I'm a huge opera mobile (not mini) fan, but made chrome my default after getting the g2. opera is a great browser that consumes almost no battery, which is why I used it on my previous 2 phones spanning 3+ years.
Chrome is faster, integrates seamlessly with your Google account to save history, favorites, tabs, even autosaved passwords. It has traditionally consumed large amounts of battery on my old devices, even with all syncing turned off. however that's both no longer the case on my g2 and also not a big concern due to the battery life.
Opera Mobile, imo, handles applets and video better, and displays txt-heavy websites way, way better. I still keep it installed for when chrome isn't cutting it when watching a video or reading a article on a website. opera actually reformats the text on a page to display properly at every zoom level. I haven't seen anything else do it that well.
Sent from my Verizon Wireless G2, using unlimited data
Maxthon has been my go to browser for some time... All the features of Chrome plus way more, is extremely fast and resource light, easy on battery, and their desktop browser is pretty stout too. If you have never tried it, I would recommend giving it a good look over.
Puffin. I love Puffin, especially since it has Flash support.
via the phone
You know that you can sideload flash on your device and it works perfectly on Dolphin, Dolphin mini, Maxthon boat and quite a few others. I used Puffin only for the flash support but now that I can use it on Dolphin, maxthon, Boat, etc.. Etc.. I have no reason to use Puffin. I didn't like Puffins design to begin with so when I found out that there were other browsers capable of flash support.. Puffin was Uninstalled.
If anyone one needs help with installing flash on your device feel free to let me know. I can point you in the right right direction or id be willing to help you guys.
Btw it's actually quite an easy process so even inexperienced Android users should be able to handle it.