Now that I’ve had enough time to play with Google’s Chrome browser(Official Build 1583 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/525.13 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/0.2.149.27 Safari/525.13), I have to say, for a beta its really quite good.
Fast – it really is, early benchmarks from zdnet show the following results:
And thats not all in todays complicated world of web browsing rendering HTML quickly isnt the only measure of a browsers speed capabilities. It also has to process other codes fast, so check out this benchmark http://scriptnode.com/article/google-chrome-benchmarks/ which shows how fast Chrome executes code.
Incognito Mode – this comes especially handy when you browse on net cafes or are simply using someone elses machine. No cookies, no history, nothing except downloads and bookmarks. Safari has the same feature and IE is coming out with its own version of porn mode 😛 but Firefox 3 doesnt have this.
simple migration – it was easy to download and install plus it offers a lot of new features but keeps things like keyboard shortcuts (ctrl-T for opening new tabs) the same. Plus all my bookmarks were imported from firefox right away.
Easter Eggs! – yes there are some nice surprises out there from Chrome, for instance theres a bunch of “about:” pages that you can discover.
Here’s a few you can try out, just type these words in the address bar:
Tab Control – I can rearrange my tabs in the order I want they to appear, and best of all I can drag ’em out to create a new window and then drag ’em back in if I want them to be a tab again!
Start up page – It shows your recent bookmarks, history searches and most visited sites.. awesome.
Customized start up – Its easy to tell Chrome which websites you want to go to once it starts up.
Task Manager – Yesterday I was raving about how each tab shows up as a separate process in windows task manager but I was ranting about how I couldnt see the name of the tab. Well much to my surprise pressing shift+Esc opens up Chrome’s own task manager and guess what it shows the tab names lol. Plus it has the link for the about:memory url called “stats for nerds.”
Serious Security Flaw – check out the full article here http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/security_flaw_in_google_chrome.php
No Mac version yet
So all in all its a great browser, I doubt it can replace your Firefox thats decked out with addons that you simply can’t browse without but remember Chrome has just been released and coverage of its release is crazy. Give it some time, I’m sure its already a good secondary browser for most of us, well get our new color themes soon enough.