Google Chrome Pros and Cons
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 57.
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:
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'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.
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
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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: http://www.google.com/chrome;
• 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.
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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.