First of all, this is not a review of Google Chrome for iOS, this more of a list of things that I like and don’t like about the app and second do keep in mind that the Google Chrome for iOS is not a full native app but more of a shell that Google created and underneath the app, it is still using the iOS WebKit, even though Google Chrome also uses the WebKit layout engine.
Google announced the Google Chrome for iOS at the Google I/O in Moscone Center, SanFran and became available later that same day. Just incase you want full review of the Chrome for iOS, you can go here, here, here and here.
Things I like:
- Unlimited Tabs (iPad)
- Card like effect if you’re using an iPhone or iPod touch.
- Smooth and fluid scrolling when you have a lot of tabs open
- Even though it’s not a full blown browser app, you can use incognito on top of the iOS WebKit
- Love the layout of the soft-keyboard
- Online, synch and unfied book marks across all supported device
- Most visited site when opening new tab
- Speak/voice command feature
- Simplified Settings screen
Things I dislike:
- Slow when loading the pages
- Constant reloading of sites when switching tabs or screen
- You cannot view the desktop version of some sites
- No option to set Chrome as your default browser
As you can see things that I like about the new Chrome iOS browser out weighs the things that I don’t like, which is not Google’s fault, I fell that these issue are unavoidable because of the
limitation strict requirements from Apple, which IHO is limiting developers to fully take advantage iOS as a platform.
Here are some screen shots that I got for both the Google Chrome for iPad and iPhone.
Google Chrome of iOS
If you have not download the app, you can download it here and if you want to add to the things that I’ve listed above you are more than welcome to send your list via the comment box below.
Last modified: July 19, 2012