A web browser that leaves you alone to enjoy the internet
When we first reviewed Google Chrome in 2010 we hinted at "good things to come".
Google Chrome is now an excellent web browser. It's well designed, easy to use and most importantly of all, fast.
Opening up a new tab reveals a list of apps or your most visited sites, while there is also an option to view recently closed tabs and open them again. Google has done away with the toolbar, so the clean interface can focus on the web page it is displaying and any tabs that are open. No fuss, no excess of buttons, just you and the internet.
Settings are hidden away behind the spanner icon on the right. As is the norm with web browsers, favourites can be added to a list or a toolbar that runs below the address bar. As you'd expect from a company that made its fortune in search, the address bar doubles up as a search bar too.
Incognito mode, a fancy name for 'private browsing' is another useful feature. The best thing about Chrome is the integration of the Chrome Web Store. This has everything from email apps to games and social-networking tools. The standalone browser itself though is more than impressive. Annoyingly there's no native support for RSS feeds and an add-on needs to be installed to get this functionality.
Opening and closing tabs is fast, web pages load quickly and throughout our many hours of using Chrome we've never notice it stutter. Automatic updates are another feather in its cap, so nobody gets stuck on an outdated version.
In short, Google Chrome is a great web browser.
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