Last Updated: Aug 04,2010
The stock browser is pretty subpar...what is the best one out there for download?
I'm using Dolphin HD and really like it. It didn't work well for me until I did the stage 1 speed fix though. If you don't want to do that Opera mini is nice, and fast.
Skyfire is another suggestion.
Personally, I'm waiting on Fennec to at least get to a beta.
I tried them all and like xScope the best.
Agreed xScope is the best but the new Fennec version 1.9.3 is quite awesome, also!
you can get the Fennec download here: http://goo.gl/KjZJ
If you prefer nightly builds you can find them here: http://goo.gl/pyXH
bonus: Fennec like xScope stores on your SD card
I am trying Dolphin out right now, I've been using Opera Mini for a while and have had good success with it.
I have tried Skyfire, and Dolphin. Seems to be that both are slower than stock. Dolphin has a really nice interface...albeit with a learning curve. But I'm about to ditch it because it seems so slow.
I may try one of the others recommended here.
I like Dolphin.
+1 dolphin, main reason: tabs and you can use your volume buttons to scroll
skyfire, I only use for flash content, otherwise the interface is butt ugly
I like opera
I'm all about alternative/better browsers. I tried Dolphin, tried to like it... but it was quirky, slow, and gave me some issues. I'll leave it installed and keep checking it periodically as it gets updates, but 99% of the time I use the stock browser (even though it's not perfect either... the fact that when you use the [Back] button it doesn't return you to the scroll position you were on bugs me, as well as the fact that it doesn't always jump down to the #anchor point in a link).
Why Android don't Chrome?
I use DolphinHD and Skyfire - Fennec is nice, but it keeps just like flat-out CLOSING, no FC, no warning, nada - a bit annoying, but it IS beta...
I don't really use the browser much on the phone (most of my internet activities are done via app front ends), but the "stock" browser works well. I tried Dolphin and it didn't seem much better (though I barely used it), I thought the tabs were kind of clunky. I just downloaded Opera and I like what I see so far. Figured for free, D/L, try it, decide keep/uninstall
fyi, Dolphin HD will be SLOW AND LAGGY (to the point of unusability) if you do not apply the NAND speed hack to your phone (or to the application)
This is true, but after, it is amazing.
I'm not positive if I am thinking of the same hack, but what I looked at won't work for me because I have too many apps installed. I'm just going to have to wait for a better ROM.
Yes, the NAND speed trick is limited to 130mb of app database space.
However, you can just move over certain apps you use the most or that lag on stock database storage. I have over 200mb of app data, so I had to do the following (either in a terminal app or adb shell, must be rooted and have busybox installed):
for i in mobi.mgeek.TunnyBrowser ; do echo $i ; busybox mv $i /dbdata/data/ ; busybox ln -s /dbdata/data/$i $i ; done
If you want to revert this:
for i in mobi.mgeek.TunnyBrowser ; do echo $i ; busybox mv $i /data/data/; done
mobi.mgeek.TunnyBrowser is for Dolphin HD browser ONLY, if you want to add a different app, you have to replace the app filename location (not sure if thats the term)
I suggest you adding the core google services and apps also. It will GREATLY speed up the main stuff, but only take a little room on the NAND.
I have a few other examples over at xda:
[How To] FIX APP LAG - Page 3 - xda-developers
I suggest you move over Dolphin, Facebook, Twitter, Touchdown and the core google services (com.android.* and com.sec.android.*). You will instantly see the difference without sacrificing the main app storage space.
Thanks ranova. I knew I could do that, but seemed to be getting too granular, and maybe a mess to work with if needing to reload a rom, or whatever.
But, you may have just given me a bit of motivation
its worth the copy and paste, and fully reversible. The speed difference is ridiculous.
You've convinced me. I presume that long list in that link is yours. I'm going to post a question over in that thread. Its getting off topic here.
Thanks for the info.
android browser with flash 10.1 plugin apk! ...thats if you enabled apps outside marketplace with android sdk
see below for the reason why the SGS lags:
Twitter / koush: What a trainwreck. Samsung ...
(Koush is the guy working on bringing over Cyanogen to the Captivate)
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