You can even have one tab lock up completely, or even crash, and your other tabs should carry on working normally (Ive tested this feature and found it to be very reliable indeed). Running tabs (as well as plugins) in separate processes also brings with it added security as the web pages contained in the separate tabs are isolated from one another.
Google Chrome isnt without its flaws. A couple of security issues have come to the surface since it was released yesterday, and there are some concerns over the End User License Agreement (EULA), but overall Google Chrome brings with it far more positive points than negative ones.
Is Google Chrome my default browser? No, not yet its not, but Ive been surprised just how much Ive been using it today, especially in circumstances where I need to juggle dozens of different Web pages spread across different tabs and different instances of the browser. Now the way I see it, it doesnt matter which browser is my default browser, Google Chrome has raised the bar in terms of performance, reliability and ease of use and this will rub off on the other browsers.