People love having a choice, which means it’s great that there are more iOS browsers available to users than just the Safari platform. While Safari is full of its own great features, there are a number of other browsers out there that are attractive options.
Below, we’ve taken a look at a few of the best iOS browsers available (including Safari, which certainly stands up against the competition). Further below in the article we take a look at iOS browser that can handle Flash based content.
Safari iOS Browser
Every iOS user knows Safari, because it’s the default browser on every device. That doesn’t mean Safari can’t get the job done, because it can. It has everything you need to perform your mobile browsing, allowing you to add articles to iCloud for later reading (iCloud also supports bookmark syncing). With tabs and a “Reader” mode, Safari is an easy-to-use browser that gets the job done.
Google Chrome iOS
Chrome has been a tremendously popular and fast-rising browser, so it makes perfect sense that it would begin that same level of dominance on the iOS stage. Using Chrome for your iPhone or iPad lets you sync your bookmarks, search history, passwords and more, and tab management is especially easy. You can even send pages from Chrome on your computer to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad for later reading. Like the desktop version, the Chrome iOS browser will satisfy the Google loyalists.
Dolphin Browser for iOS
Dolphin Browser remains one of the best iOS browsers not only for its speed, but for having many of the same key features as others, such as bookmark syncing, the saving of passwords, tabbed browsing and a fully customizable sidebar and menu bar to enhance your experience. Dolphin Browser also features one-click sharing for Twitter/Facebook and “Webzine,” which allows for fast loading and easy online reading by taking out the ads and other clutter.
iCab Mobile Browser
Though this one will cost you $2, it has a number of great features that set it apart from other iOS browsers, such as the ability to upload files from pages, like photos on Facebook. iCab also supports ad blocking, form auto-filling, many different search engines, Dropbox support, tabbed browsing, bookmarking and, most importantly, a download manager that allows you to download almost any file from the Internet. For the (very cheap) price, you’ll be getting a ton of features.
Atomic Web Browser
Like the iCab browser, a small price (Atomic costs $1) gets you a wide variety of features. Atomic gives you everything from ad blocking, video out settings, bookmarking, private browsing and auto-filling to file transferring, file downloading and more. For an alternative browser, Atomic is full of features that users will love.
iOS Browsers That Can Handle Flash
Most of the iOS browsers mentioned above won’t handle Flash at all or don’t handle it very well. While that’s OK for the average surfer, some of us who require more from our browser will appreciate those that can handle Flash. Below are some of the more notable iOS browsers that will allow you to enjoy Flash:
- Skyfire – This browser allows you to enjoy Flash Videos on your iPhone but does not support Flash websites.
- Puffin – You can watch Flash videos, play Flash games and top into even more Flash content.
- Cloud Browse - This browser was nominated for a Best iPad browser in the About.com reader’s choice awards in 2012. With Cloud Browse, you can access Flash and Java content and other media that may be otherwise disabled in iOS.
- Photon Flash Player & Browser – USA Today proclaimed, “”Photon browser is a powerful and versatile Safari alternative that excels in its Flash support…” This app can handle any type of flash on your iPhone or iOS device whether it’s video, games or just browsing Flash websites.
These are some of the best iOS web browsers out there today, and each one is packed full of features that makes mobile browsing easier than ever. Safari is a great default browser and it’s no wonder why so many people don’t bother to switch, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you can’t go wrong with the others listed here.
What’s YOUR favorite iOS browser?