>Here’s an overview of what I appreciate in a browser. This table only considers browsers available on Mac OS X, since that’s my desktop environment. Note that most of this is very subjective, it’s just my personal preferences.
In Firefox, I’ve installed the following add-ons:
- Web Developer
- Google Page Speed
The bold items are my favourites.
|Firefox 3.0||Safari 4.0||Opera 10 (beta)|
|Startup time||Pretty bad||Very good||Very good|
|Ability to immediately edit the address in the address bar after startup||OK||Bad: there is a delay||OK|
|Shows plain XML in a nice tree||Yes||No||Yes|
|Recognizes a port number, even when no protocol (e.g. “http”) is specified||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|OS X look-and-feel||Nice||Nice||Not very nice|
|New tab page||Fast, but empty||Top sites: useful and very attractive||Speed dial, quite nice|
|Search Google from address bar||Yes||No||Yes|
|Find in page||Toolbar at bottom is OK, but far from optimal||Result highlighting: very nice and polished||Bad: separate dialog window|
|Progress of downloads visible in OS (e.g. in Stacks)||No||Yes||No|
|Web development tools||Combination of Firebug, Web Developer and Google Page Speed works like a charm||“Inspect Element” is very nice and integrated||Developer tool is not very intuitive|
|Login form autocompletion||Excellent, supporting multiple accounts||OK||OK|
|Browser can be configured to have just one window with tabs, even when a link is pressed in an external application||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Link targets can show in a tooltip (e.g. at the window bottom, like Google Chrome) and do not require a status bar to display||No||No||No|
|Number of clicks in the address bar needed to select all text||One||Three||One|
|Prompt to store login details||Unobtrusive and non-blocking bar at the top||Blocking dialog window (very bad)||Obtrusive dialog window, but non-blocking|
|Supported by XMarks||Yes||Officially only Safari 3 is supported, but in practice it works with version 4||No|
Updated on June 9, 2009, for Safari 4 final release and Opera 10.00 beta. Updated and added criteria.