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Although obviously still in alpha stage, it looks very promising. The biggest new feature is the ability to finally edit the toolbars of their ackward mozilla defaults. In side-by-side tests of Mozilla, there was not difference in page load or rendering speed here. If anything, mozilla was faster than Phoenix for me.
There are some pages which Mozilla loads faster than IE. I have not noticed any which IE loads faster.
Rather relevant for a CSS/HTML forum I thought this link might come in handy for anyone that fancies using their CSS skills:
Granted, I should change that password anyway since for a while I used it from machines I know had key-logging software installed, but even so Phoenix now remembers whatever I type into that form, and there's nothing in any dialogs to tell me how to change that.
It would really benefit from having the identity and password management put back in. Maybe the next milestone (0.3) will have it?
My other bug-bear is that you can't set the size of the search box (top-right); it's pretty piddly, and not as useable as it could be - unless you only ever do single (short) word searches.
On a more positive note however, editing the search box's source code couldn't be easier. If you want the Google option to point to, say, Google UK, simply browse to your Pheonix directory, then the searchplugins directory inside. Find the google.src file and make a backup of it. ;) Open google.src and change the action property of the <search> tag to read action="http://www.google.co.uk/search".
Simple, yet effective...
Though Phoenix is good I doubt I would chance since I like to do my mail/newsgroups in Mozilla. Good for those that just need a browser!
The main question that comes to mind is why can we not have Mozilla render pages just as fast?
So when I read this thread I decided to try Phoenix. Not only do webpages render slightly faster but my system doesn't slow down at all. I've used it for several hours on a couple of occasions and didn't have to reboot once. Before I switch completely and make it the default I need to try it out while running a number of other programmes (as this is how I normally browse and was impossible with 1.1) but based on results so far I think it will be OK.
A stripped down browser like this is just what I need, I don't want a load of fancy features because I don't use them anyway. And I want to ditch IE if I can. So I'm happy :)
After several tests I came to such a conclusion: there's no any difference in webpage loading speed between Phoenix 0.1 and Mozilla 1.1. They are absolutely the same.
If you talk about application loading time - Phoenix is deafinitely faster. But this is not was emphasized in some articles I read. It was said that it loads pages much faster! Now I can tell that this is not correct (or just a lie - depending on how you call it).
By the way, Opera is still the fastest in complete page loading in ~95% of all cases. By "complete page" I mean: html + graphics + all the rest. While very often Mozilla shows text faster than Opera, it is almost always far behind when we talk about complete page.
I can us Mozilla for when i want all the bells and whistles - i have lots of toolbars installed with Moz too - but Phoenix is a great little browser. I am using Phoenix at college nearly all the time. The PrefBar and tabbed browsing extensions are handy too.
In some aspects it is still about as hoggy as Moz though (e.g.: CPU use, HDD space) but hopefully this should change. Considering it is relatively new it has made a big impact on me and certainly is filling a gap. It is different from Moz and I think complements Moz quite well.
On my Win2K virgin installation it shows the text fine mostly but, maybe for a single line per screenful on average, the lettering gets stretched slightly vertically leading to a rather nasty display.
It's not a real problem, but it even happens on these forums.