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Private Browser Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 6th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ANONYMOUS
Privacy conscious? Private Browser might ease those worries.
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Split Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 9th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BASIC IDEA
Finally, you can multitask with different web browser windows. Although Split is a bit basic otherwise.
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Coast by Opera Wants to be Your Go-To iPad Browser

Posted by Rob Rich on September 9th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BROWSER FOR EVERYONE :: Read Review »

Tech Crunch reports that Opera Software has been hard at work on a made-for-iPad web browser for the past year and a half, and now they're finished. Coast by Opera is specifically an iPad web browser, not a computer browser tossed onto Apple's tablet. What this means is that the app has been optimized for use on iOS.

Specifically, that equates to a re-imagined interface. About the only buttons you'll find are one to go back to the Home page and one to bring up your recent History. Pretty much everything else is gesture-based such as swiping left and right to go back or forward a page, and a home screen similar to the familiar iOS interface that will display large icons for favorite sites as well as recently-visited ones to make bookmarking a lot simpler.

So if you've got an iPad and are looking for an intuitive web browser with a minimal interface, go ahead and give Coast a download.

Splitit - Productive Browser Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Angela LaFollette on September 4th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SPLITASTIC
Enjoy effortless split-screen multitasking on the iPad with this productive browser.
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Instabrowser Review

By Carter Dotson on July 31st, 2013
Instabrowser solves a problem, but is it one that people actually have, and is it worth the cost?
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New App: Rockmelt Works Its Way Onto iPad

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on October 12th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Originally out on Mac and PC, Rockmelt is now available for iPad, requiring iOS 6 or later. The orignal browser was focused on connecting your social network to your browsing habits, and did quite well. Let us know what you think of the iOS version in the comments!

★ More Beautiful: Open up to an infinite, image-rich stream of great content
★ Faster: Minimal load times, speedy rendering
★ Ad free: Content from many of your favorite sites in clean, ad-free reader view (e.g. The Atlantic, Us Weekly, Forbes, SB Nation, Rolling Stone Magazine, and more than a thousand others)
★ Available offline: Syncs so you can enjoy content offline
★ Searchable: Web search plus search across all your content
★ Social: Discover great content through friends and share with them easily

Skyfire HotSwap Makes Sharing Your iPad Painless

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on March 15th, 2012
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Passing one iPad around an entire family can be frustrating, as everyone likely logs in to check their email and social networks without logging back out, and many folks will leave tabs open or clutter up the browser history with sites you could care less about. Rather than constantly log in and out and start to secretly resent those you love why not download Skyfire HotSwap instead?

The new service, which integrates directly into the Skyfire browser, allows users to set up to four separate profiles on an iPad, each with its own social and email settings and browser preferences. Not only is it more convenient, it's also a boon to user privacy, as now brothers and sisters don't have to worry about the other spying on their email. Of course, by the same token parents may find it harder to keep tabs on their kids, but parents always find a way.

HotSwap has been integrated into the latest update of Skyfire which is available right now. All you have to do is download (or update) the app and you'll be ready to put those family fights about the iPad behind you!

Apollo-Browser for iPad Brings Facebook Chat to Life

Posted by Blake Grundman on June 21st, 2011

Let's face it folks, the iPad Safari broswer leaves something to be desired in the integration department.  Once such area that has previously fallen flat is Facebook Chat from within the browser.  But what if there were a way to get high quality browser experience, while also getting your social interaction in the same place?  Developer VoyagerApps is looking to do that with their groundbreaking new tool for the iPad, the Apollo-Browser.

Utilizing a unique feature that embeds Facebook's chat feature into the browser itself, users are not even required to be using the site to engage in conversations with their friends.  As you can see from the screenshot at right it seamlessly integrates with the browser to create a one-of-a-kind internet experience on the iPad.

Coming soon, the developer has plans to add a breakout video player as well, that will allow you to watch media online, while not interrupting the browsing experience.  You can look for this awesome update to be coming to the App Store very soon.  Until then, enjoy surfing the information superhighway while still staying in the social loop.


Skyfire, The Flash Video Browser Does a Flash Sale

Posted by Jeff Scott on February 17th, 2011

You may remember the Skyfire browser. The Mobile Safari replacement that allows you to stream Flash content to your iPhone and iPad. They announced recently that the browser saw over 300,000 downloads on the iPhone and iPod Touch in the first two days it was available. The iPad version saw nearly 200,000 downloads in the first two days of availability.

To celebrate this, Skyfire are putting their browser replacements on sale for a 48 hour Flash Sale, which started today. You have until noon on Friday to grab either the iPhone or iPad version for $1 off.

Portal - Full Screen Browser Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chris Hall on February 4th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FULL SCREEN
Full screen is nice, but no matter how hard they try, nothing out there can quite match the brainless (in a good way) browsing experience that Safari offers.
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360 Web Browser

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Bonnie Eisenman on November 4th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FEATURE-RICH
The 360 Web Browser has tons of features (tabs, fullview, innovative "arcs" for accessing functions), but that abundance holds it back. If you're willing to put up with sluggishness and the occasional crash, though, it's as feature-rich as you'll get on t
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iLunascape Releases a Custom Browser for iPad

Posted by Blake Grundman on August 24th, 2010
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

When the iPad was first announced, I will confess to uttering a few comments about it being a giant iPod Touch.  Honestly, there was very little about the device, apps included, that would entice me to make the plunge and sink upwards of six hundred dollars into something that looked like it was running up-rezed versions software that I already owned.  A perfect example of this is the iPad's Safari web browser.  Sure, it may have more real estate to work with, but it brought nothing new or compelling to the table.

Seeing a vulnerability in this market, the Japanese developers behind the PC web browser Lunascape decided they could make an impact by releasing their own competing web navigator.  Christened iLunascape, they went on to corner the tabbed browser market on the iPad.  The application was so popular that when it was released in Japan last month, it skyrocketed to the position of #1 free app in less that twenty-four hours.

Members of the development team recently discussed their new approach to iPad browser design:

"You’re going to be holding it at the bottom a lot, so we moved all the major actions down to the bottom. (And we named it as 'In Reach' interface – as you can access menus and tabs easily while holding the iPad, as well as it is very simple to use for anyone.) You are going to depend more than ever on tab browsing, so we brought over all the real desktop-like tab functions to it.

As this is just a start, the features are rather limited. We will develop it further by listening to your feedback. So, give it a try and let us know what you think. It is free." -- Yuki Sekiguchi, via Lunascape Development Blog

While the interface and tabbed browsing seem to be huge new features to bring to the fledgling device, I think it is great to hear how they are open to listening to their community.  If I had an iPad I would definitely give it a download and see what all the buzz is about.

Who knows? Maybe if you don't like something, they could fix it for you!  If that isn't customer service, then I don't know what is.

Life Browser Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Zach Sims on June 22nd, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BREATHES NEW LIFE INTO YOUR BROWSER
Life Browser introduces new features designed just for the iPad.
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Find in Page Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Tony Kicks on May 31st, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: Must Have!
Quickly find a word on any webpage without skimming.
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The Fat Lady Sings - Opera Mini for iPhone Approved! But, Should You Care?

Posted by Jeff Scott on April 13th, 2010
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Opera Mini is a web browser for the iPhone. A web browser? Why would you want that, you already have Safari, right? Good question...

Opera Mini seems to be an application that was built just because they could do it. It's really only useful for a small number of people -- those that only have access to really bad Edge data. And it needs to be really bad to make Opera Mini useful. The goal of Opera Mini is to speed up the rendering of web pages by doing all of the hard work on the server and then sending down low bandwidth images to the client on your iPhone. And, in theory it works, but in practice, not so much.

In my tests over the last few hours I had a hard time finding a web site that rendered correctly. Most were missing large chunks or just didn't function at all. One of the main features is that all javascript, the code that lets web pages do interactive things, is executed on the server. But the result is that this pretty much breaks any web page that has any javascript.

The plus is that Opera Mini is free to download, and does have some interesting features. The 3x3 grid of quick launch web sites called Speed Dial is great. The zooming and scrolling is wickedly fast. But overall, if a page doesn't render properly, how useful is it?