Ramblings of an Urban Geek – Tech Enthusiast

An evening with Google Chrome

Well I’m a day late with this post but I happen to spend a good amount of time with Google Chrome after the download was made available Tuesday. What do I think? Well lets first go through my experience (briefly) and I’ll get to that.

Download and installation was pretty standard for me. Chrome installed then asked if I wanted to transfer my settings and bookmarks from Firefox, so I did. Then I booted into Chrome. The first thing I noticed was that my browser history from Firefox was also transferred over, almost as if I was still using Firefox from the minute or 2 before I installed Chrome. There was a home page that shows snapshot images of some of your recently visited webpages. The browser itself looked decent. it has that Google plain look to it, almost like a stripped down version of IE but web pages looked pretty good.

After visiting some of my most used web pages, I went to Youtube and got the familiar “Plugin needed” message. So I clicked on the message to download flash, it installed, I restarted Chrome and still no flash content. I tried it several times then went to see if others were having this problem. At the time I didn’t see anything talking about it so I dug a little broader in my search and found out that the newest beta version of Java was needed. So I downloaded and installed that and all of the embed videos from various websites started working.

Downloading, another problem (bug)

When I went to download Java, I ran into a little problem. Dont know if this is a bug or something wrong with my system but my download would start and a few seconds in, it would hang. I tried several times then I just loaded IE8 and downloaded the version of Java I needed. The same was happening with embedded video. It would buffer, start playing, then after a few seconds it would hang. I never found a solution to that problem and just avoided downloading and streaming for the rest of my Chrome use.

Over all, My experience with Google Chrome was about the same as my experience with Firefox. I used it all day Tuesday and started Wed back with my combination of Firefox and IE8. So Far I think Google Chrome is good enough to make a your full time browser, but not enough new or better features to leave either Firefox or IE8 to use Chrome. Ive had my fill of Chrome, and while I think it was “ok” I probably wont use it much at all.

My Likes

  • The nice clean look
  • The ability to detach tabs into its own window (and re-attach them)
  • The “Incognito” setting (which IE8 already does and Firefox with a extension)
  • Search built into the address bar

My Dislikes

  • In full screen mode, it takes away access to the taskbar (youhave to hit the windows key or minimize Chrome)
  • Lack of options, and a lot of things (like the bookmarks bar) are disabled by default.
  • No extensions (which isn’t a big deal as I only use a few with Firefox).
  • Your browsing history being on the homepage by default (I hate that).
  • Not many, but some major bugs
  • Google is probably logging everything you view or type for whatever nefarious reason (I’ll get to that in a later blog post)

14 comments

  1. I’ve been test-driving Chrome as well, also beside the new IE8 Beta. And I tell you as much as I hate to say it, IE8 is probably better. It’s faster, it leaves a smaller footprint, it takes up less memory. I found Chrome to be somewhere between IE8 and Firefox.

    I think Chrome has some promise, but for now I’m sticking with my Firefox. I live by the extensions I use in Firefox, and until/unless they add some new functionality, I’m sticking with Firefox.

    The one benefit I see is some of the innovations will force Firefox/IE to get better. After all IE is much better because of all of the innovative work that came before with Firefox.

  2. Something else worth noting with Chrome is that there isn’t a tool bar to show Google Page Rank. One would think Google would include this with their browser since so many developers and users use this data. A few bloggers mentioned that this could be something Google adds later.

  3. What I like is that all tabs have there own memory and will be cleared and reused. I often found that to be a problem with firefox (v2) that got really slow after opening too many tabs. I agree that the problem has greatly improved in V3

  4. I thought the speed was amazing, but I felt like many things were missing that SHOULD NOT have been missing. I too am sticking with Firefox for now. I use too many add-ons, and will try Chrome again when the offer the like!
    -Jolene

  5. It wont be long before Google fixes all the bugs in Google Chrome and when that happens, I believe a majority of web surfers are going to be using Chrome a lot.
    Think about the poor web developers and testers who will now need to test their web app against not just 2 key browsers but 3 browsers.
    The best thing about Chrome is the nice clean look. Somehow it’s soothing to the eyes.

  6. I just love it ….. well i don’t have any doubt about your articles… your posts are awesome… Honestly you are simply the best.Thanks for sharing this in yo ur post with us.

  7. I’ve downloaded it, it’s good and fast and nice designed.

    Unfortunately It’s not as good as Firefox with his many plugins and add-on. Thanks for the review

  8. I really liked Chrome. I found it to be fast and I loved the sleek simplified design. Google UI specialists always know that less is more. LOVED the address bar/ omnibox. I think IE actually lets you do that as well but they never advertised it. But it will be awhile before I switch over as I love me the FF plugins. Chrome doesn’t even offer the Google toolbar…

  9. I wonder why Google stores absolutely everything too. Guess I’ll have to wait till you post your opinion on that I haven’t jumped on the Chrome bandwagon yet…and after this post I’m not regretting my decision! I like the look of it but I’m never very good at figuring out problems, so I’ll be sticking to FireFox for now. Thanks for the informative post.

  10. My Dislikes.
    no seo tools (or atleast i didnt notice you can install them)

    if so.. tell me!

  11. I have been disapointed with Google Chrome too. Way to many bugs, I uninstalled it after a day. I have read a lot of people did the same. True the product is still in Beta so let’s not judge too quick but it does seem Google let out a half baked product. They are probably kicking themselves now.

  12. I’ve try it, it’s good and fast and nice designed. but i still use firefox with many add-ons.
    http://170869.com

  13. No I don’t agree that it is good looking. It has neither the good looks of firefox nor that of IE. It has the look of the the beta version and other features are also pretty beta-like. I am still using both firefox and IE for smooth browsing.

  14. I really like very much Google store every thing.I’ve been test-driving Chrome as well, also beside the new IE8 Beta. And I tell you as much as I hate to say it, IE8 is probably better.It helped me a lot

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