browser alterantive to Safari

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by aimeeinohio, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. aimeeinohio macrumors regular

    aimeeinohio

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    OK, so I am looking at other browsers for my iPad (which I love love love, btw), but am not sure what to do...My issue it, to post in my class message boards, I have to do it in html, and it's a pain in the butt.:p

    I'm looking at Skyfire- does anyone here use it?
    Or should I get Firefox? Or atomic?

    Help me out, wouldya guys?:D
     
  2. ZilogZ80 macrumors 6502a

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    There is no Firefox on iPad. Atomic is a great alternative to Safari. Other people like iCab but personally I've not tried it.
    Not used Skyfire either but AFAIK it's only real advantage is in playing Flash video (via a server).
     
  3. aimeeinohio thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ahh, someone told me I could use furefox on ipad. :)
    I'll give atomic a try.:p
     
  4. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    +1^^^for Skyfire; another alternative is OPERA. I'm gonna' checkout iCab...:cool:
     
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  6. Surely Guest

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    I've been using Atomic for months and haven't looked back.
     
  7. thuff59 macrumors member

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    Atomic Web works great, it allows you to mimic other browsers such as Firefox 3, IE6,7,8 and Safari.
     
  8. Moyank24 macrumors 601

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    Another vote for Atomic. I have it on my iPad and iPhone and I love it. Unless they make some major upgrades to Safari, I'll never go back. It's worth the $.99!
     
  9. newdeal macrumors 68020

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    I tried them all, icab is best. Skyfire when I had it was the iphone version only so I can't really compare that, but of all the others icab was far better imo
     
  10. KINetics macrumors member

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    Terra.

    It's clean. Tabbed browsing. And allows opening of tabs in the background.

    Best of all, it's free.
     
  11. ZilogZ80 macrumors 6502a

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    Considering how little the other browsers actually cost and how important a great browser is to the whole iPad experience, "it's free" is a pretty weak argument. That said, Terra is by the same guy(s) who did PDF Expert (which is awesome) so I'll definitely be checking it out! :)
     
  12. Jakeblu macrumors regular

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    Me too. Also have icab on the iPad but prefer atomic.
     
  13. zhenya macrumors 603

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    I use iCab and Atomic in addition to Safari. The main problem I have is that every 3rd party browser I've tried has bugs that make posting in many forums difficult for me. They've gotten better with updates, but it still happens, and it's really frustrating.
     
  14. Jakeblu macrumors regular

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    Interested to know what problems you are having. I use Atomic pretty much exclusively and post to a number of forums with no issues, can't say I remembered any problems with icab either. Is there a specific problem?
     
  15. zhenya macrumors 603

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    Yeah, they won't let me select the text box to input my reply. Not every time, and even worse, sometimes I'll start to compose my reply, leave the app to do something else, and when I come back, I can't get back to the text box.
     
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    I would guess that one issue is that of the cursor disappearing while typing in a text box while on a vBulletin forum, like this one.

    This happens because vBulletin doesn't recognize the browser as coming from an iDevice and uses javascript which doesn't work with the touch events. Going to settings->identify browser as Mobile Safari iPad/iPhone will fix the issue.

    I prefer to have my browser recognized as Desktop Safari, so I live with the issue. Not a really big deal to me.
     
  17. markhort macrumors 6502a

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    Been using Atomic for the last month and find it excellent.
     
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  19. Gryzor macrumors 6502

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    As long as the site supports HTML5, you can use Safari, Atomic etc. YouPorn is particularly good on Apple devices.
     
  20. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

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    Internet Explorer on your PC, so you could also download the free viruses embedded with the videos.
     
  21. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

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    I vote or Terra. It's made by the same people that makes ReaddleDocs which is an excellent app.
    It may have ome minor glitches, but I'm sure these will be corrected.
     
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  23. Lagranger macrumors member

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    another vote for atomic

    Fwiw, own and tried terra, perfect, mercury and icab. I keep coming back to atomic because it's the only browser I've found so far* that allows me to increase the default font size of a particular site (not just zoom in, which they all do) AND WILL REMEMBER it each time I visit that site.

    Otherwise, my second choice would probably be iCab because of its polished UI.


    * If anyone is aware on any other browsers that offer this, I'd really like to know.
     
  24. patp Guest

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    atomic browser is my fave browser. It gives me the most desktop like experience out of all of the iPad browsers.
     

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