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Old June 15th, 2012, 06:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The stock Browser is pretty bad I'm finding. It wont let me re-arrange or even delete the bookmarks it came with. I don't know if this is carrier branding or Samsung's doing.

What 3rd party browsers has everyone tested that work well with this resolution?

Anyone rooted tried to swap out for the standard ICS browser?

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On my portal I tried a few, but keep in mind that's a 3.7" screen and was running CynogenMod. Tried;
Skyfire
Dolphin HD
Firefox (wouldn't even install)
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Opera mobile

The first two pretty much just sucked, in that they were over complicated and 'busy' looking, opera mini was fast due to data compression but for me opera mobile won out.

All depends on what you need.

Due to the above I just went straight for opera mobile on my S3, and that does what I need, and keeps things simple, only gripe is it would be nice to be able to change the default search site from Google.com to Google.co.uk
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Yeah that would bother me.

Ive tried them all on my 3.7" desire. Boat Browser won that one but I prefered GB stock....

Theres chrome now though isnt there for ICS? May look into that
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Don't have the GS3 yet but running official ICS T-Mobile just rolled out on my GS2. I was using Dolphin HD and thought it was great but just started recently using Opera mobile. Its much faster than Dolphin and I'm really happy with it.
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There could well be, but I've never really understood why some browsers came along, namely Firefox and chrome, Firefox to me is ugly as sin and doesn't really do anything that opera can't do (at least on a pc) and chrome just sounded like an excuse for Google to harvest even more personal info to sell onto marketing companies (probably the same for Android as a whole I know but still) anyways, opera works for me, I hope you find something that does the job for you, good luck!

Side note, least with operation you can just save a speed dial as Google.co.uk and use that instead of the default search box
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On my old desire I didn't like the stock browser much or dolphin. I used Opera on that.
On the S3 I've found chrome is pretty quick but even the stock one isn't bad..
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I really like Chrome browser. It's really fast and has the best UI imo.
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Opera doesn't support Flash Player, Firefox neither, and it sucks (altough Firefox is awesome on Windows).

Dolphin HD is the way to go, at least for me. And it has some very useful plug-ins.
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Ooh never heard of that one.
It is the most pc like for Android. Plus, you can add swipe gestures like dolphin if you choose to do so. I just like the fact that the tabs stay in place and don't scroll away from view when you scroll down. Page up and down see thru buttons on the right were a plus for me, as was home, refresh, favorites and forward and back buttons on all the page. I tried every other browser and this was the closest I could get to a browser like Atomic on iOS.
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Maxthon has been around for years, probably before Firefox was out. It was a direct IE replacement for PC and was basically meant to be a beefed up IE.

I remember using it back in like 2000-2001 or around that time. Never really liked it though. Who knows, it may be good on android though!
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Maxthon has been around for years, probably before Firefox was out. It was a direct IE replacement for PC and was basically meant to be a beefed up IE.

I remember using it back in like 2000-2001 or around that time. Never really liked it though. Who knows, it may be good on android though!
Might explain a few things. All I can say is, I love it on my S2 and tables.
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I have always used a stock browser. It's opening fast and speeds are not bad.
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Flash works just fine on Opera Mobile...

I used to use Skyfire on my AMOLED DROID Incredible, but I'm currently using Opera Mobile on my LG Spectrum. It works wonderfully.

When I get my SGS3, I'll try Chrome but I won't hesitate to go back to Opera if need be.
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I alternate between dolphin browser hd and opera browser on my galaxy note.
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Though I use stock ICS browser mostly and feel it sufficient for me, I always consider Dolphin HD as good backup browser on any android phone. It's light, smooth with plenty of settings and side bookmark, gesture features on Dolphin HD is the best.

Chrome is not bad. but it's pretty big on memory and not so different from stock browser IMO.
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Tried many different browsers on my S3, but after trying out ICS Browser+ there was no turning back. Loving the quick controls.
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Is there a good browser that still uses flash, and that I can see real websites, not mobile ones?

Or can you adjust the standard one so it views real site, not mobile?
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Is there a good browser that still uses flash, and that I can see real websites, not mobile ones?

Or can you adjust the standard one so it views real site, not mobile?
You can adjust the stock browser but only on a page-by-page basis. click menu button - second item from bottom is Desktop View.

Dolphin HD can be set to view all pages in desktop mode, and it uses flash.
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You can set Dolphin (both Mini and HD) to open pages in Desktop version. Just go on Settings > User Agent > Desktop.
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I use Boat Browser as my day-to-day browser. There is a lighter Boat Mini available, too.
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Opera Mobile can run Flash all the time, on demand, or never. I have mine set to always open Flash content.

It is also possible to have Opera Mobile display websites using mobile, desktop, or default agents. I have mine set to desktop and sites display almost exactly like they would render on my PC.
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Tried many different browsers on my S3, but after trying out ICS Browser+ there was no turning back. Loving the quick controls.
Actually at first glance (just installed) this does look like exactly what Im looking for.
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Actually at first glance (just installed) this does look like exactly what Im looking for.
Glad I could help!
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It's important to me that auto-bookmark-sync work so my bookmarks on phone always are the same as my PC. Chrome- and Stock Browser does this and that's why I stick with Chrome (Chrome had better textreflow than Stock).

I really liked Opera but - like Dolphin HD - it didn't sync bookmarks and that's a no-go to me.

How is ICS Browser+ in this regard?

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It's important to me that auto-bookmark-sync work so my bookmarks on phone always are the same as my PC. Chrome- and Stock Browser does this and that's why I stick with Chrome (Chrome had better textreflow than Stock).

I really liked Opera but - like Dolphin HD - it didn't sync bookmarks and that's a no-go to me.

How is ICS Browser+ in this regard?

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I'm guessing you missed the "opera link" setting then
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I'm guessing you missed the "opera link" setting then
Well I saw it (and registered) but when I didn't get it to work I thought I had to use Opera on the PC to get the benefit (which I am not).
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I use Chrome.

Flash is slowly dying . Maxthon is another great browser (better than Chrome imo).
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Well I saw it (and registered) but when I didn't get it to work I thought I had to use Opera on the PC to get the benefit (which I am not).
I figure that would be the point, opera on pc & phone, both linked enabled and syncing. Personally I don't bother with it, but it makes sense that Google browser 'plugs in' with accounts & sync to sync with its counterpart on a pc. Either way I'm not fussed, I just remembered that opera does link & sync as long as you use it elsewhere.
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Don't have an S3 but Chrome mobile kicks ass, fast, smooth, and the UI is great especially the way it handles tabs which one you get used to you'll wonder how you managed before. Plus the book mark synch and integration etc with your desktops (I use Chrome only even on my Macs).

Have used Dolphin HD, Maxathon, Boat, Dolphin Mini, Opera, stock GB browser and stock ICS browser etc. Chrome is my go to w/o a doubt.
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Chrome is my go to w/o a doubt.
I agree with most of your points. But Chrome is lacking in the plugin area. No 'Save for offline reading', no 'Morning Coffee' etc etc. And Opera has better text reflow than Chrome even though Chrome is better than stock :-)
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I agree with most of your points. But Chrome is lacking in the plugin area. No 'Save for offline reading', no 'Morning Coffee' etc etc. And Opera has better text reflow than Chrome even though Chrome is better than stock :-)
yeh Opera has a slight edge with text reflow but i felt that was moreso against other browsers, as Chromes algorithms seem to auto-fit pages perfectly and better than others for reading so no need to pinch and zoom in and out on pry 99% of the sites when browsing. Once in awhile I'll double tap to zoom. Still in beta so I'm sure they'll add features like offline reading etc
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I'm new to Android so I'm gonna go with Maxthon after reading a ton of reviews on Google Play from people saying they've tried all the other ones mentioned here and Maxthon is faster/easier/better performing with great features and blows them all away.
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There are many Internet browsers for Android. I am unsure which one to use. Which one is the best and which browsers you guys use?
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Chrome for me. Stock browser is nice to imo. Love having my bookmarks sync across devices with either of these two. I have used and liked Boat also.
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"Best" tends to vary from person to person, and from situation to situation.

For example, I don't think that Opera, overall, is quite as good as some of the competition. But it is extremely good as re-flowing the text after I use the two-finger zoom on a webpage. (I don't want to have to scroll from side to side to read each line.) Since there's one website I have to spend time reading about 3x per day, and it requires me to do the zoom thing, and Opera's the best browser I've found for re-flowing text (at least on my phone and on this website), Opera's the best browser. For me. For this particular need.

Other people may need a browser that handles flash content really well; or that has a ton of available add ons; or that makes it as easy as possible to sync bookmarks, browsing history, tabs, and passwords with their desktop browser; or whatever. So, for them, some other browser might be best.

And for those people who don't know what it is they need in a browser, well, they might just be better off using their phone's stock browser until it proves inadequate in some way (assuming it does). Or perhaps reading browser comparison reviews and downloading/installing a few browsers which seem to have potential, and then deciding which browser best meets their needs.
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ive been a long time dolphin user on my Vibrant, but when i got the SIII i grabbed chrome as well just to try it out. chrome slowly pulling me away from dolphin (which is a GREAT browser) with how nice looking and intuitive it is. bookmark and omnibox sync is another big plus for me as well
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Stock browser, simply because it supports FLASH
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ive tried alot of browsers,on my s2,Boat browser was best so ive stuck with that on my S3.
i tried google chrome but it seemed slow and choppy.gutted cos i wanted to use it on my laptop aswell.maybe i didnt set it up right..
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The stock browser works pretty well.
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dolphin browser for me.

speed dial home page
full screen
bookmarks access at any time with a swipe
custom gestures
rapid speed
full flash support
loads of plug ins
voice command supported

iv used the stock, opera and firefox in past this is by far the best imo
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+1 for Chrome.
There is also Atomic that is on iTunes, I haven't seen it for Android yet but IT IS a great browser with custom gestures and other perks. I use it on my iPad that I still use for some things.
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Old August 4th, 2012, 07:03 AM   #44 (permalink)
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Another vote for Dolphin Browser. And I use the X-Marks add-on to sync my bookmarks from Firefox on my laptop.
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One thing i rarely see mentioned is if a browser has a simple home key. I have found that Dolphin HD has the ability to put the home button on the address bar and any time i want to return to "ground zero" i can just press it. Nothing special, i just use Google.com as the home page.
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Old August 4th, 2012, 07:58 AM   #46 (permalink)
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I've gone back to using the stock browser now. It seems a lot better than the last time I used it.

Not sure if it's the software updates I've had or the fact that I've factory reset since last time I used it.
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I've been noticing that quite a few times that SwiftKey 3 doesn't seem to work real well with the Facebook mobile site. I've tried Chrome, Maxthon, Boat, and Dolphin. None of them work quite right under this circumstance, but I'm trying Dolphin.

Now if only there was a way to get Opera Mobile to display the Facebook mobile site while displaying all other sites as desktop...

There probably is, but I haven't dug into it yet.
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Old August 4th, 2012, 09:17 AM   #48 (permalink)
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I've settled on Chrome. So it doens't have flash? I haven't noticed so much. Flash is old hat. I would only watch BBC videos anyway and I have Iplayer for that.

Soon, I predict flash videos will cease to be embedded.
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Old August 4th, 2012, 09:24 AM   #49 (permalink)
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I like boat. Not a lot of bloat code, simple, fast, and a nice set of options.
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Old August 5th, 2012, 03:50 AM   #50 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54 View Post
"Best" tends to vary from person to person, and from situation to situation.

For example, I don't think that Opera, overall, is quite as good as some of the competition. But it is extremely good as re-flowing the text after I use the two-finger zoom on a webpage. (I don't want to have to scroll from side to side to read each line.)
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That text reflow is an extremely important feature for me. I always used Dolphin on my Samsung Infuse, and it reflowed the text after zooming in really well. However, I just got my new S3 and discovered, much to my dismay, that Dolphin does not reflow the text on the S3. Therefore, I've been on a hunt for a browser that will. So far, I've found that Chrome, Opera Mobile and Maxthon do. Now I'm looking for one that not only reflows the text easily, but that can view pages in desktop view, instead of mobile view. I know that Dolphin does that. I don't think that any of my text reflow browsers (Opera, Maxthon, or Chrome) will do that. If you all know of any browsers that have good text reflow AND can view pages in the Desktop mode, please let me know.
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