Which Browser Should You Be Running On Your iPad And iPhone?

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LuckyDucky7

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Was this review even necessary?
There is no choice of browsers on iOS. None. Every "browser" is just a sub-par Safari wrapper.

It's not like people buy iOS devices for the ability to tailor the device to their liking, after all- it's not called the "reality distortion field" for nothing.
 

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But Tom's Hardware, I hate Apple. What about Android?
Such condescension! What about people who actually like Android more? Or find its features more beneficial?

Not every Android user hates Apple.


 

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I hope next week we see not only tablet review. I'm more interested in the phone part of Android.

And Ubuntu just release 12.10. This is a good time to have another Ubuntu Web Browser Grand Prix.
 
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I'm curious what the benchmarks would be like if they installed the Nitrous Cydia tweak, which allows third party apps to use the Nitro engine. Any chance we can get a follow-up?
 
If you don't have an Apple iOS product then frankly go away, you're talking out your 'back side,' and go Troll somewhere else. Keep in mind all but two of the TH Editors have an iPhone and a slew of other Apple products - fact.

I've tried Chrome and Dolphin and keep coming back to Safari. Most of these benchmarks are within milliseconds so ± <0.05~0.10 seconds or ± <1~2FPS in the real world is negligible, so it comes down to features. Chrome isn't bad but it still needs some improvements in it's UI and features which still aren't ready for prime time.
 

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I have noticed on iOS 6 the newer Safari is much faster than it used to be, but speed isn't everything here,, how about features? I use chrome because it is better at blocking popups, quicker to switch to 'incognito' for banking, etc, also it syncs with my desktop history and favorites --- AND in my opinion has a better way of managing the tabs,,, Safari doesn't do any of this. I get lots of popups and redirects which I don't get on Chrome.
 
I like that Chrome syncs with my PC but where's the history (aside from recently closed tabs)? As far as pop-ups (even with Block Pop-up - 'on') and ad bars I've seen little differences between Safari and Chrome; try TH site. I do agree and I do like the 'incognito' but most of my e.g. banking is done on either my PC or Bank's App.

On some sites Chrome isn't recognized as mobile friendly but it's not Chrome's fault, it's the site's fault.

I have little doubt and look forward to later versions of Chrome that will solve many of these odd problems and fine tune their App.
 

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[citation][nom]esrever[/nom]All of them are the same since apple doesn't give developers any freedom.[/citation]
[citation][nom]ksampanna[/nom]I mean, c'mon ... bt obviously[/citation]
[citation][nom]LuckyDucky7[/nom]Was this review even necessary?There is no choice of browsers on iOS. None. Every "browser" is just a sub-par Safari wrapper.It's not like people buy iOS devices for the ability to tailor the device to their liking, after all- it's not called the "reality distortion field" for nothing.[/citation]
[citation][nom]cknobman[/nom]One of the biggest waste of time articles ever published on this site. WTF Toms?[/citation]
Not everybody is aware of what's going on with browsers on iOS. I've had people request this article, and I've also heard people say "I use browser X on my iDevice instead of Safari because it's faster." Before Nitro, I would have to agree with you, esrever, they were all the same. Not anymore. I think the fact that Apple continues to limit 3rd-party browsers to using the stock engines, yet has a new JS engine that only Safari can access is complete BS. And Nitro plays a big part in real-world usage that isn't easily seen on benchmarks that measure any one aspect, just look at and page load times. All iOS browsers are the same, right? Then how come Safari is the only one who can walk and chew gum at the same time? Nitro. If Apple kept the playing field level and they all were forced to use the same engines, they could always evenly compete on featureset, but with Nitro, the fix is in. The question is, how long can Apple keep this up while being the dominant player in the tablet sector?
 

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"just look at -RoboHornet Pro- and page load times" is what I meant to say, for some reason it pulled my link to the RoboHornet Pro article from the post...
 

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[citation][nom]gamecube[/nom]I hope next week we see not only tablet review. I'm more interested in the phone part of Android.And Ubuntu just release 12.10. This is a good time to have another Ubuntu Web Browser Grand Prix.[/citation]
I started with tablets due to the Internet connection. Studies show that tablets, unlike smartphones, are used overwhelmingly on WiFi connections as opposed to mobile data. Plus, mobile data varies too much. Whatever numbers I get here won't necessarily translate in San Fran or NYC, or even to another provider were I am.
I'll probably include Ubuntu in a Windows-based WBGP sometime down the line, that won't be for a while though. Android is next, and Windows 8 is probably more important to most readers than Ubuntu right now.
 

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[citation][nom]amigafan[/nom]No iCab mobile and no Atomic Web Browser[/citation]
I picked them based on these three criteria:
1) They have to be a regular browser - the Mini browsers have way too many issues with tests not running
2) They have to be free (as in beer) - and no trial stuff, either
3) Popularity/Rating
iCab Mobile and Atomic didn't pass #2.
 
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