Developer: Andrew Kazmierski
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 0.1.4
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Forager isn’t like other web browsers. Dispensing with trying to look fancy or particularly stylish, it focuses on the content of the sites that one is looking at, which is a pretty good idea really.

Using a form of tabbed browsing, searching is a matter of tapping on a tab at the top of the screen and entering the search. A swirly icon at the bottom left hand corner then allows users to switch between different search engines. In all, 18 different sites can be searched through, encompassing sites such as Google, Tumblr, Wikipedia, Twitter, Vimeo, and YouTube. It’s a varied bunch – meaning that in theory, one really doesn’t need to use any other app to search. I particularly appreciated the streamlined interface when it came to browsing Reddit, proving more appealing than using a conventional browser.

forager5forager3Keeping it simple yet efficient, there’s also a great curation feature tied into Forager. One can collect up a bunch of useful links to check out later on. That might sound a lot like bookmarking a link but there’s more to it here. Each bunch of links is separated depending on the search made, meaning that one can keep things easily divided up. It’s a handy feature, especially for those who like to bunch up plenty of reading material at once, and it’s very easy to set up.

The only noticeable omission I spotted is that there’s no easy way to share content elsewhere. Forager keeps things fairly self contained, which can be an issue when one wants to share a link with someone.

However, as a comfortable all-in-one solution for the individual, Forager does the job pretty well. Its looks might be quite basic but its practicality is great. Easy to use and focusing on the content of each site means it’s quick to do things through and switching between search engines so effortlessly is a particular joy. It’s certainly worth checking out for those looking for a more content focused browser.

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