As a Mac user I was a little excited about Google Chrome and as soon as the beta was out for Mac I downloaded it.
Previously I had been using Firefox as my main browser, it takes up a lot of memory but the features and the inbuilt RSS reader made it number one, a close second, purely for speed and initial start up time was Safari. My third most used browser, purely for compatibility issues with websites I’m developing is Opera. Opera is pretty amazing and with the recent updates I think more and more people will verge onto the browser. I have to put in a mention for Mozilla’s girl next door offspring Camino, it’s great to look at… and that’s about it.
Now onto Google Chrome. Since i’ve downloaded it, it hasn’t let me down once. It’s got the speed of Safari, it’s got amazing tools which allow me to inspect specific elements within a web page so it replaces Opera, it’s extremely lightweight compared to Firefox and a nice feature is that with each individual tab, Chrome treats it as an individual process, so unlike Firefox if one crashes it doesn’t effect all the other tabs running. I would like to see, however, more features in regards to the multi touch on Chrome that Firefox has, don’t get me wrong, it does account for the majority of them, but there are one or two that I still find myself trying to use.
Web pages load fast, you can download different themes for it (like you can with Opera and Firefox), it still is in it’s bea stages so of course it’s only going to improve. Updates are a breeze as they go on in the background so you don’t actually know when it’s updated unless you check the version number or one day you randomly see a new feature. Another feature I’ve got to mention, which is not a big thing but is something that Safari lacked and actually, you don’t realise how much you use it (or at least I do), which is the loading bar at the bottom of the browser which, when you hover over a link, it displays the url that you will be directed to and what Chrome has done is taken the minimalism of Safari by not having a loading bar at the bottom, but has incorporated a little pop up box with the url – a very nice touch in my opinion. Chrome also uses many of the same keyboard shortcuts as Firefox. The last feature I want to mention is the address bar where you type your http://’s and what I find useful is that the address bar IS the Google’s search bar and I know Firefox has a similar thing implemented on it but it lacks the suggested searches that Google’s homepage offers, it can also be changed to search different search engines or Wikipedia and even Creative Commons which saves screen space. there are many, many other features but you can check them out on the Google Chrome website
I have had a couple of issues such as when I’ve tried to load the history it crashed, but that was the first time and since then hasn’t happened and I don’t think it reads code as well as Firefox as yet in regards to outdated html usage.
Usually when I try out a new browser I’m always weary of it, and I was with Chrome, but what I didn’t have is the regular “breaking in” period that I’ve had with other browsers. It imports information from Firefox and Safari and also uses the Keychain for stored passwords (if you wish it to) so you don’t have to remember all your passwords for various websites, again, only if you want it to.
Overall, it’s a very good browser, stable, etc. etc. It’s a definite must have for an Apple Mac computer and I use it as my main browser, however, it may be in my dock but so is Firefox but at the rate this is going it may not be for much longer.
One last note, I can’t help but think that actually, Google IS taking over the world. You use it’s search facility, you’ll soon use it’s browser, you use it’s email, it takes pictures of you, your house, your street, your dog and they even their very own satellite – do we have any privacy anymore?