Browser Peeper wrote:My preference for Avant is due to Avant's faster speed when compared to Orca.
Realistically, that should be impossible.
I have never found Avant to be faster than Orca. Granted, the rendering speed of Gecko versus Trident is much more debatable and closer, but Avant/Trident is certainly not significantly faster than Orca/Gecko.
My only wondering is if the Avant interface is faster than Orca's? Although my understanding is both the UI's are basically the same. Both the Avant and Orca UI are supposed to offer the same functionality (as much as can be possible) and also to be easier for code maintenance and development.
The obsessive analytical side of my nature is splitting hairs here. I did some testing of various browsers and found that on a "cold boot" Avant was slightly faster than Orca. The difference was very small. Also, Avant was slightly faster in rendering webpages.
The test, while not clinical, was performed using http://www.numion.com/Stopwatch/index.html
. I took the readings twice for certain tests and three times for other tests and then averaged the findings.
The tests were narrowed down to 3 final browsers. Here are the averaged download speeds of those browsers:
Google Chrome: 0.39336111111111111111.....
Faster than a speeding Shrimp Boat!
While I am impressed with Google Chrome's speed and the few features it has, it is a browser very much in it's infancy. In this stage, it's a simple browser that runs really fast. Because of this maybe they should call it "The Forest Gump Browser".
Lost In Space!
Google Chrome is a spacious and very uncluttered browser that seems to place more importance on the viewing of the entire webpage as compared to some other browsers.
Now that we have it, what are we gonna do with it?
There is one feature in Google Chrome that I don't understand and can't imagine that I would ever use. The feature allows the removal of a tabbed webpage from within the confines of the browser window and then onto the computer's desktop. How would this feature be useful? Any given browser can be moved around. Why would it be necessary to move only one tabbed page?
It's in the back, behind the bar.
Accessibility to bookmarks in Google seems more of a hassle than I prefer. Why can't there be a selection, button or right click menu option for bookmarks? Why do the developers of Google Chrome think it is more convenient to open a "Bookmarks Bar" first and then possibly a folder first before being permitted to open a bookmark? I finally found the "Bookmarks Bar" and realized this must have something to do with accessibility to Bookmarks. Yes, I know, "duh!" But if you are looking for a selection of some type indicating "Bookmarks" or "Favorites" you will have a hard time finding it in Google Chrome.
Someone who chooses one of these browsers over the other because of site download speed differences would probably have a really full schedule. With speeds this close and this fast, stability and features are probably the more important criteria in choosing a browser. "Cold boot" speeds (the time it takes the browser to load when it is first activated right after the computer is first "booted up") are probably also more important (to the average person hurrying to check their E-mail before they go to work) than site download speeds. In the "cold boot" contest, Google Chrome and Avant seem to tie for first place. In this regard, Firefox is considerably slower.
Image is everything!
If you want to create your own browser "skin", and customize the whereabouts of the buttons, selections, toolbars, colors and almost everything else about your browser, than Firefox is the browser for you. In the category of customization, Firefox is the clear winner when compared to Avant and Google Chrome. As a matter of fact, I've never seen any browser as customizable as the current version of Firefox.
The envelope please...
To recap, in the category of "site download speed", Google Chrome is the winner.
In the category of "cold boot" speed, Avant and Google Chrome tie for the winning position.
In the category of "stability", Avant is the winner.
In the category of "browser that has the most optional features", Firefox is the winner.
In the category of "browser that has the most optional appearances", Firefox is the winner.
In the category of "browser that is the most user friendly", Avant is the winner. Actually, they are all very easy to use but when everything I can think of comes into consideration, Avant wins this category by a narrow margin.