Safari is the default web browser for all iOS devies.  Needless to say, the default browser isn’t always the best option, which was made very apparent when Google’s Chrome was released for laptop and desktop computers.  That said, Google Chrome has now, and finally arrived for the iOS platform and while you may be apprehensive to switch to Chrome for iOS, I’m gonna assure you the jump is well worth it and here are 10 reasons why.  But before I get started, I feel as though I should point out that you cannot make Chrome your default browser, so all links via email will open up in Safari (that is until Google sues Apple), and that technically Safari should still load sites faster since Google doesn’t have access to the iOS Webkit’s Nitro Javascript engine.  Nonetheless, Chrome still holds its own in terms of speed and accessability regardless of these two caveats.

1. Request Desktop Version

Unlike Safari, you can force the Desktop Version of a site in Google Chrome iOS.  This is ideal especially if some features are left out in the mobile version of the site, or after performing a Google search you’re redirected to a mobile version of the site that is not the same link as depicted in the search results.  This is also useful in the event the mobile version of the site doesn’t allow you to download an image or copy a link or text.

2. Search from the Address Bar

Yes, just like Chrome on the desktop, you can type your search phrase directly into the address bar and be on your way.  It may not seem like much of a time saver, but those seconds will add up.  Also, if you’ve become accustom to this feature on your computer, than you’ll find this all the more pleasing.

3. Finger Swipe Between Tabs

Although this is something that is surely to come available in iOS 6 for Safari, Google’s Chrome iOS currently allows you to swipe left or right between tabs with a single finger.  However, it will take some getting used to, so have patience.  Nevertheless, it’s nice feature to have if you’re looking to expeditiously go back and forth between two different sites, a bunch of different sites for that matter.

4. Sync with Google Login

Use Gmail or any other service?  Then you know that with the Desktop version of Chrome you can login and sync your browser data no matter where you go.  Sure, some may see this as a privacy concern, but it’s entirely opt in, so it’s up to you if you want to do it.  And that means when you move from your iPhone to your laptop, you can quickly navigate back to those sites by viewing your other device’s history.  Also, you can save favorites, and they’ll appears on your desktop within seconds or less.

5. Surf Anonymously

Much like the desktop version of the Chrome, Chrome iOS allows you to open what is called an “incognito tab”.  With this tab open, Google won’t keep a history of any of the websites you surf (this tab only) and nor will the history be recorded.  It’s a nice touch if you share the device with other family members and you don’t want them gaining access to sites that hold onto login data.  And yes, it’s a solid feature for anyone looking at lurid content.

6. Save Passwords

As with the Sync feature, Google Chrome for iOS can save our passwords, so when you navigate to the Gmail or any other site that you’ve opted to keep your passwords saved, you’ll either be automatically logged in, or the appropriate fields will be pre-populated.  I tested this with Pinterest and had no problems.

7. Voice Search

For those of you on the iPhone 4, which is sans Siri, you know all too well that you can’t search the web with your voice.  That is until now.  Thanks to the years of database development around search (aka Free 411), Chrome on the iPhone allows you to search the web with your voice.  Hidden in the browser address bar (on the right) is a mic symbol.  Just tap it, speak and Google will do its best to determine what you said.  It’s not quite as good as Siri when it comes to more obscure words, but does an excellent job for more common phrases and words.

8. Find In Page Text

Although it’s available in Safari on the iPad, you can’t search for text in a page on the iPhone.  But you can in Chrome iOS.  Probably not a top used featured by most web surfers, but a nice feature to have at your disposal nonetheless.

9. Better Tabs

Chrome iOS not only allows you to add an infinite amount of tabs, or so it would seem, but they’re easier to navigate when you’re viewing them all at a glance.  Unlike Safari for iOS, you can quickly flick through them in the tabbed view and add them without much delay.

10. Keyboard Shortcuts

Chrome for iOS offers a cleaner, easier to use keyboard.  The .COM and a variety of other commonly used keys are avialable above the keyboard.  Ultimately, it makes for a less cluttered keyboard and places those necessary keys in a more logical location.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."