Worldview Technology First Look
Google recently released its new beta web browser, Chrome. I downloaded it the first day and have been testing it off and on since then. While my usage has not been as intensive as people who get paid to do reviews, here are a few of my thoughts:
Chrome is extremely slim. It basically browses web pages and that’s about it. It’s not trying to be your guide to the internet or anything like all of the things the other browsers are trying to do. Slim is good.
From what I have been able to see so far, it is also much faster than Internet Explorer or Firefox. I have not encountered the media problems other reviewers are having, but so far even the media handling seems faster.
Where is the Google toolbar? Google has addicted me to its amazingly simple toolbar, and those features should be a default part of its browser.
Why can’t I sort the bookmarks? Frankly, I am not a Mac style sorting fan. Let me choose.
What I would change
Give me control over my bookmarks and give me my toolbar and I am sold.
Chrome is not a bad start for Google’s first attempt at a web browser. They are going to have to be nimble, though, if they want to really compete with IE 8 and FF 3.
I give Chrome a First Look rating of Not Quite There Yet But Good (2.5 out of 5).