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Old March 17th, 2013, 08:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm using chrome personally, tried opera but it felt "meh" so I uninstalled.

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Always revert back to chrome. If Opera had the swipe to change tabs function I would give Opera more attention. Chrome does it for me as it's just easy.
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Chrome is alright.. I use it as my main browser but i have dolphin browser (beta) it packs lots of cool features.
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I used Opera for the longest time on my Charge and I really liked it, but it got to the point where my Charge was barely coping so I've reverted back to the stock Gingerbread browser.
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I used Opera for the longest time on my Charge and I really liked it, but it got to the point where my Charge was barely coping so I've reverted back to the stock Gingerbread browser.

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I myself an using Chrome on my n4 and have grown very fond of it , and don't have any complaints. At first it took a little getting used to coming from my GS3 a few months back as I was using the stock android browser, but as of now I'm pretty much fully Chromed...lol

As of now I'm also rolling with it on my Retina Macbook pro as well as my nexus 7

Yea I like Chrome : )
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Chrome all the way for me. I use it on my desktop PC and love the way they sync together
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I use Firefox and Boat. Firefox performs well on both my Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 and I am heavily invested in it having used it on my computers since Phoenix version 0.02 in 2003. I have all my stuff nicely synched-- I know Chrome does this too, but there is nothing motivating me to make the switch.

Boat is just a nice backup I use sometimes for variety. If Boat imported all the stuff that syncs with Firefox, I'd think about using it more. To tell you the truth, I don't do a lot of browsing on my phone-- more on the Nexus 7.

If I had never used either, I have no idea whether Chrome would appeal to me more. I just don't find any reason to switch.
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Boat and/or xScope.

Tried Chrome and I really wanted to like it, but I'd always end up reverting back to xScope.
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I use chrome as my daily desktop browser so I like the consistency. Of course, I'm not a heavy mobile browser, so performance and whistles and bells aren't really a big concern for me.
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I use chrome as my daily desktop browser so I like the consistency. Of course, I'm not a heavy mobile browser, so performance and whistles and bells aren't really a big concern for me.
That's how I feel. I don't get all the ad ons and stuff that some big browsers offer. It's all pointless to me.

What I like about chrome the most is swiping through tabs. I find that feature is the deal breaker from using any other browser. Plus it's nice having everything integrated from your pc browser.

I have noticed one big problem that will happen every now and then. Sometimes if I have more than 1 tab open, no more than 4 or 5, the phone will slow down and freeze up horribly. The phone will be unresponsive sometimes for up to 30 seconds or so. I don't know why it does this and it's usually with basic web pages open too. Out just gobbles up all the remaining memory on the phone. It's awful when it happens but luckily it's not to often.

If opera added the ability to swipe tabs, I would be smitten. Lol.
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I do like Opera better on my tablet, but it just doesn't do enough for me to use it primarily on my phone. I've never had Chrome bog down like you describe. Maybe I'll do a little testing later. Are there any sites that you know will recreate the problem consistently?
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Chrome because if I have to click "just once" or "always" one more time for a 3rd party app I'm going to kick a puppy.
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I much prefer using Firefox. I find that the sync works very smoothly between the desktop program and the mobile version. The browser itself is also excellent and has certainly come far from what it was early on. I went from not wanting to use it at all early on to making it my mobile browser of choice.
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Chrome Beta. It gets much more frequent updates than the regular Chrome browser. The beta browser is on the same version as the desktop counterpart. No stability issues or glitches to report.
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I do like Opera better on my tablet, but it just doesn't do enough for me to use it primarily on my phone. I've never had Chrome bog down like you describe. Maybe I'll do a little testing later. Are there any sites that you know will recreate the problem consistently?

That's the thing, it was just randomlly act up. Granted it usually happened when i would have 3 or more tabs open but never do I open more than 5 at one time.

BUT, I don't think I've had this problem yet with the N4. I had it with my Gnex and I thought I had it with my N4 the other day but I'm not sure. I've only had the N4 a week. Hell I can't remember in my old age :/

On my Gnex I would usually have at least 350Mb of RAM free at all times. When Chrome would go into it's fits it would pull the RAM down to under a 100 and that's when it would just hang up. So if Chrome has these 200-300Mb drains from time to time, I doubt it would ever be noticeable on the N4 with the 2Gb of RAM.

IDK. If it does start up again, I'll just deal with it because I just can't use any other browser. Guess I'm spoiled now over Chrome.
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Chrome Beta. It gets much more frequent updates than the regular Chrome browser. The beta browser is on the same version as the desktop counterpart. No stability issues or glitches to report.

When I tried out Beta, everything was good except for 1 small thing that bothered me. Long pressing links would vibrate on Chrome but it wouldn't on Beta. NOW that Chrome has gone legit, they have taken the vibrate out all together so it guess it don't matter which one I use anymore. But I rather enjoyed the haptic on long presses. :/
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Chrome but I wish it would lose the search bar and tabs when I scroll down.
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I believe Chrome is ok for an average web browser in matter of smartphones. I use Ubuntu on my PC, and I used to have Mozilla. It was nice, but I missed sync features when I used my Windows PC at work or my phone, so I switched to Chrome on Ubuntu and I have no complains.
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I was a Dolphin user but recently it started eating up alot of battery so I starting trying a lot of browsers: -

Skyfire
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Opera
Opera Beta
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Maxthon
Angel Browser
and Habit Browser!

I settled on AOSP browser packaged with PA once I could get the full-screen working (I browse alot on mobile and full-screen is a must for me, sad that Chrome doesn't have it yet).
Habit browser is good though, still early days but it has a quick menu Ala the AOSP browser pie thing but it's very customisable so I'm heavily road testing this atm.
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I use Firefox for large downloads like roms, and use Boat for browsing. Yeah if I have a large file to download Firefox is definitely my goto browser because I never have corrupted files. But Boat is much lighter, less than 4 Mb, compared to Firefox being over 20.
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Boat and/or xScope.

Tried Chrome and I really wanted to like it, but I'd always end up reverting back to xScope.
This ^^

I really rather not have tabs showing when only one is open in chrome I could not find that option.

I also dislike the way updated xScope works on jellybean though. I might try boat or some other browser.
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I got the paid version of Lightning browser and it is absolutely fantastic. I use chrome as well so I feel like I got browsing covered. Lightning+ has flash support along with JavaScript and desktop vs. Mobile view selection. I dig it...
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Aosp browser as chrome is a battery hog. I love the labs quick controls setting in the aosp browser. It's like pie but for the browser.
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Boat......and its not even close
Chrome is HORRIBLE
Opera really sucks....I mean it worked great on my old dumbphone
Dolphin uses too many resources and uses too many add ons

Just when the AOSP was perfected google killed it

Boat is easily the best browser. I gladly bought the paid version.
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I've used many browsers, mainly as a way to access some content that wasn't supported in the chrome browser, but chrome is by far my favourite, esp with its simple syncing with chrome on my other devices.
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I really love what Opera has done with their new browser. If they would just add a swipe to change tabs function, I would use it as my DD. Why is it that only Chrome has adopted this function? I mean it sounds like common sense, swipe to change tabs and eliminate that one extra key press. So much easier IMO.
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Too me Dolphin is the quickest by far. but plug ins are basically apps. its weird.
I like Chrome b/c google lover plus sync.
Firefox kept reacting slow. But the plug ins are AMAZING on my PC. But i dont think mobile firefox can achieve what PC firefox can with plug ins. Can i d/l youtube and soundcloud with mobile firefox? And how do i sync?
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The above is evidence of why "personal preferences differ" and "Choice Is Good" should be in everybody's mind before posting an extreme opinion as though it was a statement of fact :-)

While I don't find any browser "horrible" I certainly put Boat below Chrome in my list of favourites. I was a diehard Firefox user on desktop machines but found it pretty awful for my uses on Android - and I need the ability to sync. I tried Chrome for the first time on my desktop PC and was immediately impressed when it imported all my Firefox data (including passwords) and "just worked" - and faster than Firefox on the same platform.

I now use Chrome (or Chromium in some cases) on all devices and platforms and can't imagine going back not having instant access to current bookmarks, recent tabs, passwords, form-filling data, ... on all devices no matter which one was used to make the change. It's a huge productivity advantage for me.

That said, having now used Chrome/Chromium for some months I'd still choose it even without the advantage of sync, it mostly does the things I want in the way I want to do them, unlike most others that force me to go through hoops to do simple things, or clutter the interface with controls and/or menus.

Oh - did I mention I like Chrome? :-)
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I now use Chrome (or Chromium in some cases) on all devices and platforms and can't imagine going back not having instant access to current bookmarks, recent tabs, passwords, form-filling data, ... on all devices no matter which one was used to make the change. It's a huge productivity advantage for me.
Same here, Chrome preferred everywhere. However, I use XMarks/Lastpass for cross platform/cross browser bookmark/password sync. This since I still must use FireFox and IE (I'm a web developer) at times to test on.

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After trying Maxthon i gotta tell ya this browser is pretty good! They have really nailed the full screen ui! Too bad it doesn't have that magnifying feature for more precise navigation.
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The above is evidence of why "personal preferences differ" and "Choice Is Good" should be in everybody's mind before posting an extreme opinion as though it was a statement of fact :-)

While I don't find any browser "horrible" I certainly put Boat below Chrome in my list of favourites. I was a diehard Firefox user on desktop machines but found it pretty awful for my uses on Android - and I need the ability to sync. I tried Chrome for the first time on my desktop PC and was immediately impressed when it imported all my Firefox data (including passwords) and "just worked" - and faster than Firefox on the same platform.

I now use Chrome (or Chromium in some cases) on all devices and platforms and can't imagine going back not having instant access to current bookmarks, recent tabs, passwords, form-filling data, ... on all devices no matter which one was used to make the change. It's a huge productivity advantage for me.

That said, having now used Chrome/Chromium for some months I'd still choose it even without the advantage of sync, it mostly does the things I want in the way I want to do them, unlike most others that force me to go through hoops to do simple things, or clutter the interface with controls and/or menus.

Oh - did I mention I like Chrome? :-)
Ok so you're a fan of chrome.
Meanwhile it's a matter of fact that other browsers possess more functionality, more customization, are much more user friendly, are developed and improved at a much faster rate, and also use less ram, are much faster in general AND use less battery.

This isn't my opinion. There are a small handful of browsers much much better than Chrome, of which you oddly cling to.

Chrome is the exact opposite of what Android is and what it represents.

The day the two merge I'll pick up a Windows phone or a Blackberry Z10 like phone if they are alive at that point.
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Meanwhile it's a matter of fact that other browsers possess more functionality, more customization, are much more user friendly, are developed and improved at a much faster rate, and also use less ram, are much faster in general AND use less battery.

This isn't my opinion. There are a small handful of browsers much much better than Chrome, of which you oddly cling to.

Chrome is the exact opposite of what Android is and what it represents.

The day the two merge I'll pick up a Windows phone or a Blackberry Z10 like phone if they are alive at that point.
Okay so you're not a fan of chrome. We get it.

I don't claim it's the best browser in every aspect, but it's my preferred one on every platform that's for sure. If for no other reason the uniform sync and experience. I can bookmark a page on my laptop and right away pull out my phone and continue reading as I leave the building. It's blazing fast on the PC and good enough on the Nexus 4 that I can't really complain. I'm running Chrome Beta for Android btw.
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Old May 21st, 2013, 07:12 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Sleipnir looks interesting, might try it, still have 3 browsers installed on my phone - AOSP, Chrome and Habit (Habit is my DD).
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Sleipnir looks interesting, might try it, still have 3 browsers installed on my phone - AOSP, Chrome and Habit (Habit is my DD).
Its underrated in my opinion. The tabs are its best feature
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In my opinion, it depends on which phone, android version (ics, jb or custom) and carrier as to the better performing browser is thats why I use dolphin as my reg because i've used it for so long and know it's features. I also have firefox for the amount of plugins available. And chrome I don't know why but if I need space on my drive it's first to go using more mb's than dol/ff combined. For speed I think they all slow down after using it for awhile. So use what you feel comfortable with and have a couple for the features you need.
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Another vote for Dolphin. However more recently I've begun using Chrome, mainly to access tabs on my computer
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I use Dolphin to realize this.
I have installed the extension Dolphin Connect in Chrome on my PC.
The webpage can be easily sent between my PC and phone via Dolphin Connect.

Have you tried this?
That sounds interesting I'll check it out. I use chrome but some times it has trouble with certain sites so I have dolphin as a back up and the stock one is still there. I need to cut down
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I tend to mostly use boat. I really like chrome, but I find how it manages desktop vs mobile sites to be rather tedious. Plus boat is rather lean in size.
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