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  • 4.0 stars

    "The best browser on offer for Windows users"

    January 27, 2008  |   By Bojangel

    Pros

    Add-ons, without add ons I find this browser decent but not amazing (but still better than Opera, IE6+7 and Safari, which I also use). With add-ons Firefox is the best browser by a factor of about 1.57 million! Though IE7 with IE7 Pro is starting to catch up.

    Apart from add ons, I like the simple interface, the extra field for search engines (I have made a number plug ins of personal sites for this search box to enable easier searching - a big plus for me). I also think the pages look nicer than in IE when viewed in Firefox... though Safari looks nicer than them both (too bad about the rest of Safari ;) ).

    It's easy enough for beginners to use and installation is relatively easy. Also like 'Safe Mode' because I often try out Add ons that end up breaking my browser, so Safe Mode enables me to get rid of the offending plugins quite easily.

    Cons

    Few problems but they don't come close to outweighing the pros:

    -Memory hog, especially when using add ons

    -Uninstall still leaves a lot of traces of it around

    -Still many webpages that are not fully compatible with Firefox

    -What comes out of my printer frequently doesn't look much like what is on the screen

    -For computer novices, IE7 tweaked with IE7 Pro does a lot of the extra stuff that Firefox has been doing for years so less of an incentive to swap

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