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Experience shows that it’s not necessarily smart to stay with your default browser. Instead, with all those available browsers, take a look around and choose the one that fits best. If you don’t, you’re probably going to miss out.

This is also true for your Android phone. Sure, the default browser is pretty good, but it’s still a far fetch from perfect. Overall, it’s almost too simple and has little advanced features.

There are a handful of alternative mobile web browsers for the Android, but there’s only one that really stands out. Until Mozilla’s Fennec makes a leap for the Android market, the victor in features and customizability is obvious.

Dolphin Browser

For those attached to the default Android browser, there’s a measure of reassurance. Dolphin boosts most of those features you hold dear. It’s accessible and lightning fast. Besides the most obvious, Dolphin also kept the share feature, allowing you to take something to Twitter or Delicious with a flick of a thumb.

But where the default browser thinks you satisfied, Dolphin is only just getting started. Most remarkable are the seamless integration of numerous online services, multi-touch controls and the interflow website comments. Indeed, similar to StumbleUpon, you can leave or read comments on a specific website.

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The very downside of the Dolphin mobile web browser is that it’s just getting started. The user interface still shows a few minor visual glitches, and doesn’t always look as professional. Though there’s nothing there to hamper with your browsing experience, or can’t be fixed by future updates.

Gesture Controls

Gesture controls, as seen in a number of Firefox add-ons and Chrome extensions, allows you to navigate your browser by drawing shapes symbols on the screen. There’s a list of possible actions included, for which you can choose your own gestures. Although this feature is of course optional, it can allow you to navigate smarter, and faster.

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To use a gesture, click on the arrow overlay at the bottom corner of your browser to pop open the gesture screen. There, you draw one of said symbols in a long continuous gesture. And that’s it. You’ve just opened up your bookmarks, refreshed the page, or started sharing the website.

Bookmarks and Social Integration

The start screen, typical to the Dolphin Browser, shows a number of bookmarks and bookmark-related tabs. Besides the obvious favorites, you can view a constantly refreshing overview of the most popular pages, a list of Google services, your read-it-later pages, or your Delicious bookmarks.

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These last two are quite remarkable as default browser features. Read-it-later, also available by third-party for Firefox and Chrome, allows you to earmark interesting pages, and read them (again) at a later point in time. Delicious, on the other hand, is an online repository for your bookmarks. By using Delicious instead of standard bookmarks, you can keep your bookmarks constant over a number of different platform.

Themes

Customizability is a must for a lot of nerds. And not just by means of add-ons or extensions, but in a visual measure as well. Since recently, Dolphin sports different themes, and even allowing the tech-savvy folk to design their own.

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What mobile web browser are you currently using on your Android, and why? Let us know in the comments section below!

  1. Arturas Kvederis
    May 5, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    So far, the best browser alternative on android

  2. Peeslax
    May 4, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Can it do drag & drop like a real browser, or is it a crippled almost-browser like iPhone Safari?

  3. alexandrius
    April 12, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Gestures are first invented for Opera browser, Not firefox!!

  4. sarah11918
    April 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    The Dolphin browser is wonderful, and it scales up nicely for larger, non-phone devices like the enTourage eDGe. It's my Android browser of choice.

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