Originally published in The Clarion | September 05, 2012
Wrapping up our series of articles on Web Browser tips and tricks, today I would like to expand on the Google Chrome browser and why I prefer to use it on a daily basis. While all of the popular broswers are sufficient in browsing the Web, Chrome has some attributes that I have found to exceed those of its counterparts. Overall, I choose to use Chrome for four primary reasons: performance, reliability, compatability and convenience. Again, other browsers excel in some or all of these areas as well, I have just found Chrome to be the best of the best.
In the area of performance, I did some side-by-side testing a few months back between Mozilla’s Firefox browser and Google Chrome. While both browsers were sufficient in getting the job done, Chrome was noticeably faster at loading pages and, for whatever reason, just felt better. I know that both browsers have released newer versions since I did my testing, it would probably be in order to do some testing again to see if this still holds true. Regardless, Firefox and Chrome both performed well but my vote in performance goes to Chrome.
When considering reliability, it will only be fair to say that no browser is perfect. Every browser I have used over the years at some point (some more often than others) decides to have issues. Whether it’s a poorly-designed website that causes the browser to lock up or crash, the fact that I simply have too many browser tabs open at a given time or something entirely unrelated to the browser that causes problems, browsers are simply software that are not – and never will be – 100% reliable. I try to make a point to download and install browser updates at least once a week which helps in minimizing failures. There is nothing more aggrevating than a browser locking up when you need it the most.
As for compatability and convenience, the two really go hand-in-hand. Chrome has a feature that allows you to “sign in” using your gMail account. By signing in on all of the devices on which you use Chrome, your bookmarks, preferences and browsing history are synched all of the time. I have found this feature extremely useful for someone like me who uses five different devices on an almost-daily basis. From my work desktop computer and laptop to my Android phone and tablet to my home desktop computer, having my browsers synched real-time, all of the time is extremely beneficial. Add the fact that Chrome is compatible with all common Operating Systems and you have what I consider to be the best choice in Web Browsers.