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Why Google Chrome is my default browser

google chrome logoI was reluctant to switch from Firefox, which has been my browser of choice for a long time. But Firefox is often very slow to load — sometimes I would get tired of waiting and after a while open up Chrome, and it would still open first — and Firefox takes up a lot more memory. In Chrome you can check the memory usage of each tab separately and just close an offender without shutting down the whole program. Moreover, Chrome seems more secure — at least, it escaped unscathed in a couple of hack contests.

I like the way I can rearrange tabs in Chrome — I can move the one I opened last to the left if I want. I can type a search term directly into the address bar. I can open a download from the status bar at the bottom of the page. On the New Tab page I can see a list of pages recently closed, and links to my top sites are opened automatically.

In Chrome I can easily sync all my browsers — if, for example, I change something on my netbook the change will be made on my laptop and my work computer as well. Extensions are intelligently managed. One click gets me to facebook, local weather, Google Translate, Google Docs, and my calendar (which is synced to my smartphone).

There are a few things Chrome lacks that I miss: There is no print preview button, which is crazy. The back button for some reason takes me to the top of the page rather than the place I left from. And because my laptop has a wide screen I liked to have the sidebar open in Firefox.

I hate the idea of one company controlling so much of the world’s information and the ways we access it. I always seem to come to Google products a little reluctantly. But in the end it’s the features that win me over.

Sorry, Firefox.

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4 Comments

  1. I’ve been tempted by Chrome as well; Firefox is so slow to quit and there are other issues as well. But do you know if it works on an older Mac system? I’m not the most tech savvy person in the world so I’m reluctant to try something new.

  2. ron

    Chrome only works on X86 (Intel/Amd/Via) Windows, Mac and Linux systems. If you have a PPC you are out of luck. Besides Firefox and Camino you could also check out Opera.

    By the way there are also PPC optimized Firefox versions that you can download. Just do a Google search for PPC optimized Firefox.

  3. I’ve been thinking of changing over but I have a Mac and they’re not up for this yet apparently.

  4. I admire Chrome’s speed and simplicity. I’ve been a fan ever since it was released. I like the fact the you could changed colors through themes. The extensions are light and not bulk. The address bar/search bar is just convenient. Overall, I think Google had made a pretty good job with Chrome.

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