If I have Firefox running for 12 hours with 5-10 tabs open, that contain HTML webpages with Flash banners, its memory footprint grows to over 250MB. This is unacceptable. My computer is not the newest and fastest, but the performance I get from Firefox 2 is terrible. After Firefox has been running for a while, it refuses to play online video clips for more than 5 seconds before stopping their play. On those occasions I’m forced to load up those pages in Safari.
My Ideal Browser
Well, not much to say here… the lack of tabs in IE 6 is the ultimate killer. I can’t switch to IE 7 because I keep to be able to test the websites I create thoroughly on IE 6… since it’s still the most used/installed browser.
I like to customize my interface, and with Safari, I cannot.
I use Firefox extensions like Tab Mix Plus – with Session Manger, Colorful tabs, and Mouse Gestures. They are extremely continent. Also changing the theme once in a while feels good. I don’t want the default brushed metal look all the time.
Microsoft has made more of their websites compatable with Firefox. This is good.
Firefox has an extension called Firebug... It's a God send for any web developer.
Firefox handles Bookmarks/Favourites very elegantly. I love the keyword feature for the bookmarks.
One last thing - Google Search I can type it into the address bar, or I can type it into the Google Search bar in Firefox. Safari and IE simply don't.
With respect to performance, Safari is ahead of the pack by leaps and bounds. But the above shortfalls are stopping me from completely switching over.
So until Firefox 3 comes out of beta, are there any other browsers that fit the above criteria that I can try?