I love Google Chrome. Probably my favorite browser for speed. I also like the combined search’n’url feature. Makes it really handy to use. That’s on a PC of course. Safari seems to blaze on my Mac while only a tad slower than Chrome on Win7.
Then the not so fat lady sang.
Opera feels like a desktop app to me. It’s fast. the layout is supernice and the display looks great. I have run into a few things in an online program I use not working but I think Opera may end up my default browser on the PC. It’s a great experience. I use a hosted solution that resizes and bounces around in Firefox but in Opera it was smooth as a well written, well behaved desktop app.
Suggest you try it out at opera.com.