Vivaldi vs Chrome, compared!


In the history of the internet, there has always been the battles of the web browsers, which is continuously evolving, as the world is adapting to new technology, etc. In this article, we will compare two famous web browsers, one of them, you probably haven’t heard of.


Introducing Vivaldi!

Vivaldi is one of those unheard of pieces of software, that could totally compete with most of the mainstream software today. Partly built on Chrome, Vivaldi is a close source, yet hackable web browser with many features ahead of its time. It aims to revive the original Opera web browser, including features like Speed Dial. It also includes features that Microsoft Edge was supposed to implement, way earlier, such as web page annotation. Some notable features that Vivaldi has, that others do not, is its stack bar, which is equivalent of the sandwich menu bar in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. It allows you to open pages, side to side, and many other cool things, such as add bookmarks, shortcuts, etc.



As you can see, I have simultaneously opened The Google and Debian project home pages. I had Google as one of my shortcuts located, on the left pane. One problem though, is the fact that you can’t go back a page, or create a tab out of it.

Another cool features, is the web page transfer indicator, which is located next to the website URL field while loading.




And for those of you who love plugins, rejoice, cuz Vivaldi allows you to install BOTH Firefox and Chrome plugins.


As for the performance of web pages, Vivaldi has a very low CPU and memory usage footprint, making it very usable on old computers.


Google Chrome

Google Chrome is one of the best known commercial browsers today. It has been standing in the #1 position for the last few years, and is known for its speed and usability.


Some really cool features including task managing, advanced plugin permissions, a sleek look, and not to mention it’s built in support for watching HTML5 Libcrypted films, from services such as Netflix. Google Chrome also has its rich settings manager which allows you to completely customize the browser.  On Windows 8 machines, Google Chrome allows you to switch into it’s metro app, or even the popular Chromebook desktop mode, which looks really great:




This allows a distraction free browsing mode, and also gives you the full Google experience. Google Chrome unfortunately does not work well on old computers, due to it’s large components. There are however, open source versions of Chrome available, such as Chromium, and The Chrome Canary project.


Vivaldi vs Chrome ? So, now it is up to you on what you will choose! Thanks for reading.


Troy Sweeney

Linux kernel contributor, C/Java programmer, hacktivist. Spends most of his time helping others stay up to current with technology, security, and end to end encryption, he also has an addiction to German pastries.

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