Browsing the internet is great. You can research the complete history of Napoleon Bonaparte, discover the amazing wildlife found in the Amazon rainforest, or do something with a bit more value, like watch videos of cats doing backflips. Here are the best Android web browsers you can get, whatever you want to use them for.
Chrome Beta - to stay ahead of the curve
I'll start you off with a little bit of a curve ball. No I ain't just talking about boring old Chrome, this is Chrome Beta! Stay ahead of the pack with the latest and greatest Chrome updates straight to your device before they arrive yeaaaars later to your mates who are still rocking Chrome standard (losers). Not only do you get to make use of new features first, but you can also give feedback to Google to support the continued development of it! Democracy, communism, socialism, it's got to be one of them.
Link Bubble Browser - for time-saving
Link Bubble Browser is a little bit cheeky as a browser because it doesn't offer a dedicated search function, but we wanted to include it anyway. Developed by Chris Lacy, the brains behind Action Launcher 3 and the fantastic TapPath Browser Helper, Link Bubble is known mainly for one key feature: when you click on a link in an app, Link Bubble Browser will load the webpage in the background, and will let you know once it has fully loaded. This allows you to carry on what you are doing and not waste time hanging around for webpages to open in front of you. Clever.
Puffin Browser Free - for the trackpad experience
Puffin Browser free is an interesting choice. Not only is it highly customizable, with backgrounds and other add-on functions, but it also has the ability to emulate a mouse cursor and a trackpad - ideal for those who miss the laptop experience on mobile! It also works by transferring material to its "cloud servers" before delivering it to your handset, which theoretically helps with loading bigger website files on devices with smaller bandwidth (i.e. smartphones). It does feature some annoying ad banners across the bottom of the screen, though.
Javelin Incognito Browser - for security and privacy
One of the leading browsers when it comes to safe surfing is the Javelin Incognito Browser. A fancy design and a near-perfect user interface combined with security and privacy makes this app one of our go-to browsers when it comes to keeping private on the net. Not only does it do everything your normal browser could do, but it also offers a VPN (proxy) service (though you will be charged $1.99 a month for this).
We like the way things are laid out in this browser: thanks to sidebars on both the left and right hand side, you have quick access to all the operating modes of the apps, the settings, and bookmarks bar. Even the optional ad-block function brings a lot to the table.
Dolphin Browser - for great user-experience and Flash Player
Dolphin Browser is a favorite among the Android community. It's functional, it looks great, it's feature-packed and comes with some great gesture controls too. It's also very handy when it comes to transferring preferences between devices and sharing content. But possibly the best part of the Dolphin Browser experience is that it still supports good-old Flash Player, meaning you don't have to suffer because older websites can't keep up with current technology.
Which browser do you use? Do you use a safe and private browser? Or do you just care about speed?