iPad iPad air 2 - best browser?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by SLM9555, Nov 26, 2014.

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Best / fastest iPad air 2 browser

  1. Safari

    62 vote(s)
    81.6%
  2. Chrome

    7 vote(s)
    9.2%
  3. Other

    7 vote(s)
    9.2%
  1. SLM9555 macrumors member

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    What do you think is the best browser for the iPad air two, specifically Safari or chrome?

    Speed and performance?

    Features? Overall?
     
  2. Closingracer macrumors 68000

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    On the iPad I prefer safari all the way. Find it faster and just performs better overall then chrome or others
     
  3. laudern macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but I seem to find safari always seems to get a bit snappier after every iOS update.
     
  4. Simacca macrumors 6502a

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    +1 for safari. Would use chrome if it was as quick.
     
  5. NorthSeaBeach macrumors regular

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    Does Safari have a retracting statusbar in iOS 8.1.1? If not Chrome.
     
  6. thedeejay macrumors 65816

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    The problem is that Chrome doesn't adopt the back swipe gesture or I'd be using Chrome over anything.
     
  7. Closingracer macrumors 68000

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    I'm starting to hate chrome even on android and my pc lol. On my pc it's a resource hog and android has its own issues
     
  8. SLM9555 thread starter macrumors member

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    I think so far I actually prefer chrome, both seem about equal speed on my air 2. The big thing for me is safari works with handoff but nothing for chrome. I wonder if chrome will add handoff capability?
     
  9. Mr Kram macrumors 68000

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    pretty sure chrome has "handoff" i have a buddy who uses android and a pc and it works for him.
     
  10. SLM9555 thread starter macrumors member

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    It doesn't work right on my iphone/ipad and macbook air. Only safari works like a true "handoff." Of course I can pull up the tabs once in chrome on my MB Air but that is not handoff like safari can do.
     
  11. Max(IT) Suspended

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    Don't use a Google product....
    I think the best browser for iOS is Mercury Browser. Lighter than Safari but very powerful.
     
  12. Sprintina macrumors member

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    I have been a several year-Mercury user but recently discovered iCabMobile thanks to a poster's recommendation here and am hooked so far. I never really liked Safari and Chrome doesn't really light my fire either.
     
  13. Badrottie Suspended

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    Safari runs better with iOS and Chrome runs poorly. Chrome worked best with Kit Kat I noticed. :apple:
     
  14. zhenya macrumors 603

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    Another vote for Mercury. It's the only browser that has regularly kept me away from Safari. I do think Safari is generally the smoothest, but Mercury is nearly as good, surprisingly feels just as fast even though they haven't updated to use the new rendering engine, and is a or more flee than Safari. It also reliably keeps 10+ tabs open for me on the Air 2 while Safari will start to dump them free about 5 (not immediately, but eventually).
     
  15. JacobC1983 macrumors member

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    Chrome is still crashing for me at random times on my iPad Air.

    I haven't used Safari enough to notice if it happens there, too.
     
  16. Batavian, Nov 29, 2014
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    Batavian macrumors 6502

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    I have found Puffin to be my go to browser for speed. One of its features is the ability to run flash. But i don't use it for that reason at all. Both the free and paid versions run well. The free versions bottom ads are not too intrusive. I went ahead about bought the paid version because I liked the app and wanted to support the developer.

    Mercury is another one I use. Same story as Puffin. There is a free to try version, but I went and bought the "pro" version to support the developer.

    Safari is still super slow for me. I have an iPad Air 1 running 8.1.1
     
  17. Max(IT) Suspended

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    Chrome on kit Kat is a nightmare....
     
  18. double329 macrumors 6502

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    I personally use and like Safari on all the Apple devices. I tried other browser and I ended up coming back to Safari.
     
  19. Badrottie Suspended

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    Really? It looks fine on my android tablet. :apple:
     
  20. TheIntruder macrumors 6502a

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    I also like Mercury as an alternative. It performs similarly to Safari, I like the way it feels (control, and no shrinking URL bar) and I can import my desktop bookmarks easily.

    I've also tried Chrome and Opera Mini, but not Dolphin nor iCab or other paid options.

    Apparently, the only difference I can find between Mercury and Pro are the default bookmarks.
     
  21. zhenya macrumors 603

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    I think the pro version allows a larger number of open tabs.
     
  22. Gutwrench macrumors 65816

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    Puffin is still in use? I'm pretty one dimensional - Safari.
     
  23. TheIntruder macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, didn't know that. I've only run into the limit once, and didn't feel like it was artificially low. And unlike Safari, it actually warns you when there are too many tabs open.

    I like how if you didn't know there was a Pro version, you'd never be able to tell from inside the app. No pushiness, IAP, or other annoyances.
     
  24. TheIntruder macrumors 6502a

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    Speaking of Mercury, anyone know for sure what some of the advanced prefs do -- Enable Compression/Memory Warning/Disable Images/Navigation.

    They do seem self-explanatory, but since they're not enabled by default, I wonder what the tradeoffs are.

    I have seen the memory warning pop up once, and disabling images is clear. But the other two?

    Their website isn't up to date with the current version, and the section addressing the advanced prefs is missing.
     
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