Ok, the title of this post is downright cheesy; bordering on those DVD box covers you might see on AFDB.
Sorry about that…
Now, on to my two cents’ of what Google Chrome (aka Georgia Chrome) and how it compares to the browser-on-my-desktop-at-the-moment FireFox 2 (aka Felicity Fox) with add-ons galore .
Yesterday morning, I had a newsletter in my inbox and rss entry on GReader (that’s Google Reader) from CNET.com (by the way, gives no BS reviews) about Google Chrome Beta. Well, I trust them, so I headed to the download page of Google Chrome Beta where I was impressed by the get-to-know videos and the comic illustrations on why Google had to come up with their own browser as an idea whose time has come.
Well, needless to say, I downloaded the newest browser AND boy, was I impressed. Just as the introductory videos described it, it was clean, simple, and had a few tricks up its sleeve and ‘under the hood’. The local “techie”, whom I owe my arse countless of times, seconded my opinion about it.
Benchmarking testing on Google Chrome Beta
I had the whole morning tooling around its features. And what really got me hooked with this innovative browser is the incognito window (awesome for security freaks like me; once bitten and twice shy, may I add). I get to keep on browsing without ever being afraid of tracking ‘cookies’ and other malware from getting to my PC/workstation (I run Chrome Beta on Windows XP SP2 on an Intel Dual Core 2.0 Ghz unit with 1 GB of RAM).
I happen to have a bad habit of opening multiple tabs or windows on my FireFox browser. With Google Chrome, I am assured that if a tab or window on it happens to ‘crash’, it won’t affect the whole system. That’s another great feature about this new browser from Google, which they brag as “being built from the ground-up”.
Well, there are more great features on this browser I have yet to discover and I do still use my FireFox ver. 2 with my essential add-ons as a back-up browser just in case. Chrome is still on beta (as of this writing) and there are still some issues to be resolved such as Mozilla Firefox add-on compatibility (yeah, how soon can they be had on Chrome?) and much more to be found out by third-party testers/reviewers in the coming days and weeks.
My own two cents’ here is I like it. It’s fast, it has a clean and simple interface, the keyboard shortcuts on it are familiar (Mozilla had a hand in its development, some pundits say) and how it appears on my 15-in. LCD screen (fabulous!).
I really can’t wait ’til it is out of beta.
Great job, Google, GREAT job!
Video reviews about Google Chrome Beta from:
Associated Press Tech Video Review about Google Chrome
CNET.com Video Review about Google Chrome
Google Chrome Beta and Firefox 3 side-by-side: