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Firefox is still unpolished and Chrome (Chromium) is better for the normal user

Here are some things which don’t work in firefox and bother me. I’m comparing this to the king of browsers, which is as of [the date this post was last edited]: Google Chrome and on Windows.

  • smooth zooming doesn’t exist.
    So for a laptop with touchscreen, or a precision touchpad, zooming in firefox is awful and jumps from 100% to 300% instantly with just a few millimeters of finger movement.
  • Firefox Sync is awful.
    • syncing open tabs between browsers (laptop and computer on the same wireless network) takes more than 30 minutes, while on chrome is instant
    • bookmark syncing is slow, 10-30 minutes of slow
    • the favicons of synced bookmars are not refreshed on the other computers, so i have to manually open the links (to have the favicon loaded)

Notes.

  1. You: You could press the sync button in firefox to have all the data synced right now.
    Me: That is not how good UX works. (see how chrome does it - it just works)
  2. You: There’s a plugin which adds smooth zooming to firefox.
    Me: There’s an 8 year old bug on Firefox bug tracker asking for this.
    Me: That plugin is useful, but often breaks sites like youtube from accidental zooms. All in all i would say it’s barely usable.