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Part of the problem is Chrome's process model - it spawns numerous processes including various workers and separate processes for each tab. Indeed, I can kill a tab in Chrome like I can any other application from the command line. That said, this has one really obvious downside which, of course, is the fact that numerous processes are spawned, killed and managed all by one application. I'm not sure how Google can get around that if they stick with their current model and I imagine that, since it works really well to contain content, they won't be abandoning it anytime soon.

I wonder if that's what's holding back Chrome in the battery department. I know that I struggle with that a little. However, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages (native Cocoa + multiple platform support + excellent syncing capabilities make Chrome extraordinarily attractive for my needs) but I can certainly see how it can be a bother for some.

I seem to have had the opposite experience that you have lately - I've been testing other browsers to see if any of them were able to sway me away from Chrome. I can't do Safari because I need multiple platform support that includes platforms outside of Apple's ecosystem and I can't do the new version of Opera because they've absolutely destroyed it as a quality browser (they stripped out the syncing and bookmarks functionality and somehow thought that this was "reasonable"). So, I ventured over to Firefox and for about a week, I thought I had maybe found a replacement. It was, in some ways, more nimble that Chrome, it had built in syncing and worked on every platform I use (except for iOS but since I view maybe one page a month on my iPod Touch, that's not really a concern for me). However, the syncing functionality is a disaster and a few features that Firefox did were done with greater elegance in Chrome (such as dragging tabs in and out of a browser window). On top of that, Firefox for Android...I'm not sure I have much nice to say about it.

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