First hour with Google’s new browser

I’m playing with Google’s new Chrome browser. So far, damn, this is nice.

Pros.

1. Uses less memory. I still need to do some tests on a clean machine, but it looks like it uses dramatically less memory than Firefox or IE8 beta2.
2. Faster. Both on startup and scrolling around. On my tests with Google Reader it’s dramatically faster in places.
3. Simplistic UI. It’s uncluttered. Simple. No links to Google stuff. Great for beginners, but truth be told I love using it too.
4. Larger viewport. I can see more content. Fewer toolbars and taskbars.

Cons.

1. No Firefox extensions. I’ve been playing a lot lately with Greasemonkey and other extensions from Firefox.
2. Unclear compatibility. I’m seeing some reports over on FriendFeed that there’s some Web sites that don’t work with it.

Anyway, it’s being discussed all over the blogosphere right now, so I’m sure there’s a ton of articles about it on TechMeme (I haven’t looked, I just got home from one interview and am headed back out to another one).

But, after first hour? I’m definitely coming back to use it for a second hour. We’ll see if it survives a week. How about for you?

117 thoughts on “First hour with Google’s new browser

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  2. Memory/resource consumption is a big deal for me. My browsers take over my box throughout the day. I haven’t tested Chrome yet, but the first thing I’ll compare is resource consumption.

  3. Memory/resource consumption is a big deal for me. My browsers take over my box throughout the day. I haven’t tested Chrome yet, but the first thing I’ll compare is resource consumption.

  4. Ok, I downloaded it yesterday and I like some of the features. Yes it uses less memory, and the break out tabs (VERY COOL), but I have grown dependent on the Firefox Plugins. No way around this.

  5. Ok, I downloaded it yesterday and I like some of the features. Yes it uses less memory, and the break out tabs (VERY COOL), but I have grown dependent on the Firefox Plugins. No way around this.

  6. Unfortunatelly need it to work with internal as well as external websites. Still needs a loooootttttt of work to be nearly as good as IE

  7. Unfortunatelly need it to work with internal as well as external websites. Still needs a loooootttttt of work to be nearly as good as IE

  8. I finally got done with an installation test and a performance benchmark and a browsing test. I am not really happy the way it performed, however I will give the devil it’s due in saying that for a Beta it does pretty well based on the system. Long story short, here is what I dug up….

    http://verzion7.com/?p=56

  9. I finally got done with an installation test and a performance benchmark and a browsing test. I am not really happy the way it performed, however I will give the devil it’s due in saying that for a Beta it does pretty well based on the system. Long story short, here is what I dug up….

    http://verzion7.com/?p=56

  10. no wonder why the media create so many brainless people.

    the google crap just doesn’t work. which one of google’s do you find works?

  11. no wonder why the media create so many brainless people.

    the google crap just doesn’t work. which one of google’s do you find works?

  12. Thankfully you like it, now I can breathe easy as I know it’s doomed. Crashy, Google Orwellian tracking, spywareish bad software with security holes. Sounds a winner.

    In testing: Slow (Opera and IE8 beta are speed demons in comparison), no FF extensions, feels way way undone, all the open source rotting clunk with zero of the benefits. Reminds me a of mobile browser, trying to play in the big leagues, and not that good at that. Fail.

  13. Thankfully you like it, now I can breathe easy as I know it’s doomed. Crashy, Google Orwellian tracking, spywareish bad software with security holes. Sounds a winner.

    In testing: Slow (Opera and IE8 beta are speed demons in comparison), no FF extensions, feels way way undone, all the open source rotting clunk with zero of the benefits. Reminds me a of mobile browser, trying to play in the big leagues, and not that good at that. Fail.

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