17 Best Mobile Browsers

It wasn’t long ago when the only way to access the Internet was through a computer. However, nowadays technology is very developed and anyone can browse the internet thanks to their tablet or smartphone. Of course, this means that there are many Internet browsers available for mobile devices, but how can you know which one is the best? In this post, I’ll tell you about some of the best mobile browsers and hopefully, by the end of it you’ll know which mobile browser best suits your needs.

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Opera Mobile

Opera Mobile is the official Opera browser for Android devices. The application is very light and most of its users praise it for its good load speed and simple design. Of course, the Opera browser has always been known for its lightness and simplicity, so it’s not a surprise that the mobile version shares the same characteristics. This version in particular is available for tablets and smartphones that run on Android, and I personally think that it is one of the best choices if you are using an older and slower device.

Opera Mini

This version of Opera is available for iOS devices and smartphones or tablets using Windows Mobile. Just like Opera Mobile, this version is very light, but it lacks some additional features that may disturb some users. In my opinion, this version of Opera is great for most smartphones, but if you are using an iPhone, then I advise you to stay away from it since there are much better alternatives, but I’ll talk about them later.

Skyfire

This is one of the less known, but certainly interesting mobile browsers.  It is available for iOS and Android and works in a very innovative way that may soon turn it into one of the most popular web browsing solutions. Basically, regular internet browsers render the page via your phone, but Skyfire does something else. It loads the page on a 3rd-pary server and then displays it on your mobile device. This makes this browser one of the fastest, but it also increases the bandwidth used, so you must thing carefully before taking advantage of its capabilities.

Safari

Safari is the web browser inbuilt in iOS and it is the best choice for iPhone and iPad users. If you are using one of these devices, then I advise you to stick to the Safari mobile web browser, because it is optimized for these devices and works flawlessly. It has all necessary features that the average user needs, so you won’t lack functionality. The fact that the browser is built-in in iOS means that it properly handles the device’s resources and won’t disturb the performance of your smartphone or tablet.

Google Chrome for Android

As its name says, this mobile browser is exclusive for Android devices. It is the mobile version of the popular Google Chrome browser used on desktop computers, and it is one of the best solutions for mobile devices. The browser is very light, secure and functional. One of the best things about this browser is that it fully supports HTML5 and CSS3, and a variety of other web innovations. However, it lacks Flash support and Google stated that they are not planning to implement it.

Firefox Mobile

Firefox is one of the most popular web browsers for computers. However, its mobile version isn’t that popular, because it is quite heavy and doesn’t work better on devices with older hardware. On the bright side, this is one of the securest browsers and its functionality is superior to most other mobile web browsers. It features tabbed browsing, extensions, HTML5 and Flash support.

Bolt

This is another fairly unpopular mobile browser which is used by a fairly small number of people. However, it has several advantages that make it a great choice for certain users. The Bolt mobile web browser can only run on devices that support Java ME applications. The interesting thing about this browser is that it has a special version that is optimized for BlackBerry devices. BlackBerry users state that this is a great browser which is light, secure and functional, so I assume that it is a good choice if you are using a BlackBerry.

TeaShark

This is probably the most unpopular browser on this list, but it has some advantages. It works in a way similar to Skyfire, but It doesn’t pre-render the entire page. The browser intercepts the user’s request, sends it to a 3rd-party server that renders a fraction of the website and resends it to the user. This slightly increases website load speeds, but also requires more bandwidth, so if you have a limit on your internet usage, you may want to stay away from browser like this one.

Blazer

This web browser is available for smartphones that run on Palm OS 3.1 or higher. It is very light and requires just 8MB of free memory. It is also one of the oldest mobile web browsers thanks to being available since December 2000. It doesn’t support the recent HTM5 and CSS3 updates and also it doesn’t support Adobe Flash Player, so you won’t be able to watch YouTube videos or streaming content for similar websites.

S60 Web Browser

(Nokia Browser for Symbian)

This is the mobile web browser built-in the Symbian OS for Nokia phones. The latest version of Nokia Browser is 7.4 and it offers some great features that Symbian users will enjoy. Thanks to the latest version, you can use hash tag navigation, full HTML5 support, bookmarks, menu buttons, multi-window navigation, previous/next page and reading RSS feeds. It also allows you to quickly share URLs via Bluetooth, SMS or Email. It is currently the best mobile web browser for Symbian OS.

Mozilla’s Minimo

Minimo (short for Mini Mozilla) is a web browser developed by the Mozilla corporation. This is a fairly old project and although it is still active, it is used by only a few people and developers are interested in it, because of the latest Mozilla project named Fennec. Of course, Minimo was a revolutionary idea when it was first announced – implementing a desktop browser’s features in a mobile web browser. The first versions of Minimo were a success, because they didn’t use many resources while it offered the functionality of the Firefox browser.

Bitstream’s Thunderhawk

This mobile web browser is available for a wide range of devices and operating systems, but it isn’t meant for average users. This application is mostly used by developers and mobile operators, but it has some features that you may find handy. It fully supports AJAX, HTML5, HTTPS 128-bit encryption, a wide range of customizable options, image quality control, certificate validation, 5 levels of content magnification, bypassing popup windows and more.

Fennec

(Firefox for Mobile)

Fennec also known as Firefox for Mobile is the official mobile web browser developed by the Mozilla. It shares the features of the desktop version of Mozilla Firefox – flash support, add-ons support, HTML5 and CSS3, Firefox sync, tabbed browsing and much more. At the moment, it is available for Android and iOS, and is considered to be one of the fastest, most reliable and most functional mobile web browsers. It is regularly updated and thanks to the wide range of extensions available, you are able to get all the features you need.

Dolphin

Dolphin is one of the first browsers for the Android operating system. Nowadays it is available for both, Android and iOS, and it is also considered to be one of the best browsers for mobile devices. Ti features multi-touch gestures, tabbed browsing, full support for Adobe Flash on Android devices, and many other features that make it so special. One of the coolest features of this mobile web browser is the ability to add and remember certain gestures for specific websites. For example, you can use your finger to draw an “Y” in order to visit YouTube.

Iris

This is a discontinued project, but the browser is still used by many people. It is available for smartphones running on Windows Mobile and personal digital assistants. Originally, the application was developed by Torch Mobile. This is one of the three browsers that score 100/100 on the special Acid3 test for mobile browsers. This is why it is considered to be one of the lightest, most secure and most reliable mobile web browsers for Windows Mobile. However, since it is discontinued, you won’t have access to features like Adobe Flash and HTML5.

UZard

This is one of the smallest and lightest web browsers, but the reason for this is that it uses a 3rd-party server to render the page and display it on the user’s device. This means that UZard works in a way similar to Skyfire and Opera Mini. However, this rendering method is considered very unsafe, because all security data is exposed during the transfer. Anyway, UZard is available since February 2007 and can be installed on touchscreen devices running Windows Mobile and on any device using BlackBerry, Linux, Symbian and Windows CE.

Tristit

This is one of the most unpopular mobile browsers, and the reason for this is its poor functionality and lack of customization options. On the bright side, this is one of the lightest browsers, because only a small fraction of its content is stored and loaded on the user’s device. Instead, the application loads its content by downloading it from the web and therefore reduces memory usage. This browser works on just about any CDMA and GSM handset that support CLDC 1.1 and MDIP 2.0.

This article is contributed by Jas Saran. He is the Founder and CEO of G Web Pro Inc. G Web Pro is a leading digital marketing company in Toronto offers SEO, SEM, mobile advertising, web design and development services.

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