For the last three or four months, I tried to use the Google Chrome browser on my iPad. This synchronizes my browser on my computer, smart phone (Samsung Galaxy), and my iPad. Plus, Google promised me that it’s a fast browser.

The reality?

  • Google Chrome is nearly 4X slower on iPads than Apple’s Safari browser. 3.9X slower. Yes, nearly four times slower. PCMagazine did a test that puts Chrome at 7257 ms and Safari at 1838 ms (3.948X) on a SunSpider benchmark. Chrome is 0.0027 ms faster than Dolphin, but that’s milliseconds. Chrome can indeed say it’s faster than Dolphin, but against Safari? Not even a race. Safari is nearly four times faster than any other iPad browser.
  • Google Chrome is unstable on iPads. It crashes constantly. It crashes perhaps two or three times in every session. Apple won’t offer help for fixing this. I’ve searched online and I went to the Palo Alto Apple store. Their solution? “Don’t use Chrome.”

Why is Apple Safari so much faster? It’s the other way around: if a browser wants to be on an Apple product, Apple forces the browser to use Apple’s code. Apple cripples the code for those browsers. That’s why¬†Google Chrome is buggy on iPads.

Bottom line: I gave up on Chrome (and any other) browser for iPad. I went back to Safari. It’s faster and it doesn’t constantly crash.