Browsing the internet is great. You can research the complete history of Sir Francis Drake, discover the amazing wildlife found in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, or do something with a bit more value, like watch videos of cats doing backflips. Here are the best Android browsers you can get, whatever you want to use them for.
Update: We've added a fresh face to our list. APUS Browser was released only recently and it's had us hooked since we got our hands on it. This has edged out Javelin Incognito Browser which hasn't been updated for a while and isn't playing nice with Android Lollipop.
1. APUS Browser - for the small package
APUS is known best for its launcher, but now it's entered the web browsing fray with a lightweight mobile browser htat has a simple, minimal aesthetic. At just 0.6 MB in size, APUS Browser is definitely "slim", but it also houses some additional features which might surprise you.
One such feature which is enabled on APUS Browser by default is that, when you copy text on your phone, the browser will prompt you to search for it online. It's a nice touch and means when your friends ask "did you see that picture of the raccoon riding on the alligator?" You're one step closer to finding it.
APUS Browser also allows you to disable images which show up in searches to save on your data. As a free browser, it's definitely worth a shot - especially if you're not running the newest, most powerful hardware.A5 Browser-Small,Easy,Fast
2. Chrome Beta - to stay ahead of the curve
Hang on - I'm not just talking about boring old regular Chrome. This is the better version of Chrome. Make that the Beta version.
Stay ahead of the pack with the latest and greatest Chrome updates before they arrive 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 those good ones.Chrome Beta
3. Link Bubble Browser - for time-saving
Link Bubble Browser is a little bit cheeky - as a browser, it doesn't offer a dedicated search function. But we think it's the browser of the future.
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 and useful.Link Bubble Browser
4. 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.Puffin Web Browser Free
5. 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.
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.Dolphin Browser for Android
What's your favorite Android browser? Do you use a safe and private browser? Or do you just care about speed?