Google Chrome... One week after.

I've now been using Google Chrome for one week. And here is an update on my first impression.

Chrome is still my default browser, this is good :-) The browser did not crash once in that week. And it is almost always open. I use a laptop and shutdown/log off rarely (standby/hibernate most of the time). So I guess I can say that Google Chrome is very stable (better that Firefox). I did not even got one crash in a tab. I really like the speed and responsiveness of Chrome.

Other things I like :
  • I assigned a shortcut for GMail. It now lives in its own window. What I like, is that when I'm in the GMail window and press Ctrl-T to open a new tab, instead of opening it in the GMail window, the tab is opened in my browser windows. This is how it should work. Great!
  • In the rare cases when I close the browser and reopen it, all my tabs reload quickly without bogging down my system like Firefox did.
  • Google Apps works better in Chrome that in Firefox... especially when the browser reload the tab when it's being opened.

All is not nice and dandy in Chrome though, here are some gripes I have with the browser :
  • Lack of extensions. They say they will address the issue in a later version. In the meantime, bookmarklets are alleviating a bit the lack of extensions,
  • Full page zoom please! The zoom feature of Chrome only increase font size. This is lame. Give me full page zoom like in Firefox 3,
  • Directly open PDF and some other file types. When I download some file and the server set the content-disposition to attachment, Chrome absolutely want to save the file. Please give me the option of just opening the file with the associated application (saving it to a temporary location),
  • They really should encrypt and password protect saved password. They cannot claim better privacy without this. I feel that should have done it from the start,
  • Going to http://askville.amazon.com/ give me a page telling me that I'm not using a supported version of Safari,

  • I encountered some layout issues. Most of them are minor. But when I access my internal time-sheet application (Oracle Applications), Some buttons used to submit the time-sheet are invisible.
  • First week, first security update... Maybe this should go in part in the pros, but there is no notification (if you leave your browser open all the time) unless you go to the Tools | About Google Chrome menu.

None of the cons are really showstopper for me. So I guess I will continue to use Chrome for a while.

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