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What’s With All The Hype About Firefox’s New Browser, The Quantum?

I like the name!

Based on the reviews, especially Wired’s, a lot of techies love more than just the name. With many reviews saying that the Quantum is better, faster and smarter than Chrome. Others even went as far as to say that it “could take Chrome’s position as the king of browsers“. Plus, the technical specifications were impressive, on paper, the browser uses around 30 percent less memory than competitors Chrome and Safari on Windows operating systems, and only marginally more than Chrome on MacOS, which means you can run a third more tab without your browser coming to a standstill, something that happens to me a lot with Chrome.

So, I had to download it last week to see what all the fuss was about. (You can download it here on your PC or Android/iOS devices)

And as far as the interface is concerned, Firefox has a new UI, dubbed the Photon UI, which streamlines a number of elements included in previous releases. Given that I hardly use Firefox, I couldn’t immediately tell the differences, but I think I prefer my Chrome to this, although they are similar to an extent.

Quantum lets you pick which search engine to use whenever you start to type a query

For my little test, I tried to run the same websites, about 6 in total, on both browsers and at the same time.

And the Firefox did well in the energy usage:

Network usage:

 

However, Firefox (in itself) did consume more memory than Chrome:

Now, I carried out another test, this time, I opened about 12 websites on each browser, but I did them individually and after about 5 minutes each, I got this result for Firefox:

Network

Energy

Memory:

And this for Chrome:

Network

 

Energy

Memory: 

Although the Google Chrome app in itself consumed less memory than Firefox, the connected apps like Google Chrome Helper which helps with the running of the browser are a lot more than Firefox.

Tests aside, the Firefox browser comes with so many add-ons, personalization and privacy settings (You should read this review),  and, given that I can sync my information from Chrome to Firefox makes the switch to Firefox all the more tempting, but while this is great (the overall experience was snappy), I’d stick with Chrome, for now, because I am loyal like that.

Don’t give me this look:

 

I AM!

However, even though I am sticking with Chrome, I’d rather have both so that when one misbehaves, I can switch to the other, you never can tell with these apps, you know.

😌

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So, over to you, is the Quantum tempting enough to make you switch?

 

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    11 comments on “What’s With All The Hype About Firefox’s New Browser, The Quantum?

    1. Goodi says:

      I tested the browser a week ago and to be honest i was disappointed. I needed an alternative to chrome. So after all the hupe about the new Firefox, i decided to give it a try and was very disappointed. The app consumes mote ram than chrome itself. So far, chrome remains the best😅

    2. Jay says:

      Although I hate Firefox and I don’t use it, but let me give this new offer a try. Hope it turns out good.

    3. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

      … WELL, I’VE NEVER TRIED THIS, BUT I WILL STICK TO CHROME FOR NOW AS I AM ALWAYS VERY LOYAL TO APPS OVER TIME. MAYBE AFTER AROUND 6 MONTHS, AND THE REVIEWS ARE STILL RATING QUANTUM OVER CHROME, I CAN RELUCTANTLY TRY IT OUT…

    4. Popoola oladimeji says:

      Read about it two weeks ago…really want to ditch chrome on my Android due to heavy memory demand(about 200mb or so), but features made me stick with chrome…refresh pages, switch tabs…Firefox interaction just sucks for now…

    5. hassan says:

      Chrome is the best to me because every one has he or her saying based optional things and i have been using chrome for about 2yrs now and it still remain the best to me.

    6. hassan says:

      Chrome is the best to me because every one has he or her saying based optional things and i have been using chrome for about 2yrs now and it still remain the best to me presently now.

    7. Thumbs up, the venal version of me lol. 😂😂😂😂
      Am definitely gonna stick to Chrome

    8. Pwilliams says:

      I’ve personally tried it out and its super dope!

    9. hussaini says:

      What I love especially is nowadays phones coming up with chrome browser, but am gona give firefox a try

    10. hussaini says:

      What I love especially is nowadays phones coming up with chrome browser, but am gona give firefox a try too

    11. Edu says:

      I love the name so I’ll give it a try

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