Firefox 4 Review: First impressions

Last week I decide to download IE9 after I was previously using Firefox and then Google Chrome. I had used Firefox for a long time but started to have issues with it freezing and crashing. So I jumped ship to Google Chrome. But today I downloaded Firefox 4 and here are my early impressions of it.

After downloading which was a lot quicker than the download for IE9, I started the browser. First thing I noticed was how less cluttered the browser looked. I like the tab in the top left hand side of the screen which is an orange Firefox button, and gives you all your options via a pull down screen.

The bookmark and homepage button have switched over to the right hand side of the screen in the corner, this leaves more space on the page. Speed wise it’s no Google Chrome but is quicker than before and IE9. I had issues before with IE9 and my wireless Canon printer, but there weren’t any problems with Firefox 4.

So far I’ve not come across any issues with add-ons or plug-ins causing any problems with the browser, and after using the previous version for a long time it is like having an old friend back. When you click on the Firefox button you are given the menu options. There is also the useful feature of sorting out your open tabs into groups.

The Add-ons manager is an easy way to find extensions and themes, and you can easily find out what has been disabled or what’s running. There are a vast range of Add-ons available and you even get a rating system. This is a brilliant way of avoiding those which could cause problems or are not any good.


This is the best version of Firefox I have used to date, and will continue to use it. Hopefully I will not encounter any freezing or crashing as I did with its predecessor. I will not be using IE9 anymore, and will go back to IE8 so I can continue to use my printer. We have a poll running asking you what web browser you prefer between Firefox 4, Google Chrome, and IE9.

Have you tried Firefox 4 yet? What do you think of it?

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Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems

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