Review: Chrome 3 (Beta)

I have a confession. I haven’t used Firefox regularly since Google Chrome‘s beta release last year. Although the beta was buggy, I became a faithful Chrome user. I could go on and on about how many people complained to me about Chrome, but I really didn’t care. I kept using Chrome anyway! I developed sites in Chrome, which was much easier to manage with cross-browser compatibility issues. For some reason, whenever I develop a site in Firefox, I always end up with more errors with cross-browser compatibility than I do with Chrome.

Don’t get me wrong! I would never say anything bad about Firefox. It’s still the number one browser for designers and developers. It has a lot to offer; but for me personally, I prefer Chrome. I’ve tried Safari and Opera and found their minimalism to be lacking of my needs. However, since my Google account is pretty much my life (Feedburner, Gmail, Google Reader, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and so on…), being able to create a separate desktop app from a browser is an amazing feature for me.

Chrome has long been out of it’s beta stage, but they recently released a Chrome 3 beta available for download. I always avoid beta testing unless it’s an application I can completely restore. If Chrome crashes and dies, I still have my bookmarks uploaded on Firefox and Google Bookmarks. I decided to give the beta a try and I am completely in love! Chrome now has a theme gallery with 29 themes to choose from.

Google Chrome's Themes Gallery

I decided to switch to the Zen Spring theme after using the Dots theme for a while. It keeps the minimalistic feel of Chrome, while allowing you to make it personal. I think it’s funny that one of the main arguments people have used against Chrome was the inability to use themes or add-on. In the beginning of Chrome’s development stages, the developers always stated that Chrome would have these features. I guess people need something to complain about. Honestly it’s taught me that I can design without the aid of Firebug and all of my other designing guilty pleasure add-ons.

There’s also been a great re-construction of the new tab page which offers users the ability to choose which “most visited sites” appear on the page. You can get a pretty good look at my “most visited” along with all of my embarrassing bookmarks that people should probably never see.

Google Chrome's New Tab Page

There’s plenty in store for Chrome and this seems to be only the beginning. I can’t wait to see what else will be included. I’m also loving that the spell check feature is working perfectly fine in WordPress.

What’s your browser of choice?

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Angelica Yarde
My name is Angel Yarde. I am a designer, front-end developer, and speaker. I am the editor and designer of Studio 404 whic was founded in December 2006. In January 2014, I launched Studio 404 Paper, a paper shop which includes type-focused greeting cards, note cards, and prints. I currently reside in Celebration, Florida where I co-own a branding strategy studio, Sevenality, with my husband.
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12 Comments

  1. I’ve been using Firefox for years now, and I don’t think I could switch to anything else because I’d miss the extensions I have! It’s not like I could use Google Chrome anyway because I’m on Mac, and I did try switching to Safari, since it seemed to be faster, but I just couldn’t do with Adblock Plus, Screengrab, and Stylish.
    .-= Meg´s last blog ..Mmm, Chipotle; wtf, Google? =-.

  2. You know I haven’t ever tested out Google Chrome. I use Safari and Firefox. Occasionally IE when I need to test something in it, or when I am on a Windows machine. Is Chrome faster than Firefox?
    .-= Sean´s last blog ..Batman Arkham Asylum =-.

    • You should definitely give it a try! In my own experiences, it’s a lot faster than my Firefox browser and I use FF hacks! However some people can hack out their FF to be faster than Chrome. There’s quite a few articles declaring Chrome faster; but there’s quite a few declaring FF faster as well.

  3. I’m an Opera nerd. I really hate the Chrome start-up page because I like being able to choose those sites, and I don’t like the way it handles bookmarks either. RESISTANT TO CHANGE this one 😉 I do like that it’s speedy though – when I need something quickly – it’s the broswer I open, but I admit to having them all installed – Opera, FF, Chrome and IE – which I use only in desperate times.
    .-= C´s last blog ..Links for 2009-08-06 [del.icio.us] =-.

    • I think a lot of people hate that feature too! The new start-up page allows you to delete sites you don’t want to show up, but I don’t think it gives you full choice which is sad.

      Opera Mini works wonders on my Blackberry! 😀

  4. I’m an Opera nerd. I really hate the Chrome start-up page because I like being able to choose those sites, and I don’t like the way it handles bookmarks either. RESISTANT TO CHANGE this one 😉 I do like that it’s speedy though – when I need something quickly – it’s the broswer I open, but I admit to having them all installed – Opera, FF, Chrome and IE – which I use only in desperate times.
    .-= C´s last blog ..Links for 2009-08-06 [del.icio.us] =-.

  5. I’m a loyal firefox user lol. I have tried Chrome in the past but new things always takes time for me to get used to. I actually enjoy using Flock but it takes up too much memory at times and causes my computer to lag at times. It’s an overall really nice browser though. I completely hate Opera. Safari is ok but it’s nothing worthy of bragging about.
    .-= Shannon´s last blog ..Unnecessary – Police. =-.

  6. I’m a loyal firefox user lol. I have tried Chrome in the past but new things always takes time for me to get used to. I actually enjoy using Flock but it takes up too much memory at times and causes my computer to lag at times. It’s an overall really nice browser though. I completely hate Opera. Safari is ok but it’s nothing worthy of bragging about.
    .-= Shannon´s last blog ..Unnecessary – Police. =-.

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