Chrome 11: The Best Browser?

Chrome 11: The Best Browser?

Summary: Other Web browsers are good, but Chrome, now up to version 11, just keeps getting better and better at an ever improving rate.

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Was it only a few weeks ago, that we were looking at the latest crop of Web browsers? Why, yes, yes it was, but now Google has released yet another newer, faster, better, and more feature-full version of its Chrome Web browser: Chrome 11.

Voice to Data

Besides the usual improvements in security and speed, which I'll get to in a moment, Chrome 11 comes with a new, interesting feature: voice-to-text, or more properly, voice-to-data. So, with a Web site set up to handle it, such as Google Translate, you can "talk" to the Web.

Currently, Google Translate is the big application that uses it, but Google promises there will be more. It's clear, for example, that a voice to text feature, once it's perfected, for Google Docs would find fans.

This voice-to-data feature uses HTML 5's Speech Input application programming interface (API). This proposed API was developed and proposed by, guess who, Google.

I found it to work "amusingly" well. It made far too many mistakes for me to consider using it, but when you consider that it's a first try at a mass-market cloud-based real time translation tool, it is impressive--just not very useful yet.

Eventually it will mature, but for now it's a fun toy. For instance, with its Google Translate function you can use your PC as a universal translator ala Star Trek. It's not going to put Uhura out of work anytime soon. If privacy is a concern, and it should be, you should also keep in mind, as the feature currently tells you, "This page is recording speech from your computer. Click here to stop recording."

Chrome 11 on the test bench.

I've been using Chrome 11 on my Linux and Windows PCs. For test purposes though I used my Windows 7 test box: a Gateway DX4710. This PC is powered by a 2.5-GHz Intel Core 2 Quad processor and has 6GBs of RAM and an Intel GMA (Graphics Media Accelerator) 3100 for graphics. It's not that fast, but it gets the job done. It's hooked to the Internet via a Netgear Gigabit Ethernet switch, which, in turn, is hooked up to a 25Mbps (Megabit per second) cable Internet connection.

On this system, I ran both Chrome 11 and the latest version of Internet Explorer (IE) 9, using a variety of benchmarks. Here's how they did.

First up, I ran the Acid 3 compatibility test. This checks out how browser, or not, is with various Web standards such as Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), JavaScript, and Extensible Markup Language (XML). Here, Chrome, with a perfect score of 100, out did IE 9 with its 95.

Next up was the HTML5 Test. This benchmark is exactly what its sounds like" It checks to see how compliant the Web browser is with the HTML5 Web page standard. Once more Chrome came out on top with a score of 293 out of a maximum of 400. IE really trailed on this benchmark. It scored only 130 points.

Thus, if being compliant with Web standards matters to you, Chrome is the Web browser for you.

Moving on to performance benchmarks, I started with Kraken 1.0. This is Mozilla's update of its SunSpider JavaScript benchmark but, according to Mozilla, "Kraken focuses on realistic workloads and forward-looking applications." In Kraken, the lower scores are best. Here, Chrome blew away IE, 6,311.7 to 17,051.9.

Next up, was Peacekeeper. This benchmark by FutureMark, a PC and mobile benchmarking company also

In Peacekeeper, higher scores are better. Here, the two browsers were neck and neck. Chrome edged ahead with a score of 8,427 to IE's 8,343.

According to SunSpider JavaScript 0.9.1, the most popular Web browser benchmark, IE finally won one. In this benchmark, lower is better and IE came on top with a score of 252.6 to Chrome's 316.8.

Finally, I looked at the V8 Benchmark Suite: This, yet another JavaScript benchmark, comes from Google and was designed as a way to tune up Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine. I'm sure it will come as no surprise to anyone to learn that Chrome beats IE hollow on this benchmark. In this test, higher is better and Chrome came in at 9122 with IE coming in with 2193.

So, which is really faster? For me, it's Chrome. Not only does it win at most of the benchmarks, it just feels faster.

In part, that's because, thanks to its support of SPDY, Chrome is actually about 15% faster at sites that support this replacement protocol to HTTP. For now, though, only Google-based sites commonly support SPDY. Still, if you spend a lot time with Gmail, doing Google searches, and other Google sites, there's no question that Chrome is the best choice.

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Beyond the Benchmarks

While Chrome still doesn't equal IE when it comes to defending against some kinds of social engineering attacks, it does include 25 other security fixes. It also has a security update to its built-in version of Adobe Flash. Chrome also includes some bug fixes to its cloud print feature.

Of course, Chrome has other useful built-in features as well. For example, I'm still pleased that Chrome lets me sync Web browser bookmarks and passwords between all my PCs using Chrome. And, of course, Chrome runs remarkably well on Linux, Mac OS X, and all versions of Windows.

Taken all-in-all, I think Chrome 11 is simply the best Web browser around. And, with its remarkable development speed, I don't see any of the other browsers catching up with it anytime soon.

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  • just look at the title,

    I can guess who wrote this. Yeah, my guess is right.
    FADS_z
    • Message has been deleted.

      Tim Cook
      • Since Chrome 11 is GoogleAds-driven, it can not be best

        @Mister Spock
        DDERSSS
      • RE: Chrome 11: The Best Browser?

        @ Mister Spoc k Vaughan-Nichols should try the offical Ecmascript test at:<br><a href="http://test262.ecmascript.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://test262.ecmascript.org/</a>
        IE11
      • I understand now. Question the author on the authenticity

        @Mister Spock
        of his results, and have your post removed.
        A simple yes or no answer: Did he, or did he not, post data that many pointed out was not factual?

        :|
        Tim Cook
      • RE: Chrome 11: The Best Browser?

        @IE9
        Just what I had in mind when reading the article. I do remember doing that test vs Chrome 10, and IE9 failed 2.5x less tests. It only measures Javascript, though.
        So if you want a javascript standards-compliant browser... :P .
        xnederlandx
      • RE: Chrome 11: The Best Browser?

        @Mister Spock It is possible because Google controls and manipulate search results. It is normal to develop a browser upon after their image and likeness. <a href="http://www.zuarticles.com">Submit Articles</a>
        kuntakinte77
    • RE: Chrome 11: The Best Browser?

      @FADS_z

      Yep his fanboi reverence of Google is starting to sound a little shrill.
      tonymcs@...
    • Well, it WAS very rude, you guys already crying in your beer about WP7 in

      in a slow downward spiral, Google takes top spot in reputation rankings, OSX and IOS gaining share, MS has NOTHING in tablets, and he had the balls to insult you again with news about how great Chrome 11 is. How tasteless.
      DonnieBoy
      • Is your mental deficiencies an act

        @DonnieBoy
        or are you actually as limited as you appear to be?

        :|
        Tim Cook
      • This article has nothing to do with

        WP7.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • Hey, guys, I agree, it was rather tasteless to brag about Chrome 11, after

        all of the other bad news on the Microsoft front. Kind of like pouring salt on the wounds. Oh, but, hey no problem, Apple still doesn't make as much as Microsoft?? Do they??? Apple still worth less then Microsoft?? Microsoft is still king?? Right??
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: Chrome 11: The Best Browser?

        @DonnieBoy What in hell does your rant have to do with this article? Not once damned thing Nancy, so tell ya what why don't you just go to bed and keep right on dreaming about the "downfall" of Win32, unicorns, rainbows, and whatever else your meds conjure up for you.
        athynz
      • RE: Chrome 11: The Best Browser?

        @DonnieBoy

        No Donnie, MS doesn't have toy tablets. But I just bought a real tablet with Win 7 for around $700 - Acer Aspire 1820PT Tablet which is around a year old and has a real keyboard and a quick look on eBay and other sites shows a number of Win 7 slates available. They're not priced the same as the toys, but then why would they be.

        You are what you choose Donnie. You can have a software development company (MS), a repackaging and marketing company (Apple), or an advertising company (Google).

        Think you've been watching too much Mad Men Donnie ;-) How does it feel living in the 60s?
        tonymcs@...
      • Wow guys, a little sensitive are we not???

        NT.
        DonnieBoy
      • This isn't about being sensative

        It's about you bringing irrelevant things into the discussion about Google Chrome.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Chrome 11: The Best Browser?

        @DonnieBoy,

        Please...what about Google and Honeycomb? Not exactly a success story.
        bmonsterman
      • Windows 7 tablets

        @DonnieBoy "MS has NOTHING in tablets"

        MS has nothing in PCs, either, and yet they dominate the industry to the point where rival desktop/laptop operating systems are barely significant -- let alone tablets.

        Of course, people who say such things are self-evidently people with no knowledge whatsoever of the topic they are trying to discuss.

        I was impressed by the range of Win7 tablets exhibited at CES 2011.

        I'm sitting here right now with a superb Windows 7 Ultimate tablet on my desk, a full-power PC in tablet form, and it was cheaper than an iPad:-

        http://twitter.com/timacheson/status/58925163105890304

        An iPad or Android tablet is a very basic netbook with no keyboard and for five times the price. Only fashion-victim mugs too readily influenced by advertising would purchase such gadgets.

        If you buy a tablet, for goodness sake buy one with a real OS that runs real normal software and gives you the normal web (with Flash etc).
        Tim Acheson
      • RE: Chrome 11: The Best Browser?

        @DonnieBoy

        Mister Spock spends more time arguing his BIAS findings then saying thanks. Hmmmmmm TREND, or NO TREND
        Ez_Customs
      • Message has been deleted.

        Tim Cook