rekonq has a clean minimalistic interface - the type of interface most web browsers prefer nowadays. It has a Chrome type wrench icon from where you get the various browser options. There is also the bookmark next to it. Like Google Chrome, it has an integrated URL bar from where you can search the web, your history or simply enter the URL. It also serves as an indicator when a page is being loaded.
A feature which I particularly like is the way favorites, history, bookmark are shown in an empty tab. I must say this is a really smart and practical design.
When you hover the cursor over a tab, you get a preview of what is in that tab, a feature found in Opera.
When RSS feeds are available, the RSS icon is shown at the extreme right of the URL bar. By clicking on it you can add the feed to Akregator, the default feed reader in Kubuntu.
Like most of the other browsers, rekonq also supports private browsing. However when in the private browsing mode there is no indication to show that you are browsing in private mode.
And here is the result of the V8 Benchmark Suite: (Higher Scores are better here)
In the V8 Benchmark, rekonq cannot compete with Chrome. However, if you refer to our last browser benchmarking, rekonq is much faster than Firefox 4.0 Beta 1.
We use the HTML5 Test to test the HTML5 support of rekonq 0.5.
rekonq managed to get a score of 155 in the test. This score is not very impressive and it is significantly lower than those of Chrome, Opera or Firefox.
Not satisfied with just a score, I tried playing a HTML5 video. But rekonq does not show the video or the controls and crashed after about 30 seconds. This shows that rekonq 0.5 is very weak in terms of HTML5 support.
rekonq 0.5 doesnot have any issue here. It scores 100/100 and so passes the Acid3 Test. If you are wondering, Firefox does not pass this test.
Other Extra Features
rekonq 0.5 has a feature called Web Inspector. Web Inspector is something like the Developer Tool found in Google Chroma and Firebug for Firefox.
rekonq 0.5 also comes with an in-built ad-block which is quite effective. Extensions are not supported yet, but it is on its way.