Why use a different browser on iPad/iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by SilentLoner, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. SilentLoner macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Mobile/8C148)

    I'm currently using icab on both iPad and iPhone but I'm yet to see the difference.
  2. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    I don't know about iCab, but browsers like Atomic offer the ability to have tabs open side-by-side (like a desktop browser), which means that i can go to a site that streams video (live.twit.tv) and listen to a show wile browsing other sites in a different tab. The iOS Safari browser don't offer this functionality, once you switch to a different tab, the video turns off. Also, Atomic Browser does a better job of caching websites so that it doesn't have to re-load the page as often like Safari.

  3. meechy macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2010

  4. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    What saving107 said.

    I strongly dislike Safari.
  5. ldburroughs macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2005
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Power consumption?

    Is there any validity to the claim that the other browsers consume more power? I was considering using one of the browsers that handle flash by converting it offsite for download but don't want to mess with it if there is a significant drop in battery life.
  6. ajohnson253 macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2008
    People want tabs, or a full screen browser etc etc. Different browsers have more options or less, I enjoy just using safari due to the stability and how fluid it is.
  7. wyneken macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2010
    The great State of Maine
    Of course a lot of this comes down to personal preference, "look and feel," and all that. But I like iCab because of tabs (including the crucial "Open in background tab" feature, which greatly speeds browsing), direct downloads from the web, quick in-page scrolling, and the multitude of available settings to personalize the browser.

    Atomic seems to offer a similar feature set and comparable speed and solidity -- I've just gotten comfortable with iCab and see no need to switch.

    Safari, by comparison, seems dumbed-down.

    None of these browsers should differ greatly in power requirements because they're all built on WebKit. (As is Grazing, though that seems to have memory-management issues.)
  8. SilentLoner thread starter macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    I do like icab but i do find it not overly needed.
  9. walie macrumors 6502a

    Nov 15, 2010
    with icab mobile, i can view pages in full screen, set the browser to act as firefox to avoid all the stupid iphone specific websites, download files, upload files to dropbox, save webpages to instapaper without setting up the bookmark, change font sizes, clip webpages to evernote, use gestures, enable private browsing

    there are other features, i just use the above ones the most

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