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Old 04-02-2013, 11:29 PM   #1
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Besides the default browser that comes with the phone, which ones are the best?

I started using Chrome, not to bad.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:27 AM   #2
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I didn't like Chrome - which is a shame because I love the browser on my PC. If I remember right, it wasn't able to handle flash without crashing.

After much experimenting, the best browser I've found is Maxthon. It's not perfect - none of them are - but in my testing I found it to be the least flawed.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:01 AM   #3
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:23 AM   #4
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I'm a big fan of Dolphin. Rarely crashes and has pretty good features as well.
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I use Opera Mini. It's pretty good.
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im the kindle, can i get a new browser on it? I got silk or whatever that is....
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:01 AM   #7
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Is the Android and Droid the same thing?
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Is the Android and Droid the same thing?
Android is the overall name of the operating system (all versions), and it would apply to phones from any number of carriers.

Droid was the name of the first Android phone to launch on Verizon.

And Verizon tends to put the name "Droid" in front of all its key Android phones. It is a trademark special to Verizon -- has been put on phones made by Motorola, HTC, etc.

So all Droids are Android phones, but not all Android phones are Droid.

Life is easier if you just drop the term "Droid" from your vocabulary. It has become meaningless and confusing.
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I use Dolphin. I like the way Chrome for Android functions, but Dolphin is just noticeably faster on the load times. Speed is the #1 consideration for me.
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Android is the overall name of the operating system (all versions), and it would apply to phones from any number of carriers.

Droid was the name of the first Android phone to launch on Verizon.

And Verizon tends to put the name "Droid" in front of all its key Android phones. It is a trademark special to Verizon -- has been put on phones made by Motorola, HTC, etc.

So all Droids are Android phones, but not all Android phones are Droid.

Life is easier if you just drop the term "Droid" from your vocabulary. It has become meaningless and confusing.
Thanks for this clarification because I was confused. Also, this Android phone is operating on a Google OS platform correct? That is, it's an OS and phone system designed by Google?

If this is the case, you'd think Chrome would work seamlessly?
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I'm a dolphin user as well...haven't played around with the gesturing, but it's quick, easy, and overall it feels the most like a normal computer OS to me.
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Thanks for this clarification because I was confused. Also, this Android phone is operating on a Google OS platform correct? That is, it's an OS and phone system designed by Google?

If this is the case, you'd think Chrome would work seamlessly?
Android IS the operating system, and yes, it's under Google's wings. There are many phones running the Android operating system, with the Samsung Galaxy S1, S2, and S3 probably the most popular phones that run Android right now. Therefore, the OS is designed by Google, but the phones can be designed by any phone manufacturer. Google makes their Nexus phones which run Android.

I have not tried Chrome on my Galaxy S3, but yes, I think it is fair to assume that Chrome should work seamlessly on an Android phone.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:31 PM   #14
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Thanks for this clarification because I was confused. Also, this Android phone is operating on a Google OS platform correct? That is, it's an OS and phone system designed by Google?

If this is the case, you'd think Chrome would work seamlessly?
Yes, and yes -- I've wondered the same thing myself, why Chrome isn't the best.

But Chrome does work "seamlessly." It's just not the best. And I suppose that's one of the principles under the "open source" ethos of Android. Open source means they give out the source code, and any number of innovators can try to modify or supplement it. And the thinking is the end product is improved by all of the innovation that comes from that. So maybe Dolphin is an example of that, where the "best of the herd" beat the company one.
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Fantastic information, thanks guys! I have a relative who has two kids, one got the new iphone, the other got the latest galaxy. So, there you go. I'm leaning toward galaxy myself but I want to see what these kids like first and why.
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Fantastic information, thanks guys! I have a relative who has two kids, one got the new iphone, the other got the latest galaxy. So, there you go. I'm leaning toward galaxy myself but I want to see what these kids like first and why.
You'll like either one, most likely. I do and always will hate text messaging on a touch screen compared to buttons that I can feel. If you can get over the 'touch screen learning curve' (which I find funny, as touch screens were supposed to be a more intuitive interface than buttons), either phone will make you happy. Personally, I'm not an Apple supporter, but to each their own.
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You'll like either one, most likely. I do and always will hate text messaging on a touch screen compared to buttons that I can feel. If you can get over the 'touch screen learning curve' (which I find funny, as touch screens were supposed to be a more intuitive interface than buttons), either phone will make you happy. Personally, I'm not an Apple supporter, but to each their own.
Swiftkey with the swype texting > any typing of any kind.

It knows what you are going to write before you write it.
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Swiftkey with the swype texting > any typing of any kind.

It knows what you are going to write before you write it.
I see peeps doing this and it's like blazing fast compared to my keyboard typing on my old cell phone...
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:30 PM   #19
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I use Chrome on my Galaxy S III, I much prefer it to Dolphin, Maxathon, Opera, or any of the other browsers I've tried. I like how it syncs fairly seamlessly with my desktop browser for bookmarks and other things.

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Old 04-03-2013, 02:56 PM   #20
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What's up with Verizon man they made it so I can't watch illegal movies and what not... something about flash?
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:50 AM   #21
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I use Chrome on my Galaxy S III, I much prefer it to Dolphin, Maxathon, Opera, or any of the other browsers I've tried. I like how it syncs fairly seamlessly with my desktop browser for bookmarks and other things.
I have the S III, awesome phone.

The Maxthon seems to be pretty good.

Quick and the layout is a nice change.
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ive been an avid android user since the original evo 4g. and ive tried everything out there pretty much and always come back to Dolphin HD. its fast, tons of features and gets updated to fix any bugs that do pop up
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Chrome. I like it. Use to use Dolphin before Chrome.
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I noticed that Google announced they are going to stop using WebKit migrating to their own home-brewed Blink. And apparently Opera is going with them. Not sure what this will mean long term for Safari-based browsers. Something to consider.
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