Google Chrome is a simple web browser that’s easy to navigate, and it is one of the best options for Android users who want to access the internet on their cell phones and tablets. It is also compatible with Apple computers and mobile devices, which makes Chrome versatile and is the reason many prefer this internet browser. While it wasn’t as fast as Mozilla Firefox in navigation tests, Chrome still performs well and is equally good at protecting against phishing schemes and malware downloads.
During our time tests, Chrome took under a second to open, which is very fast compared to most web browsers. However, it took nearly five seconds to navigate from one page to another, which makes it one of the slowest browsers we tested.
Still, it is one of the most secure web browsers available. It didn’t allow harmful ransomware, Trojans and viruses to automatically download to our computer like other browsers did, and it recognized and warned us about most phishing schemes when we attempted to access them.
Chrome also blocks pop-ups, includes a password manager and allows for private browsing. However, you can’t set it to automatically clear the browser cache – this has to be done manually each time.
Google Chrome has a clean, intuitive, well-organized layout. Its features are clearly marked, and the icons are easy to understand. It’s also one of the few browsers that lets you bookmark pages from the toolbar with one click. You can pin icon shortcuts on the toolbar or in the Apps tab, which makes it easy to navigate to your favorite sites and popular Google apps quickly. Chrome’s address bar can be used to directly navigate to a URL or to search Google.
When you sign up for a free Chrome account, you gain access to Google’s other programs, including Gmail, Drive, Maps and YouTube. And since the browser is compatible with all your devices, you can access anything you save or make in these apps through Chrome on your desktop computer, cell phone and tablet by signing into your Google account.
This web browser is a little bigger than many of others we tested. You need over a megabyte of space to download the program. That may not seem very large, but it is much bigger than the files you download for Firefox and Opera – since both require much less space, they don’t tax your computer’s resources as heavily while they run.
Google Chrome is one of the best internet browsers, especially for Android users. It has convenient tools, a clean interface that’s easy to navigate, and top security features that include malware and phishing protection. However, Chrome isn’t as fast as other browsers we tested and comes in a slightly large file.