Google Chrome

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Google Chrome

A fast and minimalistic web browser syncs across multiple devices.

5

Our rating: 

5

Pros & Cons:

Fast and minimalistic, useful features like Request Desktop Version, Speak Now mode, New Incognito Tab, etc.
No option to start Chrome with a home page.

Our Review:

Main features according to manufacture:

  • Search and navigate fast, directly from the same box
  • Open and quickly switch between an unlimited number of tabs
  • Sign in to Chrome to sync your open tabs, bookmarks, passwords, and data from your computer to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Pickup right where you left off
  • Send pages from Chrome on your computer to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad with one click

For people who like using the desktop version of Google Chrome, this will be very appealing. But can Google Chrome for iOS live up to the reputation of its desktop brother?

The first time you load Google Chrome, you are greeted with a welcome screen that simply gives you a product tour. You also have the option to sign into a Google account so you can share your bookmarks. Google has also added a feature of being able to share your open tabs on any other device running Google Chrome.

Google Chrome for iOS is very minimalistic, which is an advantage on small screen devices. Like most browsers the address bar doubles up as a search box. All the usual features: Refresh, Back, Bookmarks, etc are well laid out and very easy to find. Web pages load up instantly, and the speed is as fast if not faster than Safari. All web pages are displayed correctly as you would expect, and there is an option called Request Desktop Version, which will display the full version of a website instead of the mobile version.

New tabs are displayed very quickly by pressing a grey button next to an open tab. Google Chrome then gives you the choice of displaying your most visited web pages or Bookmarks.

The downside is there is no option to start Chrome with a home page. Instead, like Safari, it loads the last website you visited.

My favorite feature of Google Chrome is the Speak Now mode. There is a microphone symbol at the end of the address bar which when pressed, allows you to simply say something and it will automatically search Google for you. This works extremely well: only very unusual words cause a bit of a mix-up. This is a very good option for anyone who finds using the pop-up keyboard a bit tricky. Although Apple has a version of Speak, now called Seri, which is available on all new iPhones and iPads, Seri is not compatible with older generations of Apple mobile devices and therefore, is only suitable with Apple Safari when searching the web.

Another good feature is the New Incognito Tab. This loads a new tab that makes your browsing private. Your search history and cookies will not be stored.


Google Chrome was reviewed by on based on version 37.0.2062.60.