Dolphin Browser HD on Video – Best Mobile Web?

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Dolphin Browser HD

Dolphin Browser HD augments the mobile web browsing experience in three key areas: bookmark handling, a plug-in ecosystem, and the ability to use gestures to operate the browser. All three areas are shown in the video, which demonstrates that the Dolphin Browser HD is perhaps the best mobile browser currently available on any platform.

The demo was run on the HTC EVO 4G, a capable mobile-browsing device given the large (4.3-inch) display. The EVO was running the latest version of Android, 2.2 (Froyo), which adds Flash 10.1 support. Dolphin fully supports Flash on phones running Froyo. Dolphin Browser HD requires Android 2.1 or later; there is a non-HD version for phones running earlier versions of Android. Both versions are available in the Android Market.

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Danny

Would the phone default back to the default browser, say if I install Dolphin, don’t like it, then uninstall the app? Is it just that easy? Meaning, delete the app, and I have the default browser of the Froyo 2.2 update back? I have no idea of how to do this otherwise.

Robert Zion

Dont you think the tabs panel gets crowded after opening multiple tabs? How does Dolphin handle opening 10 pages?

James Kendrick

The tabs panel moves up off the page when browsing so it’s not a big deal. I don’t find it a good idea to open too many tabs on a phone, anyway.

Hari

Xscope beats stock and dolphin hands down, try it and you will forget dolphin.

Chris

I noticed you were running tasker. It’s a great app but I think it needs time for development. Maybe you could write an article or make a video about the different tasks you are using.

gmich

I love Dolphin, and have been using it for a long time, but after the 2.2 update on my Evo the text reflowing no longer works. Anybody else seeing this?

NeoteriX

From what I’ve gathered, Dolphin uses the underlying Android webkit browser, so it too benefits from the improved Froyo V8 javascript engine. My rough before-and-after Froyo tests show that in Dolphin, the post-Froyo realizes a 2x javascript performance increase in the Sunspider test.

mr-crash

On Android, I’ve given Opera, Xscope, the built in browser and Dolphin a go.

Of all of them, Dolphin is by far the best. This may sound a little weird but it’s implementation of zoom in conjunction with text reflow just works so well! Whenever I use a different mobile browser I really miss this.

The plugins are not bad either. On a 1Ghz processor the adblock extension still feels snappy but on something a little less beefy it might mess with performance a bit, but I don’t have another phone to compare it to ;)

I’m planning on taking a look at the plugins and seeing if I can put something together for instapaper or similar.

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