Less abrasive version released
The portable version is out. GOOGLE for it. It plays much nicer. No GOOGLE UPDATE lurking around. No files installed in weird places. Just unRAR the prog into the folder of your choice and run it.
I'm impressed with its rendering speed. Not impressed with much else. Imported bookmarks are incomplete. It grabbed about half my Firefox bookmarks at random. The bright blue interface is annoying, and the available "skins", such as they are, don't really change or improve much.
Bookmark storage and maintenance is truly a primitive horror, and there's no way to easily access bookmarks without the intrusive bar. The level of customization is far too low. I'd like buttons for making text bigger and smaller, as I can with an extension in FIREFOX. All CHROME has is the usual keyboard shortcut.
Even though it's stable, CHROME is, as yet, no functional substitute for FIREFOX 2. FIRFOX 3 sucks, though...