Web browsers are one of the most important apps on any device. Having the right features and performance while browsing the web can literally change your entire experience with a device. Finding the right one can be difficult since most of them have a variety of features and focuses. Some focus on features, others on speed, and some try to do both. So which ones are the best? Click on the video above to watch it or keep going to read it.
First up is Baidu browser. In terms of looks it looks like what you’d except out of a browser. You can have windowed tabs or actual tabs at the top if you prefer. There is also a night mode, swipe navigation, a decent list of tools and actions to perform, and even a floating icon that lets you open the browser from anywhere. It performed as well as you can expect from a browser and it has a strong feature set that can compete with others.
Firefox browser is one of the most popular browsers on desktops and, predictably, one of the best on Android. It doesn’t have any real off the wall features, but it does provide a very satisfying web browsing experience. It allows you to sync to your desktop version of Firefox to obtain your bookmarks and there are add-ons that you can add as well.
Of course we give the obligatory nod to the most popular browser on Android and that’s Chrome browser. It offers direct syncing with your desktop version by logging into Google along with a competent browsing experience. It has some swipe navigation, an unlimited number of browser tabs, and it is a very solid and stable experience. Also, if you’re going for the all Google experience, this is the browser you want.
As with most of these browsers, Next Browser focuses on speed. Unlike many of these browsers, it does this quite well. It also boasts a small footprint so it’s ideal for older devices who want better browsing without the more bloated options. There are add on options if you need them but overall this is a very nice browser.
We’ve reviewed Opera Browser a bunch of times and that’s because it’s a really nice browser. It has all the features you’d expect in a browser with a relatively quick browsing experience. There are themes and add-ons as well as the Speed Dial and Discover features to help give you a more entertaining browsing experience. It’s definitely worth a shot.
We’ve also reviewed Boat Browser before and coming back to play with it again left the same good taste it did last time. It has features like add-ons and themes as well as a built-in app store. It’s a solid browser option that also has a paid option if you need more features, but the free one is pretty good on its own.
Maxthon Browser used to carry a little flack because it has been included as bundled software on devices before but we assure you, it isn’t bloatware. Maxthon has a lot of features and most of them are behind the scenes, leaving you with just the web browsing. There are add-ons supported and it is a solid browsing experience.
[Price: Free / $2.00]
Naked Browser may look simple but it’s no joke. It foregoes most features that you’ll find in these others in favor of pure speed. The UI is very minimal and it really does load pages very quickly and display them very well. There are no add-ons, bloat features, or anything. It just loads websites so if you have an older device or you simply don’t need all that other stuff, give Naked Browser a try.
[Price: Free / $2.99]
Puffin Browser is definitely the wild card app on this list. It works well enough on its own as a web browser, but it has some unusual features. For instance, there’s a built in track pad and game pad. During most of the year, you can only load flash content during 12 hours of the day. There are also add-ons if you need those. It’s definitely an interesting browser.
Last on our list is the venerable UC Browser. This browser has fairly impressive performance and, based on the sites it recommends when you open it, is targeted to people not in the United States which is actually quite refreshing. It includes some features like speed mode which helps you browse even faster and auto pager which loads multiple pages at once so multi-page articles are easier to read.
Dolphin Browser is another popular browser that has improved a bunch over the last year and a half or so. Not only is the browsing faster, but it has a lot of features including add-ons, gestures, and sonar. Sonar is a feature where Dolphin will use your voice to search your internet. Kind of like Google Voice Search. It’s unique and even has themes.
It’s very difficult to determine a best browser. Everyone has different needs and all of these browsers have unique features. So it’s perfectly possible that we may have missed a great browser. If we have an you want us to know, feel free to tell us in the comments.
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Gunna say chrome is the best! i like syncing to desktop
yep, synced all to my mail, youtube, gmail and hangouts and dropbox, couldnt imagine life without chrome
Naked browser is by far the best. Too bad Google screwed up the new webview with kitkat so browser gets badly handicapped compared to jellybean and below
AOSP with Chrome sync for me
AOSP definitely has difficulties with larger pages (reloads) and isn’t as fast as Chrome.
dolphin is the best
Try Yandex browser :)
Mercury browser is my favorite by far. Opera is a close second.
naked browser – using since 1 year.. great
I’m using next browser and really like it. Which of the other browsers has flash player support? Wouldn’t mind trying a couple different ones.
Thank you, just now I have the Next Browser. I’ve been looking for this type of browser for weeks. Since I had my Note3, I have no more access to my favorite web radio and tv programs. Now I’m back to usual with this browser’s flash player support.
They all have one thing in common. Better than Safari.
Safari is very fast and smooth. Lacks a couple of features that we have on android, but I would still rank it as one of the best browsers available on mobiles right now. IE for WP is also great.
IE for WP does not have a forward button , and it is impossible to play embedded videos in BLIP
Dolphin Browser is the best IMO. It’s fast, packed with add ons, and I really like the new folders for Speed dial feature!
UC browser is the best
Puffin and UC Browser are good + Easy/Harley browsers, Maxthon is boderline. The rest is what I have flushed, either choke my phone down to reboot or simply die on complicated pages.
Does any of these has Kitkat’s immersive mode yet?
Chrome will be my favorite browser, if it supports add-ons like Firefox. The Adblock and self-destruct cookies add-on, are especially important. I don’t think any android browser has this.
Psh yeah! Some of these browsers does support “add-ons,” but they are so limited compared to Firefox! >:L
I have used chrome, dolphin, Firefox, and opera. I like dolphin the best. Swipe left side of the screen and it brings up bookmarks. Swipe left and it bring up roboform which I use for my passwords. It sync with tablets.
But which of those browsers support text reflow on a tablet? The stock Android browser allows for that, but what about for Nexus users?
I used Dolphin on my Nook Tablet, but since I got a Nook2Android card for it, I’ve used Chrome. After running it through Peacekeeper, Chrome was just slightly faster than the Android Browser, which was just barely faster than Dolphin. I do miss some of Dolphin’s features, such as the ease of bookmark access, but the better sync with Chrome between desktop and tablet makes it the go-to for me. I keep Dolphin around as a backup, though.
Habit Browser is the best.Trust me I tried them all!!! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.ddo.pigsty.HabitBrowser
I have used Skyfire (not on the list) Boat, Opera, Dolphin, Firefox, Maxthon, Chrome and of course the Android browser. I spent quite a bit of time trying to decide which I liked better out of Maxthon and Dolphin, eventually ending up with Dolphin as my main and Skyfire and Maxthon as my back ups. Then Chrome got updated and began to sync with everything and it is my only browser now.
Chrome is a laggy mess on N7 2012 but it has the best desktop sync. Opera for me. Opera just needs a decent link solution.
Chrome best browser
Would be absolutely great if you guys could review and rank these browsers based on Smoothness/Speed (would prefer smoothness to speed).
As someone who is heavily immersed into the Google ecosystem, it should not come as a shock if I state which browser I prefer to use. The synching with my desktop is my number one priority. It’s only natural that I’ll go with Google Chrome.
wow, that’s called choice! I haven’t tried em’ all, but many of them are excellent. i like how there’s a mini ecosystem around many of them like – FF/ opera/ chrome/ dolphin etc.
This is the kind of article that would benefit from a feature comparison table. On my older, storage-challenged phone I found Dolphin great for both installing and caching to microSD, but it handles Flash poorly. I installed Opera Classic for that.
Chrome is by far the best on my Nexus 7, however I do use Puffin if I want to watch live Football streams.
Startpage private search app ? Think you missed something joe.
With my S3, I used to visit this site for AM Radio audiostreaming. http://dzmm.abs-cbnnews.com/page/audiostreaming.html .
After I switched to my new Note3, I no longer been able to listen to this station. I have tried installing many web browser apps but failed.
Then I tried ‘FlashFox – Flash Browser’ now I’m back to usual listening to this radio station in my Note3.
Which one (except Dolphin) fully supports LastPass add-on?
Google Bookmark Sync makes it the best…end of story. Otherwise if Firefox could sync with the folders intact, I might go over there for the add ons.
I keep coming back to dolphin after using it as the only choice for last pass integration. But have tried Puffin and was astounded by the speed and smoothness. It smokes my desktop using Chrome even. So my point is; this is not a very complete article at all….. I can’t believe they did not talk about things like Puffin’s speed due to server side actions or last pass support on Dolphin!
About Opera, you say “There are themes and add-ons”. There are, but not in the Android version!
Oh no, another writer who don’t have a clue about what features Opera has and hasn’t…
The default browser provided as in-built in smartphone is only common. To use simple and suitable browser with special features in mobile we’ve to install ‘Opera’. Whatever may be the OS being used, we can install Opera freely.