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Red Panda: Version After 3

I was trying to think of a clever title for a Firefox 4 review, but I really can’t, so there you go.




Design Changes :

Firefox 4 is supposed to be a very visually streamlined/minimalist experience. Tekzilla’s Robert Heron said it makes Chrome look busy. I have now installed it on two Windows operating systems, XP and Windows 7 without seeing too much of a difference between the 4 and 3 versions.

Here’s a screenshot of what Mozilla says Firefox 4 should look like.

I’m not getting that, on XP or Windows 7, and I can’t figure out why.


Here’s what it actually looks like, on both operating systems.

It’s hard to see, but it doesn’t have that Firefox pull-down that the above screenshot is showing. All the menu buttons are still along the top. There’s also not that starred button next to the home button on the right side. What’s up with this Firefox?

The new design looks cool, but it would be a lot better if I could use it how it’s shown.


Functionality :

Sync is pretty awesome. It’s where you can sync your tabs across all devices on your account (mobile included). It’s really good for someone like me who runs a site and looks at a lot of stuff on my phone I’d like to see on a regular computer later. I’ve played around with it a bit and it does sync up all the tabs you have open on your phone when you sync it, but if you sync again it will replace any tabs you haven’t already checked on. It’d be better if it kept everything there until you checked on it. It also requires usage of Firefox mobile, which isn’t the fastest mobile¬†browser¬†(especially on Android), and it doesn’t support Flash.


Speed :

I can’t really comment on speed because I don’t really know how to do most of those tests myself, but I just think Chrome is faster.


Conclusion :

Despite all of the attempts to mimic Chrome, Firefox just doesn’t surpass it. They have a great idea with sync, having it work both to and from mobile, and with a few tweaks it could be great. But, for now it’s not going to get me to switch to Firefox full-time.

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