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If you’ve been following along throughout the last few years (ever since I got my first mobile device), you know I’m kind of crazy for apps. I love that there are so many choices for everything under the sun, from editing photos to making to-do lists. Just when I think I’ve found the perfect app for something, another comes along. I admit it, I’m pretty fickle! Except when it comes to browsers.
Ever since I found the Dolphin Browser about two years ago, it’s been my go-to browser on every device I have, including my iPhone, iPad and my Android tablet. Since I use it most often on my iPad and iPhone, I’m going to tell you all about why it’s the smartest browser for those devices. You know with a name like Dolphin, it has to be smart, right?
Dolphin Browser: The Smart Choice for Mobile Browsing
The Dolphin Browser is sleek, intuitive and masterful, just like the sea mammal for which it’s named. I’ll admit, I originally downloaded it just because of the name and the cute dolphin icon. I figured I’d give it a try, then end up ditching it for my tried and true browser. Once I discovered how easy it is to use, though, I never went back.
One of the best things about Dolphin (aside from the fact that it’s free): it’s super fast. When you have an ancient iPhone like mine (I don’t even have Siri), fast is a must. I’ll admit, I don’t do a ton of browsing on my phone. Mostly I’m looking up things like the hours for the local pizza place or a quick answer to a random trivia question that Jacob threw at me. Moms are supposed to know everything, right? When I do browse on my phone, I want answers fast so I don’t drain the battery, use up too much data or waste a ton of time.
On the other hand, I constantly browse on my iPad. After a long day of sitting in front of my computer, I like to do research for upcoming posts from the comfort of my couch. I grab my “idea notebook” because yes, I still write on paper when I’m brainstorming, then hit the internet for potential topics. Whether I’m browsing occasionally on my phone or constantly on my iPad, it’s always a joy with Dolphin.
Dolphin is so sleek and beautiful, I can concentrate more on what’s in front of me instead of all the tool bars and distractions that come with other browsers. If I do need something, I can easily swipe or touch one of the very unobtrusive icons to get to it.
Dolphin Browser Features
On both the iPhone and iPad, I can easily access the sites I need most as soon as I load up my Dolphin thanks to Speed Dial shortcuts. One touch and I’m on my way to the sites I use most. Changing them is easy, I just click the + sign and start typing. Often, the website I want to add pops up without me needing to type out the full URL! If it doesn’t, no big deal, I add it once and it’s there forever.
Don’t worry, you can still make bookmarks! Just swipe over left to right and your bookmarks will appear. From the left sidebar, you can also clear your history and sync across your other devices. You can also tap on the Dolphin icon to expand the bottom menu and access bookmarks, share your content, change the theme and so on. If you have multiple tabs open, just tap on the little list icon to go through them.
On the iPad, click the little settings icon and you can quickly go into Privacy Mode, change the theme (I went with the beach theme since summer is coming up) or go full-screen.
Another really fun way to access your favorite web pages quickly: create Gestures for them! It only takes a couple of seconds. The best part? Dolphin is so smart, even if your Gesture doesn’t perfectly match the next time you do it, it almost always knows what you meant.
Dolphin already has a few Gestures set up for popular sites and functions. My favorites are the Goto Bottoms and Goto Top. Very handy, especially when I’ve scrolled through a long page and don’t feel like dragging my finger all the way back up. Hey, don’t judge, that takes precious seconds and I only have so many of those in a day! Besides, I have carpal tunnel, so anything I can do to reduce the amount of strain on my hands is a big plus.
Other features of Dolphin include:
- Sonar: Use the smart voice search to find what you need with just your voice.
- Modes: Quickly switch to Night Mode to keep your phone from blinding those around you, jump into Private Mode when you don’t want your every move tracked and switch over to Desktop Mode when you want to see a page in all its desktop glory.
- Dolphin Connect: Sign up for an account and you can sync your data across all compatible devices.
- Add-Ons: Get even more out of your browsing experience by using third-party add-ons
- One-touch URL copy: Want to copy the URL of a page and paste it onto another tab? You can do it with one click. No more trying to stick your finger right in the address box and highlighting the URL, then trying to get the “copy” message to pop up, then repeating with the paste. One click. So simple, yet one of my favorite features of the Dolphin browser.
Ready to check it out? Since it’s free, you have nothing to lose! Download it from the App Store for the iPhone or the iPad and Google Play for Android and see why the Dolphin Browser really is the smartest browser for your mobile surfing.
What features do you like best about Dolphin? Tell me in the comments.