After installing Chrome the first impression I got was it’s a very slim-line and compact browser. The UI reflects this totally. There isn’t the usual File menu above (personally I don’t think it’s needed in a browser anyway) and tabbing is at the very top. The Omnibox, Chrome’s address bar, is very dominant and a very powerful. Much like Vista start search feature you don’t have to remember where things are — just search for it. The default search engine of the Omnibox does not have to be Google either, use “Options -> Basics -> Default search” to change it.
I really like the Application shortcuts feature. Many a time I have wanted a shortcut on my desktop which opens up a web application much like a desktop app does. I know you could create a lnk file and place that on the deskopt but somehow it doesn’t feel good. When you create an application shortcut however it creates for you a special shortcut which opens up Chrome in an even slimmer interface that looks just like a standard desktop application. It is excellent when used in twine with GMail.
I think Google is on to a winner, if not, they have once again set the bar higher for others to compete against.