Chrome for the Mac: fast but unreliable

As a google fanboy and a Mac user it’s frustrating that Chrome for OS X is still very much an alpha version.
For those who forget what Chrome is, here’s the official blurb:

Chrome is a web browser that runs web pages and applications with lightning speed.

Speed: Fast to launch, fast to load web pages
Simplicity: Designed for efficiency and ease of use
Style: Themes to add colour and delight to your browser

Firefox has been my browser of choice for many years now and with version 3.5 Mozilla have made significant progress in terms of speed, but Chrome is still faster. As someone who users gmail and other google apps it would make sense to use Chrome with these services. However, on the Mac at least, they cause Chrome to crash, gmail not to load and generally perform like a dog!

Am I done with Chrome? Not yet and I’m actually optimistic about a future Mac release. General browsing is very slick and with HTML5 support you can see the direction the browser is taking. When google iron out the problems, this browser will become the tool of choice for all my google apps.

You can download Chrome from the official site: