What browser do you use on your phone?

Over the weekend, I had reason to install Opera Mini to run some tests on a website I was troubleshooting. I have been a fan of Opera Mini right from the beginning. It was the first of its kind: a browser that compresses data to speed up browsing and to reduce user data costs. Opera Mini spawned the age of data compression in 2005 and many other browsers have since followed. They include UC Browser and Chrome, among others.

The compression some loss to functionality though, and as such, I had not used it much in recent times. After being done with my tests, I decided to use it as my smartphone’s default browser for a while. Before then, I had used Chrome, which is Android OS’ default browser.

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So far, it has been a good experience. Besides data compression and good website rendering, I like that it gives me easy access to news. I also like the fact that you can change the colour scheme and browser layout.

Beyond the regular data compression, Opera Mini has an Extreme mode that further boosts data savings and speed on poor networks. The problem with that mode is that rendering of websites tends to be affected. In that mode, websites do not look as nice as they do in regular mode. Personally, I stay away from Extreme mode. Perhaps I might have a need some day one one of my trips to the countryside.

Will I use Opera Mini as my default browser forever? I have no idea yet. This is an experiment for me. You know how I roll. After one experiment, I jump into another.

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Your Mobile Browser

But over to you now: there are several mobile browsers out there. Some of the biggest include:

  • Chrome
  • Opera Mini
  • Safari (iOS)
  • Dolphin
  • Firefox
  • BlackBerry (BB)
  • UC Browser
  • Edge (Windows 10 Mobile)

Which of them do you use as your default? Do tell us too why you chose that particular one.

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Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

12 thoughts on “What browser do you use on your phone?

  • March 13, 2017 at 11:45 am
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    Default Opera. Chrome is for when some sites don’t render well on Opera or I want to check if my ads are still active

  • March 13, 2017 at 11:54 am
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    Uc mini as default mainly. But chrome is very close second, ESP for websites with Java and what have you.
    So
    1) uc mini
    2) chrome

  • March 13, 2017 at 9:59 pm
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    Chrome, after that chrome (the in app browser in all these apps) then I use Operamini for the ad blocking function and downloads too

  • March 13, 2017 at 10:01 pm
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    Opera mini is my default, followed by Chrome for when pages don’t render well on Opera, then followed by UC browser for downloading videos. C’est tous!

  • March 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm
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    UC mini. If there were a native opera browser for BlackBerry os 10, woulda picked opera. I enjoy better UC mini apk on BlackBerry os 10 than the opera mini counterpart.

  • March 14, 2017 at 2:23 pm
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    Comment Text*I don’t joke with my opera mini, I been using since Nokia E63 long ago before the vogue of blackberry. it’s the best browser ever! the extreme mode is the best thing that ever happened even with 2G, the speed is crazy.

  • March 14, 2017 at 2:32 pm
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    I don’t joke with my Opera Mini, I have been using. It with my Nokia E63 long ago before BlackBerry came into vogue. It’s the best browser ever! The extreme mode on it., It’s the best thing that ever happened, even 2G the speed is crazy.

  • March 19, 2017 at 10:37 am
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    I don’t have a default browser, my needs depends on what else I’m doing on my phone at any point in time. If I’m opening links say from WhatsApp, BBM or any chat app, my go to browser is Flynx.

    Then I use Opera Mini for downloads. Chrome for banking. UC Browser, Firefox and Puffin comes for specific needs

  • March 19, 2017 at 6:13 pm
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    No browser beat Chrome…. The only browser that renders pages as smooth as I want, the next is UC browser little or no difference from Chrome.

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