Ugh - hate the address bar on the left. Two issues with it:
1) Reduces tab space. This will really suck on netbooks.
2) I frequently re-use open tabs by selecting the tab, then quickly mousing down and clicking to highlight the address bar, then using autocomplete in chrome to resolve the link. With IE9, now I'm moving the mouse all the way back to the left address bar,
there's a lot of wasted movement.
Speaking of wasted, all that vertical space. Really, what is being saved here in terms of real estate with this decision? It didn't make any sense in the leaked screenshot, and it makes less sense in actual use. The advantage of Chrome when maximized
is even more pronounced, there's no possibly to overshoot your tab vertically, as they're all on the top. Getting used to that then going back to other browsers is a little obnoxious.
Another potential drawback - DirectWrite rendering. Geez, with certain fonts on some sites it just looks...odd - like it's trying to be more typographically "correct" like MacOSX but just looks like a grayer version of Cleartype with its sometimes
more defined, but more "computerized" look of fonts. It can look better in spots (particularly for medium-sized fonts where Cleartype would not seem to anti-alias them at all), but it's really hit or miss. Here are some
comparisons (embedded images don't work here like 99% of other web forums):
On the plus size, very, very speedy. Opening tabs now has no hesitation, sites pop up, scrolling is extremely smooth (Chrome really needs to get with the program here). Really can't seem to bog it down. Download manager -yes, yes, yes.
Very preliminary results so far obviously, but I can't say I'll navigate away from Chrome at this point. Chrome still has the superior interface IMO, and while I really like the smooth scrolling, by the time Chrome7 hits they may just have that as well.