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Google Chrome Pros and Cons

Updated on April 21, 2017
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Google Chrome Internet Browser

Internet browsers, in today's world of high-speed internet, have become a necessity. Over the past few years, many web browsers have been introduced and they have improved in their functionality and performance.

In terms of web browser usage, Microsoft's Internet Explorer which used to be the most popular has now been overtaken by Google Chrome and now stands in second place, followed by Mozilla FireFox which had drawn the attention of savvy internet users because of its versatility and amazing add-ons.

There are other internet browsers like Safari and Opera that have earned a place in the top 5. However, Google Chrome, which was initially introduced in September 2008, has quickly risen among the top 3 most popular internet browsers and has now become the internet browser of choice.

This web page is dedicated to internet users who are interested in learning more about Google Chrome and seeing how it compares to the other top 5 web browsers. The latest stable release version is Google Chrome 58.

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My Experience with Internet Browsers

Internet Explorer, FireFox and Google Chrome

Before, I talk about features, pros and cons, and other aspects of Google Chrome, let me briefly share my experience with internet browsers. I've used the internet for almost two decades now and the web browser that I've used the most is Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE).

A few years ago I decided to take FireFox on a test drive and boy was I impressed by its functionality, performance and the array of add-ons. I continued using both, Internet Explorer and FireFox, but found FireFox to be much better compared to IE.

I've been doing a fair bit of blogging and writing Squidoo web pages over the past few years and FireFox became my browser of choice mainly because of its speed. Also, there were a few add-ons which made my life easier in my online world. However, over the past couple of years, I noticed FireFox becoming sluggish and tried various under-the-hood changes to enhance its performance. Initially, it seemed to work, but soon would keep returning to its sluggish state.

In the meantime, I had heard about Google Chrome and initially was skeptical about trying it mainly because I didn't want to be using so many internet browsers. But FireFox was beginning to slow me down, so I decided to give it a try. I have to admit that I'm very impressed with its performance so far and mainly its speed. There are many other features that I like about this browser which I will highlight in the next section.

Review of Google Chrome Features

Pros and Cons of Google Chrome Browser

I'll take a slightly different approach here rather than just giving you a list of pros and cons. Instead, I'll cover some key topics and discuss how Chrome compares in those areas in a little more detail:

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Google Chrome's Simplicity

I don't know about you, but I like a lot of browsing space rather than a cluttered-looking browser. This is one of the other reasons I like Google Chrome. You probably won't even notice it's there because all you see is the website you're browsing.

One drawback of this browser's simplicity is that new internet users who have used Internet Explorer (for example) may need some time to get used to not seeing menus and icons up at the top of the browser. I personally prefer it that way, though.

Google Chrome's Speed

One of the main reasons, I decided to try Google Chrome is its speed. Before I started using it as my browser, I read reviews on it from people using it. Based on actual tests done to measure the speed of Google's browser, it comes out a winner over Internet Explorer and FireFox.

I've tried loading same websites on both Google Chrome and FireFox, and in most cases, there was not too much of a noticeable difference in loading times. In fact, in some cases, FireFox loaded some of the websites a little faster.

However, in one area I found Chrome much better in terms of overall performance. I write Squidoo lenses (web pages, just like this one) and I find that as I edit, save and publish these lenses, the speed is much better in Chrome as opposed to FireFox. Also, when I'm browsing through Squidoo lenses, I find Chrome is superior to FireFox.

Google Chrome Add-on / Extensions
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Google Chrome's Add-ons & Extensions

When Chrome was first introduced one of the main drawbacks (at least for FireFox lovers) was the absence of add-ons and extensions that provide flexibility to the users as FireFox does. However, in January 2010, Google changed that and introduced an extension gallery with over 1,500 extensions.

Today that extension gallery has grown to over 11,500 extensions. Though it has come a long way in this area, it's not comparable to the add-ons that are available in FireFox. Part of the extension gallery are also themes that allow Chrome users to change the appearance of the browser.

Google Chrome's Tab Browsing

This feature is not new to browsers, but what I like about Google Chrome tab browsing is its flexibility. You can easily create new tabs, move them around and open them in an entirely new window. The "New Tab" feature allows you to check which tabs you recently visited. This feature is useful if you accidentally close a tab.

But more importantly, Chrome architecture doesn't cause the entire browser to crash if one of the websites (on a different tab) crashes. The reason behind this that each tab is run independently thereby not impacting the performance of the other tabs. This feature however, may end up consuming more of your computer's memory.

Exploring Google Chrome Features
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Google Chrome's Other Key Features

Incognito mode opens up a new window and allows private browsing which does not leave any trace (cookies, tracking, history, etc.) on your computer as it operates as a separate, independent window. A Task Manager allows tracking of process management within the browser so as to track memory usage and option to terminate a specific website or plug-in.

A couple of other cool features - its Omnibox serves as both, an address bar as well as a keyword search box. Google Chrome also comes with a built-in translation application which helps translate websites in over 50 languages.

Complete Guide to Google Chrome - Google Internet Browser & Operating System

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Google Chrome and Chrome OS
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Google Chrome and Chrome OS

The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Google Chrome OS presents readers with a clear overview of Google's free operating system, targeting users of netbook computers and allowing them to work primarily on the web, including how to send e-mail, work with pictures, save and manage files, use common office applications as well as more specialized programs, and deal with problems.


How to Install Google Chrome? Step-by-Step Instructions to download Google Chrome

Below is a short video that walks you through the Google Chrome installation process. You can also follow the written instructions below:

• Go to:;

• Choose the browser language;

• Click the "Download Google Chrome" button;

• Understand the Terms of Service and click "Accept and Install";

• Choose the search engine option.

Once Google Chrome has been installed a browser window will open up and you're all set to go.

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Benefits of Using Multiple Web Browsers

For most part during the past two decades since I've been using the internet, I've mainly used just one internet browser. However, over the past couple of years, I added FireFox as a secondary web browser which soon became my browser of choice. Though, over the past few months, I've included a third browser, Google Chrome, to my internet browsing arsenal. Using multiple internet browsers makes sense for many reasons which I will highlight below:

Internet Security: given that the internet has become a prime target for scammers, hackers and the like, it's important to use secure browsers. You may decide to use one browser over the other for security reasons like online banking for example. I generally stick with one web browser for online banking and online stock market trading, and use another browser when accessing websites that I'm not too familiar with.

Functionality: given that FireFox comes with thousands of versatile add-ons that enhance one's internet experience which may not be available on other browsers, you may choose to use FireFox specifically for those purposes. Bear in mind that loading your browser with too many add-ons will impact its performance.

Speed: if it's just normal browsing of websites that require you to load web pages really fast, then maybe using Google Chrome is the one you should use. I do a considerable amount of blogging and writing of Squidoo web pages and it is the best browser in terms of speed when updating and loading web pages.

Using different browsers for different purposes is a personal choice and will depend on what you do. But in my experience, using multiple browsers has definitely enhanced my internet browsing experience.

Note: Beware that installing and running multiple browsers does take up memory so depending on how fast your computer is and how much Random Access Memory (RAM) you have, will impact the performance of your browsing experience.

Do You Use Multiple Internet Browsers?

Yep, absolutely and here's why!

Yep, absolutely and here's why!

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    • Anthony Godinho 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi @InDev, I agree on all counts. Like you, I also use both, Firefox and Google Chome. Mozilla has made some good improvements in the two browser updates in 2015 (i.e. FF35 and FF36). I've never used Opera, may be I should give it a try. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave your feedback...cheers!

    • InDev 2 years ago

      I switch from Chrome to Firefox and vice versa every now and then because Firefox has some compatibility problems with Flash sometimes and I like to see those sweet 60fps videos running on html5. However, Chrome slows down quite easily and Firefox is overall the fastest. I recently tried Opera and I was impressed by how far they've come in the last three years only.

    • Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Sometimes, but usually when I'm testing a web page set up to see how it looks.

    • Alrady 3 years ago

      yes I use mutliple browsers.. chrome for many things..mainly the extensions i love like "blog this. " FireFox works well for almost everything and has my pin It tool and most of my other social media toolbars. I keep Explorer on for in case there is problem with either of the other two browsers.

    • SLHamilton LM 4 years ago

      As a webmaster.. I use all of the top 3 browsers to make sure website features are displaying properly in each one. When just browsing online.. I tend to use IE or Firefox.. just because I don't like Google's strategy.. in their quest to rule the world.

    Nope, one is enough and here's why!

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      • Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

        Not really. My husband has though.

      • jimconrad2 4 years ago

        It's scary to realize how much Google is a part of my life. When I deleted my Google account out of frustration over something else, it was tough getting it back.

      • Zorkonion 4 years ago

        Just using Chrome myself

      • timshyu63 4 years ago

        I love chrome

      • Jillynn 4 years ago

        I use Chrome rather than the others. My experience with Firefox has not been satisfactory.

      Share your experience with Google Chrome

      As for me, I continue using mainly FireFox and Google Chrome. Very rarely I use Internet Explorer to see how a particular website looks on it. Though, FireFox still remains my favourite.

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          Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

          This is a topic I am still up in the air over and appreciate all the info I can get. Have to share this with my husband and see what he thinks. We're undecided what to do yet.

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          SavioC 3 years ago

          Being using Google Chrome by default from my new laptop , its my daughter who explained to me some features of it. Your lens is an excellent piece of info that can come very handy. Thank You for sharing.

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          seodress 3 years ago

          Great article.

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          WinWriter 3 years ago

          I appreciate your well written article and it is very timely for me. Just yesterday, I received an email from a relative asking me to check out Google Chrome. I'm currently using FireFox. Thank you for explaining the features to us.

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          Gardener Don 4 years ago

          I'm a real Chrome fan, but I see my wife still fires p Firefox every time she's on my laptop

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          John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

          I have been using Firefox for sometime now but after reading this I am thinking of looking at Chrome

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          RetireAt57 4 years ago

          I finally switched from foxfire to chrome.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Most of the time I really like Chrome but there are some quirks that make me a little nuts. On the balance it is so superior to anything IE I'll put up with the quirks. Excellent lens!

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          Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

          Unfortunately, I feel 'forced' to use Chrome because Chrome IS Google. In fact, accessing now from IE is often problematic. Google has a business relationship with Firefox, so that's still a cool one (with lots of tools). One thing about Chrome is that when you use it without the SSL mode, it thinks it can read your mind. I appreciated your article. Liked!

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          olmpal 4 years ago

          Thanks for sharing your experience! I use Chrome for a year now. Before it and sometimes now, IE.

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          Awab-Ahmad 4 years ago

          Your lens is Great. Google Chrome is best browser which i am using especially Google Chrome 2013 which is latest and fast in use.

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          cmadden 4 years ago

          I haven't yet tried Chrome, but find Firefox to be pretty good. I end up with Safari because I'm accustomed to it.

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          RandySturridge 4 years ago

          Chrome is my first choice...then firefox. I am always looking for new versions of all major browsers and have no problem switching one for the other if I can benefit

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          WBJanitorial LM 4 years ago

          I'm partial to Internet Explorer. Firefox does have some good plugins that check for page rank and a few other hands features. Chrome is a good browser but probably the least used by me.

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          Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          @dianehawkins: I've rarely experienced crashes with Chrome, but then again I use it exclusively for Squidoo and don't use too many extension nor have too many tabs open simultaneously. It's a good idea to clear your cache on a regular basis and check the compatibility of extensions. Sometimes it could be a particular website or third-party software.

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          dianehawkins 4 years ago

          I love using google chrome because I can customize it and it has a lot of extensions to choose from but sometimes I hate it because it always crashed.

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          Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          Becaue I am so used to Internet Explorer, I keep downloading chrome and getting out of if. Maybe I should just persevere.

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          Takkhis 4 years ago

          Thanks for sharing Pros and Cons of Google Chrome

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          Gr8fulGirl 4 years ago

          Thanks for sharing your knowledge! I'm definitely not tech savvy, and haven't even tried google chrome yet......but will now!

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          Ahdilarum 4 years ago

          Great I sight about chrome and it's both sides of performance..

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          Pastor Cher 4 years ago from United States

          I have this on my desk top, but haven't used Google Chrome yet. Waiting for some time to work with it before I use it.

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          Diva2Mom 4 years ago

          Excellent lens, with a lot of very informative and valuable information! I used to be "tech-savvy" as my BS Degree is in Networking...but after being a mom of 7, I am so behind in what's the latest in today's technology. BTW, have they invented a computerized diaper-changer yet? hahaha! Just in case I am that very behind and just didn't happen to know, that's all, lol! So, I always admire people who know so much about computers, internet, anything about today's latest/new technology as they're all parts of our lives nowadays. We communicate and do everything mostly on computers...we earn money on Squidoo, simply by the use of a mouse and computer, and saying hello to the monitor every time :)...and to be able to use the MOST effective internet browser there is available, helps tremendously in getting our job done in the most efficient hey, two thumbs up, my friend, for sharing your abundance knowledge and great review on internet browsers. Truly appreciate it! God bless you, my dear friend!

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          mattyrobinson 4 years ago

          For me, it's neck and neck between FF and Chrome. I'm amazed that so many people use Internet Explorer still though.

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          Deadicated LM 4 years ago

          Cool Lens! I love Chrome and find myself using it the most.

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          nickybutler 4 years ago

          Thanks for a very informative browser... I shall be sticking with Firefox!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Stopping by to sprinkle a little angel dust over your excellent information here, you sure can teach, must be a teaching motive gift in there somewhere!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I tried Firefox several years ago and it gave me lots of trouble and I quit - maybe I should look at it again.

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          Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          @anonymous: Hi Karan, I'm assuming you mean "How do you close tabs in Google Chrome?". Well, if you hover your mouse on an open tab, you will see a red "x" to the right of the tab, you can just click on the "x" and it will close. Alternatively, you can right click on the tab, and choose the "Close Tab" option. Hope this helps.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @daedrea lm: Plase tell me how to DELETE individual e-mails - I keep trying chrome and going back to explorer because the tabs are so easy to use, please, WHERE is the delete tab?

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          Jillynn 4 years ago

          Chrome is my browser of choice. I love all of the features and have been largely unimpressed with IE and Firefox.

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          Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

          Your opinion of browsers is very similar to mine. I generally work in 2 open browsers Firefox and Chrome. I love Firefox's speed and ease of use. Chrome pulls into second place as a favorite. IE drives me bonkers and safari is pretty much the same. I am so glad that I installed Firefox and Chrome on my computer. They make working on the Internet so much easier and less frustrating.

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          Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

          Firefox was my favorite for some time but it crashes too often and I think I like Chrome better at the moment. We'll see, what future brings:)

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          jolou 5 years ago

          I love Chrome. I used Firefox for a few years but had the same problem you did, it became too slow. It was easy to transfer all my bookmarks too. Am very happy with Chrome now.

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          russiangifts 5 years ago from USA

          Google Chrome is very advanced from other browsers. As a matter of fact, a bit too advanced for me :-), but I am learning it.

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          Michey LM 5 years ago

          On my system I have faster loads with Chrome.

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          addpeople 5 years ago

          Always up for trying different browsers, thanks for the information!

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          miaponzo 5 years ago

          I love Firefox the best.. it gives me the least problems :) Blessed!

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          girlfriendfactory 5 years ago

          As I said before, FF is still my favorite, but I am doing more and more on Chrome just due to how my tabs are set up on each of the browsers, but my sensitive work remains on FF (I still have somewhat of a distrust overall for giving over all of my details to the big G, though I don't know why since I've used gmail as my primary email for what seems like forever).

          Another wonderful lens deserving of a Flyby Winging which can be found at Have Wings Will Bless More! They may call me an aimless wanderer, but not all who wander are aimless and at least I wander with a good browser! ~Ren

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          daedrea lm 5 years ago

          Great info here. I love Chrome so much that when I started using it, I pretty much abandoned Internet Explorer. Plus with my Mac, I don't have to deal with I.E. and am lucky that Google Chrome works on Apple. :)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Very insightful articles, enjoyed learning about the Chrome system that I'm currently using. *blessed*

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          uneasywriter lm 5 years ago

          Very good information. I am sold on Firefox, but after reading this, I will give Google Chrome a try.

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          awakeningwellness 5 years ago

          I have been thinking of trying Google chrome since Firefox is getting so slow lately, thanks for all the info!

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          jeremykim2011 5 years ago

          I love Google Chrome. Among the most popular browsers, by far this is the best. But I think Firefox's edge is its add-ons.

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          Julia Morais 5 years ago

          I like Google Chrome, and it's definitely faster than other browsers. This lens helped me compare the browsers better. Thanks!

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          sousababy 5 years ago

          So far, Google Chrome has been great (but I'm not really computer-savvy at all).

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          Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          @anonymous: You're welcome and thanks, Collette! From using Google Chrome, I've found that it is great for Squidoo. I mostly use Firefox and Chrome.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Well you know that I always listen to your suggestions, because you have the patience of a saint. I always appreciate your help Anthony

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          Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          @kathysart: I'm pretty positive you'll like Google Chrome. I love it especially for Squidoo purposes. Thanks for the squid angel dust! :)

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          Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          @DecoratingEvents: Yes, Chrome is has gained solid ground over IE and Firefox in the past few months and I think it will continue its rise. Thanks for the blessing!

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