Mobile Browsers

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Mobile Browsers
« on: May 25, 2013, 08:17:25 AM »
For a while now I've been using Opera because it has everything where I like it interface wise. But they just updated and now it's.... Different. The bookmarks now require you to go into the speed tab, open the bookmark folder, and scroll down a group of icons to find the item you want.

So I figure its time for a change. And what better way to change than to ask FES what mobile browser they prefer.
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Re: Mobile Browsers
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2013, 08:23:00 AM »
I use safari.

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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2013, 08:30:54 AM »
I've been using dolphin mini.  Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than the default Android browser (hell, safari is probably better).  I tried a couple others as well, and this one seemed faster while also having lots of nice features.  My phone doesn't support Chrome, unfortunately, or I'd probably be using that.
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Re: Mobile Browsers
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2013, 11:03:52 AM »
Make your own. Go on, I dare you.
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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2013, 12:35:46 PM »
I've been using dolphin mini.  Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than the default Android browser (hell, safari is probably better).  I tried a couple others as well, and this one seemed faster while also having lots of nice features.  My phone doesn't support Chrome, unfortunately, or I'd probably be using that.
Stupid question but... How do you get to your bookmarks on dolphin mini?

Nevermind, I see how.  I can't.  It's impossible because my phone doesn't have the hard "menu" button.

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Re: Mobile Browsers
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2013, 05:58:02 PM »
Chrome for me. I like how seamless it is across platforms, and the recent updates have made it just a little nicer.
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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2013, 07:22:21 PM »
I use Chrome until it tells me I don't have the plugin to play a video, then I use the default browser.

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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2013, 10:27:03 PM »
I've been using dolphin mini.  Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than the default Android browser (hell, safari is probably better).  I tried a couple others as well, and this one seemed faster while also having lots of nice features.  My phone doesn't support Chrome, unfortunately, or I'd probably be using that.
Stupid question but... How do you get to your bookmarks on dolphin mini?

Nevermind, I see how.  I can't.  It's impossible because my phone doesn't have the hard "menu" button.

Joy.

Are you not on Android?  I thought the four "home," "menu," "back," and "search" buttons were standard?
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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2013, 11:21:14 PM »
Chrome for me. I like how seamless it is across platforms

The few major platforms it supports, you mean. God help you if you want to try it on non-mainstream hardware or operating systems.

I use Firefox as both my desktop browser and my mobile browser. Stable, featureful, has a good selection of third-party extensions, and Mozilla actually cares about portability so I can run it on pretty much anything.
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« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2013, 11:27:49 PM »
I've been using dolphin mini.  Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than the default Android browser (hell, safari is probably better).  I tried a couple others as well, and this one seemed faster while also having lots of nice features.  My phone doesn't support Chrome, unfortunately, or I'd probably be using that.
Stupid question but... How do you get to your bookmarks on dolphin mini?

Nevermind, I see how.  I can't.  It's impossible because my phone doesn't have the hard "menu" button.

Joy.

Are you not on Android?  I thought the four "home," "menu," "back," and "search" buttons were standard?
Yeah.  HTC One X.
It has 3 buttons: Home, Back, Recent Apps
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Re: Mobile Browsers
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2013, 11:28:02 PM »
Firefox on the desktop.  Safari when I am using an iPhone, either Dolphin HD or Firefox when I am using Android.

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Re: Mobile Browsers
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2013, 09:48:48 AM »
Yeah.  HTC One X.

i am every kind of jealous you bastard :'[
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Lorddave

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« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2013, 10:08:18 AM »
Yeah.  HTC One X.

i am every kind of jealous you bastard :'[
It's the AT&T version though.
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« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2013, 10:09:46 AM »
Yeah.  HTC One X.
It has 3 buttons: Home, Back, Recent Apps

What a shitty phone.  Every android phone I've used you can just hold the home button for the recent apps.  That phone is not only missing an essential button (menu), but has a superfluous one.  I'd take it back.
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« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2013, 01:59:07 PM »
I've bound app menu to holding the home button, but in the stock ROM I think most apps have a menu button on screen (or show the menu).

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« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2013, 02:06:49 PM »
yeah but you can't count on app makers to actually do that.  The only superfluous button in the older set is the search button, but even I've found it useful for using the voice search while driving.
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« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2013, 02:28:53 PM »
Yeah.  HTC One X.
It has 3 buttons: Home, Back, Recent Apps

What a shitty phone.  Every android phone I've used you can just hold the home button for the recent apps.  That phone is not only missing an essential button (menu), but has a superfluous one.  I'd take it back.


Actually, stock Android has dispensed with a menu 'button' since Ice Cream Sandwich. The Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 both have a back button, home button, and recent apps button. 'Menu' features move to the apps themselves. HTC have even gone more minimalist with the One - it only has a back and a home button. Personally, I think that's a waste of space, especially as it's just taken up by their logo.


A few months ago I would have agreed with you about the recent apps button, but even on my S3, where the it's an extra (long) press away, I use it more often than the menu button. Once you get into the habit of using it, it really is way more efficient.
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Re: Mobile Browsers
« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2013, 02:31:23 PM »
Yeah.  HTC One X.
It has 3 buttons: Home, Back, Recent Apps

What a shitty phone.  Every android phone I've used you can just hold the home button for the recent apps.  That phone is not only missing an essential button (menu), but has a superfluous one.  I'd take it back.


Actually, stock Android has dispensed with a menu 'button' since Ice Cream Sandwich. The Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 both have a back button, home button, and recent apps button. 'Menu' features move to the apps themselves. HTC have even gone more minimalist with the One - it only has a back and a home button. Personally, I think that's a waste of space, especially as it's just taken up by their logo.


A few months ago I would have agreed with you about the recent apps button, but even on my S3, where the it's an extra (long) press away, I use it more often than the menu button. Once you get into the habit of using it, it really is way more efficient.

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« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2013, 03:05:42 PM »
NO THINGS SHOULDN"T CHANGE BECAUSE I LIKE THEM THE WAY THEY ARE ALREADY


I too was curmudgeonly on this point, but now I really wish I had a dedicated recent apps button instead of a menu button. I could probably get it by rooting and fiddling with the button mapping, but I think I'll just get a Nexus 4 and sell the S3.


The One is a beautiful phone, but it's buttons are just stupid, IMO. Not only have they kept the power button at the top again (which on a phone that size is just silly), but they've cut it down to the home button and back button, just so they can put their logo in the middle. For a phone that is otherwise so focussed on intelligent hardware-design, I am really perplexed by their choices in this regard.
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« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2013, 04:09:02 PM »
So, silly me, I found out that the recent apps button can be changed in the OS:

press = open apps
Long Press = menu

OR
press = menu
Long Press = open apps

OR
Only open apps
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Re: Mobile Browsers
« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2013, 05:23:18 PM »
Yeah Dave, I was going to ask you about that.
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Lorddave

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« Reply #21 on: May 31, 2013, 05:31:48 PM »
So I've found this browser called UC.  I tried the dolphin but didn't like it.  UC, however, I like.  It has the buttons where I want them, themes, and allows for me to swipe left or right to go back or forward. 

My only complaint is that it renders some forums as text only unless you click "go to full page" at the bottom.
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« Reply #22 on: June 04, 2013, 05:58:23 PM »
Chrome for me. I like how seamless it is across platforms

The few major platforms it supports, you mean. God help you if you want to try it on non-mainstream hardware or operating systems.

I use Firefox as both my desktop browser and my mobile browser. Stable, featureful, has a good selection of third-party extensions, and Mozilla actually cares about portability so I can run it on pretty much anything.


That's a fair point. I have to say I am often tempted to switch to FireFox, but there are certain features of Chrome/Chromium that I find extremely useful, and that FireFox's sync setup just doesn't quite replicate.


But in the interest of experimentation, I'm going to give FF a go across platforms for a few days.
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« Reply #23 on: June 18, 2013, 09:26:09 PM »
I usually use Chrome on my tablet and phone, it definitely works well.

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« Reply #24 on: July 09, 2013, 09:51:30 PM »
There's absolutely no reason to use a non-Firefox browser if you can help it, in my opinion.