It’s been a little over two weeks since Google unleashed their very own browser, the shiny Chrome. Like all new browsers or new versions of existing browsers, I downloaded it to take it for a spin. Unlike with the other browsers, though, I stuck with it after a couple of days.
It may have had a major hype within hours after its release, but most of it was justified. A home page that’s pretty handy. The Omni Bar that’s so simple but extremely helpful. Brilliant tab abilities. Built-in Google Gears functionality. Heck, even the logo had its own buzz. It’s all nifty.
But with all the awesome things about Chrome, I just can’t find myself completely switching to it from Mozilla Firefox. One word: ADD-ONS.
Adblock Plus: Sure, Chrome blocks relocates pop-ups, but it ticks me off to see huge advertisements on websites and blogs. Some of them I didn’t even know existed when I was still using Firefox full time.
ColorZilla: I know there are desktop applications out there that can “catch” colors on the screen, but as a web developer, I find it very efficient to have a color picker right there on my browser.
Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer: I go online using at least 3 computers and it’s monumentally helpful if I can access my bookmarks from anywhere I want to access them. I know I can use bookmarking services like Delicious, but I find FBS easier to use.
Imagebot: I share a lot of stupid images on Plurk by storing them on ImageShack so directly uploading images to The ‘Shack from a web page makes it easier for me to dick around.
MeasureIt: Like ColorZilla, this add-on helps me a lot in doing web development tasks.
PicLens: It’s just cool and sexy.
Screen Grab!: Another tool I use in web development. Generating screenshots of whole pages or just parts of it is a breeze.
StumbleUpon: When I’m in the mood to discover new websites, StumbleUpon is the way to go. It’s just like hitting F5 on the whole Internet. Fantastic.
TinyUrl Creator: Like Imagebot, this add-on lets me share awesome links without taking up too much character space. Quite handy when using microblogging services like Twitter and Plurk.
Web Developer: It’s easier to pretend to work if you’re using this baby.
That’s 10 reasons why I can’t make Chrome my 100% default browser just yet. I use it more than Firefox, though, but I don’t use it all the time. I might be in love with Chrome right now, but until it can support plug-ins, I’m not ready to commit to it yet. Right now we’re just flirting.