- Windows 7: Lenovo Core i7 8GB / SSD HD
- Ubuntu Linux 12.04: HP Pavillion P4 / 1GB / IDE HD
- Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 4GB / SATA HD, iMac Core 2 Duo 3GB / SATA HD
- iPhone iOS 5, iOS 6: iPhone 4S
Now, what about Internet Explorer? Lets just say it is a very rare occurrence when I meet a fan of that browser.
So, I have been a long time user of Netscape, and Firefox. I have gotten totally used to features like quick speeds, near 100% compatibility with web sites, and now synching of your browser data across devices. Other than the updates, my one pet peeve with Firefox: no iOS browser.
So when Chrome browser first came out, I was geeked to give it a try. What I loved most about it, the minimalist interface! So clean and simple, so iPhone-ish! Speed, great. But, biggest problem: compatibility. Tons of web sites it didn't work on. And another large problem: it didn't support the Google Toolbar and Google Bookmarks feature.
That was a couple of years ago. Now, I figured enough time has passed the product should be mature, lots of plug-ins, and compatibility should be fixed. Right?
Here's what I found:
- Plug-ins, which they didn't have a few years ago.
- Synch features to synch plug-in apps, bookmarks, cookies, passwords.
- Still not compatible
- Can't open tabs from one device on another - a HUGE bonus with Firefox
- iOS Browser
- I know from other developers and Apple's history, that the only browser allowed on iOS devices is Safari. I was happy to see Chrome, but I do know it is a wrapper to Safari. That's OK, because the wrapper is all the important stuff - synched bookmarks and passwords and cookies and history. It works well, the user interface is truly great and a vast improvement over Safari. However, one feature I find I completely can't live without in Safari is the Reader option. On a web page that is not optimized for mobile, you can tap Reader, and it will render the text with relevant graphics and hyperlinks in large font so it is easy to scroll and read. Totally Apple-brilliant.
- BOTTOM LINE: Nice to have synch with my desktops/laptops, but I do have that with the Firefox app - just can't browse in the Firefox app! Definitely much more useful than Firefox app.
- Nice and fast, clean, and there is an IETab plugin to open specific web sites in an embedded Internet Explorer in a Chrome tab (just like Firefox).
- KILLER: Chrome had critical issues with the following web sites: GMail, Google Voice, Google Calendar. Notice a common thread here? The biggest problem I had with Google Chrome was Google's own web sites! Pop up menus didn't work correctly with mouse clicks, graphic glitches in renderings, and more. The sites were unusable.
- Nice and fast, plug-ins worked (except IETab of course), good synching.
- KILLER: Same as Windows, didn't work on quite a few web sites including my most important Google sites. My wife loves it, but I found the compatibility issues not worth it on my most important sites.
- Nice and fast, clean - better launch time than Firefox is definitely noticeable on a slower system.
- KILLER: Same issues.
So overall, I was not impressed with Chrome. Disagree? Give me your feedback.