Google’s Chrome is great, but…


If you’re looking for more than the typical “Chrome is great” response to Google’s new browser, here are some of the ones I’ve come across that I think make good points and/or go into some depth. For whatever it’s worth, I think it’s pretty good — and it seems pretty damn fast as well. Will I make it my default? Not just yet.

Walt Mossberg has a review of Chrome up at All Things D and seems to like it, but isn’t blown away (his speed tests don’t jibe with mine though, and CNET says Chrome beats every other browser).

SEO 2.0 thinks that a Google browser could actually be a bad thing, for a number of reasons (some of them good).

— Jack Schofield at The Guardian notes that almost all of Chrome’s features (and even its name) are already available in other browsers, and in some cases have been for years.

Matt Cutts, the Google blogger, has an excellent post up in which he responds to some of the criticisms (Google’s going to track me! Google’s going to know everything!) and questions about Chrome.

— Eric at Internet Duct Tape says he likes Chrome a lot, and it really is fast, but it’s missing some crucial things (ad blocker, etc.).

Wired has a great in-depth look at the Chrome project.

Comments (8)

  1. Rahsheen wrote::

    Thanks for the round-up, Mathew. I'm too busy playing with this thing to find news about it :)

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 9:37 pm #
  2. antje wrote::

    I actually use IE7 a lot because I'm an aesthetic junkie and sites simply look nicer on IE7. However, it crashes a lot and thus I usually have FF open at the same time.

    Two things on FF though that are a godsend: firebug and adblocker. Will never give up FF for those 2 reasons alone.

    Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at 1:21 pm #
  3. movie buff wrote::

    i've been using Chrome for about a day now and it seems to be a lot faster than FireFox or IE… though i do miss the “recently closed tabs” feature in Firefox

    Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 10:39 am #
  4. mathewi wrote::

    That's funny — I was just thinking the same thing myself earlier
    today. That and my Shareaholic plugin.

    Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 11:39 am #
  5. jasonkolb wrote::

    Yeah, but these comments all miss the main point… it's a rock-solid browser for running Web apps. If you haven't run into IE and FireFox's limitations in the scalability area you don't use Web apps as much as I do. I don't care if somebody could make FireFox look exactly like Chrome, what they've done under the hood is reason enough to switch, for me at least.

    Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm #
  6. mathewi wrote::

    Totally agree, Jason.

    Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 3:18 pm #
  7. Catto wrote::

    Hey Now Mathew,

    Here is my post on Chrome


    Monday, October 20, 2008 at 6:51 am #
  8. Catto wrote::

    Hey Now Mathew,

    Here is my post on Chrome


    Monday, October 20, 2008 at 10:51 am #

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