Android smartphones are highly customizable thanks to the loads of apps available in the Android Market. Although many apps are free we dont all have the time to try out each one in a specific category. Enter our first mobile app roundup to help take the guessing out of the app selecting equation. Were starting off this new series by checking out mobile web browsers. For the uninitiated, a mobile web browser is used to surf the web on a cell phone, and every Android phone is equipped with a stock browser for this very purpose. For some users the stock browser might be just fine, but others may want to get more out of mobile surfing such as the ability to switch between a companys mobile website and its full website found with a desktop browser or even a faster browsing experience.
In this showdown, we pit seven mobile web browsers (including the stock browser founded on most smartphones) against one another to see how they rate. Here are the final results:
|Scoring (0-5)||Dolphin HD||Opera Mobile 11.1||Skyfire||xScope||Firefox||Miren Browser||Stock Browser|
Read the full review of each browser:
We used a DROID 3 by Motorola using Verizon service with a 1GHz dual-core processor running Android 2.3.4 to test the browsers. We stayed in the same location and used the phones 3G connection when testing each browser. We downloaded each browser from the Android Market and they all installed without a hitch. We rated the browsers in four categories: