People don't like to talk about religion and politics because people are generally set in their ways and emotions gets high. This is how I feel towards web browsers (nerd alert), and like any religious zealot, I am completely convinced I am right! However, this is no leap of faith. Google Chrome is, by any measure, the best web browser available and anyone who doesn't agree simply doesn't know what Chrome can do. This is especially true for educators and students.
Speed is thought to be a major issue with web browsers, and you can find speed tests that favor just about any browser, except maybe Internet Explorer. I personally think Chrome is faster after using IE, Firefox, and Safari on a fairly regular basis, however, Internet speed is more linked to your Internet connection and computer processor than it is to your browser.
The real beauty of Google Chrome is the apps and extensions. For those who don't know, web extensions (also called add-on too) are essentially mini-programs that work within your web browser. Some of my favorites are Evernote Web clipper, Diigo Highlight/bookmarking tool, Explain and Send (screenshots), Black Menu (for easy access to all your Google Apps), and Aviary image editor for Google Drive--this is important when working in Google Presentation to edit and crop images. The Google Chrome Store is full of thousands of other extensions and apps such as Ancient History Encyclopedia--and they are almost all FREE.
There are many other benefits too. Google Chrome automatically updates, so there is no need to ever update the software. Do you ever leave your browser open so you don't lose the tabs you have open? Chrome allows you to close your browser and continue where you left off. Possibly the greatest benefit is the fact that it is 100% web-based. What does that mean? I can log into Chrome (Google account) on my desktop and have the same apps and extensions I have on my laptop. I can log into my account on my friend's computer, library computer--ANYWHERE and have all the same apps, extensions, web history, bookmarks, etc. as I do on my personal laptop. Not to mention the incalculable value of all the other Google Apps, which I've blogged about before here and here. I don't want to live in digital world without Google. You won't either when you discover the glory of Google.