Three alternative browser apps for iOS

Ellen Wu
15 October, 2014
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App Guide

While Safari for iOS may be exactly what you need for a smartphone browser, the Apple Store is full of inventive, capable browser apps which may suit you better. Maybe you want to sync with Google Chrome? Maybe you want the ability to share more things online with more people? Here are our top three picks.

Google Chrome

Google; Utilities; Free


If you do use Chrome on your desktop and want to sync all your Chrome bookmarks, preferences and information from your Mac, PC or iPad, Google Chrome is the great universal option. Since Chrome is available on nearly every platform, you prefer Google syncing and content services over Apple, it’s worth the switch. Unfortunately you can’t use Google’s Blink HTML engine or V9 JavaScript engine on iOS.

Mercury Browser Pro

iLegendSoft; Productivity; Free 

Mercury Browser has a little cult following purely because of its versatility. With versions of Firefox and Chrome available, it’s simple and straightforward to make your content available across devices. Anything you can do on a computer (downloading, sharing, etc) you can do with Mercury Browser Pro which is a nice change from mainstream programs.

Dolphin Browser

MoboTap; Productivity; Free


 iPad Screenshot 5

Dolphin Browser for iPad has a lot of thoughtful features. As well as supporting custom gestures where you can assign a particular webpage to an action, the browser allows you to update your status or send a tweet without having to launch a separate application. So great for the social media lovers.


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