And given that I don’t dance, this is saying something. (I watched Dancing With The Stars last night so dancing is on the mind.) I’ve tried them all. Safari. Firebox. Internet Explorer. And others. The Google Chrome Browser is simply in a league of its own. Nothing comes close. Here’s a quick review of why it works for me and why you might find it helpful as a blogger, writer or a PC/Mac desktop/laptop user:
Syncing. It follows me where ever I go. I log in on any computer and bang! There are all my tabs, extensions and folders. It’s like I never leave my favorite cozy couch and comforter. It syncs across all computers. I have immediate access to all of my tabs and extensions from any machine. I can get started immediately without interruption.
Tabs: Tabs are Tabtastic as a PC Magazine’s review describes them. I can set frequently-used tabs that I can click to access sites immediately. I can park less frequently used sites into folders. All easy to set up and access.
Extensions. These are BIG. I use them often. You can hang free productivity apps from the browser (and they follow me on all machines). There is a simple download process from the Google WebStore. There are hundreds of apps. My favorite 1-click extensions are the Evernote clipper (stores articles, jot notes, clip articles for sharing); Diigo (for quick bookmarking and highlighting); 1Password (password setting, storage and auto login – because who can remember all of their passwords? This works great); Addthis (for sharing via email, twitter, tumblr, facebook and many others); Chrome Notepad (handy, simple note taking app that I use all the time) and Readability (save articles to read later online or offline and syncs to Ipads and Iphones. Works beautifully.)
Google’s Default Search Engine: Type anything and it is taking you to the promised land. I find it helps me in my hunt quicker than other search engines.
Mac vs. PC. It works beautifully on both.
3 S’s. Speed, stability and security.
Clean Interface. Love the clean, minimalist look and feel that doesn’t crowd out web pages.
Ease of Use: I don’t need a PhD to figure it out. The set-up and download is painless. Setting tabs, creating folders, adding extensions – are all a snap.
Cost: It’s all free.
If you don’t use Google Chrome (and its handy dandy extensions), I would urge you to give it a try. If you do use Chrome and have found cool extensions that are productivity enhancers, I’m always on the look-out for more. Let me know.
Disclosure: I don’t work for Google. I don’t get paid by Google or anyone else for this review. (I can only wish.)