Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Sep 2008 06:54 UTC, submitted by Renai LeMay
Google The browser wars may just become a little bit more interesting. Apart from Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, and Safari, another player is ready to join the field in what will most probably be released as a beta - you know, company policy - for the upcoming 23 years: Chrome. It's a webkit-based browser from Google. Update: It's out there, folks.
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Is it just me...
by JCooper on Tue 2nd Sep 2008 21:19 UTC
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... or is scrolling with a touchpad on a laptop extremely broken? All I get is spurts of vertical downward scrolling, with no upward scrolling.

That aside, so far I am very impressed! My post below is repeated from another forum I frequent:

Ok so first impressions after installing ...

Seriously, the "New Tab" page is fantastic. It's like Opera's speed dial, but without the hassle of managing it yourself. Chrome just keeps a 3 x 3 grid of your favourite / most visited sites in the form of screenshots and presents them in a stylish, minimalist and most importantly FAST layout as soon as you want a new tab.

It is speedy. They really have nailed Webkit and the javascript engine seems to be as fast as they claim it to be. The more "web2.0" sites are snappier and you experience much less locking up while they think.

It is plain and simple. Once you get rid of the annoying bookmarks toolbar, the tab/url arrangement at the top of the window looks great and (in Vista at least) it makes use of Aero so you have a funky looking window. Full screen is where the browser shines however, as windowed on a smaller laptop screen, that funky Aero-ified area just wastes far too much space. The URL bar font is also HUGE (looks around 14pt compared to a standard 10pt everywhere else on the desktop) which is fair enough when you consider the toolbar buttons have to be a certain size. There is unfortunately no right click > customise option to use smaller buttons as with IE and Firefox. Hopefully that will come.

The URL bar is pretty cool. I think I actually prefer it to the messy "awesome bar" in Firefox.

The tabs at the top of the window make a lot of sense. The new tab button is obvious but non-obtrusive. You could have a bit of trouble hitting it on a high-res screen however.

Data Import. Yep, it nicely imports all of your Firefox setup, including browsing history, stored passwords etc. You can pick up where you left off in Firefox without worrying about what your password to that forum was, or what the url to that specific site looked like. The URL bar search works for your "historic" history too.

System performance overall doesn't take a hit when you load the browser up with tabs. This IMO is a massive improvement over both IE7 and Firefox.

Pages look how they should do, thanks to Webkit. I always did like how it handled overly complex mixtures of tables and CSS layouts, but hated the Windows version of Safari.

Scrolling is bad. It seems to get confused when you scroll and accelerates massively, then stops scrolling altogether. That could be an issue/incompatibility with my laptop trackpad, but it is highly annoying. I can scroll down, but not up!

There is no real status bar. This means, when you are waiting for a page to load, you have to strain your eyes down to the bottom left of the screen to try and make out what's going on. It doesn't help matters when you mouse-over the status "popup" that it flips down on you, not actually showing any useful information.

No extensions. The first thing that struck me when giving Chrome a go was how many sites are crammed full with adverts. How I miss adblock.

Overall, I am highly impressed (as you can probably tell). Considering this is a completely open product too, I can see good things coming as it develops over time .

Edited 2008-09-02 21:24 UTC

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