For a different type of mobile web browser experience, Opera released this week a new iPad app, called Coast [No Longer Available], that focuses on swipe-gesture controls, home screen bookmarks and internet search, featuring a cool, uncluttered design.
Opera’s Coast groups webpages front and center, with very little distracting buttons or a menu bar. It brings reminders of Google’s classic search homepage with nothing more than a single search box. If you know how to navigate the web, there’s little to figure out when it comes to using Coast.
The app opens with a set of bookmarked website icons, including Google+, YouTube, Digg, and Reddit. When you visit a new site, its icon gets added to the app’s home screen where you can slide and bookmark it on one of four tab pages. But essentially the “tabs”are invisible allowing the web browser to take full advantage of the entire screen.
You can swipe between opened webpages, or tap the tiny tab button at the bottom right of the toolbar to navigate between opened websites. You simply press and slide down on a page to refresh it, and as with most web browser apps, tap the very top of the screen to quickly scroll page back up.
Pressing and holding your finger on the “New”collection of icons activates bookmarked pages so they can be rearranged or move between tabs, similar to how you move around apps on your iPad.
You can’t customize the home screen image of Coast, nor can you pinch with two fingers to close a page, but overall the browsing experience of Coast is simple and relaxing to use. Let us know what you think of it.