Domain ID: D137789443-LROR
Creation Date: 2007-01-20T18:51:15Z
Updated Date: 2014-09-08T23:41:02Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2017-01-20T18:51:15Z
Sponsoring Registrar:Google Inc. (R1356-LROR)
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 895
i got my invite to google domains today. so far, i'm a fan of what i see. the unexpected surprise of google domains is their dns management; it's superb. it supports wildcards for subdomains, synthetic records, and was able to automatically import my existing dns settings. this saves me on using afraid.org for my nameservers. while they've treated me well for nearly a decade, they've had one too many outages to my liking.
private domain registration is free. huge plus.
i had to pay $12 to transfer the domain, but i get another year of registration out of it (i was going to pay again anyway). the list of tlds available is fairly lacking, so if you're using anything but the typical ones (and strangely, .tips is available amongst the new tlds), you're outta luck registering of transferring. i have a single .ws domain which surprisingly isn't supported.
as an aside, the amount of email noise generated from transferring a domain is ridiculous. i hate email. each registrar essentially talking back and forth to each other with you standing in the middle unable to move out of the way of the conversation.
but i mean, it's just a registrar. it doesn't give you super powers or make you rank better in search. it has a simple, clean interface that is just utterly refreshing after using godaddy for so long.