As you already know, iOS comes with its own mobile web browser made by Apple, named Safari. There’s not that much you can really expect from a mobile web browser, and Safari seems to be doing a very good job at fulfilling its main role. However, if you use it on a daily basis, you’ll probably agree when I say that something feels quite limited with this edition of Safari, and in some ways it is clearly visible that it’s made to imitate its desktop counterpart instead of creating a true mobile experience. I am talking about very subtle differences between this and other browsers, which you can see only if you’ve used extensively other popular iOS browsers like Chrome or Dolphin.
Once you start searching the iOS App Store for a new web browser, one of the first suggestions are going to be Chrome and Dolphin, as two leading applications which are free to download. There are also some paid applications, which are not as popular. In this article we are going to take a deeper look at Dolphin, which is surely one of those underestimated iOS apps.
As we said earlier, Dolphin is completely free and you can download its iPhone and iPad versions separately. This means that in this article you’ll get a chance to find out more about its iPhone version, which comes with some unique and very interesting features. Dolphin’s iPad version is a bit different, and we’ll write about it in a separate review.
Once you open Dolphin for the first time you’ll be greeted with a very interestingly designed interface, which is very different than Safari’s. On the top you’ll see green-colored URL bar as well as Bookmarks and Home buttons. The main portion of the screen is dedicated to already accessible Google search, and dial buttons for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and some other services. These dial buttons are there to easily get you to your favorite websites, so you’ll only need two taps to get to your Facebook profile or to read the latest news. It’s also important to note that default Google search can be switched to another search provider in Dolphin’s settings.
One of the most interesting things about Dolphin is that it allows you to use custom gestures for certain operations. For example, simply write “V” across the screen and you’ll go the bottom of page. Or you can write “G” for Google, or “T” for Twitter. You can actually create unlimited number of custom gestures, so you can use your own gesture to open a new tab, show history, or even to clear the cache.
We first mentioned some of Dolphin’s unique features, but you can also expect many other standard web browser features like tabbed browsing, ability to share pages over social networks (and services like Evernote and Box), and similar.
There are a lot of things to like about Dolphin, and the truth is that it will be hard to switch to Safari or Chrome after you try this browser. Very clean UI, excellent performance, and abundance of interesting features have won me over, so I highly recommend this app.