Google Chrome: The review

Google has a new browser called Chrome, and I thought I should review it. (since it’s spreading like wildfire)

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(notice I use Windows Classic, so on Aero, it would have the Aero frame)

The UI is dead simple, and somewhat similar to IE7. A clean blue is the predominate colour in Chrome. (you can change it here or here)

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It passes Acid2.

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It has the I’m feeling lucky, Google (or the search engine of your choice) Search, Search this site, and more in the Omnibox.

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The task manager in Chrome lets you kill threads, such as Chrome itself, tabs, and plug-ins.

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Incognito mode, with the little sheriff, is akin to InPrivate in IE, and private browsing in Safari. (it lets you browse without the history and cache)

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A maximized window.

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The inspector came straight outta’ Safari.

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The options dialog.

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Even though it’s a Google browser, you don’t have use Google Search (already mentioned,  but this is image proof)

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The find dialog to the top right.

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The minimalist status bubble in the right is a fading, compact status bar to the bottom left.

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Google Gears websites get Prism like windows which are spawn from shortcuts generated from this dialog.

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The download dialog. History gets a similar one to. You can also access bookmarks from Ctrl+B. (not shown)

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Dragging tabs out and in tabs.

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Webapps running from the new shortcut dialog.

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Chrome on Aero. (also shown is incognito on Aero)

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And finally, the about dialog.

But, the question is, should you use it?

If you’re sick of IE, Firefox, Opera, Safari, and other browsers, try it. You might like it.

4 out of 5 Stars. (****)

NOTE: If you have any problems, please check Matt’s comment.

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2 Responses to Google Chrome: The review

  1. Matt says:

    Before trying it out, you may want to see the growing list of Google Chrome issues.

  2. thealphanerd says:

    @Matt: Good idea. But I’m experiencing none.

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