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  1. tinynipples

    tinynipples Newbie
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    Just received my HTC Incredible in the post and it is just that, incredible. (except for the battery life-but coming from an overclocked Blackjack 2 I'm used to it) but I digress.

    What is everyone's opinion on the best web browser to use?

  2. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    The included Browser is fine for most things, I suppose.

    The geek in me made me get Opera Mini. I like how it has a nice 3x3 grid of favorites for its home page. They're miniature screenshots of sites you pick -- the desktop Opera does this too. (In landscape, you just get 2 rows, one of 5, the next of 4, it's lame.) Quick access to 9 sites at a second touch (first touch to open it) makes it nice for smartphones, and it's my preference.

    Are there other choices? I don't know of any. Mozilla has been working on a smartphone version of Firefox for a couple years now (it's called Fennec) but while they offer a beta version for Android, I can't figure out how to install it. It's on my SD card but the stock file manager can't see it. And it isn't on the Market.
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  3. 1up5dn

    1up5dn Well-Known Member

    Dolphin HD is a good one, Xscope is also pretty popular and so is SkyFire. I think you will have a hard time getting a consensus, just like asking everyone's favorite music player. It really comes down to preference.

    People that have received the FroYo update, have mostly stated that then the stock browser is fastest and then is their favorite. But again, different people look for different features or layouts, etc.

    Just try them all and determine your favorite! That's the best thing about Android, lots of choices!
  4. blackvyper

    blackvyper Well-Known Member

    Opera Mini 5.1 is nice because it syncs up with the Opera website so you don't lose your bookmarks after a hard reset or in my case.. changing ROMs every other day.
  5. CriticalCritic

    CriticalCritic Android Expert

    xScope is pretty sweet.
    - It supports all of the flash content that my stock browser runs (though it has trouble with running TV shows from fox.com).
    - I have Froyo, and xScope is much faster than my stock browser.
    - It has 'Pin Zoom' - a GREAT one-handed alternative to pinch-zoom (though yes, it also has pinch-zoom).
    - It has tabs if you want to use them.
    - It has a File Manager!
    - The most fluid and intuitive interface IMHO.
    - It has copy/paste function, and word/phrase search.
    - It has the ability to run completely full screen, but you can still access the notification bar through a "double drag".
    - It has an Exit button! (this is a HUGE deal if you don't want a browser hogging resources in the background!)
    - It has a basic task killer. I don't usually support task killers, but it's a nice addition IMO, "just in case"

    I contacted the Dev a couple days ago. He said an update was coming soon with "totally new architecture under the hood" and "great speed improvement." That's a tough pill to swallow IMO, b/c I don't see how it could get much faster.

    Quite simply, it the most intuitive and feature packed browser I have tried (I've tried Opera, SkyFire, and very briefly Dolphin). And it is among the fastest browsers available (if not THE fastest... but that's a tough race against Opera).
  6. tracerit

    tracerit Android Enthusiast

    i like Dolphin HD because of the tabbed browsing, swiping to view bookmarks, and gestures. i just wish it would look more "vanilla" like the stock browser.

    since 2.2, my web browsing experience has been laggy with both stock and dolphin so i'm going to try out xscope since a lot of people are recommending it.
  7. PabloEscobar

    PabloEscobar Well-Known Member

    Will any of these browsers support flash if your running 2.1 which i dont think supports flash as standard?

    with the default browser I cant play media from iplayer or m.tvcatchup.com
  8. rcrott1

    rcrott1 Android Enthusiast

    subbed for more discussion, i have dolphin hd but am willing to find a better browser.
  9. tracerit

    tracerit Android Enthusiast

    Xscope has a horrible favorites/bookmarks manager... its a web page lol. I love the one finger zoom feature though. its very fast now compared to dolphin Post 2.2. I'm still staying with dolphin though, the swipe to see favorites is a winning feature for me.
  10. CriticalCritic

    CriticalCritic Android Expert

    I forgot about that. Though I dunno why it's horrible, I never thought it was a bad way to go.... Not that I use it, because I have been using the regular Sense bookmarks widget.
  11. sanchezero

    sanchezero Newbie

    i've used opera, dolphin hd, and xscope. xscope is the one that works best for me. it's fast and streamlined.
  12. waynester

    waynester Android Enthusiast


    guess are the major ones, all have good /bad points
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  14. tinynipples

    tinynipples Newbie
    Thread Starter

    i loved opera and skyfire on WinMo, but i have mostly been using the default browser for my stuff on my Incredible. It seems to be the fastest browser for basic stuff.

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