My initial exposure to Chrome was curiosity driven, I installed it to just ‘check it out’ like most people and my first impression was ‘nice… But I can’t use this, it doesn’t support all of the Firefox plugins that I need’.
First impressions last, and it’s true that Chrome doesn’t offer all the bells and whistles that Firefox does in the form of plugin support for just about anything and everything… But what Chrome does offer you instead, is stream lined speed and efficiency without any “bolt-ons” to hold it back.
I don’t have access to Firefox extensions all the time any more but If I do need something extra like Firebug then I simply fire up Firefox and no one gets hurt. I don’t think it has to be a case of either Firefox or Chrome and if Google does introduce plugins and customization for Chrome, to try and make it more like Firefox, then it may well lose it’s appealing speed and efficiency – The very characteristics that differentiate Chrome and stop me from chucking it on the ‘just another browser’ pile. So, Google have carved themselves an interesting niche on this one. For efficient every day browsing, I find Chrome hard to beat.
What I like most about Chrome:
- Superb startup time
- Minimalist design (in that simple and beautiful Google way)
- "Ctrl+B" hides/shows the bookmark bar
- Full screen support has been introduced in Chrome 2.0 (F11)
- Removable tabs are an awesome feature (especially with dual monitors)
- New tabs offer you “Most visited”, “Recent bookmarks” and “Recently closed tabs”
- Search directly from the address bar
- Linux and Mac flavours are now available (Chromium)
- Efficiency - it’s just so quick and easy to get to where you want to go
I don't know how significant an impact Chrome is going to have on the browser market, but it’s superbly efficient and I like it. Give it a try – you might find it a pleasantly relaxing browsing experience.