iPhone users have always had a fast and stable browser, but when it comes to facilities, it does not really shine. Besides a beautiful Reader paging mode, native Twitter integration with the iOS 5 platform and the fact that it can save a shortcut directly to a site from Springboard, Mobile Safari does not really offer anything remarkable. Unsatisfied users went looking for free and more interesting alternatives:
The most popular desktop browser of the moment, Google Chrome has finally arrived on iOS, and users who use it on other terminals as well will see that this as a blessing – the application allows instant authentication and synchronization of data like lists favorite sites , usernames or passwords and tabs open on other terminals.
Compared to Safari, Google Chrome offers a page for the most frequently accessed sites and a different way of working with open tabs, but that is no better option beyond “Close all tabs” and highlighting the current field, a trivial method of anti-phishing protection.
Dolphin became famous on Android but did jump into the iOS in the second half of last year. The most interesting feature is its gesture control, allowing dedicated button liking plotting a symbol for not more than 21 different operations to control tabs or the application itself.
Dolphin has a simple interface, offering the classic environment tabs at the top and control buttons on the bottom, side edges, opened by moving the scroll sideways, providing quick access to favorite lists or settings. The product also features a full screen work, the only buttons Back and Gesture are displayed.
Opera Mini is a product known since the days of the Symbian operating system was the top technology. Unlike the first two products, this is not a browser itself, but a rendering client made the company’s cloud servers.
Opera has chosen a standard interface for the browser, it provides a separate address bar, search field and navigation buttons at the bottom, only the button to access individual items in the list of tabs open and the Opera button provides access to all the product’s settings.
Mercury Browser is one of the most impressive products free from the App Store, in addition to navigation functions and provides a module for viewing documents and HTPP server for accessing their local network without iTunes.
If Chrome users can enjoy data synchronization, Firefox users receive support in Mercury Browser. Besides this useful option, the product also provides a way to remove ads, change User Agent for sites which have problems, local saving pages with ads and navigation in incognito mode.