I have just downloaded Google Chrome, and so far I'm impressed.
It's fast and also loads plug-ins quickly; I did not need to restart my computer and was able to download video media on the fly (what I need for YouTube).
I love Chrome's utter simplicity; no busy looking buttons and tabs. The tabs are at the top of the page, not buried in some ridiculous toolbar.
Normally, I'm a Joanie-come-lately to new tech, but decided to jump in during day 2 of Beta--just to be different from my typical bring-up-the-rear tendency.
Disclaimer: I have JUST downloaded Chrome, so have not yet had a chance to encounter the inevitable beta bugs. I'm working on the Chrome browser right now and am impressed how fast pages and postings load.
For those of you who feel unsure about direct navigation: I think you'll have very little to worry about. I tested a known parking page by typing "Looking.com" directly into the all-in-one search box, and it took me directly to the page. But I suspect that the browser will evolve.
For now, though, rest easy.
I have a feeling that this browser will work a little like gmail in that it will work with your bookmarks to remember your searches.
I'll keep you updated on any issues (such as pop-ups, etc.) I encounter.
For those of you who have decided to take the Chrome plunge, feel free to discuss it on my poetry forum (I have set up an off-topic thread dedicated to JUST Google Chrome):
Google Chrome Discussion.
What do you like about Chrome? What don't you like about it?