Yesterday Google released their brand-new browser Chrome, but is this the revolutionary browser we have all been waiting for ? I’ve tested this browser for about 10hours now, I’ll discuss a few things about it here.
Lets start with the good things, because there are quite a few. The Chrome browser is designed to give the user as much space as possible to display web content. There is no statusbar, no menubar and no titlebar. Ok, maybe this looks a bit different from what we’re all used to, but in my opinion its a pretty good improvement. For us who use the statusbar ( including me ), don’t panic. Whenever you hover over a link, a small statusbar pops up at the bottom of the browserscreen. This goes for some other actions too, so its not that different from your average browser.
The Chrome layout is fresh, simple and it makes the browser easy to use. There isn’t a flood of information available at first sight, we just focus on the webpage here. History, downloads and favorites are only one click away, there is a possibility to display a favorites-bar too. The options-window is pretty small, it only contains what we really need. Take a look at picture 3 for the layout and favorites.
Its not the lightest browser however, when we look at the stats Google Chrome created for us ( and we can see those in picture 2 ), we see that Opera still has the crown there. Chrome has its own task manager, and statistics page for each tab. It also displays other browsers, if they are running on the host computer. To clearify the statistics on picture 2, I opened the bydust.com mainpage in 5 different browsers, just to see the differences between browsers there.
On Chrome’s default start page you can see your most visited websites, including thumbnails. Pretty nice Google, but it would be nicer if we could set our own websites on the quickdial function. Lets hope this will be one of the first plugins released for Google Chrome.
According to Google Chrome shouldn’t freeze or lock up whenever something bad happens in one of its tabs, the problem should be kept in that particular tab. Well, thats a pretty nice idea and it works most of the time, but I’ve had a few freezes already. Mostly its nothing, I close a tab or make a request and the browser freezes for a second, but right before I started writing this review I had to kill the process because it was taking all available CPU recources. I was browsing for an image file, maybe it had a little problem with explorer - I don’t know.
Another “bad” thing about Chrome are the resizable textarea’s. Thats pretty usefull indeed, but whatever you type in those things isn’t shown as it should be. Sometimes parts of words are dissapearing, or a whole sentence vanishes. Its still there, we just don’t see it.
Ok, this must be the longest blogpost ever (from me, that is). Hope this was interesting for you :)