15 Awesome Alternatives to Mobile Safari

When it was first released, Mobile Safari was quite groundbreaking. It was a pioneer in blurring the lines between experiencing the web on a desktop and a mobile device. However, since then, it doesn’t feel like Mobile Safari has gained a lot of ground. Consequently, many users are looking elsewhere to either supplement or replace the iPhone’s default browser altogether.

The problem with searching for a replacement browser is that the App Store is bursting with horrible homegrown browsers that are far worse than Safari. Today we wanted to aid your search with a brief list of browsers that are actually worth trying. All of the apps below have decent or great reviews on iTunes and many have been reviewed right here on iPhone.AppStorm. Whether you’re looking for full screen browsing, more privacy, better tab management or even offline viewing, you’ll find the perfect solution here!

Atomic Web Browser

“Atomic Web Browser is the most advanced and customizable fullscreen web browser to date. Experience desktop features including Adblock, Tabs, MultiTouch Gestures, User Agent Switcher, Passcode Lock, Facebook/Twitter integration, Save Page, Downloads, and much more.”

Price: $0.99

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Atomic Web Browser

Opera Mini Web browser

“Get a fast, cost-efficient Web browsing experience. Use our powerful servers to compress data by up to 90% before sending it to your iPhone, so page-loads are lightning fast. Opera Mini is a breeze to use, and can synchronize data between your phone and computer.”

Price: Free

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Opera Mini Web browser

Skyfire Web Browser

“Skyfire Browser is the best way to browse your favorite web sites, be in touch via Facebook and Twitter and enjoy millions of videos, including Flash videos (Flash Games and Apps not supported). Access the content that matters to you: funny clips, sports and news updates, the video link your friend sent you. In addition, the innovative one-click access to Facebook and Twitter and extensive sharing options makes Skyfire Web Browser a more social browsing experience. ”

Price: $2.99

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Skyfire Web Browser

iCab Mobile

“iCab Mobile is a web browser for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It is probably one of the iPhone browsers with the richest feature set. It provides many unique and useful features you won’t find in other iPhone browsers. iCab Mobile comes with several default search engines you can choose from. You can easily add new search engines. Search suggestions from google and yahoo can be activated on the iPad. It’s also possible to search within a web page.”

Price: $1.99

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iCab Mobile

Mercury Web Browser Pro

“Mercury is the the most advanced and elegant web browser for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The rich feature set includes themes, downloading, printing, fullscreen browsing, file sharing, adblock, tabs, multi touch geatures, user agent switcher, private browsing, passcode lock, save page, Facebook/Twitter integration and a lot more.”

Price: $0.99

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Mercury Web Browser Pro

VanillaSurf

“Browse the web in full screen in the portrait and landscape mode without losing comfort. You can also lock the auto rotation (this works of course also in the non-full screen mode). The locked rotation will be restored when you start VanillaSurf. Define the behavior of creating new Tabs in the settings. New Tabs can be opened in the background or directly. VanillaSurf stores the currently opened Tabs and reopens them on launch (even if no internet connection is available – you can disable offline browsing in the settings).
You can delete a tab with a swipe to the right.”

Price: Free

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VanillaSurf

Private Browser With Fullscreen & Multi-Tabs Lite

“This browser allows you to browse the Internet without saving any data about which sites and pages you have visited. Even clear cache and cookies on exit.”

Price: Free

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Private Browser With Fullscreen & Multi-Tabs Lite

360 Web Browser

“Digital Poke brings you 360 Web Browser with more features to offer than any other browsers out there with a refreshing, non-monotonous interface. Version 2.0 brings Firefox Sync, Download Manager and the ability to view Flash Videos* using CC Plugin. Get ready for the 360 Experience!”

Price: $0.99

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360 Web Browser | Download Manager and Firefox Sync

Aquari: Stealth Browser

“Introducing Aquari Secure Privacy Browser, the most advanced and fully featured secured browser on the iPhone. Aquari gives you the web experience you’ve come to expect from your regular iPhone Safari browser with newly added features that makes the experience even better and more secure. Get the best browser for the iPhone and don’t be fooled by any of the other crude and unpolished browsers you find in the App Store.”

Price: Free

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Aquari: Stealth Browser

FlipBrowser – Full Screen browser

“FlipBrowser provides 90 bookmarks (15 x 6) with a screenshot in the main page for you to conveniently browse through your favorites. Flip Browser displays the web site in full screen, and removes useless buttons, URL, and the status bar to maximize your display. All the functions can be controlled from the flip menu.”

Price: $0.99

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FlipBrowser - Full Screen browser

Alternate Web Browser

“If you’ve got an iPhone/iPod touch, you’re in for some of the best mobile browsing experience that’s available. Alternate Web Browser is designed with a familiar look and feel, plus a number of added features to bring out the best of iPhone/iPod touch.”

Price: $0.99

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Alternate Web Browser

Sleipnir Mobile

“Sleipnir Mobile is a web browser for iPhone that enables you to browse smoothly and efficiently with functional tabs. Tabs are always displayed on the screen so that you can open, close and sort them while viewing a page. Tab operation feature – flick to close a tab and touch and hold a link to open in new tabs in the background etc. – are very unique to Sleipnir Mobile. ”

Price: Free

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Sleipnir Mobile

Offline Pages Pro

“Tired of seeking Wi-Fi hotspots for your iPad or iPod touch? Spending hours in commute train with no Internet access? This app allows you to save web pages and entire websites, including formatting and images, and read them offline on gorgeous iPad screen. To save a page for offline reading, touch the button while surfing the web using built-in browser. Better yet, send a link from any PC, Mac, or iPhone directly to your iPad using a handy browser bookmark.”

Price: $9.99

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Offline Pages Pro

Free Full Screen Private Browsing for iPhone & iPad

“Finally, you can view all your websites privately and in full screen for free! This is the simple, no frills web browser you’ve been waiting for.”

Price: Free

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FREE Full Screen Private Browsing for iPhone & iPad

Wide Web with Twitter

This browser has a number of useful and innovative features like Twitter integration, full screen browsing, screen capture management, and powerful search integration.

Price: $0.99

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Wide Web with Twitter

How Do You Browse?

The apps above represent the best Safari alternatives that we could find. Some are better than others but all of them offer at least one important feature you won’t find in Safari. There are plenty of hidden gems out there though so I’m sure we missed a few stellar browsers in our list.

Leave a comment below and let us know which mobile Safari alternatives you’ve used and what you thought of them. Be sure to point out the benefits you think it has over competing products like those above.


  • Peter Theill

    For private browsing I would go for Private Incognito Browser at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/free-private-incognito-browser/id392746207?mt=8

  • Richard

    I think 360 web browser deserves to be on the top and mercury shunt be there cause they just copied the entire 360 browser, mercury in my opinion is just a bunch of lowly thieves.

  • Sandra Wolf

    I personally believe that 360 Browser is the best alternative to safari. Beats all the others by a long shot. Placing it so low is not doing that brilliant app justice.

  • Jason Grey

    I lol’d at Alternate Web Browser.

    • http://www.coroflot.com/joshuajohnson Joshua Johnson

      I thought the same thing, but it had a lot of positive feedback!

  • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay
    • TUAN ANH TRAN

      I second this.

  • Robin

    Didnt know that thr r so many browsers in the market ..I have used Atomic, mercury, 360 and safari(obviously..lol), mercury sucks big tym, i kinda lyk atomic and 360 .. both are very innovative and are really good when it comes to speed, if I had to choose one, I would go for 360, due to its innovative sort of design, good speed, firefox sync(I use this a lot) and has a good flash capabilities.

  • http://www.otadesigns.com/ Hawaii Web Design

    These are cool. So far I have only tried Opera and Firefox. I look forward to looking over some of these.

  • http://www.iphonefan.info iPhone fan

    wow. These are cool list.

  • http://www.thesmallscreen.co.uk Luci

    I had no idea there were so many other mobile browsers – feel pretty ashamed of that right now. I like the sound of Twitter integration with a mobile browser as well, so I reckon I’ll start with Atomic!

    Great post, thanks!

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    If you’ve got an iPhone/iPod touch, you’re in for some of the best mobile browsing experience that’s available.

  • http://www.novista.rs Jelena Novista

    I use Opera Mini since I’m used to Opera on all devices, it’s free, you may connect all devices via opera, plus speed and security, overall good experience.
    But after reading all these glorifing reviews of 360, might give it a try.

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  • Mason Marshall

    Here is how it goes… It’s annoying not using 360!! Here is why, full screen, the best user agent system, best privacy system, best bookmark system (the quick list by drag down, fantastic!), most intuitive, most features, most settings, actually prettier than safari, downloads, incredible download manager, fantastic media player, etc etc etc!!! Only bad thing is it can be very slow! But it runs all and others into the ground while still being the cheapest paid browser!

    • Mason Marshall

      And I have tried almost every single browser, and you are
      Missing dolphin I think? A lead competitor!

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  • Jack

    WebKit is buggy as hell.

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