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mobile web browserThere’s no shortage of mobile browsers these days, each claiming to be the fastest Showdown: Best Mobile Internet Browser (Opera Mini vs. SkyFire) Showdown: Best Mobile Internet Browser (Opera Mini vs. SkyFire) Read More , the most feature-rich and the one that’s most compatible with your thumbs. UC Browser is a cross-platform mobile web browser that much like the rest offers a feast of useful features, speed enhancements and quick-access to your favourites.

The browser is available for Android, Symbian and Windows Mobile devices as well as the iPhone. There is also a lightweight Java version available in case you’ve not got the latest in mobile technology. Oh yeah, and it’s free – of course!


The version I’m testing is UC Browser 7.4 for the Symbian S60v5 operating system on a Sony Ericsson Satio.

Features

Much like the popular Opera Mini mobile browser, UC Browser doesn’t handle each destination within the application. Each request is handled by a server, compressed and sent to the phone. This essentially provides you with a fast, thin client perfect for use with mobile data plans.

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As you’d (probably) expect by now, there’s multiple tab support and unlike Bolt Browser Bolt Browser - Yet Another Cross-Platform Mobile Browser with Video Support Bolt Browser - Yet Another Cross-Platform Mobile Browser with Video Support Read More , you can have a whopping 12 open at a time. There’s also direct in-built support for searches too using your choice of Google, Yahoo!, Bing and Ask.com as an engine.

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The mobile web browser’s home screen is an attractive and responsive hub with fast access to some oft-used services. You can pin 4 bookmarks to your home screen, and access to the rest of your favourites are only a click away.

The rest of the home screen is essentially made up of recommendations, and despite the odd dead link is functional with services like Orkut 10 Google Services That Need To Be TERMINATED! 10 Google Services That Need To Be TERMINATED! Read More , GetJar and Zedge a few taps away.

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There’s a couple of what seem to be sponsored links at the bottom, but they’re pretty easy to ignore and it’s free after all.

UC Browser 7.4 is able to tackle full web-pages, as well as the mobile web. You would probably be disappointed if it didn’t, considering most of the latest built-in mobile browsers do it by now. With this feature you’ve got the choice of multiple view modes for full web pages, to facilitate viewing on a tiny mobile screen.

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Zoom mode (above) is much like Opera Mobile’s handling of web pages, providing vertical and horizontal scrolling and with text formatted so that it can be read easily. Adaptive mode (which is UC Browser’s default setting) removes the need for horizontal scrolling and works by stacking web content into one vertical stream.

I personally really liked this feature, as I find myself constantly moving the screen left and right whilst browsing with Opera Mobile – and the option of turning it on and off allows you to make your own mind up.

This isn’t all – the browser is absolutely jam-packed with other features. There’s even a file browser for sending files via Bluetooth What Is Bluetooth? [Technology Explained] What Is Bluetooth? [Technology Explained] Read More (which I barely looked at, as most phones have that one covered), a night theme for dimming the screen in the dark (many phones also do that), quick sharing via SMS, and a powerful download manager The Best Free File Download Managers for Windows The Best Free File Download Managers for Windows Read More that has a handy resume feature.

Performance

Starting UC Browser takes only a few seconds, and it’s generally very responsive. The home screen is easy to understand and provides for a nice clean interface and supports multiple themes.

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Navigation is handled using the bar at the bottom of the screen, which acts as a context menu with different options appearing depending on what you’re doing. Whilst browsing a website you’ll have five options available – back, forward, menu, open tabs and home.

The menu button brings up an overlay menu with three separate tabs – Common, Settings and Tools. This is essentially the inner workings of the browser, and where you can make changes to the way the browser works.

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Rendering is very fast on mobile sites and still quite speedy for full websites. I’ve not got my stopwatch out, but UC Browser is pretty much on a par with Opera Mobile (which makes both valid, speedy solutions).

There’s flash support (at least on the Symbian Hack Your Symbian Mobile Phone With HelloOx2 Hack Your Symbian Mobile Phone With HelloOx2 Read More version I tested) for sites like YouTube, though I found I sometimes had to refresh the page in order to get videos working. Flash is not immediately loaded with the page, and you must select the object to load it.

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Support is there, if a little flaky.

Download UC Browser

There’s a total of five different versions of UC Browser available for download, depending on your phone’s operating system:

  • iPhone – download it from the App Store [iTunes link]
  • Android – you can download the Android version by clicking here.
  • Symbian – there are a few different Symbian versions available, choose yours on this pageNote: the S60v5 version is apparently compatible with Nokia’s latest Symbian^3 phones (like the N8).
  • Windows Mobile – touch and non-touch versions of the browser are available here.
  • Java – signed and unsigned Java versions are available, including low memory versions for older mobiles on this page.

Conclusion

UC Browser provides a well rounded mobile browsing experience that handles nearly everything you throw at it. Video support could use some work, but that’s my only real complaint. The attractive interface, speedy rendering and sheer number of features makes this mobile web browser stand out as a real contender.

The added bonus of compatibility with older mobiles means you can enjoy this one even if you’ve not got the latest smartphone. Let us know what you make of it and how it compares to your current favourite in the comments.

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    February 23, 2011 at 8:10 am

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    January 20, 2011 at 5:54 am

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  3. Manufactured House
    January 15, 2011 at 6:43 am

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  4. Meena Bassem
    December 8, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I've tried it on nokia. it seems better than opera mini. but it makes its own site mobile view, other than that one already in in the website.
    but still nice

  5. Meena
    December 8, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I've tried it on nokia. it seems better than opera mini. but it makes its own site mobile view, other than that one already in in the website.
    but still nice

  6. Suraj Kumavat
    December 8, 2010 at 5:02 am

    is that any mobile browser that support flash file and gif file....

  7. Anonymous
    December 7, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I installed UC Browser (version 7.2 was all that was available) on my Archos 5 (Android 1.6).

    I uninstalled it 15 minutes later.

    It was slooow, and the rendering of web pages was atrocious.

    Thank goodness for xScope G - imo, absolutely the best Android browser.

    • Tim Brookes
      December 10, 2010 at 7:07 pm

      Strange, I noticed it running quite quickly on my Symbian phone. Different OS, different results I guess.

  8. jschall
    December 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    I installed UC Browser (version 7.2 was all that was available) on my Archos 5 (Android 1.6).

    I uninstalled it 15 minutes later.

    It was slooow, and the rendering of web pages was atrocious.

    Thank goodness for xScope G - imo, absolutely the best Android browser.

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