Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Google Chrome - First Impressions

From what I enperienced in the few hours of use, here's my opinion.

What I liked:
  • Installation:
    • Quick download & fast and easy install.
  • Appearance:
    • Maximum space utilization. Who needs the window title bar? Replace that with tabs! Even the status bar appears only when required.
    • Clean and functional interface.
    • The new tab window with bookmarks, search box and frequented sites.
  • Performance:
    • It is fast. May not be very fast, but fast indeed.
    • Does not consume less memory, but releases memory back when tabs are closed.

What I did not like:
  • Plugins:
    • No plugins yet.
    • I definitely need my Ad Blocker!
  • Performance:
    • I probably expected to see it use even lesser memory - 40 MB to display a moderately complex page still seems high.
  • Appearance
    • Bookmark management interface very minimal
    • The history display and search interface could be better.
Overall, I think Chrome is good by Google standards. I'll use it more once I get some of my favorite plugins in it. May be one day I'll consider making it my default browser, but it is not there yet. For now it is Firefox for me.

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