Which is your favorite Android Mobile Browser? Why?



  • There are many good browsers for Android Mobile. Some of them are - Android Stock Browser Boat Browser Pro Chrome Mobile Browser Dolphin Browser Firefox Mobile Browser Maxthon Mobile Browser Mercury Browser Opera Mobile Browser UC Browser and many others. According to you, which is the best browser for Android 4.0+(ICS, JB & KK), and why?



  • Next Browser for my phone. Simple layout which I like for small screen. I can choose DuckDuckGo as default search engine, an important point. Love the way it deals with tabs very much like webOS cards.

    Dolphin Browser for tablets. Full featured, I can select DDG as my default search. Decent UI.



  • Opera Mini! It definitely helps me save a ton of data. I only have 100MBs for a data plan but I hardly go over 50MB after browsing Facebook, G+, Twitter, Reddit and etc.. :woohoo:



  • Firefox Mobile for now. I like and dislike it at the same time. Yet it currently works better for me than Chrome or Opera Mobile while still getting regular updates.



  • I prefer Chrome because it is slightly more functional for my usage pattern. It seems to work better on HTML5 sites than the rest. Some times Opera Mobile works better, but not often enough to change my default.



  • Opera classic… because it does not drain the battery that much, it allows me to use my custom urlfilter and userstyles - especially handy on mobile.

    And when i'm on the road opera mini because i can underclock my htc cpu to 300MHz and still get pretty smooth browsing with dramatically increased battery life...



  • Firefox mobile for now. And chrome. But i want vivaldi for android, with sinc!



  • Opera Classic and Operamini.

    I use also Boat browser in the rare cases the above two have compatibility problems.



  • firefox mobile, beacause he displays the web pages better than others browsers



  • Habit browser

    In the beginning itsdifficult and not very userfriendly and you need a little time to work with - but take this time - in the end you will missed many great functions in the other browser
    Somehow i have to think at the old Opera - hope Vivaldi and Habit are working togehter for a great androidbrowser



  • Opera, Opera Beta, Opera Mini, Opera Mini Beta have the best UI. They're great for general browsing, especially when you want to do one-handed browsing. It's UI makes it convenient for that.

    Chrome, Chrome Beta, Chrome Dev and so on are the smoothest browsers. They have the smoothest scrolling and UI experience. The UI is responsive and Material Design, and you feel like you're using a high-end browser.

    Firefox . . . I tried it for a few minutes. It was so terrible that I uninstalled it as fast as I could. It's pages didn't render properly, it was laggy, it wasn't faster than any other browser and didn't really have much if anything to offer over other browsers.

    Javelin was a cool concept when I tried it a few months ago. It was my second browser experience after Chrome. It's UI is kind of neat and aesthetically pleasing, though I wish they had a classic version like Opera. But the browser itself wasn't smooth like Chrome, so I uninstalled it. I couldn't get used to the stuttery navigation after Chrome's buttery smooth browsing.

    Polarity was probably the fastest Android browser I've ever tried. Not amazing UI like Opera's is, but it's super fast. It loads pages faster than any other browser, especially pictures. Though typing in it lagged my keyboard a bit compared to Chrome and Opera.

    So far Maxthon is looking pretty good. I'm still testing it out and I'm liking it so far.

    That's my short experience with Android browsers so far. I haven't really tried many other browsers. Right now, I'm using Opera Beta, but sometimes I bounce between that and Chrome Dev.

    I can't wait until Vivaldi comes over to Android. Here's what I want from Vivaldi Mobile: Buttery smooth scrolling/navigation/UI like Chrome/Safari, UI similar to Opera(innovate, make your own that you think would be better), with pretty aesthetics/Material Design-ish, sync, turbo/data compression, ad blocking, flash disabling, color theme like desktop version, lots of customization and features. I totally can't wait!



  • I fairly recently got an Android phone, my first ever smartphone (I was really late to this) - so I've ended up testing a lot of browsers for the first time.

    Opera: This was the first one I tried, it seemed like the obvious choice because while they ruined their desktop browser, I figured maybe they haven't totally ruined their mobile browser given that it's more their focus. To its credit, it has a nice UI, probably the best out of the ones I've tried; navigating sites and switching tabs is very fast and intuitive, everything displays well… but then it came to trying to switch the search engine to DuckDuckGo and installing adblocking, and it doesn't seem like you can do either of those things, maybe I'm wrong? The adblocking thing doesn't bother me so much, but not being able to use my search engine of choice really affects my workflow, I don't want to use Google search. So reluctantly I had to keep searching...

    Dolphin: I'd heard good things but to be honest I found the UI really poor. I couldn't find a way to switch tabs without scrolling all the way to the top of the page or setting it to leave the address bar on the screen all the time (which takes up valuable screen space). Maybe I just haven't had a chance to get into it and learn all of the gestures that it seems to be famous for; but I wasn't impressed for other reasons as well, a lot of pages weren't displaying correctly, and overall it kind of looks and feels a bit cheap.

    I haven't tried Maxthon due to my (negative) experience with the desktop browser. To my mind the desktop was a prime example of the wrong way to have a browser with lots of features; with limited user choice you feel almost assaulted by the features rather than feeling like they're for your benefit - so I uninstalled that one quickly and I don't really feel like trying the android version...

    UC Browser: This one seemed to tick all the boxes initially, but I was shocked at the lack of ability to customise/change all the many features, for instance you can't seem to change the sites listed on the new tab page, is that just me not figuring out how yet, or that you can't? I don't like the built-in adblocker without limited ability to customise or change it (other than switch it off). This left me with a similar impression to when I tried desktop Maxthon.

    Firefox: strangely this is one that I didn't even consider at the beginning, as I tend to think of desktop Firefox as being past its time. But the Android version does more or less what I expect it to, I think that Opera looks and feels a bit better, but at least here I can change my search engine. I was also impressed that I could install a uBlock Origin extension which gives the same level of control as the desktop version.

    So currently I'm using Firefox but would welcome any other suggestions. I've heard Habit browser recommended a couple of times now, but it also doesn't seem to be that well supported (the forum is virtually dead), can anyone put my mind at rest about that?

    I'll be really interested in seeing what Vivaldi eventually come up with!



  • @ALongTime:

    Opera: This was the first one I tried, it seemed like the obvious choice because while they ruined their desktop browser, I figured maybe they haven't totally ruined their mobile browser given that it's more their focus. To its credit, it has a nice UI, probably the best out of the ones I've tried; navigating sites and switching tabs is very fast and intuitive, everything displays well… but then it came to trying to switch the search engine to DuckDuckGo and installing adblocking, and it doesn't seem like you can do either of those things, maybe I'm wrong? The adblocking thing doesn't bother me so much, but not being able to use my search engine of choice really affects my workflow, I don't want to use Google search. So reluctantly I had to keep searching...

    Opera on Android never allowed you to change the default search engine. It did always reset back to Google, even with Opera Classic and the old Opera Mini.

    But yeah, browsers which allow you to use a search engine of your choice are scarce on mobile platforms. This something that calls for EU regulators to step in. Remember when Opera ASA forced Microsoft to implement a bowser selection screen? Now it's time for a search engine selection screen on the leading mobile operating system.



  • 1. Opera seems to have most ergonomic UI so far. Things are placed where they make the most sense: address bar, tabs, menu, etc.

    2. UC Browser is great for browsing in the dark at night. I use the transparent theme with a custom dark background. However it's limited to only 10 tabs.

    3. Firefox is one of the few browsers that supports split screen mode (on the Samsung tablets.) Opera and UC Browser won't do split screen right now.



  • You should take a look to Habit browser. IMO the actual android browser that shares more philosophy with the good old Opera 12.

    Naked browser is also very handy, although it's very spartan look, which name it.



  • @The_Solutor:

    You should take a look to Habit browser. IMO the actual android browser that shares more philosophy with the good old Opera 12.

    Naked browser is also very handy, although its very spartan look, which name it.

    I never heard of Habit Browser, so I decided to try it . . .

    Holy s#!t! It's actually amazing! Tried many browsers on Android. Not one ever came near having a good browsing experience quite like a desktop browser does. That's why I've always hated browsing on a phone.

    Never tried old Opera 12 on Android, and I've tried getting old Opera mobile on my phone before but I guess it doesn't work with Marshmallow. If old Opera was a lot like Habit, then I hope that Vivaldi will be just like the 2 of them when it hits Android, and will actually be a really good mobile browsing experience!



  • back to Opera Mobile Classic*. it still has the best rendering and resizing. can't stand chrome/blink derivatives always showing wrong font sizes. one site is small font, another is gigantic letters. why cant they still not get it right after so many years? when Opera Classic had it right from the start.

    the only weird thing (on this phone) is screen blinks sometimes, especially when typing. slow sites may also stall the app.

    • Opera Classic at one point started behaving slow and even stalls completely. finally pinned down the problem was Opera link no longer functional, causing browser to make requests to nonexisting server. once you go into about:config and disable browser.js and syncing, surfing with Classic is great again.

    ** Opera Classic is no longer found on Google Play. fortunately you can still get the apk from Opera's ftp server.



  • @D0J0P:

    Never tried old Opera 12 on Android, and I've tried getting old Opera mobile on my phone before but I guess it doesn't work with Marshmallow.

    Opera mobile "classic" works very well with Lollipop and Marsh mellow, you just need the update version (yes there is one, incredibly)

    Anyway Opera Mobile classic is very different from Habit. The former is "just" a very good mobile browser, it has still the best functionality for a good mobile experience although it started to have some compatibility issues, just like it's desktop counterpart.

    On the other hand Habit resembles Opera desktop because it's customizability, because the per site stetting and so on.



  • @yellowfour:

    back to Opera Mobile Classic*. it still has the best rendering and resizing.

    I believe you missed something.

    Yes opera has likely the best text reflowing ability, even today. But I believe you are looking to the latest Android environment.

    Well android, until Jelly bean 4.3 had a very good text reflowing ability, and any android browser was able to use it.

    Starting from KK 4.4, with one of the most idiotic move ever. google replaced the android native rendering with the chrome one.

    Which is obviously not well suited for a good mobile experience like the android counterpart.

    In short. just use JB 4.3 or you will be limited to browsers that completely replaces the stock rendering engine, to get a good mobile experience: Opera (old and new), dolphin + jetpack, and few others



  • @The_Solutor:

    @D0J0P:

    Never tried old Opera 12 on Android, and I've tried getting old Opera mobile on my phone before but I guess it doesn't work with Marshmallow.

    Opera mobile "classic" works very well with Lollipop and Marsh mellow, you just need the update version (yes there is one, incredibly)

    Anyway Opera Mobile classic is very different from Habit. The former is "just" a very good mobile browser, it has still the best functionality for a good mobile experience although it started to have some compatibility issues, just like it's desktop counterpart.

    On the other hand Habit resembles Opera desktop because it's customizability, because the per site stetting and so on.

    Where can I find this updated Opera Mobile Classic? I've looked and nothing works on Marshmallow.

    And I still use Habit today. Man, it's the only decent mobile browser I can tolerate right now. It's pretty damn good. Which is better, Opera Mobile Classic or Habit?


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