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Android Alternative Web Browsers Review Comparison: Dolphin HD vs. Opera Mini, xScope, Skyfire, Firefox, Miren, and more

Updated on July 7, 2012


REVIEW PLATFORM: Motorola Droid Bionic running stock 2.3.4 Gingerbread.

Updated 04-JUL-2012, added NineSky, Maxthon

Updated 07-JUL-2012, added iBrowser, QQ Browser, Easy Browser, Cyber Analyzer Browser (Free), Espier Browser

The default web browser on Android (named just "browser") is actually pretty good for a mobile web browser. However, as with any operating system that encourages development, you soon have better items appearing. Here you will see the major competitors (Mozilla Firefox, Opera, xScope, Dolphin, and Skyfire), as well as a few no-names!

With advent of two major web browser players, Opera Mobile, and Firefox Mobile (codename Fennec) joining the Android platform as well, the mobile Android web browser competition is heating up. Which Android mobile web browser is worth your download?

Default Android 2.0 Browser, showing MSNBC mobile
Default Android 2.0 Browser, showing MSNBC mobile


The built-in mobile web browser, based on the Webkit engine, is optimized for mobile operations. It has text reflow (auto-format) to fit the screen, pinch zoom, and it will do multiple windows but no onscreen tabs. Its speed is decent and it serves as a good baseline for comparison.

Browser (default)

Pros: geo-location, auto-format to fit screen-width, pinch zoom/unzoom, multiple windows, decent speed
Cons: nothing fancy
Rating: 5 out of 10 (baseline)

Opera 5 Mini showing MSNBC with "mobile view" turned on
Opera 5 Mini showing MSNBC with "mobile view" turned on
Same, but with mobile view turned off
Same, but with mobile view turned off

Opera 5 Mini Web Browser

Opera is one of the biggest names in browsers, except Firefox and Internet Explorer. Opera emphasizes speed above all else and Opera 5 Mini does not disappoint.

Opera 5 Mini  Web Browser improves speed by operating a set of proxy cache servers to speed up access to popular sites, as well claiming an advanced rendering engine that is faster than anything else on the market. There is also a litany of other features, such as multi-window browsing, a startup page "grid" that lists the most often used websites (including your bookmarks). It also has online backup of your bookmarks and settings and "saved pages", keyboard shortcuts, among other features.

Opera 5 mini does have a few problems. It does NOT support geo-location (i.e. the browser can't get coordinates from your GPS). Latest version does support intents (i.e. pick up "default" settings). It does NOT support pinch zoom (though you can use 3 different text sizes and a few different zoom levels). It does not respond to the "menu" key at all. It also does not "reformat" the columns to fit within the screen like the default "browser", among other problems.

Subjectively, Opera 5 mini is the most "desktop-like" browser (with Dolphin Mini and xScope just behind). It has a URL bar, and a search bar next to it. There is also a toolbar at the bottom. Though if you really need more space, turn on the "full screen" mode. It also does feel faster than the default browser.

Pros: faster, online backup, startup "grid" of sites, better interface
Cons: no geo-location, no re-formatting, no pinch zoom
Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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xScope 6 Web Browser Trial

It has a strange name, but xScope is one of the first alternate browsers on the market that does offer a lot of features beyond the default. It has theme support (in reality, just replaces all the toolbar icons). It is also quite fast, has a starting "grid", and interface that may be even MORE sophisticated than Opera's, fully supporting pinch zoom, tabbed browsing, and more.

it also has a file browser and task manager built-in to the browser, and all that in a package that's barely over 500K (compared to others that's 3-5 times larger!) Tight code means fast performance, and xScope does not disappoint.

The recently launched Version 6 has no ads. The older Version 5 is now free and known as xScope Lite.

Problems? It is virtually unheard of (what this review is trying to change!), and it does not do that online backup or saved pages that Opera does. Subjectively, xScope is fast and multi-functional. If you need a browser that does a lot of things, xScope is worthy of your attention.

Pros: fast, startup bookmarks, interface, theme support
Cons: funny name
Rating: 8 out of 10

Download xScope 6 Trial from Appbrain

NOTE: Full version is $2.99 in App Market

Dolphin HD with MSNBC mobile loaded. See the tabs on top?
Dolphin HD with MSNBC mobile loaded. See the tabs on top?

Dolphin and Dolphin HD (for Android) Web Browsers

Dolphin browser, which has another version called Dolphin HD, is a branch off the main Android browser development. It is sometimes known as the TunnyBrowser (I have no idea why). It has gesture support, tabbed browsing (the tabs actually show on screen), download videos, and a bunch of other little enhancements. It also has a *share* button allowing to share a webpage through any available means (, Digg, and more), as well as syncs bookmarks with Google Bookmarks. It also has a "read it later" button, and RSS subscriptions.

Problems? It does not do geolocation (this may be fixed in the HD version), and speed-wise, subjectively it is slower than the default browser. Somehow it doesn't feel that "special" when compared to Opera or xScope, except gestures.

Most recent versions of Dolphin HD introduced a lot of plug-ins, and many are very useful, like quickdial, ad blocker, and more.

Pros: gestures (which also turns on the toolbar), real tabs on screen, share and sync, plug-ins
Cons: no geolocation (?) , slower
Rating: 8 out of 10

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Dolphin Mini
Dolphin Mini | Source

Dolphin Mini Web Browser

Dolphin Mini is a new branch off the Dolphin tree. It is much smaller (less than 1 MB in size when regular Dolphin HD is twice as big), but kept most of the features, such as tabs, Quick Dial (starter page), gestures, and much more. It doesn't take Dolphin plug-ins, but otherwise this is a full-featured browser. (It will do Flash if you have it)

This is one of the best choice for Android if you don't want to run a full browser such as Firefox Fennec or Opera Mobile. (The other choice would be Opera Mini)

Rating: 9 out 10

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Skyfire 4, the social web browser
Skyfire 4, the social web browser | Source

Skyfire 4: Social Web Browser

Skyfire aims to be a different browser, and its main claim to fame is partial support of Flash Video, and now, Facebook and Twitter integration, making web browsing a far more social experience.

Some websites have a Flash app playing a video. If that app was written properly, Skyfire can play it despite lack of support for Flash in the browser itself. Obviously, this does not work all the time, and it only works because Skyfire actually sends the request to the Skyfire server, which then does a server-side conversion before serving the converted video to you. However, it seems to work on most websites. (Apparently this feature is now trial only, and you need to pay $2.99 to unlock it completely).

Like Opera, Skyfire allow you to change between "desktop" mode vs. "mobile" mode by changing its "user-Agent" (i.e. browser ID) to force the auto-detecting websites to display one type vs. the other. In fact, it has a button right on the toolbar to do so. In Version 4, the "skybar" toolbar is now user-configurable and scrollable. There's also a lot more support on news feeds, such as Google Reader and news topics like finance, sports, etc. Finally, almost anything on the website, from the title to individual items can be easily shared.

Overall, it's good browser if you want your browsing experience to be more social.

Pros: Flash video conversion, social integration
Cons: not that useful if you don't use social networks much, esp. Facebook and Twitter
Rating: 8 out of 10

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Boat Browser

Boat Browser claims to be HTML5 compatible, as pretty as Safari, AND as fast as xScope. I've tried it a few times, and it is pretty good, but it doesn't have any special feel to it. I've tried it for two weeks and it doesn't feel anything really special. For now it's temporary rating of 7.

Rating: 7 out of 10

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Opera Mobile Web Browser

Opera Mobile is a separate product from Opera Mini, which was already on the Android Market for a while. Opera Mobile is a full browser, while Opera Mini relies on the Opera servers to pre-render the page and then sends it down to your browser. For the difference between the two, please see here.

Opera Mobile just left beta, and is an almost 7 MB download (so do it over WiFi or unlimited data plan) that expands to 16 megs after install (12 megs after move to SD). Operationally it looks and feels just like Opera Mini, but the graphics rendering feels a bit better but slower. Feeling wise this seem to render webpages more accurately. Try this only on a 1 GHz Android with 512MB of RAM or BETTER device, please.

Pros: Full Opera "Presto" rendering engine, very desktop like
Cons: not fully compliant with Android UI, very large footprint compared to other browsers, still glitchy
Rating: 8 out of 10

Download Opera Mobile 11 from Appbrain

Firefox Mobile 4.0.1

Firefox Mobile (codename Fennec) is the full browser ported to run on mobile devices. It has all of the desktop browser features, such as Awesome Bar, Sync, and Add-ons, plus all the other features needed for a mobile browser, like pinch zoom, tabbed browsing, and so on.

The final version feels very similar to Opera Mobile. Rendering feels pretty good, but the size!?! 14MB download! Official page says 17MB storage needed on phone, runs best on devices with 512MB of RAM or more. The original Moto Droid is NOT on the recommended hardware list. On the list are Droid X or Droid 2, Droid Incredible, EVO 4G, Nexus One, and such.

If you have the hardware to run it, this is one of the best mobile browsers available, almost on par with desktop experience.

Pros: very desktop like browser with real browser features
Cons: HUGE footprint, sumo-sized, not quite compatible with older hardware
Rating: 8 out of 10

Link to Appbrain for Firefox Mobile

And some alternative choices...

Besides the "big 5" browsers (browser, xScope, Skyfire, Opera, and Dolphin) we have already profiled, there are several other smaller browsers that may be worth a look...

Angel Browser

By the same guy who brought you Galapagos Browser (see below), Angel Browser is the next version of Galapagos, with some UI tweaks seemingly inspired by Dolphin Mini. The original app website is in Japanese, but don't let that deter you. This app is small (800K APK) but there is a lot of power under the hood, hiding in the menus. Most items are customizable, changeable, and so on. Definitely worth a try.

Download Angel Browser through Appbrain

NetFront Life Browser V2

This is a weird duck indeed. It seem to be based on the same Webkit core as the other browsers like Android Browser, Skyfire, Dolphin, and so on, and yet it looks completely different! The "main" screen is composed of 2 portions... The top is a sort of "preview" multi-window in "rotating panel" format. If you have multiple windows open just flick right or left to switch among them. The bottom is composed of three "card catalogs" that are actually your bookmarks, your history, and something called a "scrapbook" where you save web clippings.

A new interesting feature is called "tilt mode", where the browser can be held at 45 degree angle which gives you a larger screen without going full landscape. Is it useful? I don't know.

The scrapbook idea seem to be half-baked. The "scrap book" can't seem to be exported to anything, and the "free-form" capture is incredibly difficult to use, and can capture only one screen at a time. There is supposed to be Evernote integration, but that just means you can clip and area and "share" that to Evernote. Once you've clipped it to scrap book nothing can be done with it.

Give it a try, but just beware after the initial "wow" you may be a bit underwhelmed by the actual functionality

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

Download Netfront Life Browser from Appbrain

Galapagos Browser

This browser, based on Webkit, is low on graphical flair and high on capabilities that rivals a lot desktop browsers.

When you start it you'll only see a small "tab bar" on top, and a small toolbar below (or on the left in landscape mode). The tab bar is for managing tabs. This browser has the standard "open in new tab" features if you press-hold a link.

The toolbar is customizable and have 6 functions. If you don't like the buttons press-hold the spot and pick one of the dozens of functions in the browser, from translate (calls Google Translate) to screenshot (that's right, of the ENTIRE webpage, not just the screen).
Unfortunately, the browser is virtually undocumented. There's ONE help page (that's online) that describes the basic features of the browser but not the additional functions within.

Give it a try. At only 500KB, this browser is lightweight and quite speedy, yet full-featured.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10?

Download Galapagos Browser from Appbrain

Miren Browser

Technically it should be Mi-Zen, but that's Chinese pinyin system for you. It means "attractive" (literally "bewitching people"), Miren is a Chinese Android browser ported to English, and occasionally you'll still find a few bits in Chinese that wasn't translated (such as "page loading, please wait").

Miren tries to use the full screen available, by making the onscreen controls auto-hide. It does reflow/reformat, but rather unpredictably. It works on some pages and not others. Pinch zoom/unzoom doesn't always work either. It seem to depend on whether you've loaded a mobile site or the regular site.

On the other hand, it has some features I haven't seen on other browsers such as "bandwidth saver" (pipes all output through Baidu search engine's "mobile view", which dumps all the formating and pictures, keeping only text. Google has equivalent feature first, but no browser seem to use nowadays). It also has a "brightness" button that allows you to control brightness slider from within the browser instead of going somewhere else. It also has some intelligent features like "stop all downloads when leaving WiFi", or load pictures/Flash on WiFi connection only, download on WiFi only, and so on.

It also has a huge "starter page" that lists all the interesting websites you may visit, but I don't see any way to edit it.

As a browser, it seems to be a wee bit slow compared to others.

Overall, Miren is an odd duck that looks good, have some interesting functions. It is worth a try, but I don't see it replacing Dolphin or such.

Rating: 8 out of 10

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Zirco Browser

Zirco is another alternative browser that actually looks pretty good and useful. Most functions are hidden in a toolbar similar to Dolphin / Dolphin Mini, and it imports bookmarks from standard browser. It also has an adblocker. it should support Flash as well. Worth a look, esp. if you want a peek at the source code, as it's open source.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

Link to Zirco Browser on Appbrain

Ultralight Web Browser

Has NO features other than to browse, so it's pretty darn fast, but it's another webkit-derivative. No plug-ins, no zoom, no reflow/reformat, nothing. In fact, it won't respond to the menu key at all. All controls are hidden under a small 'control' button, and there are only 4 buttons: back, forward, refresh, stop.

Really, that's it.

It's under 50KB in size. That's right, UNDER 50KB. That's light indeed. If you need basic browser, this is pretty good, but don't expect any advanced features.

Rating: 6 out of 10

Link to Appbrain for Ultralight Web Browser

Browser Plus

Browser Plus appears to be a half-hearted effort to expand "browser", by slapping an ugly intro screen, and using radio buttons as 'tabs' to introduce more browse tabs. Other than that, it really has no special abilities. Furthermore, it's buggy and annoying. The Google box can't accept any words to search. The URL box has a word pre-inputed that you must delete first to enter your own stuff. Actual browsing shows it's just a standard Webkit browser bloated to almost 2MB in size. Why?

Rating: 5 out of 10

Link to Appbrain for Browser Plus

Infinity Browser

Infinity Browser tries to be more of an "international" browser by incorporating Google Translate as well as the text-to-speech engine. However, I can never get the TTS to work, and it does not say the whole page. I had to highlight a section, then click on "say", and that just doesn't work somehow. It tries, but it can't deliver.

Rating: 6 out of 10

Appbrain link to Infinity Browser (no longer available)

NetDroid Browser

More of an experiment than a real browser, NetDroid's main feature is "tilt scrolling": set a "neutral" attitude, then tilt up to scroll down, tilt down to scroll up. However, it gets very annoying at times. Other than this, it has no other special features.

Rating: 5 out of 10

Link to NetDroid Browser

CoCo Browser

Seems like a clone of Dolphin 1.X, don't see anything special about it at all.

Rating: 5 out of 10

Appbrain Link to CoCo Browser

UC Browser English

UC Browser started as a Chinese browser, and the English version was only released later, much later. mobile browser either. However, there are some reports that all throughput went through the "Great Firewall of China", that search filter that Google objected to. So this may not quite be up your alley. It also crashes on my Moto Droid.

Rating: None, cannot evaluate

Appbrain Link to UC Browser English

Maxthon Browser

Maxthon started its life as MyIE2 on WIndows, by borrowing the Internet Explorer browser engine but added lots of new capabilities to it. That lead to Maxthon for Android.

Maxthon Browser for Android is a pretty impressive browser that is free. It has a decent start page that has the links you may want to go to, as well as almost all the capabilities of the big guys like Dolphin including gestures, page caching so if you hit "back" you end up there instantly, and there is also bookmark sync to cloud, and themes (though those are pretty limited). There is also WWW vs. WAP mode.

There is also a separate tablet version.

Not bad, worth a try. Nothing too special though.

NineSky Browser

NineSky browser is an import from China, and it is a decent browser, albeit nothing too special. It looks a lot like the other browsers, like Galapagos browser with the base toolbar.

It claims a couple special features, like cloud bookmarks, security warnings, private mode (also low-bandwidth mode and normal mode), and supports three different search engines.

Nothing too special when you use it though.

QQ Browser

iBrowser and QQ Browser are nearly identical, as if they were made by the same team. The only difference between the interface is one has a start page customized for an Indian audience (iBrowser), while the other is customized toward a Chinese / Western audience (QQ Browser)

The two appears to be identical in all other aspects. Indeed, both are called "MTT".

They are not bad, as they have a couple features, like night mode, private mode, and so on. However, even there the descriptions are nearly identical.

You can try them, but unless you really want a custom browser for your locale there's no real reason to use these vs. the other major choices.


QQ Browser

Easy Browser

Another import from China, this one claims to be better than all other browsers, but didn't quite live up to the hype. While speed is decent, it has NO special features at all. It seems to be a very generic version of Webkit browser. Even the logo is borrowed from Internet Explorer. Not much reason to try this one.

CyberAnalyzer Browser (free)

NOTE: Full version available for $1.99

CyberAnalyzer Browser is a standard Android webkit browser, except it has several tabs that will show you the source code, CSS, and other background things that you normally don't see. If you want to see what's hiding in the source code and CSS and such, use this browser.

Espier Browser

Espier Browser from a team in China is almost an EXACT clone of the iOS Safari browser, right down to the menu choices. The ON/OFF toggle switch is unmistakably iOS, as is the overall interface. Performance is below par compared to other browsers, and Flash compatibility is somewhat iffy, as the plug-in seem to have some problems.

Unless you're trying to fool your friends into thinking you got an iPhone, there's not much reason to use this browser vs. the "big boys".


So which browsers are worth your download? Depends on your needs.

If you prefer speed, try Opera Mini or Dolphin Mini

For tabbed browsing, Dolphin HD or XScope should satisfy your needs.

If you must have video now in your browser but don't want Flash, or if you want social network integration, try SkyFire

None of the other "minority browsers" are quite worth downloading thus far except maybe Netfront Life Browser.


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    • kschang profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      Ha-ha. :) Sure, if you want to make an iOS clone.

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      6 years ago

      espier its the faster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (y) :) ;)

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      6 years ago

      Dolphin browser is the best,

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      6 years ago

      Uc browser is the best browser for java environment,on android sucks. FIREFOX downloading speed is slow and crashes a lot of time.After a long time I realized that Opera is the best and Boat mini rocks too. Today this is my team, Opera for browsing and Boat for downloading. Nice review tough.

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      Madhavi Wagh 

      6 years ago

      I am currently using a Sony Ericsson Neo V phone which has an Android OS. Recently got to know about the iBrowser which was said to have some amazing features. Found it on the Play Store and it installed pretty quickly as it wasn't a too large app. In the beginning it was a little confusing as there are a lot of things laid out that you don't expect in a usual browser that is pre-nstalled in your phone. But, as soon as you start using it, it gets pretty simple as everything is in front of you like a browser that you expect on a PC. You are also amazed by its speed as it is considerably faster than your pre-installed browser. The features that really come across as amazing are the night mode (not so much for my phone but i'm sure it is a blessing for JAVA and symbian phones) and the privacy mode. Also, read online that this browser along with being fast, also helps in cost reduction as it has some compression technology embedded inside it. Really user friendly as the things that i would want are right in front of me. It also gets difficult to download videos when you are browsing through the phone, but the iBrowser gives you the option of downloading videos as soon as you click them open. This really is like a blessing as downloading videos before was never so easy. Features wise and overall i really like this browser and am super happy with it and would give it a nine on ten rating.

    • kschang profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      Coming soon, Maxthon, and NineSky. Sorry for lack of updates.

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      7 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      @Jenifer -- Comodo Dragon is only for Windows, not Android.

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      7 years ago

      why not comodo dragon browser which is established by a leading cloud security company like comodo trust online , this browser is not only fast but also safe to run

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      7 years ago

      Opera mobile is the best. Also get Firefox full and then Browser Switcher app from the Market (all free). This will solve almost any compatibility issues with web pages.

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      7 years ago

      i prefer opera mobile, its fastest when u only on your 2g network

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      7 years ago

      Very nice - and useful. Appreciate the updates.

    • kschang profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      @saxxon -- when I can afford a tablet, I may do that! :D

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      7 years ago

      Nice review. Id be very interested in a similarly thorough review of these browsers on a tablet. I lookedaround quite a bitbut i could not findany decent review anywhere. Maybe an idea?

    • kschang profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      Hmmm, you're right. I forgot to add that to this lineup! I've reviewed it separately on my blog. It feels a lot like Miren, having the same looks. I'll add it!

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      7 years ago

      What about Maxthon Browser?

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      8 years ago

      Anyone still using skyfire on a device that does not support native flash needs to check out the puffin browser. You're welcome.

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      8 years ago

      Just grabbed Skyfire 4. It's amazing!!, we can watch any video without having flash!. Great.

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      8 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      Uh, that's my own blog. :-)

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      8 years ago from São Paulo, Brazil

      Found a small review of Angel here:

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      8 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA


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      8 years ago

      Forgot to add the Angel/Galapagos document page, translated by Google translate

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      8 years ago

      My favorites are xScope, Angel (successor of Galapagos), Dolphin Mini.

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      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow... comprehensive list of Android browsers. I personally like Skyfire. Dolphin seems slow and I try to avoid Opera due to compatibility.

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      8 years ago

      I have tried

      opera mini

      dolphin mini


      netfront browser


      dolphin mini is personally my favourite because it has a lot of features that i want like setting as wallpaper, screen gestures, able to clear cache, history and what not upon exit, and it doesn't drain the battery and it actually gives you the exit option, allowing the app to quit and not hog the cpu/memory in the background

      netfront browser is second on the list but i noticed it's very battery draining. my favourite part of netfront browser is indeed the swiping and killing of tabs, and also the cutting out aka screen capping. i like! too bad about the battery/memory/cpu drain and inability to have the option to exit and doesn't allow setting of wallpaper. not to mention, it doesn't allow you to change the default search engine.

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      8 years ago from São Paulo, Brazil

      I'm always changing but the two I like the most are Miren and xscope.

      But you should check Skyfire 4, has great new features!

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      8 years ago

      I used dolphin hd first, but now I'm in love with xScope.

      It's fast, the gui is really good, it has all the features I need and hiding the gui with menu button is really nice.

      I only miss the gestures in dolphin, but I mostly used them to cope with the gui that stayed at the top of the page anyway.

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      Dana Rock 

      8 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Excellent hub! I am very impressed! Great selection of browsers too. My favorite is Dolphin HD because it integrates Lastpass so well.

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      8 years ago from London

      Ive been using Dolphin browser HD for a while and its awesome. Ive tried the standard one and Opera but they just don't compare. Dolphin is by far the easiest to use and always displays webpages in the best way.

    • kschang profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      Lifehacker did a review of the full browsers...!5785273/android-faceoff-which-browser-wins-out-on-speed-features-and-usability

    • kschang profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      Soon to be added: Boat Browser (weird name)

      And in latest news... built-in web browser of Android is faster than iPhone's equivalent

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      8 years ago

      I have tried so many different browsers, but have settled on Miren now. It's fast, the program doesn't lag and you change the front page tiles in bookmarks. The best android browser is have found overall for what I need. I have tested firefox from early on so also wanted to add that while it is really big you can app2sd. It was a good browser but no flash and slow app made it unusable day-to-day for me.

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      Nelson Cruz 

      8 years ago

      Nice review. Dolphin HD does use Google to reformat websites for mobile view, if enabled. Similar to miren's bandwidth saver.

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      8 years ago from Chennai, India

      Very useful information

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      8 years ago

      opera mobile best of the best there are no compettitions maybe safari. But opera with opera turbo on which is save yr data is defenetly the best

    • kschang profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      The default Android browser, like Chrome, are based on WebKit engine. So I guess they are cousins. :-D

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      8 years ago

      how come google doesn't have an android version of chrome?

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      8 years ago

      Thank you so much for the comparisons!

    • kschang profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      Updated with even MORE browsers...

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      8 years ago

      well, I am currently using opera mini n quite happy with it.

      But anyways, thanks for the interesting info.

      Black Friday cell phone offers

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      nikitha p 

      8 years ago from India

      Thank you for an interesting and informative hub.

    • kschang profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      No hardware acceleration (for the beta).

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      8 years ago

      Opera mobile is launching today plz review it to.

      It may have hardware acceleration.

    • kschang profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      When it works... Dana... when it works. Too many times it just crashes with no warning message at all.

      And a quick review of Fennec / Firefox. It was a HUGE program, like 40+ MBs of space! It requires a VERY hefty smartphone. My Droid, even when overclocked to 1 GHz, is still a bit laggy. Displays website fine, but the input is weird. I think I'll have to wait another month to try again. This version is a bit TOO alpha for me.

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      Dana Rock 

      8 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Skyfire's flash stuff is awesome!

    • kschang profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      No, haven't tried Fennec yet. xScope just launched V6.0 so there will be an update soon.

      In the meanwhile, look into the PCWorld review of 6 Android browsers.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for the efforts I would def appreciate the updates and toy with them myself. Have you tried the Mozilla beta yet?


    • kschang profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      I was apparently using the beta. The current version of Opera Mini fixed most of the concerns I got. Will update today.

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      9 years ago

      You should update this; in FROYO (which I have on my Nexus One), Opera Mini can be the default browser without extra software.


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