I remember years back discovering a browser called Phoenix, which later became Firefox. Phoenix was:
At the time I loved Phoenix. Version 0.1 is when I think I first found it. It felt like a browser ought to - super light and super fast.
What has happened to Phoenix? It has turned in to Firefox 3.6, which takes an age to load and now looks and feels just like the bloatware Phoenix was trying not to be.
I no longer use Firefox apart from testing and sometimes to I can use the HttpWatch or HTML Tidy plugins. Although, to be honest, I'd try for IE before Firefox. It feels like every time I launch Firefox it has to nag me about some system update or other and I then need and restart it before I can even get started.
Enter Google Chrome. The new Phoenix. It's that same breath of fresh air Phoenix was back then. Super light-feeling, damn quick and updates happen almost without you knowing it.
I just hope Chrome doesn't end up bloated and ugly too.