Having a good browser for your Android phone is essential in order to be able to make full use of the Smartphone. If you find your device hanging frequently despite it being the latest Android Jelly Bean, it is probably because you are not using the best browser. Google Play offers an array of browsers for Android so that you are spoilt for choice and also so that you are confused! This is why we have come up with the four most popular browsers for Android phones along with their pros and cons.
Google’s very own, the Chrome browser is by far the best and therefore the most popular Android browser. With the seamless synchronization and frequent updates it offers, it is number one in the list. This one has a number of pros and a few cons too!
- Branded by Google, users straight away rely on the quality and perfection of the browser.
- Omnibar for URL input and search text.
- Tab handling is enhanced with the accelerated page loading feature.
- Smart gesture support makes navigation and hovering through the open tabs easier.
- Incognito tabs for private browsing even on phone.
- Synchronize easily via your Google account so that you can use your phone to do everything you used the computer for.
- Not resource-friendly.
- Slow performance on older versions of Android.
- No native support to play flash video.
Not to be confused with the Opera Mini, this is the phone counterpart of the original Opera browser that recently got rid of the beta tag. Enhanced on the computer version, this browser has some impressive pros and fewer cons.
- Offers the fastest page loading time.
- Speed dial helps quick access.
- Private browsing of course.
- Reliable synchronization options.
- Good download manager with popup blocker.
- Limited features.
- Navigation buttons not handy.
- Off-road mode is somewhat clumsy.
This one from Mozilla is a popular browser for computers and gets a decent ranking as a phone browser with the following pros and cons.
- Fastest download speed.
- Add-ons for flexible customization.
- User-friendly search bar that understands your needs.
- Supports HTML5 and Web APIs!
- Reader to manage cluttered files into organized, easy-to-read pages.
- Efficient sync and security.
- Compatibility issues with quite a few websites.
- Takes up too much memory causing the phone to hang.
One of the oldest and most popular, Dolphin browsers has frequent development and active support. It has the maximum USPs and few cons as well.
- Flat user interface.
- Speed dial offers quick access to apps.
- Intuitive navigation.
- Popular social portals have dedicated web apps.
- Add-ons to enhance browsing experience.
- Quick active sync.
- Highly customizable with various wallpapers and colors.
- Steep learning curve.
- Poor HTML5 support.
- A spam magnet!
Apart from these most popular browsers for Android you also have the Maxthon browser, the Mercury browser, the Next browser, the Opera Mini, the Boat and the Lightning browsers, all of which have decent ratings and are user-friendly if not the best.