I used to love the stock HTC browser and a lot of my friends still do. I think they keep changing it for the sake of change, and I get it fighting with my status bar too so I don't think it's just you. Firefox is Firefox, Dolphin is good if you want to go with the plug-ins, but if you want a browser with a minimal interface, no extra stuff, just a conduit to the WebKit engine under Android's hood then you owe it to yourself to check out Naked Browser. It took me some getting used to it but now I'm glad I did. Most every browser out there sends some sort of messages back to their devs, others are still trying to sort out what that's about, I gave up. Naked is guaranteed to not do that because that practice angered the Naked dev so much he simply solved it by making his own app. If you don't care about that and don't use a lot of the Dolphin features, then Boat Browser is pretty good imo. Maxthon has a different layout and is also worthy of a check out imo. Opera keeps going up and down in responsiveness, so if you like Opera and need some cloud acceleration (like Opera can do) along with great media handling, try out UC Browser. At any given time I have at least 6 browsers installed, can you tell lol.