Which Web Browser App(s) Do You Use On Your iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by irDigital0l, May 1, 2011.


Which Web Browser App(s) Do You Use On Your iPad?

  1. Safari

    192 vote(s)
  2. Google

    10 vote(s)
  3. Bing

    9 vote(s)
  4. Terra

    44 vote(s)
  5. Atomic

    80 vote(s)
  6. Skyfire

    13 vote(s)
  7. Mercury

    8 vote(s)
  8. iCab

    52 vote(s)
  9. Other

    7 vote(s)
  1. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    Right now Terra and Bing. Bing doesnt have bookmarks feature so I use Terra, but Bing looks really nice.
  2. MMakoto macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2011
    Terra is my current favorite now, but they still need implement the google search suggestions.
  3. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    i tried terra and mercury, it crashed alot even the multitasking bar was empty.

    atomic for me, the UI is butt ugly though.

    one thing i like about atomic is i can set three tap fingers to cycle between tabs, so i just doing the gesture to switch between tabs and when it reaches the last tab, it will go back to the first tab.

    the other browsers only let you set three tap fingers to the next tab or previous tab, no cycling between tabs.
  4. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
  5. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    switching tabs on safari is annoying. if safari includes a tab bar, i would delete atomic in a heart beat.
  6. kramerica2 macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2009
    Sadly, I have to use Safari, since it's much faster.

    However, the lack of tabs is extremely annoying.
  7. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Really like the big microphone icon in Bing. Being able to speak a search command is so easy and feels like Star Trek. That said, where's the effin' back button in it?
  8. Funkymonk macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2011
    didn't even know there were so many. just safari
  9. jafingi macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2009

    3rd party apps don't have the Nitro engine, so JS intensive websites feel much slower in 3rd party apps.

    Once (and if) Apple enables Nitro for 3rd party use, I'll jump back to Terra, that I've used before.
  10. zunairryk macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2009
    Vancouver, BC
    I love Safari, but im forced to use third party browsers for the sole purpose of blocking ads. Only if there was a way to block ads in Safari.

    Atomic - Ugly UI
    Mercury:Many annoying bugs.
    Icab: Doesnt load some sites (eg: nytimes) properly when the adblock feature is on.
  11. weenie macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2010

    And I also use MobileMe to keep the favorite links synchronized across all my Internet devices (PC, Mac, iOS), and haven't found an automated way to pull them into Terra, Atomic, etc yet...

    But I do like the gesture features in other browsers, just wish that Safari has them.
  12. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    North Yorkshire, UK
    I like Safari but Atomic feels more like a grown-up desktop browser to me.
    Agreed it could do with being a bit prettier tho.

    Where`s Firefox for iPad? Sigh...
  13. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
  14. Wozza2010 macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2010
    ICab is the best by far.

    I've just grabbed the latest update and you can now swipe back and forth between open tabs. It's awesome.
  15. BlindMellon macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2011
    Firefox will be on right after apple lets in Google Chrome.
  16. EssentialParado macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2005
    Try iCab. It's Atomic if it had Apple designers. Has all the features (inc. multi-finger gestures) plus a few extra, like file downloads and uploads.

  17. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
  18. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    tried that before, only atomic can cycle betwen tabs with one gesture.
  19. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Been using icab but just switched to terra, so far it isn't bad.
  20. whaleboy macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2007
    The new Icab update lets you swipe between tabs with one finger. I have both Atomic and Icab, liked the functionality and how much you could customize Atomic (tons of options) but it is pretty ugly. Icab is far easier to look at but I missed the ability to customize the interface more (therefore was using Atomic more).

    Icab just released an update that adds most of what I was missing, so now its what I'm in all the time. I'm missing "find in page" search though, but I don't think any of the IOS browsers have this. If you've tried Icab before I'd try it again (after updating).

  21. Jof macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2008
    After using iCab, Atomic and Mercury daily for a while, I think iCab has the edge if only because it doesn't offend my eyes so much :p
  22. dukeblue91 macrumors 65816


    Oct 7, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    I use both Safari and iCab.
    iCab being my favorite due to the fact of being able to down load and upload files.
    Safari for synching my bookmarks and keychain and is also a little faster.
  23. jeans94621 macrumors regular


    Jul 10, 2010
    I use Puffin it is the best desktop experience to me. I get flash if I want and I have the ability to turn it off . It is smooth and fast. I can watch hulu videos or just about any video on the web. It is my most use app. It is hard to go to safari after using it because as fast as safari has become it is not as fast as Puffin.
  24. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    I like Terra for the tabs. I bought Skyfire for iPhone and it didn't work for any of the sites I was trying to run flash on, so I didn't even bother with it on iPad.

    Terra is a really awesome browser if you want tabs, but for some reason I never think to use it--I need to add it to my dock so I stop forgetting about it.
  25. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    Don't know how anyone can use Safari extensively. I've little doubt it's probably the fastest and prettiest, but functionality wise it's like "My first browser".

    iCab for me, very very good indeed. Was without an iPad for about 6 months before the 2 came along, and iCab has really come on leaps and bounds in that time.

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