Why Google Chrome is already a great browser

So, you’ve seen the news. Google has released an early beta of its first web browser, Chrome, which mixes elements from Safari and Firefox into a brand-new recipe. I could go into detail about the browser’s fundamentals and features, but you might as well just try it yourself and read the introductory Google comic strip if you’re after details.

Since I’ve ranted and raved about Internet Explorer 8 in two separate blog posts, I feel like sharing my perspective on a different effort. After all, Chrome has much in common with IE8. Both browsers come from massive software companies with gargantuan budgets, both browsers are early betas, and both browsers are more than simple evolutions from prior designs. Microsoft decided to outfit IE8 with a completely new rendering engine, while Google borrowed some of Chrome’s building blocks from other browsers but built everything else from scratch.

IE8 and Chrome are radically different designs, however. Whereas I believe the former is a jumbled mess of superficial features with a still-unfinished rendering engine, Chrome has a very solid base and a more spartan feature set. In my previous blog post, I said, "If Microsoft really wants to make a good browser again, it needs to stop trying to outshine the competition with glitter and fluff, and it needs to focus all its efforts on making a browser that’s faster, more reliable, and with better standards support than the rest." After using Chrome for a few hours, I now think that’s exactly what Google has done.

You see, Chrome doesn’t dazzle users with gigantic contextual menus and user-interface fluff. As soon as you take it for a spin around your favorite sites, though, you see what Google has been spending its time on. Chrome is freaking fast. Faster than Safari, Firefox 3, and definitely IE8. The user interface is stripped to the bone, too, but it’s delightfully snappy and has a certain elegance that makes it look and feel just right.

More importantly, Chrome renders pretty much everything fine even at this early stage in its development. I won’t shower Google with too much praise for that, since it just used Apple’s open-source WebKit engine (itself a fork of the KDE team’s KHTML engine) as a foundation. That’s fine, though. The important thing is that Google didn’t have its priorities out of whack, unlike a certain company in Redmond, Washington that’s been making browsers for a lot longer. The Chrome developers focused on building a fast, reliable, and standards-compliant browser first, even if that meant keeping peripheral features to a bare minimum.

And Chrome really does have few peripheral features. I couldn’t find a bookmarks manager, an RSS feed reader, a way to add or remove interface elements, or even a "Home" button (that’s in the options). Despite those omissions, I just love browsing with Chrome. It’s sleek, fast, and smooth, and I’m perfectly happy to wait for Google to add features, because Chrome fulfills its primary functions well. It renders pages fine; it’s fast; it’s not a memory hog, and it has enough security features to keep me happy—from blocking pop-ups to blocking my access to potentially dangerous sites. Like IE8, Chrome even includes an "incognito" mode for users who want to surf without leaving a trace.

In short, Chrome covers pretty much all the bases despite its 0.2.149.27 version number and early beta status. I’m really looking forward to see where Google is going with this. If it implements support for third-party add-ons and I can get mouse gesture support going, I may well desert Firefox after six long years of using nothing but Mozilla browsers. I can’t say the same for IE8.

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    • indeego
    • 11 years ago

    lol. If you try to install it from google’s chrome page from chrome itself it failsg{<.<}g

    • xtremevarun
    • 11 years ago

    chrome is a great browser…no crashes so far….no fancy gimmicky stuff….plain straight and simple ….have already used it many times…can’t get enuf of it…..foxy boy needs to come up with a better one here…fire can be doused off ya know

      • Meadows
      • 11 years ago

      Dude, can’t you type like normal people?

    • Madman
    • 11 years ago

    Ehemm… work, laptop, desktop, that’s already 3 PC’s to reconfigure

    • MadManOriginal
    • 11 years ago

    I’ve got to say that with the RickRoll youtube picture that was shown for this blog on the front page at one point I’m dissapointed there isn’t a secret RickRoll link in the blog post.

    • Perezoso
    • 11 years ago

    Ugh… Just look at your firewall logs, HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and scheduled tasks. GoogleUpdate.exe call home all the time.

    Not to mention the Omnibox, which is basically a keylogger.
    §[< http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10031661-56.html<]§ No thanks, Google.

    • Hattig
    • 11 years ago

    I’ve used it for about 8 hours straight today, no restarting, and luckily no crashes. Have looked at dozens of websites (repeatedly) including most tech sites the world has ever seen, gmail, lots of work related stuff.

    I just closed down all the tabs apart from the about:memory one.

    Chrome 0.2.149.27
    Private: 29,920k
    Shared: 6,752k
    Total: 36,672k
    Private VM: 25,028k
    Private Mapped: 13,496k

    Earlier today I killed a 1GB Safari process with one open tab …

      • titan
      • 11 years ago

      Hard to believe, but maybe the demand is overwhelming?

        • indeego
        • 11 years ago

        even harder to believe…/[

          • titan
          • 11 years ago

          I figured an Internet giant like Google would be able to handle such small files. Didn’t know what the problem would have been. Maybe you’ve encountered another bug?

            • Nitrodist
            • 11 years ago

            An internet giant? How about an internet /[

            • titan
            • 11 years ago

            Lol! Good one! Good thing I didn’t have any coffee in my mouth.

    • Spyrano
    • 11 years ago

    I hate the way it handles downloads, and there’s no adblock yet..

    Other than that, I love it!

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 11 years ago

      What’s wrong with the downloads?

    • ScythedBlade
    • 11 years ago

    sorry double post

    • eckslax
    • 11 years ago

    I never thought I would say this, but so long firefox. Even in it’s early state, Chrome blows every other browser I have ever used out of the water.

    • Thresher
    • 11 years ago

    It if very nice and VERY fast. It has no problems with Shacknews’ laryn.x script, which broke Safari for a while (and IE 7 still cannot handle 100% of the time).

    The only thing missing for me are plugins. I have come to rely on several and wouldn’t want to browse without them or their equivalent. I hope that this is something Google is going to add.

    I like to see some competition in this space again. It’s good for all of us and I think will make Microsoft make their browser more standards compliant.

    • StashTheVampede
    • 11 years ago

    There are other reasons why Google is releasing a browser to the masses:
    – Android, and its SDK, is the browser is on there is using the same tech. Test web apps on Chrome means that it has a VERY good chance of running on Android. Apple did the same with Safari on Windows.
    – Chrome is going to be used for collecting usage information on pages and user habits. Google crawls the web, indexes the web and has a quality team that looks at pages. They now have another mechanism to validate human usage on pages.

    • srg86
    • 11 years ago

    I really cannot get excited about this browser.

    * I don’t like its non standard interface (It’s even more silly than Opera).
    * I don’t like that I can’t definitively tell it to block third party cookies (I don’t want to restrict how they are used, I want to block them outright).
    * When I try to use it I really miss Firefox’s menubar.
    * I don’t like it’s Bookmark Toolbar, I prefer FF’s Bookmark Menu.

    Still there are good points..

    * Webkit seems like a very good rendering engine.
    * Its Javascript is very fast.
    * It doesn’t have Safari’s awful font rendering.
    * The Multithreading is good.
    * Small memory footprint

    Hopefully some of the down points can be addressed in the final version. It will be interesting to see what the Linux version is like, as I *really* like FF3’s use to native widgets.

      • StashTheVampede
      • 11 years ago

      I’m betting the reason why it uses a non standard (i.e. OS controlled) title bar: they want a consistent user experience on whatever platform it’s run on.

      When the source bits are released, I’m betting “community” versions of Chrome start popping up that take pieces of Firefox (plugins, FTW), skinning, etc.

      Chrome’s MAIN draw (ihmo) is it’s SMOKING fast JS interpreter. Once FF 3.1 is out, I’m betting lots of FF users will stay with FF.

        • AvKn
        • 11 years ago

        But in the process, it breaks consistency with the OS itself. 🙂 An application’s consistency with the platform it’s running on is, I think, more important than an application’s consistency across platforms. But that’s just me, and I have no problems if what Mozilla did to Firefox is what they want.

        Yeah, I think Firefox will largely close the gap with 3.1.

    • Nictron
    • 11 years ago

    First hour’s impressions:

    Positives:

    – I find it really clean and fresh. Much better on the eyes than FF3 and IE.
    – Flash worked without installing anything.

    Negatives:

    – Had to sort my daily favorites into a separate folder because first time I opened all bookmarks it opened about a 1000 pages.
    – One of my banking sites don’t work on it
    – Will have to wait for add-ons to appear

    • MrMarbles
    • 11 years ago

    I can’t really find any features that Opera already has. Why doesn’t anyone compare this browser to Opera? Both TR and AT compared to just about every browser except Opera. I still don’t see any other browser having the sync capability that Opera has. I can see that the speed dial has a bit more functionality, and I also like having each website as it’s own process. That’s not enough reason to switch though.

    • PeterD
    • 11 years ago

    “I couldn’t find a bookmarks manager, an RSS feed reader, a way to add or remove interface elements,”

    I call that serious ommissions.
    I prefer Firefox.

      • Flying Fox
      • 11 years ago

      To some people that may be a welcome change as those can be considered “bloat”.

      It’s just me, but I never quite like how browser default RSS handling works. For reading TR I’m usually faster than an RSS feed anyways.

    • Pax-UX
    • 11 years ago

    Firefox 3 has such a big developer community its going to take a while for people to move away, as just about everything that could be useful is available for download as a plugin.

    FF3 does everything I need really well and more importantly in a world with multiple computers it allows for Bookmark management across a number of computer & OS. I have the same bookmarks kept in sync on a Mac, Windows & Linux box thanks to Firefire. Google will need to be able to match this before I will even consider moving. FF3 isn’t slow and 3.1 will make it faster, but like I said it’s still very fast.

    Sure I browse with NoScript & No Flash this in itself makes life faster and uses less bandwidth. Plus on my Eee 700 I have an adblocker coz those ads eat up CPU & battery life.

    • bogbox
    • 11 years ago

    For me isn’t a great browser . the mutithreating is a bit hard to accept (too much cpu usage for a html page ), it’s has his good moments like it’s clean UI, is good.But java is slow , (yes the virtual machine is killing me) .
    But using a Google browser , it’s like inviting bigbroher to watch you .Remember Google has big ,huge ,storage to keep you personal date to anlyze you for publicity.

      • Meadows
      • 11 years ago

      You really know little about computers if multi-threading strikes you as a negative.

        • bogbox
        • 11 years ago

        I don’t have a multicore processor (yet).

          • Meadows
          • 11 years ago

          So? Games are multi-threaded, operating systems have been multi-threaded for decades, but multi-core only appeared in recent years – does that mean computers have been garbage beforehand? As long as you don’t max out your processor, you’re going at the exact same speed as a multi-core would (let’s disregard register saturation on single-cores). And I doubt IE would max out your processor, unless it has bugs with some of the Flash pages.

      • Flying Fox
      • 11 years ago

      You mean Java or Javascript? Full-blown Java is almost always slow.

    • Meadows
    • 11 years ago

    You can add a home button, blind man. It’s one of the options that’s off by default.
    Ah, the options. There are so few ways to customize this browser that I’m not happy with it at all. At least it sort of makes up for it with good tab handling – middle mouse button opens tabs next to the current one, instead of the end of the tab line (I’m looking at you, Firefox) and there’s a new tab button at the end of the line, á la IE7+, which makes sense too – also, I do like the way tabs behave when you grab and move one. On the other hand, there’s no “search” box, which is a gruesome omission for me, because I’m not used to searching from the dubious “omnibox” just yet.

    Also, I’ve been hearing about this several times before, but I still have no idea – what the hell are mouse gestures? All I can think of is a Black & White-ish… something.

      • Flying Fox
      • 11 years ago

      q[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouse_gestures<]§

        • Meadows
        • 11 years ago

        Yes, some may consider new tabs appearing at the end of the line a good thing, and some may not (like me), which is why there should be an option in that hellforsaken “options” page, but there isn’t – that page is about as barren as any desert.

        Get my drift yet?
        To Chrome’s credit, it at least acts correctly by default, however Firefox doesn’t have that damn option either, I don’t know what’s wrong with people but only IE8 does actually know how I want my tabs.

          • Flying Fox
          • 11 years ago

          Obviously you don’t subscribe to the “less is better” philosophy with GUI design. Which is fine. You can always stick to the alternatives.

          Take a look at Word’s Options dialog and tell me if you like it.

            • Meadows
            • 11 years ago

            I do, actually.
            It might take a while to examine everything on first use, but I can customize the application to the last bit and that means I likely won’t have to visit the options twice and still get _[

            • Madman
            • 11 years ago

            There is one problem, when you go to another PC you can start from scratch, that’s why I abandoned all attempts to modify default behavior.

            • Meadows
            • 11 years ago

            I never do work anywhere but on my own computer. That’s why it’s called a Personal Computer. I’m not a fan of kiosks and terminals and I never will be.

      • phez
      • 11 years ago

      Their new javascript engine is pretty amazing yea.

      But what the fuck is that, IE6? Troll harder.

        • Flying Fox
        • 11 years ago

        This is the front page and the word filter doesn’t quite work there. 🙁

      • Jigar
      • 11 years ago

      Nice one …

      • SubSeven
      • 11 years ago

      Is that trust worthy? If so, that’s bloody incredible

      • XSaaber
      • 11 years ago

      I was unable to view the image in Chrome, I had to use FF.

        • srg86
        • 11 years ago

        Interesting, it worked fine for me.

      • poulpy
      • 11 years ago

      Here are the result I got on my computer:
      Chrome: 59ms
      FF (3.0.1): 333ms
      Opera (9.52): 377ms
      Safari (3.1): 407ms
      IE7: 900ms (with 4 warning popups)

      No idea of the validity of the test and it would still only be a synthetic benchmark anyway.
      Chrome feels maybe a bit snappier than FF but much IMO and it did crash a couple of tabs yesterday using their own Google Mail and Google Documents (the latter wouldn’t last 2 minutes).

    • phez
    • 11 years ago

    Remind me again what constitutes “glitter” and “fluff”.

      • Grigory
      • 11 years ago

      Aren’t Glitter and Fluff not two of the terror threat levels in San Francisco? I think it’s Glitter, then Fluff, then Rainbow.

    • cegras
    • 11 years ago

    It’s sleek, it’s barebones, it’s smart. What more do I really want?

      • Meadows
      • 11 years ago

      Flesh.
      I’d still rather prefer IE8 final.

    • Kulith
    • 11 years ago

    Hopefully its not a beta for as long as gmail was a beta

    in fact, gmail still is beta

      • Saribro
      • 11 years ago

      Are there non-beta Google things?

        • Peffse
        • 11 years ago

        Google Search

    • Saribro
    • 11 years ago

    Installs shortcuts without my consent, doesn’t allow me to pick an install location and I’m growing extremely frustrated with Google forcing it’s pages/apps in dutch by default…
    Be as fast and standards-compliant as you like, if you’ve already annoyed the hell out of me before I can evene start browsing, I’m just not going to bother.
    [EDIT]Closing my browser when I close the last tab without any warning is also nice…
    [EDIT2]Aha, in an attempt to get an english installer (failed, again) to see if I missed anything, it appears one of the lines of text is actually clickable to get you to the shortcut/auto-import settings. Of course, being in a language I couldn’t choose, and just a line of text, I missed that the first go.
    [EDIT3]And of course, another background process at windows startup, that is mentioned nowhere in installer/preferences….

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 11 years ago

      I will say I dislike to some degree how much they are bucking the standard accepted practices. The titlebar, the install location, the things you mentioned. Hopefully they’ll have fixed those before it leaves beta.

        • Meadows
        • 11 years ago

        You can customize shortcuts and installation properties if you click the blue link on the setup’s first page. That must’ve been too hard to figure out for users who never read.

          • Saribro
          • 11 years ago

          It is if it’s in the wrong language… (as I described)

            • Meadows
            • 11 years ago

            The download page lets you choose/change languages using the top right dropdown box. Even if you don’t speak the language first shown, that shouldn’t be hard to figure out.

            Now download it again using the proper languages and revise your decision, if you want.

            • Saribro
            • 11 years ago

            That dropdown only changes the download-page language, I’ve tried it, it doesn’t work.

            • Meadows
            • 11 years ago

            My default was Hungarian and I changed that option and the program downloaded itself in English, guess what.
            I will admit that I can’t give more advice.

            • Saribro
            • 11 years ago

            The downloader does not read that dropdown to get the setup-language. Neither does it read your OS language, nor the input language you’ve set for your OS.
            In fact, it reads the “Formats” setting (for dates/…) and selects a language from that.
            I’m sorry that reality doesn’t match your interpretation of your limited experience.

            • Meadows
            • 11 years ago

            My formats don’t look English to me.

    • Hance
    • 11 years ago

    I have been using chrome for a couple of hours now and I like it. The browser is stripped down and fast like a race car. I dont use a lot of features but the ones I really want are all here. I have used nothing but opera for years and this is giving opera a run for its money.

    • YeuEmMaiMai
    • 11 years ago

    no way I am gonna use that thing………..

    • titan
    • 11 years ago

    One feature I love as a budding Web developer is the “Inspect element” in the right-click menu. Sweet! It doesn’t work all the time with everything, but I’m sure it will be flawless soon.

    Some other things I love:
    Its simplicity. One thing that has always miffed me is the abundance of options a browser can have and how it seems that each one needs to be thoroughly researched before a user can make a decision. The options are written in plain English.
    Its speed. It is amazingly fast on my aging system. The difference between Chrome and the other browsers is actually noticeable. Also, it finally feels like I have an HSI connection.
    The minimalist user interface is just what I like. It’s like running in “Full screen mode (F11), except I still have all the functionality that I need.
    Being able to increase the size of the text input box is awesome too. I just tested it on this box and it is neat, but now I can’t shrink the box back to normal. Probably something to do with the margins of this page’s layout. I’m sure this will be fixed soon as well.

    Some things I don’t like:
    Text size doesn’t change on-the-fly. I have to reload the page in order to make it happen.
    Text size really doesn’t look like it is 16 pt font. That was a problem on FF too. It could be just me. I don’t know.
    No middle-click scroll. I am a lazy surfer and I don’t like having to move my hand a few inches the click on the scrollbar. Lol!

    All in all, a great first stab at a browser. Can’t wait to see what else happens. And I’m strongly considering making Chrome my default browser now…

    • toxent
    • 11 years ago

    I downloaded it, and am currently posting in it.

    Wow, I’ve always liked my flashy and handy add-ons for firefox. Frankly i don’t know if i can live without them, but if i can, I will be using crome. I intend to use both for a while, to see which lifestyle i like better.

    Oh and Cyril, the “Home” is easily added back on in Options, Home page area, just check Show Home page button. In case you or anyone else wanted it back (I know i did).

    • KamikaseRider
    • 11 years ago

    One word about chrome: Wow.

    And nobody saw this coming??? How’s that possible?

    • FireGryphon
    • 11 years ago

    Chrome is definitely a lot faster than FF3. I haven’t tried IE 8, but I don’t feel I need to now.

    How come it seems like Google’s betas are more functional and stable than other company’s multi-patched releases?

      • End User
      • 11 years ago

      FF3 is as fast as Chrome on my quad core.

    • herothezero
    • 11 years ago

    I like Chrome. It’s much faster than FF3, but certainly not faster than IE8 Beta 2. Regardless, I like IE8 and Chrome better than FF3 at this point, mostly because the performance is better and Flash actually works.

      • titan
      • 11 years ago

      Flash actually works in FF and has for a long time. What’s your point?

        • kuraegomon
        • 11 years ago

        Actually, Flash has been chronically broken for many FF users for a long time (myself included). Count yourself lucky that you’re not one of them.

          • Peffse
          • 11 years ago

          Strange… I’ve installed Flash on Firefox many times, on many PCs, and never really had any trouble. Only a single problem has ever occured, when I installed a newer Shockwave over an older one. But using adobe’s flash uninstaller took both off the machine and allowed me to start from scratch.

            • titan
            • 11 years ago

            Same here. I’ve never heard of users having a problem. I have heard of unusually high CPU usage because of Flash objects, but that has been resolved with FF3, as far as I know. Other than that, I’m left scratching my head because if a lot of people are having issues with Flash, why don’t we have a forum topic popping up every few days screaming, “HELP!!!!111 My browser isn’t working!!11!”?

      • PeterD
      • 11 years ago

      I have no problems with Flash in FF.

    • A_Pickle
    • 11 years ago

    Oooh, but no middle-click scrolling. For shame, Google. For shame. T_T

    • A_Pickle
    • 11 years ago

    Give ’em hell, Cyril. Some people might bash you for being anti-Microsoft… but they clearly need the motivation when their browser has consistently been the laughing stock of the industry for the past, like, seven years. Or longer (I clung to IE6… then I had what must have been the equivalent of an acid trip when I switched to Firefox. NationStates was never the same again.).

    I’d like to say that Internet Explorer is a good browser, and… I don’t think it’s terrible. I mean, the quality delta between Firefox 3 and Internet Explorer 7 isn’t quite the gaping maw that could swallow ocean liners that the quality delta between Firefox 1.5 and Internet Explorer 6.

    All the same, when Google can up and make a browser all of the sudden, that puts Internet Explorer to outright shame… that should be a clear indicator of mis-effing-management of an epic level that’s happening at Microsoft. When looking at Microsoft’s browser development, one needs only ask themselves:

    Why did IE 5.5 on the Mac have a download manager, while IE 7 on the PC still lacks one?

    Then you find the answer, and the answer isn’t pretty or politically correct. The aptitude and coherence of the IE team has got to be somewhere between rock with down syndrome trying to juggle and a drunk monkey trying to fly an F-15. In short: There isn’t any.

    I mean this with utmost respect to the IE team, as, along with Cyril, I bet there are some talented, motivated programmers there. Most of whom possibly use Firefox personally, or maybe they use their product to see where it’s fault lies. I really believe the IE team wants to make a good product, and I don’t think that there’s a lack of capability to do so…

    …but then, we’re still here today, where Internet Explorer’s bookmarks context menu gives me the same options as a file within Windows Explorer, that just seems inconsistent. I’m in INTERNET Explorer, not WINDOWS Explorer. And why do I need like, seven windows spread across seven taskbar buttons when I’m downloading seven things? That’s retarded. Seriously. Why does it take a ****ing epoch for the file to go from “finished downloading” to “you can click ‘Run’ now?” Why does it kill people when they try and open a new tab quickly?

      • Thresher
      • 11 years ago

      IE 7’s biggest problem is that its UI made some major changes without any increase in usability. Change for change’s sake is not a good thing when it brings about no advantage. I find IE 7 to be nearly unusable because of the interface. At work, we use IE6 and it is a serviceable product. It does what it does and I have no issues with it. I prefer Firefox for use at home, but the difference is one of degree, it’s not a wholesale change in user experience, it just brings more to the party.

      IE 7’s interface is a disaster.

        • poulpy
        • 11 years ago

        I couldn’t agree more on the UI issues in IE7..

        Although I think this is a keeper: /[<"we use IE6 and it is a serviceable product"<]/ 🙂 IMO IE6 is a pile of garbage on so many levels it's hard to keep track, it: - has been lacking behind in features since introduction - is a re-definition of the term security hole entirely - disrespects most standards they could think of But to cut to the chase it "mostly" works because -and only because- Web designers have put hours and hours of testing and customisation workarounds when they detect IE6 because it's the default browser of the default desktop OS. Put IE6 in a level field and it would get slaughtered in 5s by any of the other players and disappear from the ecosystem as quick as it came.

      • Meadows
      • 11 years ago

      Cyril is not anti-microsoft, ask him.

    • Tamale
    • 11 years ago

    yah, it’s blazing fast.. but where it really shines is any place with extensive javascript and/or flash.. try google maps, facebook, myspace, youtube, etc etc etc

    the multiple process paradigm is awesome too.. you can see what WEBSITES use all that ram up.. and stop blaming the browser

    • Damage
    • 11 years ago

    Several of you need to read our forum rules again before posting. I keep having to nuke posts.

    Also, you might want to think about being a little less antisocial. Ads pay for our content. No other model we’ve found enables us to do what we do, and we work very hard to avoid pop-ups, pop-unders, sounds, contextual link ads, takeovers, interstitials, adult ads, etc.–all sorts of things that would help pay the bills but would annoy our readers. We also try to keep the site’s performance nice and snappy. And, of course, we try to provide articles that are a cut above the rest. In return, we ask simply that you not block ads.

    I am not going to go down the road of arguing about this again. Replies here will most likely be nuked. Just please consider both the rules and what I’ve said. Thanks.

    • Ethyriel
    • 11 years ago

    Adblock, and Foxmarks too

    I’m amazed at how much faster it loads Pandora Radio, I didn’t expect it to have that much effect on flash speed.

    It’s so fast in general, that I’m almost willing to go back to not using an adblocker. But I haven’t left my trusted circle of websites that aren’t run by assholes with it yet, so I’m sure that would be short lived.

    And while I do love the interface, it does need some things. I know it’s a beta, and this is no indication of features they intend to ship with, but I really would like a download manager. And not having a bookmark manager and history navigation (with tab reclamation) make it really tough to switch.

    • BlackStar
    • 11 years ago

    It’s actually good!

    The interface is clean and maximizes vertical space. It’s quite fast (on par with Opera 9.5). The address bar works better than the ones in Opera 9.5 and Firefox 3!

    What it needs now is mouse gestures, adblock, smooth scrolling and freaking middle-click-is-autoscroll.

    • GokuSS2
    • 11 years ago

    So I installed it on a fresh system with fresh install of FF3 as well.. I am getting the same speed from both browsers?

    • kvndoom
    • 11 years ago

    RICK ROLL

    Cyril you are evil.

      • titan
      • 11 years ago

      I was just about to say that! Lol!

    • Hance
    • 11 years ago

    playing with it now. its fast and i haven’t found a broken page yet. automatic spell check is nice also.

    • not@home
    • 11 years ago

    add an adblocker plugin and it will be perfect.

      • indeego
      • 11 years ago

      Agreed. Been using it all day and I am a convert the day it gets ad blockingg{.}g

    • Fastfreak39
    • 11 years ago

    I second the fact that Chrome is amazingly fast. Its the first thing I noticed. I installed it, hit the TechReport bookmark and then said Wooo! I like it.

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