I decided to do a little experiment today with regards to IE and Flock. I would browse for a little bit using IE7, then browse some more with Flock.
Results (covers IE7; everyone here has heard my praise of Flock)
- No ad/flash blocker. This is a real beef with me, since I browse Myspace and other sites that use flash (sites that link to slashdot can be heavily peppered with flash ads), I need something to block it or else I run the risk of having a grand mal seizure.
- Slow. My connection through IE7 was slow. Not that my connection was fast before (bloody dial-up!) but it seemed even slower using IE7.
- Lack of customization. Although I found a site that will install plug-ins, it’s still not as customizable as Firefox or even Flock.
- Bloated. IE7, although a HUGE improvement over IE6, still is too bloated. Even without a spell checker, it still is still bloated with ActiveX.
- Very good RSS reader. For all of IE7’s issues, it has a very good RSS reader. The RSS capabilities of IE7 seem very extensive, with a good layout and speedy response of articles.
- Google search bar. IE7 has a a search bar at the top of the window. This in itself is very nice, but it automatically opens a new tab when you search for something.
- Standard with the MS operating system. Again, this may or may not be a good thing, but if you’re one to have all of your computer “stuff” from one company, this does what you need.
- File browsing. This is convenient and much similar to Konqueror.
I did a comparison earlier in my LiveJournal, but I wanted to revisit the issue. I was wondering if IE7 would feel the same or worse or better than my initial impressions of it. My opinion of it hasn’t really changed from before. I still say “go with Firefox or Opera for a browser”. If you do a tonnage of blogging or uploads to photo sites (flickr, etc), go with Flock.
My $0.02 for what it’s worth.