Nowadays I use Firefox for most of my regular browsing. I do this for two reasons: 1) because I work on it and 2) it has RSS support, which is a feature I have totally fallen in love with. I can’t wait until I have time to add RSS support to Camino, though first I’ll have to convince Mike that its a good feature to have.
For about a week or two after I started using Firefox, I didn’t use Camino at all, for anything. But then I added it back to my dock and started using it again occasionally for a reason I never would have guessed – its really fast!
When I want to look at a website quickly (or maybe some local HTML documentation) and I don’t already have a web browser open, I hate waiting for Firefox to launch. Its launch time on the Mac is pretty damned slow compared to other similar-sized applications. Camino launches almost immediately for me, in less than one dock bounce. Its even faster than Safari. Furthermore, once Camino has launched, its UI is responsive almost immediately (unlike Firefox’s UI, which has a small delay), and pages load really quickly (Firefox is pretty fast in this respect, but it’s not as fast as Camino by a fairly large margin, IMHO). For the record, I use my own builds of Camino, which are pretty much the same as recent nightly builds. Your mileage my vary, especially if you are using an 0.8.x release. I should also note that once Firefox is fired up and ready to go, its speed deficit is not usually noticeable and features such as RSS support allow me to complete by browsing tasks in much less time overall.
Its nice to suddenly notice a really great aspect of Camino. I guess I took the speed for granted when I used it all the time and had little to compare it to. This realization has also made making Firefox launch faster a higher priority for me. I’d say it is one of Firefox’s biggest problems at the moment.