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  • 2.0 stars

    "It's okay browser"

    April 11, 2013  |   By iMercy

    Version: Google Chrome 26.0.1410.65

    Pros

    It is fast. But that's not a plus point of this browser as there are other browsers available which are equally fast, Safari, iCab and Sleipnir and others. People overtly brag about its speed. Chrome does not even stand close to iCab and Sleipnir when it comes to features.

    Cons

    As everybody knows it logs users matrices. It also intrudes in Safari''s settings. When I installed it and ran for the first time i noticed it collected all Safari's history even though I had turned off import Browser history. It shows its bookmarks in Safari's Bookmarks Collection. Chrome should mind its own business.

    All versions 25 and 26 of Chrome show beach balls for sometime. Its a big memory hog when multiple tabs are open.

    Summary

    Have not found anything interesting about this browser.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best browser I've used"

    March 14, 2013  |   By onetwothreefourfivesix789

    Version: Google Chrome 25.0.1364.172

    Pros

    Fastest browser on Mac OS X
    Lots of free games and apps

    Cons

    Well there must be something

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Ok, except for confusing histoy listing"

    March 2, 2013  |   By cpiersee

    Version: Google Chrome 25.0.1364.152

    Pros

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    Cons

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  • 1.0 stars

    "At What Price Performance"

    February 24, 2013  |   By man_en_noir

    Version: Google Chrome 25.0.1364.99

    Pros

    Though hardly heads above the other major players, Chrome is a solid, stable platform that performs well. On a par with anything else out there at this time.

    Cons

    Privacy. Or rather, lack thereof. Chrome is already infamous for following and logging practically your every key stroke, and using that information for its own benefit. The one brief paragraph on this subject, all but lost in the above review, is shameful considering how much Chrome uses your data beyond any other browser. This is a significant downside to Chrome, and deserved much more attention.

    Summary

    Chrome's so called privacy settings are a joke. No other browser follows and stores so much of what you do for the benefit of Google. What privacy settings there are barely limit the amount of information Google collects about everything you do and everywhere you go.

    If you are okay with your entire life being an open book to Google, and with having no idea what Google will do with that information, by all means use it. It's a solid browser except for this one fatal flaw.

    But if you are at all concerned about more and more of your life being mined by huge corporations who answer to no one, you would be insane to use this product.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "I love it except the gobs of memory it uses on MACs"

    February 23, 2013  |   By ppsm

    Version: Google Chrome 25.0.1364.99

    Pros

    All the wonderful things about Chrome especially syncing across all my computers both PC and MAC. The multiple tabs and ability to check tabs opened on my other devices. Plays well with iPad and iPhone (those versions). It is too bad Google+ decided to steal all my pictures. It was a no brainer to use Google+ with Chrome but once they started just lifting my pictures without my permission bad google bad.

    Cons

    It eats gobs and gobs and gobs and gobs of memory. I had to add more RAM to run it. Now running 8Gig. And now it spins like a top.

    Summary

    This browser will frustrate MAC users who are running only 4Gig of RAM. It was worth it for me to upgrade to 8gig because I want to sync all my computers and tablets with Chrome on my MAC. I notice Firefox is lifting some things from Chrome now where the blank tab in Firefox now shows pages frequently visited. Ha! Every time I open Firefox is wants to add 15 things. Too much work. Chrome is effortless.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Is this the same browser? It's horrible!"

    February 20, 2013  |   By stevencee

    Version: Google Chrome 24.0.1312.57

    Pros

    None, it's a pain from the first time it opens.

    Cons

    1. Uses WAY too much RAM, with dozens of "Google Renderer" listings, adding up to over FOUR OR MORE GIGS OF RAM!
    2. Keeps having all my keychain permission windows popping up, like a Sorcerer's Apprentice nightmare! And even when I allow it, it won't log me in to various sites!
    3. It eventually just stops functioning, I click, nothing happens, try to open tabs, nothing happens, & it keeps telling me it can't open it due to "timing out".
    4. A royal mess all around. I try it every six months or so, after updating it to newer versions, and just never improves...

    Summary

    Don't know how in the world CNET calls this crappy browser "Spectacular", of course CNET also says the same about the new iTunes 11, which has met with pretty universal dissatisfaction from Apple users. This browser has always been a major frustration & waste of time....

    Updated on Feb 20, 2013

    Didn't see anywhere it asked, but this is for the most recent version, 24.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The quickest browser"

    December 10, 2012  |   By merindakrow

    Version: Google Chrome 23.0.1271.95

    Pros

    Very fast browser with lots of useful options.

    Cons

    It doesn't ask me where to save the file before download.

    Summary

    In general I like this browser and it's number one for me.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Chrome is great! But..."

    December 8, 2012  |   By Kascaden

    Version: Google Chrome 23.0.1271.95

    Pros

    It really is Incredibly fast
    Pretty darn Stable - Pages will crash now and then, but for the most part very good.
    Flash Built in which is always a bonus
    Add-ons

    Cons

    Each tab is a separate instance of Chrome.
    Uses up a huge amount of memory - especially if you leave a tab open.

    Summary

    It's a great system - and I like the fact that it's almost crash proof - but what that means, and what general users don't understand is that everything is a separate process. This means that while being almost crash proof (as a browser as a whole) It's incredibly RAM hungry!

    It uses something like half of the ram I have available in an older MacBook Pro (4GB!)

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Very Good with one MASSIVE flaw..."

    December 5, 2012  |   By Jac151

    Version: Google Chrome 23.0.1271.95

    Pros

    Fast (Chrome and Safari 6 run neck and neck)
    Stable
    Productive
    Built-In Flash

    Cons

    Forces AMD Discrete Graphics in 2011 MacBook Pros

    Summary

    Google Chrome is a very refined browser, though I prefer Safari (just personal preference), but it has one MAJOR flaw that keeps me from ever using it...
    Google Chrome forces my MacBook Pro's Discrete AMD Graphics which cuts my battery life by 40%-60% and causes overall system heating. I have read many posts (on Apple Discussions, MacRumors, and Google Discussions) on the issue, although I'm surprised more people don't complain about it. On any site that uses advanced graphics, Chrome forces hardware acceleration which kills battery life. Even cnet.com activates AMD with Chrome. . . really? I don't know if this issue affects 2012 Macs, but it is a serious issue for notebook users. Safari and FireFox do not do this.

    You can check what your system is using by clicking the Apple>About This Mac>More Information. It should say Intel instead of AMD (Or Nvidia for new/pre 2011 Macs) unless you are using an intensive program like iPhoto or iMovie.

    This is an unacceptable flaw that renders Chrome useless.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Was very disappointed!"

    October 23, 2012  |   By Kanaiogirl

    Version: Google Chrome 22.0.1229.94

    Pros

    None at this time

    Cons

    None at this time

    Summary

    Was very disappointed alot of things didn't work properly, but jus to be sure gonna try it again. Then I'll rate it.

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