Pros People's Browser gains functionality and ease
Cons Memory Leaks
Summary I look forward to Firefox 2. It's current iteration is my browser of choice- HOWEVER- it still has problems with embedded windows media video players and STILL has problems with memory leakage:
"Memory leaks occur to some extent in Firefox. These memory leaks cause Firefox to not release memory that it is no longer using. 18.104.22.168 fixed several memory leaks. If you have not already, you should upgrade to this release.
This is from Mozilla Org itself. It's the latest addition to the problem with memory leaks I could find. They are acknowledging this IS a problem and saying SOME of the leaks have been fixed. Check out this last sentence: "Because of the concern about memory among users, Mozilla developers have been concentrating more on reducing the leaks, and even have created tools to detect them."
In short, it's an ONGOING PROBLEM.
"Great browser"on by stevent1992
Pros Same great browser with added bonuses like RSS reader and spell checker.
Cons Probably the instability like crashes and slowness but yes I know itâ€™s a beta, but I really donâ€™t have a problem.
Summary I have used Firefox 2 beta 1 for 2 weeks now and like to share my opinion. To be honest it really isnâ€™t different from version 1.5 and in fact all the features are still there but they seem to have added an RSS reader, inline spell checking, Xâ€™s on each tab and a few subtle differences however I have several times encountered crashes but I hope theyâ€™ll fix that and also some extensions donâ€™t work like one reviewer said hope theyâ€™ll fix that too.
But still is the great Firefox 1.5 with a few added features. However I will still use it despite Microsoftâ€™s efforts to get me to switch to IE 7 which Iâ€™ll use as my secondary browser and Firefox as my primary.
Pros Spell Check, Security
Cons Lacks Necessary Features, Extensions
Summary Firefox is a good browser. It is secure, but so is Avant, Maxthon, Orca, and IE 7.
The new Spell Check feature is impressive. Other browsers don't have this "out of the box". Add ons and extensions are usually necessary.
But I continue to wait for Firefox to add a feature that other browsers like Avant, Orca, and even IE 7 have. I first thought that Bon Echo had it when, under Tools > Options > General > Home Page I found "Locations(s)". I thought "ah, I can have more than one Home Page", but no, I found, I could not. With Bon Echo (as in all Firefox browsers before it), I can have only one "Home Page". With Avant, with Orca, with IE 7 (for heaven sakes), I can add at least 4 "Home" pages and probably many more. I simply haven't tried to add any more than 4.
And Bon Echo still clings to using "Extensions" to add features that some want and others do not. In my opinion, that is a weakness rather than an advantage. Extensions are written, not by the Firefox developers as they should have been, but by any outsider who thinks they have the programming skill to do so. Of course, some do, but most do not and many of the Extensions are badly written and break each and every time the developers update the browser. Some even add Security risks to a browser that is fairly clean in that regard. Relying on Extensions is a mistake. I prefer to use a browser whose features are written directly into the browser software.
Firefox is a good browser. It is not a great browser!
Pros ease of use, tabs, nice interface
Cons I guess it could be even better
Summary Firefox trumps IE in almost every way and the new IE beta browser Microsoft releases is just a poor rehash of Firefox.