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Google Chrome Pros and Cons

Updated on July 6, 2017
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Internet browsers have become a necessity. Over the past few years, many have been introduced and they have improved in their functionality and performance.

In terms of usage, Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which used to be the most popular, has been overtaken by Google Chrome and now stands in second place. In third place is Mozilla Firefox, which has drawn the attention of savvy internet users because of its versatility and amazing add-ons.

There are other ones out there like Safari and Opera, which fill out the top 5. However, Chrome, which was initially introduced in September 2008, has quickly risen among the top 3 and has now become the browser of choice.

This article is for people who are interested in learning more about Chrome and want to see how it compares to the competition. The latest stable release is version 59.

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Simplicity

I don't know about you, but I'm not a fan of cluttered-looking browsers. This is one of the reasons I like Chrome. It's not distracting because all you see is the website you're on.

One drawback is that new users who are used to something like Internet Explorer may need some time to adjust to not seeing menus and icons at the top of the browser. I personally prefer it that way.

Speed

One of the main reasons I decide to try Chrome was its speed. Based on actual tests done to measure its speed, it has an edge over the competition.

I've tried loading the same websites on both Chrome and Firefox. In most cases, there was not too much of a noticeable difference in loading times. In fact, the latter loaded some websites a little faster.

However, I find that Chrome is much better in overall performance. As I write, edit, save, and publish my work, the speed of the browser outperforms Firefox. I also find that is loads articles faster.

Google Chrome Add-on / Extensions
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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. However, in January 2010, Google introduced an extension gallery with over 1,500 extensions.

Today, there are over 11,500 of them. Part of the extension gallery includes themes that allows users to change the appearance of the browser. Though it has come a long way with these features, it's not comparable to the add-ons that are available in Firefox.

Tab Browsing

This feature is not unique, but what I like about tab browsing in Chrome 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 one.

But more importantly, the architecture doesn't cause the entire browser to crash if one of the websites on a different tab crashes. The reason behind this is that each tab is run independently. This means that one is not affected by the performance of another. However, this feature may end up consuming more of your computer's memory.

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. A Task Manager allows tracking of programs or extensions within the browser so you can examine memory usage and decide whether a specific program or plug-in needs to be terminated.

There is the Omnibox which serves as both an address bar as well as a keyword search box. Chrome also comes with a built-in translation application which helps translate websites in over 50 languages.

My Experience with Various 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.

A few years ago, I decided to take Firefox on a test drive. I was impressed by its functionality, performance, and the array of add-ons. I continued using both, but I found FireFox to be much better in comparison to IE.

I've been doing a fair bit of blogging and writing over the past few years and Mozilla's product became my browser of choice, mainly because of its speed. Also, there were a few add-ons which made my life easier. However, over the past couple of years, I noticed it became sluggish. I tried various under-the-hood changes to enhance its performance. Initially, they seemed to work, but it would soon return to its sluggish state.

In the meantime, I had heard about Chrome. I was initially skeptical about trying it, mainly because I didn't want to be using so many browsers. But Firefox was beginning to slow me down, so I decided to give it a try. As you can tell from what I've written above, I'm very impressed with its performance so far.

World Wide Browser Usage as of April 2017

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Benefits of Using Multiple Web Browsers

For many years, I've mainly used just one internet browser. I eventually added Firefox as a secondary one, which soon became my primary one of choice. Over the past few months, I've included Chrome to my arsenal. Using multiple browsers makes sense for many reasons which I will highlight below.

  • Security: Given that the internet has become a prime target for scammers and hackers, it's important to use secure browsers. You may decide to use one over the other for stuff like online banking or stock trading. I generally stick with one browser for endeavors that need extra security and use another to visit sites I am not familiar with.
  • Functionality: Given that Firefox comes with thousands of versatile add-ons that may not be available on other browsers, you may choose to use it specifically for certain purposes. Keep in mind that loading too many add-ons will impact its performance.
  • Speed: If you just casually browse and need to load web pages really fast, then maybe Chrome is the one you should use. I do a considerable amount of blogging and writing 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 ones has definitely enhanced my experience. Do note that installing and running multiple browsers can take up memory, so it can affect the performance of your computer. Below are some comments I received when I asked if others use multiple browsers.

Do You Use Multiple Browsers?

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"I mainly use Chrome and sometimes IE as Chrome doesn't allow the certain websites to work. I used to use Firefox but it seems slow."-LynetteBell
"I use Chrome. My experience with Firefox has not been satisfactory."-Jillynn
"Yes, I love both Chrome and Safari. But now, after reading this, I want to try Firefox!"-Diva2Mom
"I tried Chrome and it was too much of a hassle to figure out how to transfer my bookmarks so I'm sticking with Firefox. I just don't have time to dink around with things, would much rather just stick with what I know."-Kathryn Wallace
"I have Firefox, Chrome, and Safari on my computer. Firefox is my favorite."-Lorelei Cohen
"I'm just using Chrome for the reasons you suggested."-jolou

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      This is a topic I am still up in the air over and appreciate all the info I can get. Have to share this with my husband and see what he thinks. We're undecided what to do yet.

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      SavioC 3 years ago

      Being using Google Chrome by default from my new laptop , its my daughter who explained to me some features of it. Your lens is an excellent piece of info that can come very handy. Thank You for sharing.

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      seodress 4 years ago

      Great article.

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      WinWriter 4 years ago

      I appreciate your well written article and it is very timely for me. Just yesterday, I received an email from a relative asking me to check out Google Chrome. I'm currently using FireFox. Thank you for explaining the features to us.

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      Gardener Don 4 years ago

      I'm a real Chrome fan, but I see my wife still fires p Firefox every time she's on my laptop

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      I have been using Firefox for sometime now but after reading this I am thinking of looking at Chrome

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      RetireAt57 4 years ago

      I finally switched from foxfire to chrome.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Most of the time I really like Chrome but there are some quirks that make me a little nuts. On the balance it is so superior to anything IE I'll put up with the quirks. Excellent lens!

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Unfortunately, I feel 'forced' to use Chrome because Chrome IS Google. In fact, accessing Google.com now from IE is often problematic. Google has a business relationship with Firefox, so that's still a cool one (with lots of tools). One thing about Chrome is that when you use it without the SSL mode, it thinks it can read your mind. I appreciated your article. Liked!

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      olmpal 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your experience! I use Chrome for a year now. Before it and sometimes now, IE.

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      Awab-Ahmad 4 years ago

      Your lens is Great. Google Chrome is best browser which i am using especially Google Chrome 2013 which is latest and fast in use.

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      I haven't yet tried Chrome, but find Firefox to be pretty good. I end up with Safari because I'm accustomed to it.

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      RandySturridge 4 years ago

      Chrome is my first choice...then firefox. I am always looking for new versions of all major browsers and have no problem switching one for the other if I can benefit

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      WBJanitorial LM 4 years ago

      I'm partial to Internet Explorer. Firefox does have some good plugins that check for page rank and a few other hands features. Chrome is a good browser but probably the least used by me.

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @dianehawkins: I've rarely experienced crashes with Chrome, but then again I use it exclusively for Squidoo and don't use too many extension nor have too many tabs open simultaneously. It's a good idea to clear your cache on a regular basis and check the compatibility of extensions. Sometimes it could be a particular website or third-party software.

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      dianehawkins 4 years ago

      I love using google chrome because I can customize it and it has a lot of extensions to choose from but sometimes I hate it because it always crashed.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Becaue I am so used to Internet Explorer, I keep downloading chrome and getting out of if. Maybe I should just persevere.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing Pros and Cons of Google Chrome

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      Gr8fulGirl 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge! I'm definitely not tech savvy, and haven't even tried google chrome yet......but will now!

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      Ahdilarum 4 years ago

      Great I sight about chrome and it's both sides of performance..

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      Pastor Cher 4 years ago from United States

      I have this on my desk top, but haven't used Google Chrome yet. Waiting for some time to work with it before I use it.

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      Diva2Mom 4 years ago

      Excellent lens, with a lot of very informative and valuable information! I used to be "tech-savvy" as my BS Degree is in Networking...but after being a mom of 7, I am so behind in what's the latest in today's technology. BTW, have they invented a computerized diaper-changer yet? hahaha! Just in case I am that very behind and just didn't happen to know, that's all, lol! So, I always admire people who know so much about computers, internet, anything about today's latest/new technology as they're all parts of our lives nowadays. We communicate and do everything mostly on computers...we earn money on Squidoo, simply by the use of a mouse and computer, and saying hello to the monitor every time :)...and to be able to use the MOST effective internet browser there is available, helps tremendously in getting our job done in the most efficient way...so hey, two thumbs up, my friend, for sharing your abundance knowledge and great review on internet browsers. Truly appreciate it! God bless you, my dear friend!

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      mattyrobinson 4 years ago

      For me, it's neck and neck between FF and Chrome. I'm amazed that so many people use Internet Explorer still though.

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      Cool Lens! I love Chrome and find myself using it the most.

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      nickybutler 4 years ago

      Thanks for a very informative browser... I shall be sticking with Firefox!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Stopping by to sprinkle a little angel dust over your excellent information here, you sure can teach, must be a teaching motive gift in there somewhere!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I tried Firefox several years ago and it gave me lots of trouble and I quit - maybe I should look at it again.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Hi Karan, I'm assuming you mean "How do you close tabs in Google Chrome?". Well, if you hover your mouse on an open tab, you will see a red "x" to the right of the tab, you can just click on the "x" and it will close. Alternatively, you can right click on the tab, and choose the "Close Tab" option. Hope this helps.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @daedrea lm: Plase tell me how to DELETE individual e-mails - I keep trying chrome and going back to explorer because the tabs are so easy to use, please, WHERE is the delete tab?

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      Jillynn 5 years ago

      Chrome is my browser of choice. I love all of the features and have been largely unimpressed with IE and Firefox.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Your opinion of browsers is very similar to mine. I generally work in 2 open browsers Firefox and Chrome. I love Firefox's speed and ease of use. Chrome pulls into second place as a favorite. IE drives me bonkers and safari is pretty much the same. I am so glad that I installed Firefox and Chrome on my computer. They make working on the Internet so much easier and less frustrating.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Firefox was my favorite for some time but it crashes too often and I think I like Chrome better at the moment. We'll see, what future brings:)

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      jolou 5 years ago

      I love Chrome. I used Firefox for a few years but had the same problem you did, it became too slow. It was easy to transfer all my bookmarks too. Am very happy with Chrome now.

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      russiangifts 5 years ago from USA

      Google Chrome is very advanced from other browsers. As a matter of fact, a bit too advanced for me :-), but I am learning it.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      On my system I have faster loads with Chrome.

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      addpeople 5 years ago

      Always up for trying different browsers, thanks for the information!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I love Firefox the best.. it gives me the least problems :) Blessed!

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      girlfriendfactory 5 years ago

      As I said before, FF is still my favorite, but I am doing more and more on Chrome just due to how my tabs are set up on each of the browsers, but my sensitive work remains on FF (I still have somewhat of a distrust overall for giving over all of my details to the big G, though I don't know why since I've used gmail as my primary email for what seems like forever).

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      daedrea lm 5 years ago

      Great info here. I love Chrome so much that when I started using it, I pretty much abandoned Internet Explorer. Plus with my Mac, I don't have to deal with I.E. and am lucky that Google Chrome works on Apple. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very insightful articles, enjoyed learning about the Chrome system that I'm currently using. *blessed*

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      uneasywriter lm 5 years ago

      Very good information. I am sold on Firefox, but after reading this, I will give Google Chrome a try.

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      awakeningwellness 5 years ago

      I have been thinking of trying Google chrome since Firefox is getting so slow lately, thanks for all the info!

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      jeremykim2011 5 years ago

      I love Google Chrome. Among the most popular browsers, by far this is the best. But I think Firefox's edge is its add-ons.

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      I like Google Chrome, and it's definitely faster than other browsers. This lens helped me compare the browsers better. Thanks!

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      So far, Google Chrome has been great (but I'm not really computer-savvy at all).

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: You're welcome and thanks, Collette! From using Google Chrome, I've found that it is great for Squidoo. I mostly use Firefox and Chrome.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well you know that I always listen to your suggestions, because you have the patience of a saint. I always appreciate your help Anthony

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @kathysart: I'm pretty positive you'll like Google Chrome. I love it especially for Squidoo purposes. Thanks for the squid angel dust! :)

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @DecoratingEvents: Yes, Chrome is has gained solid ground over IE and Firefox in the past few months and I think it will continue its rise. Thanks for the blessing!

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