Source: Ryan Sanders / Poc Network
Hey Everyone! Your friend Ryan Sanders here with a tech review!
We are lucky to have our hands on the DEV release (188.8.131.52) of Google Chrome, and the opportunity to really attempt to tear it apart!
Google has really listened to everyone giving this neat application a stress test (in my opinion at least). When this version releases to the general public, everyone will notice some positive changes, including a form autofill + manager that will finally remember some of the information you type into forms online (just like most browsers), so that you don’t have to type it a second time around when you come back.
They have also made various other improvements. One being to the built in spell checker, but a more important improvement would be the click-jacking/phishing protection. Chrome has had a nice protective screen that pops up when it catches a bad cert on a site, or material from a 3rd party that is known for distributing malware. Problem is that it was too sensitive, and sometimes would popup when it shouldn’t, therefore causing unnecessary concern in the user. They seem to have improved that greatly. At times though, I still get it to pop up on certain websites that lead you to other sites (via quick redirection or embedding the site inline), therefore it automatically assumes all websites using that technique are possibly trying something fishy…which obviously is not true, but then again it isn’t easy for a computer application to tell the difference.
It does still have many disadvantages still though. For one, it does lack a lot of features most of the average browsers offer. As of yet they still do not offer plug-ins/extensions, but they have announced that later this year they plan on it…so it’s something to look forward to. One of my (and everyone else here who has had the chance to play with it) greatest concerns (when it comes to simple features that is), is that it doesn’t offer any type of warning when you attempt to close a window that has multiple tabs open. So if you have a window open with 5 websites pulled up, and by instinct you are done with one and proceed to click the big “X”…it immediately closes the window and everything in it. Firefox at least pops a small prompt verifying if you want to close all those tabs at once.
All-in all though, Google Chrome is most definitely a good browser for those looking for something quick and easy. Especially, when this version releases to the public. As long as your not looking for loads of features and menus to play with, and would rather use something that is small, loads incredibly fast, and works with the majority of websites…this is a good browser for you. Outside of that, Firefox still takes the gold in the war between browsers (“FireFox FTW”)
As a side note, I have been looking for a chance to say this…DO NOT download Internet Explorer (IE) 8.0. Well, not yet at least. In my list of reviews and rants about the various browsers, IE 8.0 comes trailing at the very bottom. Do you have IE 7.0? Good! Keep it! You are not missing out on anything at all. Maybe in the future IE 8.0 has a chance to compete against the others, but at the moment it seems to be a very unstable application and at sometimes, just as user-unfriendly.
So! Simple and fast, go with Google Chrome. Anything more, Firefox takes the prize.
I am looking forward to creating a more detailed review pitting of all browsers against each other. Hopefully I can get that our to everyone if time allows.