It’s been already a couple of months since I made a thorough comparison of the browsers available on Pandora. And most of it still remains true, while there were many updates since then. Firefox 21 came out just a couple of days ago, and yesterday the latest Qupzilla build was available as well. And you know what? Now it’s probably better than Arora.
Yup, I said it. Arora was clearly my browser of reference until now, just because it’s so fast and renders everything correctly. Qupzilla was a close second in my browser comparison article, but it was clearly slower to load and render pages.
The latest build by Canseco changes everything. I’ll have to do a full comparison again, but already it feels very fast, very much like Arora. It has a working Adblock utility in place, as well as a speed dial function to have your favorite websites show up as dials.
It’s a bit slow when you set them up but once it’s done, they are very fast to display.
Flash still does not seem to work, and I guess that’s something we have to keep relying for on Firefox. But I don’t miss it that much for most of the browsing I do.
The full screen mode was already a strong point of Qupzilla and this really gives you way more screen space than Arora. A pleasure when you are checking sites like Google news where the page is literally “full” of information.
You can also forget about the annoying certificates errors that occur frequently on Arora when you visit new sites. They don’t seem to show up at all in Qupzilla.
On top of that you get a RSS Feed reader, very handy to open directly the sites you want to visit without using a separate application like Liferea.
One last thing, important for me but not for most of you: Japanese input works directly in the browser. That was not the case with Arora (so I had to use Firefox before for that purpose). Seriously, the latest version fixes so many things that there’s nothing you can’t love. Ah, yes, I forgot to mention that there is one thing.
The crappy looking logo. What’s with the light blue, half-assed transparent Earth? That needs some work.
All in all, a very impressive update. I recommend you switch immediately to Qupzilla for your daily browsing. There’s nothing much to lose, and much to gain.
Don’t hesitate to share your experience as well, and let’s see if you pick up some things that Arora does well but Qupzilla don’t. You never know, I may have missed something.