Any news related to browsers nowadays attracts my attention. In my earlier post I discussed about two most popular browsers of the market—Firefox and Opera. when it comes to speed, the competition seems to be neck and neck. I feel that that opera 9.5 scores over Firefox 3 as far as speed is concerned. That is my personal opinion and I have not really tested which one is really fast. Kevin Purdy at Open Sorcery had similar doubts. He ran some tests to compare the speed of four browsers—Opera, Firefox, IE and Safari. The results substantiate my opinion, but only partially. As far as start up time is concerned, Opera 9.5 seems to be clear winner followed by FF. Surprisingly, Safari stood first when it comes to the time taken for loading Java script and CSS and Opera in a close second. Firefox left other browsers far behind regarding the use of memory. It took only half the memory of what others did.
These are the mixed results. The overall winner here seems to be Opera 9.5. However, one should not forget that speed is just one criterion to evaluate their performance. Definitely, Firefox enjoys the popularity because of its friendly features, its amazing adaptability and functionality. I feel that if Opera can work more in this area, it can definitely win over other browsers, especially Firefox, in terms of popularity.
Security is yet another important criteria to evaluate their performance. Both Firefox and Opera seem to provide a secure browsing experience to their users. It is very difficult to decide which is more secure but it is the auto-update system that Firefox follows definitely helps it become safest browser of all. Read this, this and this; you will be in a real fix as I am.
See the speed of the two browsers.