Browser recommendations for SGS3?General

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  1. AeroSign

    AeroSign Active Member

    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?


  2. XplosiV

    XplosiV Master X is Watching You VIP Member

    I'm guessing you missed the "opera link" setting then ;)
  3. AeroSign

    AeroSign Active Member

    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).
  4. I use Chrome.

    Flash is slowly dying :(. Maxthon is another great browser (better than Chrome imo).
  5. XplosiV

    XplosiV Master X is Watching You VIP Member

    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.
  6. surf1

    surf1 Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. AeroSign

    AeroSign Active Member

    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 :)
  8. surf1

    surf1 Well-Known Member

    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
  9. dportland

    dportland Active Member

    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.
  10. Darkax

    Darkax Well-Known Member

    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?
  11. droblyer

    droblyer Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. "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.
  13. scooter1942

    scooter1942 Well-Known Member

    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
  14. Matrix Leader

    Matrix Leader Well-Known Member

    Stock browser, simply because it supports FLASH
  15. andy66

    andy66 Well-Known Member

    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..
  16. kennychaffin

    kennychaffin Well-Known Member

    The stock browser works pretty well.
  17. smashedrat2010

    smashedrat2010 Active Member

    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
  18. Captain Brick

    Captain Brick Well-Known Member

    +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.
  19. pdl2mtl90

    pdl2mtl90 Well-Known Member

    Another vote for Dolphin Browser. And I use the X-Marks add-on to sync my bookmarks from Firefox on my laptop.
  20. lennydude

    lennydude Well-Known Member

    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 as the home page.
  21. matttye

    matttye Well-Known Member

    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.
  22. liteon163

    liteon163 Well-Known Member

    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.
  23. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    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.
  24. jerofld

    jerofld Fixing stuff is not easy VIP Member

    I like boat. Not a lot of bloat code, simple, fast, and a nice set of options.
  25. artbytes

    artbytes Well-Known Member

    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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