For a few months now Google's Chrome has been my primary browser. I had been having problems with Firefox and wanted something that was faster and more stable. Chrome did seem a lot faster than Firefox and stability seemed better too. But then little things kept bugging me about it and I'd have to switch back to Firefox. Here are some of the items I've encountered..
Chrome doesn't display XML documents nearly as well as Firefox
Firefox uses a default stylesheet whenever it encounters an XML document. Here's an example (the server info document from the Wowza streaming server):
Chrome, on the other hand, treats XML as HTML and does a horrible job displaying it...
Firefox's rendering of the XML document is great - very readable and usable. In contrast, Chrome's rendering of XML aweful.
Chrome doesn't let you get the URL of an RSS feed
In Chrome, when you view an RSS feed it blanks out the URL. If you need the URL you can't get it. Here's an example in Chrome...
Notice there's no URL at the top. Now here's Firefox which makes it easy to get the URL...
Chrome doesn't display the page title clearly
This one is somewhat ironic. The most important element on any page - in order to get it to rank in Google, is the page title. Yet, Google doesn't clearly display the page title. They place the title in the tab at the top of the window. If your title is long, or you have many tabs open you don't see the entire title. You can get it if you hover over the tab, but it's not clearly displayed like it is in other browsers. Here is an example of the problem in Chrome. I've hovered over one of the tabs to see the title, but it takes a while for the hover text to show up - it's not easy to see.
And here is the title clearly shown in Firefox...
While it may not seem important, if you're an SEO, it's VERY important.
Chrome's status bar just isn't as good or useful as Firefox's
Chrome tried to save vertical space. They don't show the page title (see above) and they don't really have much of a status bar at the bottom of the browser. In fact there is no status bar at all until you scroll over a link, then you get a small status bar that doesn't show the entire URL (though it expands after a few seconds of hovering).
By contrast in firefox you not only get the entire URL, but you can have all sorts of helpful stuff at the bottom to give you other information about the page...
As a web developer and SEO all the info is invaluable to me. Yes, there is an SEO plugin that you can use, but you have to click on something to see the information - it's not easy to see.
Chrome discontinued native support for H.264
Last year Google bought the company On2 and then proceded to give the crown jewel of the companyaway for free (the video codec VP8/WebM). While it was a nice move, they then discontinued support in Chrome for the most viable competing video codec - H.264 which is more widely used and preferred by many people. Yes, H.264 is still supportedin Chrome via Flash, but native HTML5 support is gone. While it's great that Google gave away VP8/WebM, it's a bit mercenary that they're trying to undermine H.264. All Google managed to do is extend the life of Flash and delay the adoption of native HTML5 video.
Chrome has problems with some PDFs
With Chrome I can't always download some PDFs. When I try to get a PDF statement on Chase's website something converts it to HTML, which defeats the purpose completely.
There are no ways in which Chrome is all that much better than Firefox
While I can name a bunch of ways Firefox is better than Chrome, after months of using Chrome as my primary browser I can't really think of any ways in which Chrome is better than Firefox. Yes, I had some stability and speed issues with Firefox, but I'm starting to see similar problems with Chrome. It won't always ask if I want to remember a password, and sometimes it forgets passwords. I think my primary problem with Firefox was that I was using a profile that had been upgraded since the days when Firefox and Thunderbird were merged and called Netscape Navigator. I think my user profile had become "dirty" and a clean install of Firefox will fix my problems.