Alternate browser showdown!

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by TorontoLRT, Apr 7, 2011.


What browser do you use most often?

  1. Atomic

  2. iCab

  3. Mercury

  4. Other Alternative

    0 vote(s)
  5. I stick with Safari

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2010
    Toronto, Duh!
    What is your favorite alternative browser and why?
  2. macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    Atomic Web, because it’s easy to use and is loaded with features. Also, it’s easy to go from Safari to it, since you can load bookmarks.

    Skyfire if I ever need a website with flash.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    Safari because I haven't tried any of the others
  4. macrumors 68000

    Jun 2, 2006
    atomic browser is really good, but i always go back to safari because it's the built in browser.

    i hate safari's way to handle tabs, but i just installed GridTab from cydia to make the tab handling like iPad, much better, not as good as atomic way though, but it's better than the original way of handling.
  5. macrumors demi-god


    Feb 9, 2011
    southerner trapped 'up north' (UK)
    safari as im so used to it and didn't really take to the others
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2008
    I've used Mercury, but it has some serious functionality issues that keep me from using it regularly.

    I like the UI, and the inclusion of gestures. But some of the gestures don't work, and there doesn't appear to be a way to manage saved pages. In fact, the only way I've been able to delete saved pages is to completely reinstall the app.
  7. macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2009
    in a New York State of mind
    I use Atomic. I can't live without the tabs. You can also import your bookmarks from Safari, which makes it super easy to adapt to.
  8. macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2010
    OC, California
    Atomic, I love the tabs and the ad block is amazing!
  9. macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2011
    Opera Mini (eventhough that it isn't technically a browser), just to save data roaming costs when I'm abroad.
    For the rest I just stick with Safari
  10. macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    The only "alternate" browser I would be interested in is one that doesn't use Apple's rendering engine - i.e. one that isn't going to be allowed on the App Store.
  11. macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2009
    if you are jb'd you can get browser changer from cydia and make atomic (or any other browser) the default. i never open safari anymore with this tweak.

    i prefer atomic cause of adblock, always in full screen (thx to fs buttons & gestures), much better tab mgmnt, browser agents, and prob something else i can't think of now.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2011
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2010
    Toronto, Duh!
    I would love Opera Mini, except it doesn't support retina. Can you say killing flaw?
  14. macrumors 604


    Dec 12, 2007
    off world.
    I use Safari - I like the integration, and I like the way the interface behaves and acts like it's part of the rest of the system.

    I have Atomic Browser (thank you for the free code, you guys :)) and Opera Mobile - out of the two I like Atomic the best), but they lack the same polish that Safari has. Atomic is a great alternative, don't get me wrong, but given that I'm forced to have Safari I'd rather have Safari and just one browser app on my iPhone.

    Opera Mobile is lousy all the way around. I think it has a poor interface and slow loading even the most basic pages (even though they tout it as fast).
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2011
    Yeah that a huge miss. But I think they will catch up. Photohop just added Retina support recently.

    I use Safari for general surfing, but when I need sheer speed I use Opera Mini. Also nice when I am aproaching my data limit and need to ration the megabytes. ;)

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