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Google Chrome

CNET Editors' note: 1/12/08-Updated to v. 1.0.154.43-dolcourtj; 11/25/08 - updated v0.4.154.25 - sethr.

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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

    "Very satisfying"

    March 8, 2009  |   By bernardyn

    Version: Google Chrome 1.0.154.46

    Pros

    Multilingual spelling checker
    Multilingual user interface
    Simple and clear appearance

    Cons

    Less tolerant to sites violating html standards

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Google Should go away! DO NOT USE THIS BROWSER."

    March 8, 2009  |   By jojo10009

    Version: Google Chrome 1.0.154.46

    Pros

    It has a nice interface and Fast, THATS WHERE THE COMMENTS STOP.

    Cons

    Powered by a lame engine, Safari engine. User interface confused me a lot and it lacks many features like ftp uploader and etc.

    Summary

    I have used Google, IE, Firefox and Xtravo Explorer. The best among them is Firefox and Xtravo. Firefox is the best as we all know but Xtravo is totally beyond browsing. Xtravo has to offer many features that browsers lack along with new features like Document Explorer and Image Grabber.

    I would suggest users to use Xtravo (www.jawoco.com) and Firefox (www.mozilla.com) Best Browsers are these rest is Crap.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "good but not so good"

    March 8, 2009  |   By Reepak Kumar Majhi

    Version: Google Chrome 1.0.154.46

    Pros

    like the ignito window

    Cons

    downloading

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best browser ever! 5/5"

    March 7, 2009  |   By essej86

    Version: Google Chrome 1.0.154.46

    Pros

    *Super fast browser.
    *Looks good.
    *The Incognito window is nice.
    *Easy To use.
    *Downloading is OK.
    *Bookmarks are easy to use.
    *No useless plug-ins.
    *NEVER seen a pop-up since i got it.

    Cons

    For new users it might take a while to learn.
    ( Not a big problem tho, easy to use)

    Summary

    Very Good. 5/5 , Download it

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  • 2.0 stars

    "This is odd"

    March 6, 2009  |   By Cnqaus

    Version: Google Chrome 1.0.154.46

    Pros

    The thrill of the ride, I'm a bit wierded out by my short experience with this browser.

    Cons

    ??? Strange, yet curious. Not sure what to make of it. Certainly not blazing fast, just odd.

    Summary

    Appears inflexible, limited.

    Updated on Mar 8, 2009

    On further investigation.....YUCK!! Google should stick to what they do best. No wonder they called it Chrome, looks bright & shiny, but really serves no purpose. Maybe they were chroming when they came up with this half-baked rubbish.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely the best browser I've used!"

    March 5, 2009  |   By x_Encounter_x

    Version: Google Chrome 1.0.154.46

    Pros

    Very visually appealing
    Automatically spell checks
    Bookmarks bar is very easy to use
    Not cluttered with useless plug-ins
    Super Fast browsing
    Simple
    Has never let a pop-up get by

    Cons

    Not quite as customizable as other browsers, but I never mess with that stuff anyways, so personally it's not a con for me.

    Summary

    I've used Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari, and none of them compare with Google Chrome. It's fast, looks great, and doesn't look cluttered like almost every other browser out there. Try it now. If you don't like it at first, give it a day or two. Even though there aren't quite as many customizable options, there are still plenty of options that you can set to your preference. The built in pop-up blocker works flawlessly. Pretty much everything about it is perfect.

    And if your like me and like to visit your favorite websites often, use the bookmarks bar. I know that the other browsers have this feature too, but none look this smooth!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "My favorite browser"

    March 5, 2009  |   By gsharp1993

    Version: Google Chrome 1.0.154.46

    Pros

    Fast, awesome interface, very comprehensive compared to other browsers.

    Cons

    It does crash every once in a while.

    Summary

    I use Chrome as my main browser and only use other browsers (i.e. Internet Explorer) for web page tests. I would recommend it to anyone.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Need For Speed Chrome"

    March 4, 2009  |   By wastedmoment24

    Version: Google Chrome 1.0.154.46

    Pros

    Fast
    Nice Visual Looks
    Enough of all the five million plug ins required to make a good, effective, but slow browser (firefox).
    Nice and simple

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Summary

    If you are looking for a nice fast simple browser to view webpages on well you've found it.
    If you are looking for a web browser which has loads of options and preferences, themes, plug ins etc. then Chrome is not for you, however, once you try it out you will be addicted to its speed.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Impossibly fast"

    March 3, 2009  |   By gameguy245

    Version: Google Chrome 1.0.154.46

    Pros

    *fast browsing- pages load up in 1 second
    *tabs can be moved around and be turned into windows
    *simple, clean, and effective interface
    *crashes don't force me to shut down my entire computer

    Cons

    *No add-on support
    *Most of my programs for internet browsing enhancement don't work here
    *opening up multiple tabs can hog up my memory and processing speed.

    Summary

    Awesome.
    thats the one word I have to say for this. Sure, my add-ons don't work here, but all those were for making browsing faster which I don't need because chrome is fast enough.

    (P.S. OpenDNS + Google Chrome + a wireless N router makes web browsing ridiculously fast!!)

    Updated on Mar 4, 2009

    Wow! it it even loads up faster than Firefox!!!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Fast, But Reliable?"

    March 2, 2009  |   By newblueboy

    Version: Google Chrome 1.0.154.46

    Pros

    Blazing Fast Performance
    Very Simple Look
    Very Good Security

    Cons

    Doesn't run Flash and Java that Great
    Freezes Sometimes

    Summary

    It's a good browser, but, and always with Google, freezes and crashes. I don't trust it, because of Google's History, but It's a good browser. I kind of think that FF is better, but can't be sure

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