Which Web Browser Should You Run On Your Android Device?

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mayankleoboy1

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"Stock Android Browser" is a myth. There is NO "Stock" android browser.
Each device manufacturer (Samsung, Asus, Lg, HTC) customise/modify the "stock" browser to match the SoC, the TDP, power saving, and specific browser benchmark targeted, for that device.

So this "Stock" browser is actually a modified browser, customised by ASUS to work better with a Tegra3 SoC, in some specifc benchmarks which Asus thinks are more important than others. Its not a representative of all android devices.
 


When you're running a Nexus device, it's a stock browser...
 

adamovera

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[citation][nom]mayankleoboy1[/nom]Sunspider and Kraken are crap benchmarks. All browsers target these benchmarks for specifc optimisations, that are never actually used on the web.[/citation]
SunSpider is the next to go for sure, but I haven't heard a ton of criticism regarding Kraken yet. Between BrowserMark, Peacekeeper, and RIABench, we could withdraw all the vendor-developed JS tests.
 

tiret

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^ interesting. lets hope it works out... my gf is rather pissed that she can't play farmville on my galaxy tab.
 

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I've already figured out that Chrome isn't so hot, but the reason why Chrome still wins for me is that it synchronizes bookmarks, passwords, history and a bunch of other stuff across all my computers and devices. That is an indispensable feature for me.
 

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[citation][nom]tiret[/nom]give me a browser with flash support then we'll talk[/citation]
Since Adobe themselves has ended Flash development for all mobile platforms, I don't think you will see many browsers keeping support for it for long. Likely in a year, maybe 18 months, you won't see any support for Flash as, well, what's the point.
 
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Firefox Beta has flash support once you download and install the flash apk - I have it working well on my Nexus 7
 
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It is not benchmark results that counts when choosing my mobile browser. And what counts?
- some kind of adblocking utility, like urlfilter.ini in Opera, adblock in firefox
- minimum font size. On my 8" 160dpi screen fonts are too small to be read comfortably. In Opera I can declare a minimum font size and have all webpages readable and well formatted.
- declare to be a desktop browser. I most browsers I have to declare this for every site I visit, in Opera I do it once and it is set
- smoothness on any hardware, not only Quad-core. Try stock browser or firefox on a single-core A10 machine and it will freeze for 10s when composing your webpage. Opera won't be butter-smooth, but it will let you scroll througn the page from the beginning.
So Opera is the worst browser according to Thg, but is the best for me, the average user.
 

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Read this on Dolphin on my Galaxy Tab, Dolphin has been a fixture on the Tab for two years and for good reason. Forget the scores, even if it wasn't top I would still use it, the actual user experience is head and shoulders above the competition.
 

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[citation][nom]piotrjakub[/nom]It is not benchmark results that counts when choosing my mobile browser. And what counts?- some kind of adblocking utility, like urlfilter.ini in Opera, adblock in firefox- minimum font size. On my 8" 160dpi screen fonts are too small to be read comfortably. In Opera I can declare a minimum font size and have all webpages readable and well formatted.- declare to be a desktop browser. I most browsers I have to declare this for every site I visit, in Opera I do it once and it is set- smoothness on any hardware, not only Quad-core. Try stock browser or firefox on a single-core A10 machine and it will freeze for 10s when composing your webpage. Opera won't be butter-smooth, but it will let you scroll througn the page from the beginning.So Opera is the worst browser according to Thg, but is the best for me, the average user.[/citation]

This. A review of performance only is useless. Features are more important.
 

obarthelemy

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Also, Opera has a night mode that works, the only browser I could find with one. It's a little hacky though (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1326434)
 
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naked browser

the ui is very minimal though so might not be newcomer friendly
but the responsiveness is on par with dolphin
 

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Chrome is the default browser for Nexus devices running Jellybean. Browser is not even installed on neither the Galaxy Nexus nor the Nexus 4.
 
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Chrome is not only the default for Nexus devices...Razr M, HD, and Maxx HD also come with Chrome as the only browser installed. It's been great for me and I especially like being able to swipe between tabs.
 
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so, according to real life browsing opera has fastest browsing, but because it scores last in syntethic benchmarks it comes last?
 

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I've had the TF300T for some month using Dolphin... And It is still slow, slow, slow.

My next buy will be a labtop Core i5 / HD 4000 with a SSD and a mouse with a wire. It will be set up so it is always on standby - and wakes up in 2-4 sec.

Tablets are for todlers and teens :)
 

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I've had the TF300T for some month using Dolphin... And It is still slow, slow, slow.

My next buy will be a labtop Core i5 / HD 4000 with a SSD and a mouse with a wire. It will be set up so it is always on standby - and wakes up in 2-4 sec.

Tablets are for todlers and teens :)
 

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Why is Asus Transformer TF300T being used as the Android test bed? Isn't Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 a way better test bed? Especially when you start comparing it to ipad.
 

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[citation][nom]gilahacker[/nom]"Boat Browser" (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.boatbrowser.free) supports flash just fine. I've used it on a Galaxy S3 and a Nexus 10. Just go download the latest Flash apk from Adobe:http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-playe [...] developersScroll down a bit to get to the Android listings.[/citation]


I agree, Boat Browser is extremely fast with a terrific interface. On top of it all it's listed on the Play store as having 1-5 million installs for both the Large & Mini version. Both of those completely trump the number of users for ones that were included in the review.

Not including it in this review is a huge oversight for such a widely used browser.
 

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Well I just picked up the Tf300+dock from the $300 Woot deal, so this article is actually really helpful to me. At least it will be whenever I actually receive the darned thing.
 
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