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Safari 4.1b3 (iPhone) / 3.2.2 (iPad)
iCab Mobile 3.6
Atomic Web Browser 3.0.6
Opera Mini 5.0.2
Journey Web Browser 1.5
iBrowse 2.5
Perfect Browser for iPad 1.2
Mango Browser 2.1 (iPhone) / 1.3 (iPad)
Aarde Web Browser 1.1
iLunascape 1.0.2
Life Web Browser 1.1
Browser Duo 1.0.1
Perfect Browser for iPhone 4.5
VanillaSurf 2.1
iNetDual 1.2.0 (see 10/25 update!!)
Oceanus 3.1
Wide Web with Twitter 2.4
Full Screen Web Browser 1.1.3
BOLT 4.2
Air Browser 1.1
Magic Browser (iBlueAngel) 2.6
Spy – Full View Faux Browser 3.1
Multi-Full Browser 1.3.1
Mini Browser 1.5
BigBrowser+ 1.2
fgBrowser (Multitouch) 3.0
CaizerWeb 1.1
Nightglow web browser 1.0
IBrowse2 2.2
IBrowseTwo 1.1.0 - REMOVED
MyDesktop 1.01 - REMOVED!
Arachnid 1.4.1 - REMOVED
QuickSurf 1.2 - REMOVED
Browser:Safari 4.2iCab Mobile 4.0Atomic Web Browser 3.7Opera Mini 5.0.2Journey Web Browser 1.5iBrowse 2.5Perfect Browser for iPad 1.2Mango Browser 2.1 (iPhone) / 1.3 (iPad) Aarde Web Browser 1.6iLunascape 1.1.0Life Web Browser 1.1Browser Duo 1.0.1360 BrowserPerfect Browser for iPhone 4.5VanillaSurf 2.1iNetDual 1.2.0 (see 10/25 update!!)Oceanus 3.1Wide Web with Twitter 2.4Full Screen Web Browser 1.1.3BOLT 4.2Air Browser 1.1Magic Browser (iBlueAngel) 2.6Spy - Full View Faux Browser 3.1Multi-Full Browser 1.3.1Mini Browser 1.5BigBrowser+ 1.2fgBrowser (Multitouch) 3.0CaizerWeb 1.1Nightglow web browser 1.0IBrowse2 2.2IBrowseTwo 1.1.0 - REMOVEDMyDesktop 1.01 - REMOVED!Arachnid 1.4.1 - REMOVEDQuickSurf 1.2 - REMOVED!
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Pricen/a$2.00$1.00free$2.00$1.00$3.00Free3free$2$2$1$1.00Free (used to be 1)$2.00$1.00$1.00$1.00$3.00$1.00free (used to be $5 and, then, $2)$2.00$1.00Free$1.00$1.00$1.00$3.00$1.00$1.00$4.00$2; Lite version (still at 1.3) exists with the restriction of 5 bookmarks at most and no tabs at all$1.00
iTunes link n/a iTuneshttp://itunes.apple.com/us/app/atomic-web-browser/id347929410?mt=8http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/opera-mini-web-browser/id363729560?mt=8 iTuneshttp://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibrowse/id363452041?mt=8http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/perfect-web-browser-extraordinary/id373916467?mt=8 iTuneshttp://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aarde-web-browser/id378367326?mt=8http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ilunascape-web-browser/id380065805?mt=8http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/life-web-browser/id377598600?mt=8http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/browser-duo/id364928920?mt=8 iTunes iTunes iTunes iTunes iTunes iTunes iTunes iTunes iTunes iTunes iTunes iTunes iTunes iTunes iTunes iTunes iTunes iTunes iTunes iTunes Removed from iTunes!!
iPhone / iPad compatility?+ / ++ / ++ / ++ / -+ / ++ / +- / ++ / (+ separate iPad version)+ / +- / +- / +- / +- / ++ / -+ / -+ / -+ / -+ / -+ / -+ / -+ / -+ / -+ / -+ / -+ / -+ / -+ / -+ / -+ / -+ / -n/t+ / -n/t
IOS 4 support?++, can even download(!) in the background - excellent!+-++n/a+ (actually, the iPhone version requires 4.0+)+n/an/an/a++----+ -------+ ---n/t-n/t
Updated since 6/2009?n/aJul 28, 2010 (very frequent updates)Jul 27, 2010 (very frequent updates)40309Jul 06, 201007/21/1008/14/10Jul 04 / 10, 201007/28/1008/11/1007/24/1004/22/10+Jul 12, 2010 (very frequent updates)02/15/1009/11/09Dec 01, 2009Jul 20, 2009Jun 18, 2010May 18, 2010Apr 28, 2009Jun 04, 2010Sep 28, 2009Nov 05, 2009Jun 23, 2009Mar 27, 2009Jul 06, 2010Jul 25, 2009May 07, 2009May 18, 2010n/t+n/tLast update: 01/28/2009
Current version ratingn/a4 / 394 / 5213 / 216182.5 / 22n/e4 / 138n/e (iPhone version)2.5 / 512.5 / 1212.5 / 1033 / 293604 / 6913.5 / 2996n/e3.5 / 4163.5 / 143n/t3 / 2842.5 / 413 / 433 / 1713.5 / 1623 / 9163 / 10n/e3 / 152.5 / 622 / 7n/tn/tn/tn/a
All versions ratingn/a3.5 / 7093.5 / 41243 / 671973 / 3953 / 263.5 / 22723 / 2163 (iPhone version)2.5 / 562.5 / 1492.5 / 2643 / 623603.5 / 80913.5 / 35743 / 83.5 / 12993.5 / 432n/t3 / 31112.5 / 512.5 / 3423/ 5183 / 13623 / 1105n/a3.5 / 1733/ 40n/a3 / 240n/tn/tn/tn/a
Landscape support? + +++ +++ ++++++ + + + + + (it has a dedicated button on the command bar for rotation; that is, rotation isn't based on the accelerometer at all) + + + + + + + + + + - + - (!) n/a (Landscape-only) + +
Lock orientation? + (in OS / hardware; not so on pre-4.0 iPhones) +, Lock Orientation in the third group in in-app settings (was in system-level Settings; see Other / Orientation in old versions)n/an/a + (available from Settings, which can be accessed by tapping the screen with three fingers or via + / Settings / Lock Orientation)see main toolbar on the ipad, and the extended toolbar (tap the up icon to see it) on the iPhone.n/a + (link menu / Lock Rotation)n/an/an/an/a+ + (separate icon for this on the toolbar - could have been better when put in some kind of a Settings menu) + + (it, however, locks you into Portrait - you can't lock into Landscape_ + (separate icon on bottom bar; note that it, along with the clean up / settings icon, is only visible in Landscape orientation) + (see above) - + - - + (in Settings) + (Settings [Bottom right tools icon] / Lock rotation) + (separate lock icon for this on the maximized controller) - + (double swipe upwards) - n/a - n/a (no LS mode) n/a + (in Settings - the icon in the upper left corner) +
Tab / multidocument supportn/t + +n/tn/t ++; uses a pretty nice card-based tab selector+ +n/t+ + n/a+ ; excellent with on-screen tabs. Double-tapping a tab brings up a menu having Reload all; Bookmark All; Bookmark This; Set Browser Type; Close All and Close All but This [Tab] - excellent! + + + (2) + - - - - + - + - - - + + + (2) + (2) + + (not in old, Lite version!) -
How many taps to switch between tabs? Several iPad: always visible tabs; iPhone: Good: one tap to bring up list of tabs, another one to select the wanted one in both full screen and normal mode; starting with 2.0, it even scrolls down to the current tab, should be there more than 5-8 tabs visible1 (tabs are displayed)n/t Easy: dedicated prev/next icons or swiping with two fingers left/right; the latter also works in full screen mode. NOTE: it's serial switching only (only to the previous/next, not to any other!)Several (going to the card view; dragging it until you get to the target page and tap it) 1 (tabs always visible unless you explicitly hide them; you may end up having to scroll the tab bar left/right, though) One (the three tabs have a tap area at the top of the screen)11 (displayed on-screen)At times, several (arrows are used for navigation beteween tabs - very bad!)Both pages visible at the same time1 (tabs always on-screen) 1 (tabs always visible unless you explicitly hide them; you may end up having to scroll the tab bar left/right, though) Easy: unlike with the earlier versions (which still had the same awkward tab interface as Safari), the new one has a very similar interface to iCab Mobile. That is, in general, only two taps (and, probably, a quick vertical swipe) is needed. One tap only One tap only (tabs need to be shown with the (in Portrait mode) last-but-one icon in the lower command icon bar first) in the default, "Desktop Browser Style" mode. In the "Table List Mode" (setting available under settings / Tabs), tapping this icon brings up a list of the tabs. This, as of 3.0, seems to be buggy as the list is only displayed once (after you toggle the setting or restart the browser), though n/a n/a n/a Good: one tap (and also one tap to bring up the full list of them + another tap to select the page) Dedicated arrows (two) on the bottom; no dedicated tab list n/a All four are visible by default; switching between them takes only few taps (minimizing the actual tab if it's maximized and maximizing another by just tapping its maximize icon) n/a n/a n/a One (dedicated "fast forward" icon) One tap only (all tabs visible all the time) n/a (both tabs are visible at the same time) n/a (Both are concurrently visible) One if the target is visible (e.g., the current window isn't maximized); 4 otherwise (1: tap the lower bar to bring up menu; 2, tap the "normal size / maximize" icon (last but one on the upper right) to switch the maximized window back to normal size), 3, tap the active surface to hide the menu and 4, tap the target window. When you dock the target window (icon on the upper right corner; then, tap the big circle in the bottom center), then, only two - bring up menu and tap the docked icon to switch to. 2 (there's a tab list, accessible with one tap only) n/a
Closing tabs - how easy it is? Chance of accidental closing? Tabs need to be closed from the tab list by tapping their corner (not very fast but no accidental closing either).iPad:;close icon on all tabs / pretty easy to miss and accidentally closei Phone: Tabs need to be closed using the X on the leftmost part of the tablist. This lets for real quick mass tab elimination, while still not raising the chance of accidental shutdown. (Just make sure you tap the middle or the right when selecting a tab for view)X on each tab / quite easyX on each tab but only when active - that is, no accidental closing Tab close X icon to the left of the top address bar - one-tap (easy and makes it possible to quickly close a large number of them) / unlikely to be tapped by mistake (great)Separate icon / noneNot so acute a problem on the large-screen iPad as on the iPhone n/a (not possible to close tabs)Tab Options / Remove Tab (three taps; that is, no accidental deletion)Separate icon on the far right / nonetwo taps / noneNot possible to close the two windows; however, any of them can be maximizedOne tap; hard to close accidentally as there are only two (Portrait) three (LS) tabs on-screen; therefore, they're sufficiently wide Close buttons integrated in every desktop browser-like tabs. Much harder to close tabs (sometimes must try to close two-three times) and there's a much higher chance of accidentally closing the tabs.X on the right end of tabs; that is, they no longer need to be closed with standard iPhone list left/right swipes or via the Edit / - icon. This means the days of more time needed to close than in, say, iCab Mobile or Journey are over. No accidental closing - the tabs are pretty high. n/t n/t n/a n/a n/a After opening at least one additional tab, X icon in the lower right corner - easy to close, not easy to accidentally do this. Dustbin icon on the lower command bar; easy to both close and accidentally do this n/a n/a (the 2/4 tabs can't be closed - they're fixed. They can be hidden, though; in order to bring a latter tab to the front, go to its local settings and select another tab position in "Window Position") n/a n/a n/a Global "x" button on the bottom command bar - very easy to close tabs. This, however, also means the accidental closing of bars is very likely. On the dedicated tab list, it's impossible to close tabs. (Note that you can disable the animation played when opening / closing tabs in the system-level Settings: "Effects") n/t n/t n/a (they can't be closed) With non-maximized (full screen) windows, the upper left icon (pretty easy to accidentally tap them); with full screen windows, the menu (bottom bar) and the X in the top bar. Standard left/right swipe in the tab list - not very fast, but pretty safe n/a
Open links in background tabs (no need to switch back to continue reading the current page while the other is still loading) - + (in Settings, "Open tabs in background" must be enabled along with "New tab" as the default target, unless you use a short tap to get to the default context menu. Note that "Open tabs in background" and "New tab" as the default target must not be necessarily configured in the Settings. This can be configured if you want to get new Tabs by normal "clicks" on links. But you can always "long-click" on a link to get a contextual menu, which provides menu items to open the link in new Tabs (both, forground and background Tabs)+- + (by default, if you long-tap a link and select Open in New Tab there, it'll be opened in the background - excellent!)+ (default target of opening can be changed via the leftmost icon in the third, largest icon group at the bottom)+ - (no inter-tab opening)+ (link tap-and-hold only)- -; albeit there's queueing; it, however, doesn't open the page in a new tab. There is no way of moving to a given enqueued page either.- (no real tabs and there's no interaction [Open in the other pane] either)- + + (Settings has a switch (which is, by default, on), "Switch to a new Tab". If you disable it, the browser doesn't switch to the new tab when you open a link in a new tab. In order to the page content to be loaded, you will need to enable the brand new "Load Tab in Background" option too) - - n/a n/a n/a + (if you activate the icon in the lower left corner first) - (actually, it's impossible to instruct the browser to open pages in a new tab - a major problem!) n/a - n/a n/a n/a - - - - - - n/a
Default "open to" definable? - + (Settings / Open Links to same / other domains)+; can always open in new tab- -+ (see above)- - (no inter-tab opening)partial (only to New tab; no background opening settable)- - n/a (see above)- - Excellent: (Settings / Tabs): Open in the same / a new tab etc., this depending on the target URL (whether it's in the same site etc.) - - n/a n/a n/a - - n/a - n/a n/a n/a - - - - - - n/a
Can you select where to open it in some kind of a runtime context menu? + (upon long-tapping the link) + (if you enable this in settings; see "Ask" in Open Links to same / other domains. Note that you need short-taps (and not long ones!) to activate this - long taps access Safari's own menu, without the option to open in new tabs. Long taps do open the contextual menu which includes options to open the link in new Tabs. You might get the Safari menu only when the page is still loading. But once the web page has loaded, iCab's own menu is actived and then you can open links in Tabs, download links etc.)++ (but no background tab capabilities) +: long-tap: "open in new tab" menu- (but runtime target changing is easy)+ - (no inter-tab opening at all)+- - - + (same tab / another one) + (as usual, upon long-tapping the link) + (excellent: a simple short tap on a link brings up a context menu including Open in New Tab and Download File) + (see the manual on the usage of the ½ buttons) + (as usual, upon long-tapping the link) n/a n/a n/a If Link queue mode is active (see the AppStore help for more on this), all taps on links are queued and only served when you do switch to another tab; that is, you read the current page fully, without having to reload it all the time and just enqueue the links on it. - n/a - n/a n/a n/a - +: you can tap an empty tab before tapping a link in the current page / a favorite; then, it'll be opened in there + (tap the rightmost icon in Portrait mode (and the next-to-rightmost one in Landscape); after this, when you tap a link, a context menu comes up with "Open link in Opposite Window") Tapping a link in the upper pane brings up the page in the lower one. + (long-tap links: "Open in new window") - (bad!) n/a
Titles of all tabs easily accessible? - + (On iPad the titles are always visible. Only on iPhone and in fullscreen mode you have to open the tabs list first to see the titles.)+ (always visible)- (card / icon-based tabs, no textual history for strict switching without (!) reloading the page. Settings / History does list the tab titles but it also reloads the pages, unlike pre-5 versions on other (Java-enabled) platforms - (only the tab number is shown and you can only iterate over them sequally)n/a (uses a card-based tab selector - pretty good-looking, but still slow)+ - (titles / icons of inactive tabs aren't visible - major problem!)++- n/a (no tabs)+ + (it also includes their icon) + (much better interface than Safari - vertical, quickly accessible list with titles and icons) n/a (no titles / icons at all) + (on-screen tabs; must be separately enabled for display) n/a n/a n/a + (in the tab list mode) - (no tablist at all) n/a - (but you see all the four tabs on the same screen so it's not that big a problem) n/a n/a n/a + (Tabs icon (between the "New tab" and the "Fast forward to next tab" icon)) n/a (no titles / icons at all) n/a (both visible) - (not needed, though: both visible) - (no tablist, unless you explicitly dock your windows) + (one tap) n/a
Max. number of tabs8Any; however, it crashes if you open too manyno restriction? no restriction? Anyno restriction? Any 10Seems to be unrestricted6no restriction? 2Any Any82 No restrictions - however, memory restrictions "kick in" very soon n/a n/a n/a Any Any? n/a4 n/a n/a n/a Any422 Any?5 n/a
Memory handling when allocating all memory for tabs?Maps out old tabs very quick on the iPad - but, at least, it never crashes because of memory shortage, unlike, say, iCab. Nevertheless, Journey's memory handling (on the iPad) is far superior.Memory warning (at the bottom on the current page) + configurable automatic action (e.g., closing all other tabs). Both disabled by default; must be enabled in the system settings menu.Memory warning (starting to alert at appr. 20MB free) can be enabled in Settings / Low Memory Warning (disabled by default)No crashes ever encountered; nevertheless, it keeps far fewer pages in memory than pre-5 (Java) versions.Seems to be the best of the bunch: it cleanly maps out pages not used. No crashes. The downside is that 1, you can only access the tabs in order (forward / bacward, but not random). 2, restoring tabs may take 0.5-1s (still much faster than reloading the page)Works exceptionally well - much better than Safari.Crashes; no warningsn/tNo protection / warningn/tn/tn/t??n/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/t
Search: Find in page? If not, compatible with my scriptlet? starting with 4.2, + (with Next; seems to work with all pages, unlike all the other browsers) / + + (highlights all occurrences in yellow); accessible via the Search icon and selecting "Search in current page". With next / previous support (excellent!) and hit counter.+ (select the topmost item from the drop-down Search list!) / ++, has "Next" as well / - (no scriptlet support at all) + (doesn't mess up markup; no Next / Previous; number of hits displayed) / ++ (highlighting only; doesn't mess up HTML tags)+ (no next/previous or even number of hits) / !!! + (highlight only, no next/previous, not even hit number) / !!!- / - (!)- / !!!- / !!!not possible to close the two windows; however, any of them can be maximized+, only displays number of hits, doesn't scroll + (uses a scriptlet in the background and highlights all occurrences; may mess up HTML / CSS markup, though) - / - (scriptlet support is partial) - / + +; scriptlet-based (may mean messed-up HTML code). No prev/next/ scroll to first occurrence. - / - - / + - +: highlights all hits (there's no next / previous button, though) - - - - / n/a - / - (no URL modding support for favorite at all) - / - - / - - / - - / - - / n/a - / - - / - -
Built-in Web search engine support? Google / Yahoo / Bing (the latter starting with 4.2+); you can switch between the two in (system-level) Settings / Safari / Search Engine; separate field Google, Yahoo, Lycos Wiki + eBay; in addition, you can add your own search engines; separate icon and search interfaceAmazon / Bing / Ebay / Google / Wiki / Yahoo / YouTube built-in (Settings / Search Engines); "Find Engines" is accessible in the same menu, which allows for installing about 20 additional engines. Also, you can freely add your own search engine URL in "New Search Engine". All in all, excellent.Google / Amazon / Wiki GoogleGoogleGoogle, Bing, Yahoo predefined; custom ones can be added Google (separate field)Google, Ebay, Lycos, Wiki, Bing, Yahoo; can run searches in more than one engine at the same time (it opens a tab for each engine's results). In addition to Safari, it's unique in displaying partial Google Suggest; this can be disabled in User Settings / Use Google Suggest in Search BarGoogleGoogle (using the address bar)Google (using the address bar)Google, Ebay, Lycos, Wiki, Bing, Yahoo etc.Google, Bing, Yahoo predefined; custom ones can be added Google, dedicated icon to the right of the address bar Google bookmark provided by default; you can create any additional bookmark (and put its icon next to the address bar if you deem it right) Separate input field; Amazon / Ask / Baidu / Bing / Dictionary / Google / Yahoo; selectable under Settings / Search Engines. Enter words in the address bar; Google / Yahoo / Wiki supported by default; you can also add two other, custom search URL's Google (default homepage) - (need to go to the Google page - no dedicated search interface) Google (separate field) + (by default, if you don't prefix your URL's with http(s), it automatically runs a Google search) - Google, Yahoo, flickr, Wiki, Webster, FreeDictionary - - Google; preferred language can be changed in system-level setting Google (textfield) + (YouTube / Wiki / Google; separate textfield in the URL menu (upper right icon)) Google (separate field) - Google (dedicated field in the same GUI page as that of the address bar) Google (separate icon) -; the Google bookmark is, however, pre-added
Google etc. suggestions? Google, Yahoo and Bing, depending on the system-level setting; can't be disabled Google and Yahoo (starting with 4.0; must be explicitly enabled in Settings / Search Suggestions; only works with a non-hidden Bookmarks toolbar)-- --- -Google; can be disabled in User Settings / Use Google Suggest in Search Bar-Google --; it only searches in previous searches; can be disabled in Settings / Search Assist Google, Bing, Yahoo predefined; custom ones can be added - = - Enter words in the address bar; Google / Yahoo / Wiki supported by default; you can also add two other, custom search URL's Google (default homepage) - (need to go to the Google page - no dedicated search interface) Google (separate field) + (by default, if you don't prefix your URL's with http(s), it automatically runs a Google search) - Google, Yahoo, flickr, Wiki, Webster, FreeDictionary - - Google; preferred language can be changed in system-level setting Google (textfield) + (YouTube / Wiki / Google; separate textfield in the URL menu (upper right icon)) Google (separate field) - Google (dedicated field in the same GUI page as that of the address bar) Google (separate icon) -; the Google bookmark is, however, pre-added
VGA output? -+; is automatically enabled; XGA-- --+, automatic, XGA -----??Google, Bing, Yahoo predefined; custom ones can be added - = - Enter words in the address bar; Google / Yahoo / Wiki supported by default; you can also add two other, custom search URL's Google (default homepage) - (need to go to the Google page - no dedicated search interface) Google (separate field) + (by default, if you don't prefix your URL's with http(s), it automatically runs a Google search) - Google, Yahoo, flickr, Wiki, Webster, FreeDictionary - - Google; preferred language can be changed in system-level setting Google (textfield) + (YouTube / Wiki / Google; separate textfield in the URL menu (upper right icon)) Google (separate field) - Google (dedicated field in the same GUI page as that of the address bar) Google (separate icon) -; the Google bookmark is, however, pre-added
Favorites: Favorite export / import / backup? + (via iTunes / MobileMe, real(!) synchronization)
  • able to read all the URL's from the system-level Contacts database
  • export / import favorites through the built-in Web interface
  • + (Settings > Import/Export Bookmarks)+ (true(!) synchronization via Opera Link with other Opera Mini and even desktop Opera browsers; excellent!) -+: Google bookmarks, Delicious, Yahoo, or by adding a standard bookmark.htm file to the shared documents via iTunes - or by importing all links from any page on the web - -- ; however, it supports Google bookmarks - - - - - + (built-in Web server with random-generated password) - - - - - - - n/a (it doesn't even support favorites!) - n/a (it doesn't even support favorites!) - - (favorite list - along with the address and Google bar - accessible via a three-fingered swipe down; add current page and other context menus via a two-fingered swipe down) - - - n/a (it doesn't even support favorites!) - - - (They're called "Quick Launch" here; it may be possible you can only add few of them)
    Bookmark name editable? + ++ + + (only when adding initially, not afterwards!)+ +- ++- - + + + + + + + + + - n/a - n/a - + (only after adding first) + (when adding; afterwards, no edit capabilities except for deletion) + - n/a + + +
    URL editable + (only after adding); compatible with Javascript scriptlets ++ + + (only when adding initially, not afterwards!)+ +- ++- - + + + + + + + + + - n/a - n/a - + (only after adding) - + - n/a + + (but no scriptlet support) +
    Favorite folders? + ++ + -- +- ++ - - +; can be of any depth+ + + (here: "tag") + - - - - + (only one level: no recursion) n/a - n/a - - + - - n/a - - -
    Support for dragging-based reorganization? + ++ - (alphabetic auto-sorting, can't be disabled) ++ ++- +- - -+ + - (only deletion is supported) + - (only three favorites [shortcuts] can be added - see the "123" button [for invocation] and Settings / Shortcut [for adding these URL's]) + - (only deleting is possible) - - n/a - n/a - - + + + n/a - + +
    Scriptlet support? +, full +, full+ (works great with my all three scriptlets, except for increasing the line spacing as of 3.5; this is stated to be fixed in the currently developed version)- + (tested with Bottom, Find and Charsize 18. Note that < and > characters MUST be properly URL encoded; otherwise, Journey just crashes - unlike Safari)-(!)n/t!!!Partial (charsize setting works; Spacing Setter and Search doesn't)n/tn/tn/t- (displays WebKit error when trying to run scriptlets) +, partial (textsize doesn't work) Partial: bottom works, charset and find in page doesn't. + (excellent - by far the best browser in this regard) - - + (tested with Find and 18) - (puts a http:// before all scriptlets, rendering them all useless) - ("URL can't be shown") - (no URL editing; JS links are considered Google search text) n/a (no favorites) - n/a (it doesn't even support favorites) - (not any kind of URL modding support) - ("The URL can't be shown") - (no URL modding support for favorites; direct javascript URL's in the address field not accepted) - - (non-editable bookmarks and you can only bookmark a "true" webpage) n/a (it doesn't even support favorites!) - - (puts a http:// before all scriptlets, rendering them all useless) - (puts a http:// before all scriptlets, rendering them all useless)
    History? + +; in addition, it orders them into date-based subfolders+ + ++ + - + +- - ++ + + (the bottom right button in Favorites) + - - - + + - - - + (accessible via the Favorites icon) +; in addition, it orders them based on last access date and access count - - + (accessible under the Favorites icon) - - + - (in the app, "History" only stands for remembering the last opened page)
    URL autocomplete based on history? + ++ + ++ + n/a+- -; however, there's Google autocomplete with the URL field-++ + - + n/a n/a n/a + + n/a n/a n/a - - n/a n/a - n/a n/a + n/a
    Clear history? + (in system-level applet) +; also supports private browsing (can be activated from system-level Settings)+ (right in the History list view under Bookmarks)+ ++ + n/a+ (in View User Settings)+- n/a++ + (Options / Clear history) + + (inside Favorites / History / Edit; also accessible via the sandclock icon in Landscape mode) n/a n/a n/a + (in the URL autocomplete dialog) + (Delete button in History - the middle icon in the lowermost row of Magic Wand) n/a n/a n/a + (in Settings) - n/a n/a + n/a n/a + n/a
    Scrolling : Mac OS X-like gestures (three-fingered swipe up/down for top/bottom of page; two-fingered swipe to left/right to previous/next etc.)?-partial (three-fingered left/right swipes for prev/next also working in non-fullscreen mode) - (Only two-finger swipes are supported; also see the following row)- - (three-finger tap = settings screen)- - - + (excellent configurability; even better than that of Atomic)- Prev/next- -- - n/t n/t Acceptable Acceptable 3GS: now and then, stutters a bit but not really annoying n/t n/t n/t n/t n/t n/t n/t n/t n/t n/t Not very good n/t n/t Acceptable
    Quick (one-tap) scrolling to top / bottom of document? Top only (tap on the upper ribbon); bottom add-on scriptlet works just great Top only; bottom: scriptlet works OK+ / +; for the latter, you will need to either install the (Setting / Find bookmark scripts / Jump to bottom; it'll be installed in Bookmarks) or redefining a two-fingered swipe (unfortunately, there's no or three-fingered swipe support, unlike in some other browsers) in Settings / MultiTouch Options to "Go to bottom". + / - Top only; bottom scriptlet works+ / -+ / - Top only, traditional tap on the top+ / -; there's a built-in scriptlet under Content Settings / Scroll to bottom+ / -+ / -+ / -- (not even top) and you can't use scriptlets either Top only; bottom: scriptlet works OK Top only (when not in full screen) Both (with scriptlets coming built-in) - - Top only (standard tapping); bottom: my script works - Both: by quickly flicking the phone in either forward or backward. Note that you MUST scroll to the top in order to display the address input bar, which is pretty much annoying as, opposed to Safari (which also uses this approach), the main menu down-arrow is also located here. That is, you can't for example add the current page as a favorite without losing your current position. - - Top; if and only if you switch to full screen mode and activate Hide to hide the toolbar at the top - Top only +; disabled by default; both can be (separately) enabled in system-level settings. Then, double taps will work just fine. Top only (standard tapping there) Top only - - - Top only (traditional tapping in non-fullscreen mode) Top only and in non-fullscreen only
    Accelerometer-based / automatic scrolling? - -- - -- - -- - - - - - - - Both. Enable them under Settings / Page Scroll / Enable Tilt-scroll and Enable Auto-Scroll. The latter has on-screen icons to increase/ decrease scroll speed / set direction. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    Quick scrollbar/pad? -; Cydia's QuickScroll works just great, though + (starting with 2.0; invoke with a triple-tap)- - -+, scrollbar on the right; works just great+ (Hyper Scroll scrollbar on the right; can be disabled) -+ (must be enabled under User Settings / Display Scrollbar) - - - - + (Under the + icon / Activate Hyper Scroll) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    Cookies: Clear cookies? + (in system-level applet) ++ + + (Settings / Clear cookies on Exit and Private Browsing)n/t+ - + (from User Settings) + - - + + (+ icon / Preferences / Clear Cookies) + - + (Sandclock on the bottom toolbar / Clear cache) + (Settings / Options at the bottom) - - - - - - - - (only History can be deleted) - - - + (by activating Private mode in the system-level Settings) - - - -
    Misc.: Interrupting page loading? + ++ + +n/t+ + (X icon at the bottom right, on the lower command bar; on iPad, the second icon on the upper left)+ + - - + + (Stop icon in the lower right corner when loading) + + + + - - + + (a dedicated icon on the bottom) - -: Not possible to interrupt loading a page - a BIG problem! (Simply tapping Back doesn't work) Partial: only possible while the address bar is visible; becomes impossible when it auto-minimizes itself (very quickly) + - + + + - + + +
    Full screen? -: iPhone: top and bottom bars can't be hidden and aren't even transparent; iPad: top bar (quite thick) can't be hidden. All in all: bad! + (unlike with pre-2.0 versions [with absolutely clear fullscreen] with four transparent icons in the four corners; they can be hidden by increasing their transparency), shaking. The latter can't be disabled, which may be a problem on a device without OS- or hardware-level orientation locking in a car or a gym.+; transparency of the icons and their position can be fine-tuned: Settings / Full Screen Options (great!)- (quite bad! Icons in the lower right and left corner are HUGE and the system top status bar is always visible) +: a single tap with two fingers on the screen (also shaking if you enable it in Settings). It's real full screen without anything disturbing (unlike 1.0).+ (there's a switch in Settings [eye icon / Settings icon in the middle group / Options / Top status bar] to allow for the system top bar switched off my default)+ (topmost "time" bar must be hidden under Settings / Display Statusbar (time bar) as it's enabled by default) iPhone: Partial (system-level top bar remains displayed; shake to return); iPad: no way to hide the program bar at all (albeit it isn't as thick as that of Safari)+ (three-fingered double taps) - supposed to have; however, it just didn't work on my iPad- + (with two icons at the two bottom corners) Partial: system status bar remains visible +; in full screen, only an icon is visible in the lower right corner - (a shake over the z axis only hides the address bar - the bottom bar [and the system-level state bar at the top] remains) +; small (transparent) bar visible in the lower left corner by default. If you want to hide it and only bring it up with a shake, you can enable this under Settings / Full Screen View / Menu Visibility / Shake to show only + with three transparent icons at the bottom, which can also be disabled in Settings (Settings / Options / Hide icon on full sc…)) + (automatically switches to it); shaking + (Shaking) Partial: (transparent) top (system status) ribbon and the tab change / list / control buttons at the bottom are always visible. Shaking often mistaken for the "top" and "bottom" thrusts, which is pretty much annoying. Partial (the system-level top bar remains - and the "magic wand" icon in the top left corner); shaking +; shaking +: only a transparent icon in the bottom right corner Partial: the control bar on the right is only partially transparent; almost impossible to read anything behind it + (see the "Hide" button in the upper right corner; almost flawless full screen with a transparent icon in the bottom right corner) +, this is the default mode (tapping on screen with three fingers to switch to Favorites / address inout and swiping with two downwards to access menu. Swiping with two fingers left/right equates to Back / Forward.) +; shaking. True full screen. Partial: the uppermost system status bar will remain visible (invoke via triple-fingered swipe upwards) + (only a transparent icon remains in the lower right corner) +; shaking (first, however, maximize the pane you'd like to see in fullscreen) + (with an about 20-pixel-high transparent bar at the bottom) +: a transparent "return" bug icon is always visible in the bottom right corner +; real full screen; shaking (also an icon to go to full screen), unless you explicitly disable it in Settings / Advanced FullScreen.
    Remembers last visited page(s) upon relaunching? +; does remain in RAM memory even before 4.0 +; can be disabled in system-level settings+ (by default, the last viewed tab; can be set to restore all the open tabs of the last session)+ (all tabs) + (can be disabled by enabling "private browsing")+ as long as you opened it as a public page; on the other hand, private pages aren't remembered + (can toggle between remembering and reloading all tabs or just the last active one) +, all of the tabs+ + + + + + (must be enabled: + / Preferences / Restore Last Session) + (can be disabled in Settings: Tabs / Save Tabs) + (both) + (including all tabs) - (can be enabled at Settings / Options / Open last page on…) - (you can, however, set it as your homepage before exiting) - + + - - - + + - + (only the current one) - + + (reloads all of them; you can't configure it to only reload, say, the last active / selected one) + + (can be disabled in Settings: History)
    Interaction with Safari (passing a link to / receiving a link from) / Mail n/a / + (+ / Mail Link to this Page) + . It can also be called from Safari or other Apps by replacing the URL scheme "http" by "web" or "icabmobile". There's a blog post about this: http://www.icab.de/blog/2009/09/07/calling-icab-mobile-from-within-safari-on-the-iphone/+ / +, both in the + menu- Both; as a plus, in addition to the usual "Open link in Safari" supported by other browsers, you can go backwards, by just putting the journey: prefix in front of the current URL in Safari+ / - + / + Both + (passing)- - - / + - - / - / - + (passing only: + / Open page in Safari) / + (+ / Mail Link to this Page) Both, + (passing only) Both Both Both + (passing only) (and also Twitter with freetext in addition to the URL auto-filled with the browser) Both + (passing only) + (passing only) - - Both + (passing only); see the Tools menu Both + (passing only) Both; + (passing only) Both + (passing only) + in both directions; from Safari, after adding a quick link to fgPrivate:/// as is explained in the blog of the developer Both + (passing only) - Both + (passing only) - + (passing only) + (passing only)
    User-Agent faking? - + (accessible in Settings / Browser ID (and also the system level menu): 11 pre-defined U-A's incl. Safari (iPhone / Mac), Firefox 3 and Opera 9.6 (Win/Mac), IE 6…8, Googlebot)+ (Setings / Identify Browser As)- + (from Settings; all four major desktop browsers are supported and a Custom setting, in addition; in this regard, it's unique)- + (all major desktop browsers + iPad & iPhone Safari) -+ (a lot) - - - + (six U-A's)+ (all major desktop browsers + iPad & iPhone Safari) - - - - - + (Strip / bolt icon / enable Browser Poser; Opera Mobile 9.51; Firefox 3 (Win/Mac), IE 6…8) - - + (tap the "Spy" label in the bottom center; Opera Mobile 9.51; Firefox 3 (Win/Mac), IE 6…8) - - - - - - - - - - -
    Download manager? -; however, "Safari Download Plug-in" (free) and "Safari Download Manager" (commercial) in Cydia (on strictly jailbroken devices) works just great. Please see the 02/Aug/2009 update for the former and THIS on the latter. + excellent (multithread; resume; delete; run, also in an external app like a PDF reader; under 4.0, even background downloading). Can even upload files (new in 4.0+) from the repository.- (in this regard, iCab is way better - there isn't a way of downloading, say, a PDF fájl in Atomic)+; however, there's no way of saving files having a default handler. For example, while iCab can save a PDF file; OM can't: it passes the execution to Safari, which won't have any way of downloading the file and passing it to an external, better PDF reader. -- - -- - - - - - + (new in 2.0); downloaded files can be viewed and transferred via the Web server interface; webpages can also be downloaded as plain files (and, then, rendered). Note: it doesn't support either sending files to other apps (unlike iCab) or iTunes file Sharing; that is, the functionality is rather restricted and can't be used to, for example, download PDF files to render in a decent PDF reader and not that of Safari. - - - - - - - - - - +: good: it, in addition to passing the files to the native viewer (as is the case with the other browsers), can also store files in the local file system and allows for a Wi-Fi client access these files via a Web browser. Nevertheless, it's unable to download unsupported files (ZIP, WMV etc.) - - - - - - - -
    View source? - - by default; there's a pre-made scriptlet for that, which can easily be installed (third "Download" icon in the Modules menu and selecting "Source code of the web page" to install it)+ (+ / View Source)- + (with the view-source: prefix in front of the URL - excellent!)- - -+ (excellent!) - - - + (with a built-in module; see Settings / Plugins / View Source Code) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    Web compression service usage? - +- and, as is explained HERE http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=9796932&postcount=225, it won't ever be+ (the OM protocol itself is compressed - this is THE biggest advantage of OM) + (Settings / Fast Browsing)- + (Google) -+ (User Settings / Web Compression) - - - ++ (Google) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    Can image loading be disabled? -; however, Cydia has the free ImaSafari, which does exactly this (see UPDATE (10/19/2009) for more info on installing / using) + (Settings / Display Images)+ (Settings / Display Images)+ (and image quality - and, consequently, size - can be set to three size) -+ (checkbox in the lower left corner in the card [tab] view accessible via the rightmost "eye" icon)+ (can be enabled in Settings) -+ (User Settings / Block image downloads) - - - ++ (can be enabled in Settings) + (Options / Load Images) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - + (this is the default - "Quick" - mode; you can quickly switch between the two on the bottom-most bar)
    Offline browsing? - +- (manually saved pages can be read offline) - + (when there's no active Internet connection, shows the last-rendered state of the page being current when you last exit the app - just like iCab)- n/t -- - - - + - +; but only the tabs that were opened when exiting the last time - - - - - - + if you use web page saving (nevertheless, no images / styles) - - - - - - - - - - - -
    Save web pages? - + (by saving them as a file - plese see the section starting with "Also note that, unlike the download manager in iCab Mobile or VanillaSurf, you can’t download a Web page" HERE for an illustrated tutorial)+ (+ / Save Webpage; viewable in Bookmarks later)+ - (however, you can easily mass-select the contents of the source window - see the view-source: prefix -, and, then, you can already save it as a standalone file)- + -- ; however, you can easily copy the page source to the clipboard - - - + (Settings icon / Saved Pages / + icon in the left)+ + (see the download manager-related section; - plese see the section starting with "Also note that, unlike the download manager in iCab Mobile or VanillaSurf, you can’t download a Web page" HERE for an illustrated tutorial) - - - - - - + (see + in the bottom right icon in the magic wand menu), but only HTML, no style files or even images. They are saved as original HTML files in the home directory of the app. - - - + by simply tapping the Download icon while in a page. You can, then, both view the page (from inside the built-in file editor) and fetch it from another computer; the latter unlike with the other "save page"-capable browser, Magic Browser (iBlueAngel) 2.5. - - - - - - - -
    Auto forms fill-in? - (2.2.1) / + (3.0+); disabled by default; see (the system-level) Settings / Safari / AutoFill. A little more restricted than iCab Mobile (the, currently, only other browser supporting autofill) as the latter can remember the entered text in all fields of a given form. On the other hand, it can auomatize filling in personal info, which iCab Mobile is incapable of. +; works great on eBay+ - -- - -- - - - -; it can save e.g. Facebook l/p pairs, though - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    Input keyboard: the one with ".com"? + ++ + ++ + ++ + + - (also used for Google input)+ + + + - +; can be disabled (Settings / Options / URL Type's keyboard) + + + - + +; you can switch between it and the .com-less one right here with the "Switch keyboard" icon + + + + + + + + + +
    Ad filtering? + (only popup filtering; no manually editable filters, unlike in iCab Mobile) + (disabled by default; filters can be manually edited: Edit Filters in Tools)+, excellent - -+ (turn on 'Block Adverts' in the tab view) - -+; filters can be manually added and has tons of predefined ones - - - +; not fine-tunable, though - + (disabled by default; Settings / Ad-Blocker) - + (can be enabled and fine-tuned under Settings / URL Filters) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    App password / locking?+ (General / Restrictions / Safari to completely hide / show; takes a lot more taps than with, say, iCab) + +; no kiosk mode though, as opposed to iCab- - - - - - - - - +- - n/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/t
    Guest mode?- + (excellent and unique!)-- - - - - - - - - -- - n/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/t
    Charsize increase / decrease / page-based saving?- increase only; works radically different from other solutions with both advantages and disadvantages. If you don't like the way it increases charsize, my old scripts, which result in the same effect as other charsize-changer browsers are capable of work just great.all; works great; the site-specific saving is unique. Too bad there isn't a predefined spacing setter menu item- - + +; no saving- + (Second row in "Content Settings"); no saving; no support for my scriptlet- - - - / - / -, not even in the modules+; no saving- n/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/t
    Possible to rearrange icons in full screen mode?- nope. It's, in my opinion, quite a nuisance if you use it on the iPhone in both full screen and non-fullscreen modes. The reason for this is that the Tab list and the Favorite icons are swapped in these two modes and you need to pay special attention not to bring up the wrong one in the mode you're currently in. At least this should be settable by the user (to allow for changing the position of these two icons). No such problems on the iPad as it has no bottom bar at all, so, no confusion can arise.+, excellent! (Settings / Full Screen Settings / Full Screen Buttons)- n/a (no icons in Full Screen)- - n/a (no icons in Full Screen)n/a (no icons in full screen; use gestures, e.g. three-fingered double taps to switch)- - - -- n/a (no icons in Full Screen)n/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/t
    Brightness decrease?- + +- - - - - +- - - - (not that it'd be important starting with iOS 4)- - n/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/t
    Twitter / facebook support?- -; however, it offers a Twitter add-on scriptlet moduleboth- - - - Twitter- - - - + / +; Facebook module pre-installed; Twitter needs to be installed separately- - n/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/tn/t
    Other remarks? -n/tn/tn/t n/tn/tn/tn/tDropbox supportn/tn/tn/t- - - Mass image download capabilities (see bullet 2 of the 10/24/2009 UPDATE for more info) n/t - - n/t You can't display the top menu / navigation interface w/o fully scrolling up - use quick flicking to quickly do this - - - it doesn't even support favorites - really bad - - n/t - n/t - n/t - -
    General verdict?There are still quite a few areas where it lags behind the competition: real full screen mode, download manager, on-screen tabs etc.Probably the best!One of the best and most versatile browsers; in some cases (swipe and full screen icon configuration; text size saving for individual pages etc.), it's even better than iCab. However, it lacks some of the more useful features like download managers (or ANY way of downloading, for that matter).Recommended if 1.) you have a REALLY slow (e.g., GPRS) connection or you MUST use as little data as possible 2.) you absolutely must use Opera Link to always keep your bookmarks synchronized. Pretty good and capable; however, I still think iCab Mobile is more worth the money particularly because Journey still has some missing features (e.g., a tab list). The particular strength of this title is its not crashing when you open several pages and it not reloading the temporarily mapped-out ones from the net. That is, if your main grief with iCab are the crashes because of the tabs and can live with the clearly less-advanced feature set of Journey, give it a try.While the interface has a very steep learning curve, I've found it very powerful, particularly if you like opening as many tabs as possible. For $1, highly recommended for iPad users.Not as good as Atomic or, even better, iCabDon't bother - while it's free, you only end up having to pay $1 / $2 for the MUCH superior iCab (or Atomic or, if you need crash-free tabbing, Journey)The recently (16/Sep/2010) released v1.4 is a MAJOR upgrade introducing a LOT of nice stuff. Now, it's highly recommended, unlike with the previous, 1.1 version as it has a lot of unique functionalities (e.g., source code viewing and Google Suggest).Poor; I just don't see the point in switching to it as it doesn't even have full screenPoor. It's just way worse than the best iPad browsers.Another VERY poor app - avoid!iCab is definitely better, apart from the excellent (e.g., "close all other tabs" or "bookmark all tabs") tab support From a weak contender, it has become one of the best browsers on the iPhone - still, iCab Mobile is decidedly better The new version is indeed great. Too bad the scriptlet support isn't that good - neither charset setting nor in-page text search work, unlike in most alternatives. While the scriptlet support is excellent and the mass image download is unique, in general, this browser is still much worse than iCab Mobile. While the development progress is promising, it in no way as nice as iCab Mobile Weak. Don't bother - unless you want to announce the URL of the Web pages you're reading as quickly and easily as possible. Not recommended unless you absolutely need a full screen browser and don't want to go the iCab / Journey / VanillaSurf way Avoid it - it's not even worth $1, let alone $3 Don't bother:
  • seems to be an abandoned project (no updates since June)
  • VERY bad memory handing, even on the 3G S
  • complete lack of scriptlet support
  • generic lack of features
  • lack of real full screen
  • For OS 3.0+ users, there is not any point in going for this (otherwise, pretty mediocre and - even at $2 - overpriced) title any more as copy / paste is already supported on the OS level - and this browser makes it impossible to access it. In addition, the browser itself is pretty mediocre and is in no way worth the price. A disaster. Don't bother. Very weak - don't bother Don't bother - it's really bad. Poor. Now that several other titles sport a download manager, there is no point in getting this title any more. Very poor - don't bother Don't bother - it's just not as good as iCab Mobile, Journey, VanillaSurf, Safari or Oceanius Really poor, don't bother - in no way worth the $3 Really poor, don't bother Really-really incapable: not even landscape is supported and seems to be abandoned. Don't bother. You might want to check it out - the basic idea is nice. However, it seriously lacks for example scripting support to implement some of the really missing features; for example, scrolling to top/botton or finding text in page. Pretty mediocre and, it seems, no longer actively developed - go for something else. Don't bother, particularly now that it has been removed from AppStore.