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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by BoyBrushedRed, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. BoyBrushedRed

    BoyBrushedRed Newbie
    Thread Starter

    What is the best browser to use out of the following in your opinion. I don't want to keep all 3 browsers and i think the default browser is crap and too slow.
     

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  2. LNMoton

    LNMoton Well-Known Member

    I have tried all 3 but I always go back to Dolphin. So try Dolphin.
     
  3. BoyBrushedRed

    BoyBrushedRed Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for your opinion :)
     
  4. BabyBlues

    BabyBlues Trouble Just Finds Me!

    Why? I'm honestly asking. I've used the stock browser since I got the phone. I tried opera once but wasn't overly thrilled with it. I keep looking at the other others but haven't heard anything to convince me they're better. Would love some specifics
     
  5. BoyBrushedRed

    BoyBrushedRed Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Stock player is that already on the phone, never came across that one. I try it out if its on the market.
     
  6. BabyBlues

    BabyBlues Trouble Just Finds Me!

    Stock as in the browser that came with the phone. It's been what I've always used.
     
  7. BoyBrushedRed

    BoyBrushedRed Newbie
    Thread Starter

    i see i use it and it seems to be really slow especially on my wifi connection
     
  8. runlsd

    runlsd Newbie

    +1 to Dolphin. Same situation here. I always return to Dolphin.

    I feel like we don't give stock apps a fair chance sometimes. But non-technologically speaking, I do notice some speed differences between the two... anecdotally speaking.
     
  9. youngnex

    youngnex Well-Known Member

    Stock seems to work fine for me also.

    But, the tab in dolphin is pretty good, i use both depending on how i feel.
     
  10. KFR42

    KFR42 Newbie

    Another one for dolphin.

    I used to use the stock browser and its fine for what it is, but dolphin offers so much more:

    An exit button! I hate the way you have to hit home to get out of the stock browser,
    Tabs. Definately a must for a browser now.
    A much slicker method for accessing bookmarks. Just a quick swipe to the side and there they are.
    Gestures. I don't use them much myself, but it makes repetitive actions a breeze.
    And so much more.

    Dolphin is just a much nicer, slicker browsing experience. I'd never go back to the stock browser now. The lack of exit button alone infuriates me.
     
  11. BabyBlues

    BabyBlues Trouble Just Finds Me!


    The exit button alone just sold me to go try it. Thanks!
     
  12. Add my vote for Dolphin.

    The greatest deficiency with the stock browser is the lack of multiple paged or 'tabbed' browsing.

    Next time you're in Dolphin, long-press any link on a web page then select 'open in new tab'. Then scroll up (above the address bar) and enjoy tabbed browsing ;)
     
  13. BabyBlues

    BabyBlues Trouble Just Finds Me!

    I just spent the last 30 minutes or so using it. I'm hooked.
     
  14. HJAcevedo

    HJAcevedo Well-Known Member


    Yep. But you don't have to scroll up- you can just hit menu and your tabs are there so you can quickly jump between tabs and not lose your place if, say, you're reading an article.
     
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  15. Altair4

    Altair4 Newbie

    I like Opera (Mobile, not Mini) for several reasons.
    -The biggest one is that it has better GPU acceleration - it doesn't lag as much when you're scrolling through image-heavy websites
    -It downloads any file, unlike the stock browser (and any browser that uses the same engine, such as dolphin)

    However, its' features leave something to be desired notably forcing the browser into landscape mode.
     
  16. UTR

    UTR Newbie

    All the browsers have pros and cons i use a lot of flash sites that the stock browser doesnt work with and a few sites that have limited functionality running in mobile mode something which you can not stop in the default browser. I tried skyfire which allows you to toggle between mobile and desktop modes but it broke the stock video app and didnt work with the flash sites. Firefox/nightly has a desktop mode but it doesnt seem to like the flash sites and opera from memory worked with the flash but again hit the mobile issue on some sites. At present there isnt a browser that does it all well so im still with the stock browser and still waiting for one browser to rule them all :)

    I use my honeycomb browser more than my phone and the stock browser has tabs :)
     
  17. xanok

    xanok Newbie


    I use Dolphin HD for two main things

    1. True tabbed-browsing.
    2. Gestures.

    I tried Opera and it seemed every slow in comparison to the stock browser. Didn't try Firefox, mainly because I found Dolphin first.
     
  18. BabyBlues

    BabyBlues Trouble Just Finds Me!

    I'm using dolphin now. The gestures don't do much for me but I love the tabs and speed dial features
     
  19. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    I've jumped back and forth between Dolphin and Opera. I like Dolphin simply because its what the stock browser should have been in the first place: Chrome on mobile. The user interface and looks are familiar (sad there's no black or grey theme like my chrome browser uses, so I use blue), and its slick. Opera on the other hand fights back with true integration with your desktop Opera. The bookmarks and speed dial is able to sync across your PC and phone via Opera link, and the interface is also similar and easily understandable to an Opera user. Thing that's putting me off actually is the ease of how you access your bookmarks on Dolphin (a swipe from left to right across the screen), and how Opera loads the last website you were looking at before you closed it as opposed to loading Speed Dial.

    Anyway, basically, if you use Opera on your PC, you'll like Opera mobile and its Opera Link features. If you use Chrome, tendency is you'll like Dolphin. Of course Firefox users will like Firefox for Android.
     
  20. amdviper

    amdviper Newbie

    Using Dolphin at the moment. Basically because of the ease of use ie; tabs, bookmarks etc...However for me, the stock browser seems to be just as fast if not faster while browsing and opening web pages.
     
  21. MysticMi

    MysticMi Lurker

    I downloaded Dolphin and thats the one im using, i really like the features that it offers and the speed.
     
  22. Quatis7

    Quatis7 Newbie

    I am currently test driving skyfire.
    I liked dophin a lot.I really liked the speed dial page. However for some reason on my Samsung Infuse everytime I use it its like I just downloaded it fresh and I have to go through the accept terms, import bookmarks and quick set up. Something goofy going on . Otherwise its awesome.

    Then I tried Opera. again awesome until I started viewing the cardinal game "live" on espn. It didnt display things right. had to keep scrolling up and down. again otherwise an awsome browser. So maybe after we win the world series I will go back to Opera but for now I am trying out Skyfire.

    Some view pages slightly differently. Or so I have read. I didnt experience it until the espn dealio.

    Tabbed broswing is the main reason not to use the stock browser. I dont think you can really tell the difference in speed, I mean really? a millisecond...Its not like dial up and T3 here. I would think the phone itself has more to do with the processing speed than the browser. But hey what do I know.
     
  23. prl77

    prl77 Lurker

  24. I prefer to Opera mini, but most of time I just use the default web browser.
     
  25. radbrad85

    radbrad85 Lurker

    Dolphin for sure, nothing else I've tried comes close.

    Plus, who doesn't love dolphins?!
     
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