You might know this already, I’m a big fan of Google Chrome, specially Chrome Dev Channel. since I tried it when it first came out, it always felt fast, simple, clean. It just felt right to use it as my main browser.
But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t use other browsers, I tried them all. Safari, Opera, Mercury, Maxthon, Yandex, Sleipnir. and the new Vivaldi browser. and I do have Firefox Developer Edition as my secondary browser for testing and to stay up-to-date on what Mozilla is doing.
With all of these options, I stuck with Chrome as my main and go to browser on both OS X and iOS, and there’s a good reason for that.
I choose Chrome because of the small things that it offers, things that makes my browsing experience more enjoyable. So read-on to find out Why I Use Google Chrome
Syncing is a very important feature to me, being able to have all my data synced across all devices is great thing specially when I start doing research for an article on one device and end it on another.
Syncing now is not only for bookmarks, browsers now able to sync bookmarks, passwords and open tabs which is great when you have about 20 to 30 tabs opened at the same time and you get a phone call and you have to leave right away.
It’s good to be able to extend what your browser can do for you, specially when the extension makes your work easier, and quicker.
Like logging in quickly with 1Password and then copying the Two Factor Authentication token from Authy. These might seem like small things, but they do help a lot, and they save you a lot of time.
Something I keep an eye on is the status bar at the bottom of the browser, it helps me see what link i’m hovering on, this prevent me from clicking on suspicious links that I and most if not all of us get from time to time. The Status Bar is there when you need it and not when you don’t need it.
While in Safari, it’s always there ((when enabled)) and it spread across the bottom of the browser, which make you feel like you are browsing inside of a closed box, and that to me is ugly.
But there’s something missing, for now!
If you are a Mac user, specifically OS X Yosemite, then i’m sure that you’ve noticed the translucent menu bar on top of each app, and one of those app is Safari. This adds a warm feeling to the browser, but sadly it’s not supported on Google Chrome, and there’s no word about supporting it, while on the Firefox side, it’s already work in progress. Until Google decide to implement this in new releases, here’s a concept of it.
I didn’t forget about Firefox by the way, I already said that I used it too, and I know it’s coming to iOS soon, so keep an eye on the site because I will make sure to write about it once it becomes available. Until then you can read my article on How to Sync Firefox bookmarks with an iOS device.