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maximus_808
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join:2001-08-27
Troutdale, OR

[iPad] favorite browser on the ipad.

Hi guys

I was wondering what the favorite ipad browser around here is. I recently started using puffin and am actually impressed.
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Count Zero
Obama-Biden 2012
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join:2007-01-18
Winston Salem, NC
I still like Safari since it integrates so nicely with iCloud and my other Macs/iPhone.


Mike
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join:2000-09-17
Pittsburgh, PA
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reply to maximus_808
Safari for iCloud integration.

I like Dolphin of all things but lack of default browser setting makes me sad.


FFH
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join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
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reply to maximus_808
Google Chrome on my iPad works very well. Handles many open tabs better than some other browsers, including Safari. It doesn't shut down unexpectedly or need to refresh tab when memory gets short.


Octavean
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join:2001-03-31
New York, NY
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reply to maximus_808
Safari and Chrome,...


mromero
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join:2000-12-07
The O.C.
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reply to maximus_808
Safari
Chrome
Dolphin

different tasks for each one

robbin
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join:2000-09-21
Leander, TX
kudos:1
reply to maximus_808
Use Safari most of the time but my alternate is iCab Mobile.


buckingham
Buckingham Pa
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Buckingham, PA

1 recommendation

reply to maximus_808
I generally use Chrome across my platforms including on the iPad. Safari gets used when it automagically is called by something as the browser target, and, of course, its underpinnings provide the engine for the others on iOS.


Stacy
FotoDogue
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join:2001-11-02
New York, NY
reply to maximus_808
I downloaded Puffin to get around the Facebook/YouTube issue in Safari but all that touchscreen animation and floating menus annoyed me. Puffin's flash only seemed to open one window at a time and it didn't fulfill my flash needs so I still use Safari 99% of the time.

Liberty

join:2005-06-12
Tucson, AZ
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reply to maximus_808
About 90% of time I use Safari
Rest of time, mainly for certain work related sites, I use Mercury

One thing that bothers me about Mercury is it puts nags on the lock screen from time to time
Don't know how it manages to do that but it tickles my nervous button that it can/does...

decx
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join:2002-06-07
Vancouver, BC

1 recommendation

reply to maximus_808
While Mercury is no where near as polished as Safari, I've been using Mercury more lately as it does one thing that Safari doesn't: Ad blocking.

Rojo

join:2009-04-14
New York, NY
kudos:1
You can't use AdBlock on an iPad's Safari?


urbanriot
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join:2004-10-18
Canada
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reply to maximus_808
I use Safari as I can't conceive of how I'd benefit from using anything else.


chip89
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Independence, OH
reply to maximus_808
I use chrome on everything!

robbin
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join:2000-09-21
Leander, TX
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reply to urbanriot
With some of the other browsers you aren't limited to being labeled as a mobile device. Some can emulate most any browser currently used.


Jacksnbox

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I use one called AdBlocker, $1.99 but no ads, works great.

WhyMe420
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reply to maximus_808
Mercury and Safari here.


alg
Passionately apathetic
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Houston, TX
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reply to maximus_808
Up until this thread I didn't even realize there were other browsers for iOS. I installed some of the ones mentioned and am now trying them out.
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urbanriot
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reply to robbin
said by robbin:

With some of the other browsers you aren't limited to being labeled as a mobile device. Some can emulate most any browser currently used.

Can you give me an example of how that would benefit me?

Every site I access with Safari on my iPad comes in exactly how I'd like to browse it.

Riamen
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join:2002-11-04
Calgary
reply to Liberty
said by Liberty:

One thing that bothers me about Mercury is it puts nags on the lock screen from time to time
Don't know how it manages to do that but it tickles my nervous button that it can/does...

I just turned off all notifications for Mercury in Settings / Notifications.

robbin
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join:2000-09-21
Leander, TX
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reply to urbanriot
said by urbanriot:

said by robbin:

With some of the other browsers you aren't limited to being labeled as a mobile device. Some can emulate most any browser currently used.

Can you give me an example of how that would benefit me?

Every site I access with Safari on my iPad comes in exactly how I'd like to browse it.

if you are happy with what Safari does then there would be no benefit for you. But to give you an example, if you go to news.google.com on your iPad in Safari you have a different page than if you go to the same URL on your computer. Using another browser, such as iCab Mobile which I use, and you can have the page just like on the computer. Some sites give you options on the mobile versus standard display and some don't. An alternate browser gives you the option.


urbanriot
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said by robbin:

But to give you an example, if you go to news.google.com on your iPad in Safari you have a different page than if you go to the same URL on your computer.

... it was exactly the same experience.

That may have been a bad example.

robbin
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join:2000-09-21
Leander, TX
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Good example on my iPad -- here are screenshots. The first is the mobile version as displayed by Safari and the second using iCab Mobile emulating Firefox


Safari version



iCab Mobile Firefox version


urbanriot
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Canada
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said by robbin:

Good example on my iPad -- here are screenshots. The first is the mobile version as displayed by Safari and the second using iCab Mobile emulating Firefox

Okay, so you're looking to get a specific Firefox experience more than you're looking to get a mobile vs. desktop experience. This makes sense.

Since I'm primarily a Chrome user, for me Safari and Chrome are the same experience so I have no need to switch. news.google.com is identical for me on iPad Safari as it is with Windows Chrome.

robbin
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No, I'm not looking for a specific Firefox experience. The difference is the desktop and mobile versions. The Firefox version I displayed is exactly the same as the Explorer and Chrome versions on my desktop. It's the Safari version that's different from the rest. Evidently Canadians don't have the mobile version yet.

"If you are using a Nexus or an iPad tablet, visiting Google News will automatically take you to the Tablet view of the Google News front page (Note: The tablet version is only launched in the the US as of December 2012. In editions where the tablet view is not yet available, the classic version will be shown.)"

»support.google.com/news/bin/answ···r=164073

There are many websites that have "optimized" the experience for tablets. Sometimes they work great but sometimes what you get is a mobile version optimized for phones. Safari doesn't give you the option to choose the version you want, but many alternate browsers do. I never "changed", I use several different browsers depending on what I am doing. I like having options and having another app or two on my device doesn't produce any negatives, just positives.


Jackarino
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Allendale, NJ
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reply to maximus_808
I use Chrome on all of my devices
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urbanriot
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Canada
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reply to robbin
said by robbin:

Evidently Canadians don't have the mobile version yet.

Nope... it's like Canadians have the same experience on iPad Safari as they do on PC desktop Chrome. I think the only major difference I've experienced is some sites have less advertisements on my iPad.

robbin
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join:2000-09-21
Leander, TX
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According to Google, you don't have the mobile version. Did you read the link I posted?

Try this for this website -- when you are logged in there is a toolbar at the top of the screen.




When using Safari on the iPad, this toolbar scrolls up with the rest of the page. With Chrome on a desktop (and every other desktop browser), the toolbar remains in place at the top making it available at all times. If you don't want it to scroll, then use a different browser. Same type of thing on other websites.


Tex Longhorn
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Luckenbach
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Dolphin