If you haven’t heard, Google’s finally decided to release their in-development browser, the Google Chrome earlier today, and I’ve been trying it out for a while now.
I am pretty impressed with the results. Chrome didn’t even crash or waver even one bit while I opened up ALL my imported bookmarks from Firefox (roughly 70+) while another window of Chrome was loading the Miku Medley on Nicovideo and another window was loading Youtube while my Firefox was loading another 3 videos + FLOW online. The Miku video even continued playing without skipping. That is some seriously good memory management.
Of course, this doesn’t come cheap, as you can see from the screen I posted below. Nearly 660MB taken up there by Chrome alone, heh. Well, granted it actually was stable since my other programs also still ran (foobar, uTorrent, IRC, etc) so I guess some credit has to go to Vista’s new memory management too.
Also, Chrome still needs some good plugins for it. I wish someone will port Tabmixplus, NoScript, Flashgot and Autocopy for Chrome. Those are my four most used Firefox extensions there. Man I really need mouse-hover tab selection for the sheer ergonomy of the feature.
Chrome also doesn’t scroll as smooth as Firefox does in terms of using the mouse scroll, since it kinda… jumps up and down so it gets a bit annoying. I would prefer it to smooth-scroll line by line down the page instead of scrolling by sections. That’s one little thing I hope the programmers will look in to and fix for the next release.
On the bright side, aside from the sheer rock-solid stability of it, there’s a ton of neat features in Chrome such as:
- Download bar only shows up in the same window you started the download with.
- History searching is VERY VERY powerful, since is also searches through the page contents as well.
- The Chrome Task Manager works as advertised, and heck, Chrome even comes with an “about:memory” page for detailed stats too. Very nice touch.
- You can even drag tabs from Firefox windows in to Chrome, but the other way round doesn’t seem to quite work.
PornIncognito mode is pretty awesome too.
- That new V8 JS engine sure is fast. Gmail loaded about a second faster on Chrome than on Firefox. Mixed results with Y! Mail though.
- The search page feature is awesome. It even has counter for the number of instances the search term occurs in the page!
Overall, quite a polished release from Google, although I will admit that Chrome still needs some touch-ups especially for the memory-conscious group of users, as well as a fix for the scroll behavior too. Definitely worth trying out otherwise though, since it’s pretty fast, stable and fully functional as a browser.