I like what I see. It’s not quite polished, but it’s surprisingly mature for such an early release.
- It’s fast, even w/o being a native PPC G4 buld like DeerPark (3rd-party FF build). I’d even go as far to say that it’s faster than my beloved Safari.
- Doesn’t choke. Test: myspace. Most browsers I try choke pretty easily on the crappy MySpace pages.
- Tabs can be reordered. You heard me right. Tabs can be moved around the tab bar as you wish. Safari users who are used to switching between tabs with Cmd-Shift-arrow left/right will need to use Cmd-Opt-arrow left/right in Firefox.
As expected my plugins/extensions aren’t compatible with this release, but I’m sure update will be ready sooner or later, especially now that the browser is in alpha. Did I mention it’s fast? It’s even faster than Safari, which is surprising, considering previous versions of FF were slow unless you found a build for your processor (i.e., the G4 DeerPark build).
I didn’t find any errors or inconsistencies on the small numbers of sites I’m testing this build on this morning, though I should make sure to give much credit to the app for not choking very much on MySpace pages. Even when the browser is waiting for data from the servers or is figuring out complex layouts it’s still very responsive, for the most part.