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Lifehacker recently published an article on it’s 5 best IOS web browsers and I think they missed one..
While all of the browsers have pretty much the same rendering engines as the article points out ther si more to a web browser than just the rendering. A touch interface is very different from a point and click one and I think most of the browsers below fail because they still work on the point and click idea.
Apple’s Safari comes stock on every iOS device, and it’s a natural pick for the top five. It’s feature-rich enough to make mobile browsing easy and functional. You get plenty of tabs, and Safari’s “Reader” mode, which highlights the text of an article in an easy-to-read view without ads and other fluff that can clutter up a web page. When you’re finished reading, you can add the article to iCloud to read again on the desktop or just for safe keeping. Safari supports bookmark syncing via iCloud as well, and lets you add your favorite sites to your home screen as shortcuts so you can get back to them quickly. Fast, free, and right there on every iOS device: it’s no wonder many of you don’t bother with anything else.
Atomic Browser is our favorite web browser for iOS, mostly because of its deep feature set. It’ll set you back $1, but for that price you get ad blocking, form autofill, password management, dropbox support for downloaded files, the ability to download and expand zip archives, private browsing, tap-to-call phone numbers, and much more. Atomic has some other useful features as well, like the ability to skin the browser with themes, the ability to save web pages for offline viewing, and configurable gestures for navigation. It’s a feature-packed app for a buck.
Google Chrome for iOS may be less than a month old, but it has already captured many of your hearts. That’s no surprise—if you use Chrome on the desktop, it’s a great alternative for your iPhone or iPad, since you can sign in to Chrome Sync and enjoy all of your bookmarks, search history, passwords, and more seamlessly. The way Chrome handles tab management in iOS—essentially by letting you “stack” tabs on top of one another if you want them out of the way for a moment—is unique, and definitely helps you keep track of what you’re reading. Plus, Chrome for iOS supports Incognito Mode, so you can surf privately without being tracked or leaving (much of) a trace.
Dolphin Browser is one of our favorites on the Android side, and there’s a lot to love about it on iOS as well. Dolphin saves passwords and some form data, and will sync bookmarks and other data using their new Dolphin Connect service. Dolphin for iOS also comes with Dolphin Sonar, a speech-to-text engine that allows you to search the web or navigate to your favorite sites just by speaking to your iPhone or iPad, and also supports custom gestures for browser navigation (forward/back/jump to top/go to bottom) and for your favorite sites. Dolphin also supports “Webzine,” which is similar to Safari’s “Reader” view, stripping out the ads and fluff for a streamlined reading experience. Dolphin even supports third-party plugins.
iCab is a name we hadn’t heard in a long time. It’ll cost you $2, but for the money you get built-in ad blocking, form auto-fill, the ability to import and export bookmarks and bookmark folders to and from the desktop, and even a fully-featured download manager that lets you download anything you could from a desktop browser. The app supports Dropbox, so you can stash downloads there. iCab also supports gestures, custom links to Facebook, Evernote, and other third-party services, and more. It’s the most expensive in the roundup (considering Atomic is $1 and everthing else is free), but you definitely get features for the money.
Life browser is a browser based on touch not bookmark bars which are fiddly to touch and is based on gestures
Anytime you open Life, it will automatically load your favorite sites for you. For example, if you’re a frequent Facebook user, or like to read news on cnet, simply tap the “+” button and add all those sites as a new page. Life will remember those sites so anytime you open it, you can swipe to the next one. Life is also intelligent when loading sites. It only loads the adjacent sites so you’re not using too much bandwidth.
There are a few swiping gestures you need to learn when using Life. You can swipe right or left using four fingers, which allows you to swipe through sites as if you were swiping through pictures in iPhoto. Use a one-finger swipe for scrolling a page and two fingers for zooming in and out. Three fingers navigate back and forward on one page.
Life also brings you a queue feature (called “Q”) for searching. For example, you could tab on four articles on digg and then tap to go through the sites. Simply tap the “Q” on the top right and any link you tap on, whether it’s a Google search or news article, will be opened behind the current window. To cycle in your queue, simply tap the up or down arrows.