Google Chrome: I’m In L-O-V-E

I’m sure these sentiments will be echoed around the around the blogosphere (including 4 posts on GigaOm…seriously) over the next couple of days, but I just can’t contain myself. I think I now know what it feels like to be an Apple fanboy when Steve Jobs announces one more thing. I haven’t been this excited about a browser since NCSA Mosaic

Hearts 

  • It’s fast! Really fast! I haven’t bother running any benchmarks, it’s not necessary. This browser is quite obviously insanely faster than any other browser I’ve ever tried. Pages load instantly. Any and all javascript elements load and react noticably faster. 
  • The striped down UI is a nice change from the odd UI choices in IE 7&8 and what now seems like an extremely bloated FF 3. The tab animations are nice and smooth. The ability to detach tabs is a great addition. 
  • Site search. Chrome remembers when you used the search inside a site and then allows you to use the search from the “omni bar.” So, if I type “wik+tab” it will bring up a “Search Wikipedia search:” labe, then any keywords I type get routed to wikipedia’s search engine. This works with amazon, ebay, blogs, anywhere Chrome can recognize a site search field. 
  • Developer tools! Chrome includes tools similar to Firefox’s firebug plugin, including an HTML/CSS element inspector, javascript debugger and a native, colour-coded, line-numbered HTML viewer. 
  • The default start page is innovative. In addition to showing my 9 most visited sites, it also shows my top site searches, recent bookmarks and recently closed tabs. In theory, this is super useful, but it’s one of those features that takes some getting use to. It would be kind of neat to pull RSS feeds or other widgets into this. 
  • Ability to resize textboxes. It’s minor, but useful. 

 

Hates 

  • Doesn’t resize properly on my second monitor.
  • Opening and closing tabs is sometime sluggish – especially when there is a large flash element on the page being opened or closed. When this happens it actually causes the entire browser to be unusable. 
  • Flash sometimes loads noticably slower than the rest of the page – even on youtube. This could be due to my older cpu. 
  • Browser become slow when I’ve got 10+ tabs open. Again, could be due to my machine. 
  • The task manager is a GREAT idea. I haven’t had to use it yet. But, if a tab or a pluggin is ever so slow that it’s affecting my ability to browse, my machine is probably going to be too bogged down to actually use Chrome’s task manager. So it might actually be useless. Now, each tab does still appear as a seperate windows task, so I should still be able to close them that way. We’ll see. 
  • Missing extensions. It’d be nice if Chrome included an implementation of XUL and directly import Firefox exentions. 

Bits & Bobs

  • ctrl+k brings you directly to a search in the OmniBar – using your default search engine. 
  • Matt Cutts has a blog post addressing some privacy concerns: Link
  • It’s interesting that every major browser except Firefox now has a private browsing mode.
  • The options menu is divided in a really clever way, 3 tabs: basic, minor tweaks, under the hood
  • There’s a “stats for nerds” button

Suffice it to say. Chrome is my primary browser. I’ll still use Firefox when I need the web dev toolbar or some other extension. Mozilla and Microsoft have some serious catching up to do.

8 thoughts on “Google Chrome: I’m In L-O-V-E

  1. The Inspector is actually a feature of WebKit, so it’s been in Safari for some time now. Also from what I hear the start page is very similar to what Opera 9.5 offers. Just an FYI.

    Chrome is impressing me quite a bit though, and at the very least has me rethinking my need for Firefox.. Not that I’ll be using Chrome, but I may revisit Safari and wait for the OS X release of Chrome.

  2. The Inspector is actually a feature of WebKit, so it’s been in Safari for some time now. Also from what I hear the start page is very similar to what Opera 9.5 offers. Just an FYI.

    Chrome is impressing me quite a bit though, and at the very least has me rethinking my need for Firefox.. Not that I’ll be using Chrome, but I may revisit Safari and wait for the OS X release of Chrome.

  3. The Inspector is actually a feature of WebKit, so it’s been in Safari for some time now. Also from what I hear the start page is very similar to what Opera 9.5 offers. Just an FYI.

    Chrome is impressing me quite a bit though, and at the very least has me rethinking my need for Firefox.. Not that I’ll be using Chrome, but I may revisit Safari and wait for the OS X release of Chrome.

  4. Opera’s speed dial is similar to Chrome’s start page, in that they both have screenshots with links to 9 web pages. Chrome improves on this by automatically assigning your top 9 most visited pages and the addition bookmarks and searches.

    The way opera handles tabs is also pretty similar to Chrome, with the toolbars as part of each tab.

    Safari is just so…ugh.

  5. Opera’s speed dial is similar to Chrome’s start page, in that they both have screenshots with links to 9 web pages. Chrome improves on this by automatically assigning your top 9 most visited pages and the addition bookmarks and searches.

    The way opera handles tabs is also pretty similar to Chrome, with the toolbars as part of each tab.

    Safari is just so…ugh.

  6. Opera’s speed dial is similar to Chrome’s start page, in that they both have screenshots with links to 9 web pages. Chrome improves on this by automatically assigning your top 9 most visited pages and the addition bookmarks and searches.

    The way opera handles tabs is also pretty similar to Chrome, with the toolbars as part of each tab.

    Safari is just so…ugh.

  7. This is just the beta release, too. It will probably get better. Like when they make a Mac version – that will be better.
    (mind you, FF3 on my shiny fast Mac verses ANYTHING on my ancient dinosaur of a PC already makes me giggle with glee, so I’m ok for now. I just don’t feel cool.)

  8. This is just the beta release, too. It will probably get better. Like when they make a Mac version – that will be better.
    (mind you, FF3 on my shiny fast Mac verses ANYTHING on my ancient dinosaur of a PC already makes me giggle with glee, so I’m ok for now. I just don’t feel cool.)

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