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For the longest time, I didn’t feel the need to play around with alternative iOS browsers. Why would I, when Mobile Safari fulfilled just about every need that I had? I was content with Apple’s default offering, and would skim through browser reviews just to say I had checked out the competition.

This changed with a review that I read on our sister site, Mac.AppStorm. Joshua Johnson reviewed Sleipnir, a browser that combined WebKit rendering with a powerful, gesture-based navigation system. I immediately downloaded the app on the iPhone and began to play with it. Here are my thoughts.


The iPhone was a revolution in mobile browsing. For most of us, it was the first time we got a taste of a phone-sized browser that, aside from Flash, could really handle the full-size web without compromises.

Before the App Store came along, I frequently browsed the web using mobile Safari. Almost anything I wanted to do, be it play a game or check Facebook, required me to go through Safari. These days though I find that there really is an app for everything, which leaves my mobile web browsing at almost nil. Only occasionally will I want to check out a restaurant’s menu or run a quick Google search while I’m out.

Despite the myriad of industry experts claiming that mobile web apps are the future, I don’t regularly use a single one but stick exclusively to native apps. This week’s poll asks the same question of you. Do you frequently browse the web on your iPhone or are you more apt to use native apps for everything? Vote in the poll and leave your comments below.

Ever since the iPhone App Store first appeared, users have cried out for third-party web browsers. While Apple doesn’t allow anything that can independently interpret Javascript (read: full-fledged web browsers) in the App Store, they eventually began approving apps that use WebKit (the core of Safari and MobileSafari) to display webpages.

In other words, you won’t be seeing Firefox for iPad anytime soon, but browsers that—to appropriate the ever-relevant car metaphor—use the same engine as MobileSafari with a different chassis and paint job—are now available for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Apple insists that browsing the web on an iPad is already pretty magical, but there’s always someone ready to step up and demonstrate stronger magic. Atomic Web Browser is one such contestant.


The mobile web has a history of being a place filled with boring watered-down sites, fairly low in visual diversity and attractiveness.

The iPhone has largely been responsible for changing this trend and causing some truly great mobile sites to emerge. Today we bring you thirty inspirational website designs that have been optimized for viewing on an iPhone.


Since the original iPhone launched in 2007, users have been browsing the Web with Mobile Safari, Apple’s built-in browser. Now, for the first time iPhone users have the option to choose another browser: Opera Mini.

Opera brings a different browsing perspective to the iPhone with more emphasis on tabbed browsing and, not surprisingly, placing more importance on Web content with features such as Saved Pages.