Especially for MAC users: Google Chrome Review

chrome And this is it –  all blogosphere is now talking about new Google Chrome browser. Google just released beta version and I must say – unbelievable speed!
When I heard at first about Chrome I thought – just one more browser – there are enough already, and yeah, I hear all MAC users screaming about injustice, that only PC users meanwhile can access new browser beta version and I thought I could make review specially for them. I luckily (never thought I will say that word about PC) have PC, so I got the chance to test it.  So what’s really about this new browser?

So first I can say it’s EXTREMELY fast, and yes – I really mean EXTREMALY! I am great fan of FireFox, but I can say, I loved Chrome from my first minute. At first it took just ~2 minutes to download and install – every page just loads in few seconds and design is very clean and intuitive, which is great, although I already missed my FF plugins :)

So okay, lets dig deeper:

What’s new with Chrome really? :

1. One box for everything

You got one browser box, where You start typing and browser automatically suggest You popular searches, visited pages while You are writing. Great feature, because now You got Search and Browser box in one field!

2. New tab

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You can click on New tab icon – You can see Your nine most visited pages with thumbnails, history search, recent bookmarks and latest closed tabs. I found it pretty useful.

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3. Crash Control

Chrome handles tabs differently than other browsers – each tab loads in his own process. This feature cuts out possibility of crashing Your browser – now there will crash just one tab. You can see below in image, what I am talking about.

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So now Chrome has his own Task Manager and You can see there, how much memory uses  browser, each tab, plug-ins and easily end process of desired page.

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If You like detailed statistics  – open stats for nerds to see summary.

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4. Incognito mode

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Image is pretty self explaining – if You don’t want to display pages in Your web history – just choose incognito mode and do safe browsing :) If You work in office – this one could be pretty useful spy mode.

5. Importing settings

Google Chrome  made pretty easy for new users to switch to their browser with easy bookmark,password etc. importing from Your previous browser.

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6. Instant bookmarks

Browser automatically warns when You are going to visit some unsafe web site – I think You can trust Google as it is one of the biggest Internet giants in the world.

7. Simpler downloads

When downloading a file,  it will open in left bottom sidebar – just like FireFox with Statusbar extension. Thoughtful!

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8. Dynamic tabs

You can easily manage Your tab order or create new window, just by easily clicking and dragging.

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9. Speed

As I already said – Chrome is very fast, while browsing pages – however I am not an expert to make speed testing, however I found some tests.

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Those are 5 subtests measuring browser’s JavaScript performance.

And there are more speed tests made by lifehacker.com :

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10. Design

Interface in Chrome is very clean and intuitive, every icon and page just in place – excellent design. There are just minimalistic toolbar at top of the browser with just few buttons like:

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And two icons – one for customizing current page and another to set Your global configuration settings:

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Here I can see how less can be more.

Summary

Looks like Chrome will be serious competitor, because of its speed, cleanness and simplicity. I already see great war happening between FireFox, Chrome,Internet Explorer and Safari. Yeah..and for us, designers, looks like there will be one more browser to validate for. However I cant wait for full Chrome version and FireFox response to this step. See you in blogosphere!

If You are interested to know more about Google Chrome and why they made new browser, check their homepage:

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I will be very glad to hear Your opinion about those news!

Dainis Graveris

Dainis is 25 years young man, who struggled for 3 years while studying in design academy and working for local design agency, because of ignorant teachers and agency boss. He couldn't believe this is all life could offer to him! And then he discovered true Internet possibilities, he was lucky to find his passion early in life and take advantage of this beautiful Information (Internet) Age! Now he is committed to help others succeed, to help others take charge of their life and follow their passion! His goal is to open Your eyes and help unveil Your true potential!

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Comments

  1. says

    @Pete no idea yet, little discrimination for MAC users I know. But I suppose fast enough, because there are huge amount of MAC users.

    Yeah and this is just beta version for now.

  2. says

    @Gujna yeah, FireFox always has been used by people, who search for the best in the internet.

    And now Chrome just made serious announcement. I hope FireFox will answer of course – and we will get at least one better browser.

    @Jim I tried my best, this new browser just caught my attention greatly.

  3. Gujna says

    Just to reassure others:
    -It’s all true!
    Screw all web accelerators and that shit.
    Chrome is a beast- it swallows up everything I throw to it.
    And the speed..
    –> beautiful

    Some time ago, there was a time when every self-respecting net user had to switch from IE to FF;
    I believe that the time is near when FF will be the “second best”.
    I just suggest everyone to wait until the FF plugins will work on Chrome and then make Chrome the default browser.

  4. ZerroQ says

    At first i heard rumors about this chrome comming out. When i just took a short look on your post, i simply downloaded it on my home pc… It’s amazing so far..

    I have to be honest, haven’t got much time this evening to test it, but it looks kewl to me.