Below is a screenshot of Firefox 2 with NAU’s academic catalog open; the navigation pane on the left is correctly displayed. The bottom picture is the Chrome browser with the same window open; notice that the left navigation pane is blank –apparently unsupported, or the page hasn’t been updated.
Also, notice that Chrome with tabs open and with the bookmark bar showing, takes up the same space as Firefox with tabs and bookmark bar hidden. Chrome has nothing at the bottom of the screen, unlike Firefox, making an extra quarter inch of screen height.
A few features that I really like are the mouse button for opening another tab (Firefox 3 now has this same feature), one field to enter both URLs and search queries, and the overall minimalist design of buttons and other controls. The address field is very smart; when entering the first few letters of a site or previous search, it autofills what it thinks you are typing. Press Enter, or keep typing if it’s not the word you want. You don’t have to click it with the mouse to fill the field. For me to go to nau.edu, all I have to type is na and then Enter. Very cool. Another feature that saves page loads is the ability to search within a site from this smart address field. For example, to search for a video on Youtube, type in ‘yo’ in the address field, and click the ‘Search within Youtube’ option that appears, and type the Youtube search into the address bar. I don’t use this because I don’t like to interrupt typing to click the mouse to select the option, but it’s there for whoever wants to do it that way. Youtube will load with your search results already showing. There are ways of doing this on Firefox but it involves entering operators in the search query, something that real people don’t do regularly.
Chrome is free and it’s constantly getting better. Download it here, from Google. I think you’ll like it.