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Google Chrome

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Chrome is Google's attempt to make the browser disappear and to focus on the applications and pages users are viewing, rather than on the border with its tools. Some of Chrome's basic underpinnings are quite novel, but people will recognize other features as they exist in other, open-source browsers on the market today.

Currently only for Windows, Chrome is blazingly fast and is easily the quickest browser available. Based on Webkit, the same open-source engine that powers Apple Safari and Google's Android mobile platform, Chrome's interface is a drastic departure from other browsers. Instead of the traditional toolbar, Chrome puts its tabs on top. Moreover, the tabs are detachable: "tabs" and "windows" are interchangeable here. Detached tabs can be dragged and dropped into the browser, and tabs can be rearranged at any time. By isolating each tab's processes, when one site crashes, the browser does not.

Within each tab are individual controls, such as forward and back buttons. The search box and the address bar have been fused into a hybrid "Omnibox." The Omnibox includes not only suggestions for URLs culled from your browser's history, it also includes search suggestions from your search engine, and remembers site-specific search engine results. There's also Application Shortcuts, a feature that allows you to create desktop icons for Web-only applications, such as Gmail or Calendar. The stealth mode, Incognito, lets you surf without the history recording cookies.

Chrome lacks plug-ins, and there's the potential for high memory usage given that each tab is its own process. If you're addicted to Web apps and a need for speed, though, Chrome just might be the shine your browsing experience has been looking for.

More than just speed in Chrome:

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  • 4.0 stars

    "a very good browser from google"

    February 20, 2009  |   By briancarr1966

    Version: Google Chrome 0.2.149.30

    Pros

    mostly everything works fine bookmarks, history, etc, very easy to use

    Cons

    browser crashes but soon sorts it self out

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Overrated & hyped."

    February 10, 2009  |   By gvs1566

    Version: Google Chrome 0.2.149.30

    Pros

    Slim to look at. Tabs position looks nice.

    Cons

    It does not have features of Firefox. The biggest problem is, it is not compatible with Roboform. Not fast as claimed.

    Summary

    It's ok, as browsers go. Need lot of improvement.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Just like signing over 60/40 ownership to Google - SLOW"

    January 7, 2009  |   By venn5908

    Version: Google Chrome 0.2.149.30

    Pros

    One of the features that caught my eye that may be useful is the very accurate website browsing history.
    The browser is alot easier and quicker to remove from your system than it is to install..

    Cons

    Everything was good until I decided to allow Google to claim default status as my browser. At that point my system came to a virtual crawl. It was like IE7 de-throned, decided that if I can't be your browser, then nobody will be your browser.

    Summary

    Having Google Chrome as a browser was like hiring a keylogger to trace every move you make. I felt like I had given up the majority stockholder ownership of my computer. Probably the same as any other browser, but they seem way, way more anxious to make you aware that they can show you precisely where you have been and what, when, who, why, and whynot they bird-dog you and record everything you do. This feeling of loss of control of my security along with the way my system reacted when I swapped out default browsers left me no choice but to un-do what I did. I deleted Chrome and in three minutes my system was back to normal. The difference was like night and day. I am going to wait a while before I attemp to upgrade my browser. I generally don't experiment with such new beta releases but curiosity got the best of the cat. My lesson learned is, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Extremely Fast..."

    December 29, 2008  |   By kstenbch

    Version: Google Chrome 0.2.149.30

    Pros

    This stripped down browser is extremely fast even at dial-up speeds.

    Cons

    If the page does not appear in your web history, the browser has trouble navigating and often resulting in a browser error.

    Summary

    Google Chrome is an extremely fast stripped-down browser. It could do with some add-ons such as Google Toolbar, especially since both the toolbar and the browser are from Google. These stripped down browsers often get their speed by allowing users to disable add-ons, images, Java, and the like. The problem is that doing so often blocks users from loading meaningful content.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Super fast!"

    December 28, 2008  |   By z9to5

    Version: Google Chrome 0.2.149.30

    Pros

    Very easy to use goes right to the page

    Cons

    not a thing

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  • 5.0 stars

    "very good and a great experience after using IE"

    December 28, 2008  |   By deepakkher

    Version: Google Chrome 0.2.149.30

    Pros

    pages visited often are displayed

    Cons

    nothing yet

    Summary

    easy to use and very user friendly

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good, not great."

    December 22, 2008  |   By adamjj_48

    Version: Google Chrome 0.2.149.30

    Pros

    Good speed, cool layout.

    Cons

    Not as good as Firefox. Some features not easily accessible. No add-ons.

    Summary

    Again....good, not great, could be better. Hopefully it gets improved, the layout is great.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Fast but inflexible."

    December 21, 2008  |   By magercarlos

    Version: Google Chrome 0.2.149.30

    Pros

    Fast, easy to use

    Cons

    Does not ask whether one wants to open a file (picture, for example) or download it. I want to be able to open pictures upon download and then save some of them to the same file, withouth being repeatedly asked where. Also bookmarking is hard.

    Summary

    Needs to be more flexible and easy to use when downloading and bookmarking.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best Broswer"

    December 21, 2008  |   By jammy95

    Version: Google Chrome 0.2.149.30

    Pros

    Its amazing faster than all other browsers
    Its got a cool clean look
    Its safe
    You know its good because its by a globally recognized company Google.

    Cons

    The only annoying thing is the lack of add ons: Like toolbars, ad blockers, etc ( but these are set to come very soon

    Summary

    This is the browser i would recommend to anyone and everyone. It is clean and safe but most importanlty its fast. Yes is has a few problems with compatibilty to sites and no add ons but this all comes with time and i expect this browser can only get better. I got this browser the day it came out and haven't looked back since. Friends and family are amazed at its speed and so have changed and i hope this comment will make you change to. Hope you will enjoy the new fast browser ( i love it even though i am no computer geek, it just makes my day quicker and easier).
    Enjoy

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It beats Brand M"

    December 20, 2008  |   By Wildbilly Oki

    Version: Google Chrome 0.2.149.30

    Pros

    It is what the world has been waiting for .

    Cons

    I can't think of anything

    Summary

    Easy to use -

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