found, but they were flaky. Both stopped working after a short time of browsing. Ads that had been blocked were appearing again when I returned to the page. I’d forgotten how unpleasant it is to browse without an ad blocker.

2. I installed the alpha Xmarks extension for Chrome but syncing created duplicates of all my bookmarks. Even after I removed them in Firefox, they kept reappearing after the next sync. Fortunately Xmarks lets you restore old bookmark configurations.

3. Diigo doesn’t have an extension, but the widget worked well enough. However, one of the main reasons I switched from Delicious to Diigo for bookmarking was that the Diigo firefox extension lets you use a keyboard shortcut for bookmarking a page. The widget doesn’t, making bookmarking a chore.

With two out of three essential extensions not working and the third making a formerly simple task tedious, Chrome’s speed lost out to features.

Don’t get me wrong, it was great to browse faster for few hours and when Chrome’s extension support (along with the extensions) mature, I’ll try it out again. Until then, I’m sticking with Firefox. Browsing is a little slower, RAM usage is heavier, but everything works.

Fast is trumped by functionality.