12-19-2013 02:50 PM
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  1. rozroz's Avatar
    i'm sorry for being an Android downer but i just have to complain about this.

    i spend all week checking out all the browsers i could find (besides buying the payed ones),
    and it just feels like a mess of miss-hits all over the place.
    each browser can do stuff the others can't,
    when i find a browser with ad-block, it lacks other important functions.
    a browser with a dedicated 'back' button, doesn't have a quick refresh button,
    one has more features but is slow and stuttery,
    one is super fast but has too many bugs.
    i tried all of the leading ones, read enough reviews and various forum threads, and simply cannot settle with the best all around browser.
    i will definitely not start using different browsers for every action i need, i find it ridiculous.
    even the stock browser is more clean and fluid than the rest. but it's hardly satisfying.

    i know it's a common question arising now and then, but still, i ask this for those of you who ditched IOS and Safari (not saying Safari is perfect, but i never felt i needed to change it), and spent enough time to be able to "settle down".

    so, if you HAD to choose ONE browser combining most of these features:

    reliable
    fast
    clean
    precise
    simple
    smart UI

    which would you choose? (i will happily pay for the best option).

    thanks.
    11-23-2013 05:44 AM
  2. Haalcyon's Avatar
    With iOS and Safari you didn't have much choice. With Android you have a ton of choice and that in and of itself may be part of the issue you're experiencing.
    I use Firefox and Dolphin (rarely do I ever release the Dolphin). I am not longing for ANY feature.
    11-23-2013 07:22 AM
  3. rozroz's Avatar
    With iOS and Safari you didn't have much choice. With Android you have a ton of choice and that in and of itself may be part of the issue you're experiencing.
    I use Firefox and Dolphin (rarely do I ever release the Dolphin). I am not longing for ANY feature.
    you may be right regarding the mental aspect of "the only option".
    however i still think that designers tend to think harder and find finer and finer tweaks when designing a browser that serve as an only option.
    that goes for en entire OS of course.

    Dolphin feels too heavy and cramped with all sorts of extras i feel unnecessary.
    Firefox is ok, but a bit slow. still missing very essential little things i desire.
    11-23-2013 07:33 AM
  4. ram1220's Avatar
    I have just gone back to using the stock browser for the same reasons you listed. It is just cleaner and smoother.
    11-23-2013 04:24 PM
  5. phoneaddict78's Avatar
    I use Dolphin only wish it had ad blocker. Should maybe one browser that you downloaded for longer so you have time to get used to it before you decide.
    11-23-2013 04:33 PM
  6. alexlam24's Avatar
    I use Next browser for quick searches. It's really intuitive and probably better than Chrome. I use Dolphin for heavier web browsing because I have all my passwords saved on there.

    Sent from HTC Note Ultra Pro on T-Mobile
    11-23-2013 04:41 PM
  7. rozroz's Avatar
    I use Next browser for quick searches. It's really intuitive and probably better than Chrome.
    yea, checking Next browser ATM. looks nice and clean. but the news tab reminds me a bit of blinkfeed
    and no ad block. but it's quick though.
    funny, Firefox has Ad Block but loading slower than Next WITH the ads.
    11-23-2013 05:04 PM
  8. ollieg's Avatar
    HTC's stock browser has actually been really sweet. and fast. As for "c!ean" it doesn't even have a UI. For add blocking I've turned off Flash. And I leave it in "desktop" mode so that compatible sites' text rewraps for easier browsing.

    Not to knock Sammy too hard, but, my coworker's S4/5/whatever has one that would make me seek out 3rd party browsers
    11-23-2013 06:27 PM
  9. HunterKen7's Avatar
    It's always stock for me. I absolutely LOVE the pie controls in the "Labs" section. Unless I missed something, no other browser has that feature. Not even chrome!
    11-23-2013 06:54 PM
  10. rozroz's Avatar
    HTC's stock browser has actually been really sweet. and fast. As for "c!ean" it doesn't even have a UI. For add blocking I've turned off Flash. And I leave it in "desktop" mode so that compatible sites' text rewraps for easier browsing.

    Not to knock Sammy too hard, but, my coworker's S4/5/whatever has one that would make me seek out 3rd party browsers
    That's what I said, I might have to stick to the stock
    11-23-2013 06:57 PM
  11. alexlam24's Avatar
    Ew stock Samsung browser...

    Sent from HTC Note Ultra Pro on T-Mobile
    11-23-2013 07:11 PM
  12. Algus's Avatar
    Had this issue as well. I've used stock, chrome, Firefox, and Dolphin. I'm not a heavy browser. I'd rather use my apps on my phone and hotspot to my chromebook if I need to browse.

    I keep Dolphin with desktop user agent for those times I do need to browse the old fashioned way. It works pretty good on the Note 3.

    Sent from my Galaxy Note 3 using Tapatalk 4
    11-23-2013 07:19 PM
  13. Darth Mo's Avatar
    Why do you feel the need to use just one?

    The great thing about Android is that you have choices. Just don't set a default browser and use the one that works best depending on the circumstance.

    I primarily use Chrome because of the synching across devices but it doesn't have Flash so I use the stock browser for that. It takes a second to switch so I don't understand the need to lock into one browser...
    11-24-2013 10:49 AM
  14. monkmullen's Avatar
    It's always stock for me. I absolutely LOVE the pie controls in the "Labs" section. Unless I missed something, no other browser has that feature. Not even chrome!
    Same here. I'm all about the 'pie controls' Once you get used to using them, it's really hard to go back to anything else.

    If only I could find a way to get them onto my Nexus 7...

    Posted via Android Central App
    11-24-2013 10:57 AM
  15. rozroz's Avatar
    Why do you feel the need to use just one?

    The great thing about Android is that you have choices. Just don't set a default browser and use the one that works best depending on the circumstance.

    I primarily use Chrome because of the synching across devices but it doesn't have Flash so I use the stock browser for that. It takes a second to switch so I don't understand the need to lock into one browser...
    this is a matter of personal needs.. you cannot ask me "why". for the life of me i cannot understand how you manage to enjoy using 2 browsers.
    i just like things tidy and simple. same way i treat my PC browser. why should i go into the hassle of opening another one?
    all those things preventing me from using a dedicated single browser for all my needs are just limitations and inconveniences.
    a rich environment to explore and test apps is welcomed, but in the end when you need practical stuff that just works,
    well.. that's when i feel it's totally unnecessary.
    11-24-2013 10:59 AM
  16. rozroz's Avatar
    Same here. I'm all about the 'pie controls' Once you get used to using them, it's really hard to go back to anything else.

    If only I could find a way to get them onto my Nexus 7...

    Posted via Android Central App
    oh, yea, just found out the quick controls
    a bit strange at first but seems like a very good compromise to get quick and swipy feeling.
    amazing thing, that we have like 10 rich and crafty free browsers out there but the Sense stock is most efficient!
    i'll give it a serious go from today.
    11-24-2013 11:07 AM
  17. Darth Mo's Avatar
    this is a matter of personal needs.. you cannot ask me "why". for the life of me i cannot understand how you manage to enjoy using 2 browsers.
    i just like things tidy and simple. same way i treat my PC browser. why should i go into the hassle of opening another one?
    all those things preventing me from using a dedicated single browser for all my needs are just limitations and inconveniences.
    a rich environment to explore and test apps is welcomed, but in the end when you need practical stuff that just works,
    well.. that's when i feel it's totally unnecessary.
    Hey, if you have a reason so be it, just asking. I use multiple browsers on my PC as well so it's no different on my phone and tablets there.

    I just find it more of a hassle to lock into a browser with deficiencies than is is to use more than one and have all tasks covered well.

    *shrug* to each his own
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    11-24-2013 11:37 AM
  18. Luis MGT1's Avatar
    Light Browser. The best.
    11-24-2013 12:03 PM
  19. rozroz's Avatar
    Light Browser. The best.
    will check it out and let you know if you are right
    11-24-2013 12:17 PM
  20. alexlam24's Avatar
    Light Browser. The best.
    Is it dark?

    Sent from HTC Note Ultra Pro on T-Mobile
    11-24-2013 12:19 PM
  21. rozroz's Avatar
    Light Browser. The best.
    Ok quick impressions:
    I like the simplicity and quickness.
    But still has some downers:
    The horrible black menu bar at the bottom. Reduces the screen size to an IPhone.
    No smart full screen while surfing. You have to choose FS on or off.
    Some sites has display errors, so still not reliable.
    11-24-2013 12:37 PM
  22. Bradski9's Avatar
    I use Chrome for speed and syncing my bookmark and tabs across all of my devices. It really depends on what features you like in a browser. I myself don't like tons of features in a browser.
    11-24-2013 06:33 PM
  23. AshtonVibe's Avatar
    Well you know, I LOVE the stock browser. Otherwise, I can find myself using Chrome, Firefox, or Opera. I've tried to the a few weeks, to force myself to rely on one, I can do it too long. Oh how I love that little globe. The other browsers seem dated, plain, and limited on utility.

    Posted via Android Central App
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    11-25-2013 06:01 AM
  24. rozroz's Avatar
    Well you know, I LOVE the stock browser. Otherwise, I can find myself using Chrome, Firefox, or Opera. I've tried to the a few weeks, to force myself to rely on one, I can do it too long. Oh how I love that little globe. The other browsers seem dated, plain, and limited on utility.

    Posted via Android Central App
    i think once HTC fine tune the stock browser to elevate it's level, it could be a winner.
    still missing little ingredients.
    for example, i cannot understand why most browsers don't have costumable floating icons at the bottom back, forward, etc)
    or even the simple tap at top to go back to top of page. is it that complicated on Android?
    11-25-2013 06:33 AM
  25. maidmarcia's Avatar
    I used Chrome for the first while, but I've noticed lately that when I tap into a box or address bar etc, the keyboard doesn't pop up right away any more. There's a long delay. Has anyone else experienced this with Chrome? I think I'll go back to using the stock browser as it's fast.
    11-25-2013 10:08 AM
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