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post #31 of 47
another vote for the stock android browser..ive tried dolphin and firefox, but always go back to the stock browser
post #32 of 47
Stock works great, but Skyfire is a fiddler's dream.
post #33 of 47
Opera Mini so I can use the built in Link tool.
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dolphin browser fosho.
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Dolphin HD +1.
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Just tried Dolphin HD and I have to say, I'm decently impressed. They've dramatically improved since the last time I tried it. I'll keep playing with it and decide later which is better stock or DHD.
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post #37 of 47
I'm currently using Dolphin Mini. It's clean, fast and has a great UI. The Google Chrome like "Speed Dial" also works wonders.

If you want pure speed, Opera Mini would be your best bet.
post #38 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by Simca View Post
Uh.. Sure.
You seem doubtful. A quick google search should alleviate that.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/20627..._browsers.html
http://androidandme.com/2010/11/news...mobile-device/

For two quick examples. I've done the tests myself, each time I consider a new browser. If you take 10 minutes to do it yourself as well, you will see. Different browsers use different rendering engines. Different rendering engines have different efficiency. On a device that has such low computing power like a phone, efficiency is king.
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You seem doubtful. A quick google search should alleviate that.
Nope, not doubtful. I agree, just wouldn't have said it in the same way you did.
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post #40 of 47
I take back what I said about Opera. It was Opera MINI that had annoying pinch to zoom features. Opera MOBILE WEB BROWSER on the other hand is perfect.

I might start using Opera Mobile Web permanently now.

To load overclock.net takes Opera Mobile about 9 seconds with 1-2 seconds of useless extra load (I'm able to slide up and down the entire page at 9 seconds, but the loading symbol is still circling for another 2 seconds). This is using the Opera Speed Dial. If I just simply typed it in like I would with Dolphin HD, it takes 6 seconds to display the page completely loaded with another 1-2 seconds of useless load.

To load OCN on DHD takes 8 seconds with 2 seconds of useless load, but DHD shows the page before it's completely usable so you can slide around at the 5 second mark or so.

So I'm not actually sure which browser is faster? I suppose Opera is faster and it has the convenience of the speed dial, but you just get to view it slightly later than on DHD. Hmm..

Tested it again, wiping the cache of Opera Mobile Browser and simply typed in overclock.net. It displayed the page in 3 seconds and was completely usable in that time, but had another 5 seconds of extra load which I'm not sure where that's coming from. Everything's loaded. Huh..this is weird...wish there was honestly a better way to test these browsers than typing in sites and seeing which gets there faster.

:edit 4: After testing for about 20 minutes, I've come to the conclusion that Opera tends to be faster, but it isn't as steady in it's loading. Sometimes it's faster significantly, others it slightly slower. DHD on the other hand is pretty reliable on the time it takes to load a page.

I've noticed that while DHD may sometimes load text and backgrounds faster, it's flash speeds are almost always slower than Operas. Opera tends to like to load it's text, background and flash all at the same time while DHD likes to load background, text together, but flash later on.

For that reason, I'm going to say that Opera is faster, but it would be interesting to put a popup blocker on DHD and see how fast it is.

:edit 5: DHD keeps surprising me. It loads some web pages better than Opera. I...think I may use DHD. I think DHD also has add ons. Let me see if it has a speed dial as well.
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