Google Chrome Pros and Cons
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 June 2018
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?
"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