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Which Mobile Browser Do You Currently Use? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Dave Parrack 06-09-2015

Although there’s an app for pretty much everything these days (including MakeUseOf! Read MakeUseOf on Your iPhone With Our Brand New App, And Win an iPhone 6s (Updated) MakeUseOf's iPhone app is here and with it you can browse, chat and save your favourite articles, all from the comfort of a native smartphone app. Read More ) a mobile Web browser is still an essential tool for anyone who owns a smartphone. There are plenty of browsers out there to try, but which do you currently use for browsing on the go? Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.


Pointless Privacy Policies

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from a fortnight ago, when we asked, “Do You Ever Actually Read Privacy Policies?

Out of a total of 278 votes, 45% chose No, ain’t nobody got time for that, 27.7% chose Yes, but I only scan for the basic facts, 9.7% chose No, what’s the worse that can happen?, 9% chose Yes, I make sure I’m not signing my life away, 4.3% chose No, I trust tech companies intently, 1.4% chose Yes, I pore over them with a fine-tooth comb, and 2.9% chose Other.

These results are rather worrying, as they suggest that the majority of people don’t bother reading privacy policies. And this is mostly down to sheer laziness, coupled with a laissez-faire attitude to the whole thing. Which is a dangerous mindset to adopt when tech companies are slowly but surely seeking to erode the very idea of the right to online privacy 6 Books About Online Privacy & Security You Need to Read As online privacy and security continue to be spicy hot topics, a whole range of high quality books are being written on the subject. Here are just six we recommend you read. Read More .


Comment of the Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Darren Forster, Mark Major, and Peter Fitzsimmons. Comment Of The Week goes to Cutler Cox, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment:


Honestly, I don’t give a damn about my privacy. I won’t give you bullshit about “nothing to hide” or “I’m an open book”, I simply just don’t care. I make a little cash selling my browsing data to google through Screenwise Trends, and call that good. Beyond that, I’m cool with them getting my data. Yes, they could probably track me. I only ensure that I don’t have my identity stolen and report spam to gmail. If I like the convenience of something, I pay for it with privacy. I won’t go off the grid, be worried about anything, or any other action.

I don’t care if a company sells my data. OH NO, THEY KNOW I LISTEN TO THIS MUSIC. I also don’t block ads or cookies, because I like my ads to get more and more targeted to me. There is no reason for me to worry because I just don’t care.

Maybe I’m just lazy. Maybe I need to care. But, I don’t.

So, who wants to buy some of my data?

We chose this comment not because we agree with the sentiments being expressed but because it was by far the most revealing comment posted by a reader. This is the kind of attitude that tech companies and others are relying on becoming the default position amongst the general populace. And when that happens, privacy will mean something very different than it does right now Online Privacy: Do You Share Too Much Information? Sharing has always been a prominent part of what the Internet is and how it functions. And with social networks exploding in popularity in the past several years, sharing is probably the one aspect we... Read More .

Mobile Browsing Made Better

Mozilla is currently testing Firefox for iOS Google Finally Fixes Chrome, Testing Firefox for iOS... [Tech News Digest] Google fixes Chrome, Mozilla launches Firefox for iOS, Google gets healthier, Cat Street View, Bieber breaks Spotify, and Sphero's BB-8 droid arrives on Force Friday. Read More , launching a new version of its Web browser for Apple’s mobile operating system in, of all places, New Zealand. Why New Zealand? We don’t know, but we do know it adds another solid option for smartphone users keen to browse the Web on the go.

There are a surprising number of mobile Web browsers available to use 7 Browsers That Are Better Than the Native Android Browser I set out to get a handle on the latest available browsers out there that are better than the native ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) Android browser. Some of the apps that made it to the... Read More , across all of the various operating systems. However, most people will use either the built-in Android Browser, Chrome, Safari, or Opera. So much so that if one of these four doesn’t top this poll then we’ll literally eat our figurative hats.

We’re simply asking, “Which Mobile Browser Do You Currently Use?


Update: Unfortunately, Opera was missing from the poll for the first 12 hours. While it’s now there, we regret the oversight, and apologize to all Opera users unable to register their vote.

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. What made you choose the mobile browser you’re currently using? Have you always used that particular browser? Would you consider switching in the future? If so, why?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.

Image Credits: Sham Hardy via Flickr


Related topics: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Online Privacy, Opera Browser, Opinion & Polls, Safari Browser.

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  1. Harsh Vardhan Shivhare
    November 24, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Google Chrome

    No choice man! Stick to the Google. One account for all. My bookmarks, recent tabs, saved passwords all integrated with my Google account.

  2. Anonymous
    September 20, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I use CM browser for its blazing speed. You also get numerous search engines to choose from.

  3. Anonymous
    September 14, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    You should have added UC Browser, too. Using it for a while. Going to be my favourite browser after safari!!

  4. Anonymous
    September 12, 2015 at 4:07 am

    I use an iPhone so it’s Safari or a dedicated app to pull online information. I’ve tried Chrome but it’s hamstrung on iOS.

  5. Anonymous
    September 8, 2015 at 11:38 am

    I used Chrome before but right now I use 4G browser which is a total kick ass

  6. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Firefox, because I can't use the modern web without an adblocker/anti-tracker. Otherwise I'd use Opera.

  7. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    "we’ll literally eat our figurative hats"

    Is that the same as figuratively eating your literal hats? Figuratively speaking in a literal way, that is.

    I use Chrome beta everywhere I use a browser. I've used every one on your list and far more. Iron browser for privacy, anyone? Maybe a nice tall, cool glass of Waterfox for you rebels out there?

    But the fact is that I keep coming back to Chrome because for me it offers a balance none of the rest achieve (and I tried with Firefox...I really tried...).

    What I mean is that for searching...Chrome. For tying together all my online life through the underlying Google ecosystem...Chrome. For breadth and depth of extensions...Chrome. Quick drag and drop PDF renders...Chrome. For etcetera...Chrome.

  8. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Cannot find the poll on this page. Am using Firefox 40.0.3 on this laptop. Will just comment that I do not use a smartphone. Using a "burner" flip cell phone which is adequate for my needs. Currently, there is no benefit to my having a smartphone. Maybe that will change in the future.

  9. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Phone: Chrome.
    Desktop: Firefox,Chrome crashes and is slow.

  10. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Firefox: on Vista desktop I usually have over 100 tabs open in the same window. Unlike other browsers when restarted it only actually loads the most recently opened tab, or when a tab is seleccted. So I also use it on android. When I tried this with desktop IE there was a noticeable memory leak. Occasionally use operra and chrome

  11. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    My Phone:
    OperaMini - my favourite since time it was THE Mobile Browser. Low bandwidth consumption and pretty low CPU use, perfect for checking news and forums. I can get by with only 2-3 mb a day.
    Sometimes i use Chrome or FF for non-optimized pages, but - they're battery,RAM and data plan hogs, not to mention that Chrome gets my phone too hot .And their so-called 'mobile' interfaces are just horrible on 4.5inch touhscreen.
    Plan to check Puffin..someday.
    Slate and TVBoxes: FF due to FF bein' my PC browser (ie - b/m sync without buggy xmarks crutch)

    PS AFAIK OperaMobile still exists - and i can't say any good thing about it nowadays. But it's lumped together with OperaMini in the poll...

  12. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I use CM Browser, but Opera Mini is a close 2nd ...both are fast and lightweight

  13. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    I use mobile app for the resource whenever it's availabe

  14. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 at 11:09 am

    +1 for AdBlock Browser (which is actually based on Firefox).

  15. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 at 9:15 am

    I've tried a few browsers over the years, including Opera, Dolphin and firefox but I always find myself going back to Google Chrome.

    I know it's chunky and not the fastest but it works for me.

    It has all my bookmarks from my laptop/desktop in one handy place.

    I know how it works, due to using it for years and years... and on the very rare occasion I use my phone for web searches, Chrome is the one for me.

    As good as phones and tablets are, using a browser on a "proper" machine like a laptop or desktop doesn't compare.

    Maybe it's because my eyes are failing in my old age.

  16. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 at 5:07 am

    It's Nice information .

  17. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 at 4:52 am

    Naked browser primarily.
    Chrome secondary.

  18. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 at 4:40 am

    i use habit browser. total flexible browser. you can personalize as you wish. it is a browser you can make it look n behave as you want it to be. total personalization.

    • Anonymous
      September 7, 2015 at 8:50 am

      I totally agree. It is also a reliable browser.

  19. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 at 2:36 am

    UC Browser.

  20. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 at 2:29 am

    I don't use one browser. I use many. On my desktop (Icore 7, 1 Tb HD) I use Chrome 64 bits and Chromium. I'm on Win 10 but i never use Edge. Fast, but too much Microsoft oriented.

    On my mobile, I use Chrome Beta and Opera, because Opera Max (spare my 3/4G connection and avoid adds)

    On mobile devices, because of small screens, adds are really a plague, especially for me who's born before massive advertising.

    I think the deal ; free access in exchange of our privacy is going to die sooner or later.

    It's already the case : if we pay (for really value added) we don't get adds.

    Problem is : it's more easy to make and to sell clicks based websites than value added one. Everybody can make the former ; few are able to produce the latter.

    The New York times has 1 million paying subscribers ! So, paying Internet is possible, but sure not for everybody .

    N.B : I'm born before massive advertising but I'm on computers since 1982, on smartphones since 1998 and I run alone a (completely free) website since 1992.

  21. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 at 2:22 am

    I tried Dolphin at first; but when Firefox went release (1.0), I quickly switched, because (as of right now) Firefox's addon platform (XUL and XPCOM) is unparalleled.
    In a year or so, when Mozilla shoots itself in the foot, that might change, but for now...

  22. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 at 1:54 am

    I use mobile Firefox. Unlike Chrome, it actually has addons I want to use. I also like its multitab browsing better since I often browse in several tabs at once.

  23. Anonymous
    September 6, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Lastpass when I'm doing anything that involves logging in, otherwise Disconnect

  24. Anonymous
    September 6, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    I voted OTHER...Why? Because oddly enough of the four you mentioned...isnt offered as a choice to make the top of the list. Time to start eating your figurative hats...

    • Anonymous
      September 7, 2015 at 1:10 am

      I'd vote "Opera" if it were an option. I'm going to try out Puffin though.

      • Anonymous
        September 7, 2015 at 1:46 am

        OK, I just installed Puffin. I'm impressed. It's fast. Really fast. About three times as fast loading a page as Opera. I think I may have a new mobile browser.

  25. Anonymous
    September 6, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    I use Adblock Browser -- which is NOT available at Google Play. And that alone is one big reason to use it! The browser isn't quite as aesthetically pleasing as Dolphin (my previous favorite), nor is it quite as fast as Chrome (my first browser) -- but it blocks out a lot of annoying ads -- and for that, it has become my "go to" Android browser.

  26. Anonymous
    September 6, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Is feedly considered a mobile browser?

    • Anonymous
      September 7, 2015 at 2:21 am

      No, not really; it's an RSS feed reader; you can't access a site that doesn't syndicate its posts or articles with an RSS reader.

      • Anonymous
        September 11, 2015 at 1:13 pm

        If I'm not mistaken, the Feedly android app has a basic built-in browser which could be used as such - though it would have some/alot of inconveniences that would normally not be present in a full-fleged browser (the startup page would always be the current article, no tabs, etc)

  27. Anonymous
    September 6, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Personally, I use CM Browser for my mobile browsing - the reason for that was that at the time I installed it I particularly enjoyed how fast it felt compared to the other browsers I had (Opera, Chrome, Firefox, UC, Naked Browser - which I liked for the low resource usage and fast response but CM seemed close to that performance and ALOT better looking - which was my second reason)