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  • iDroid Mini Browser: How Did Apple Let This One Get Away?


    The reviews are in. And they're mixed.

    To some, the arrival of anything "DROID" in the iPhone realm is a monumental feat worth noting. To others, the actual application in question - the iDroid Mini Browser - is a lot better than previous DROID offerings, but still doesn't knock the multi-tab browsing objective out of the park.

    iDroid Mini Browser is an innovative browser designed specifically for the revolutionary multi touch iPhone.
    The debate rages on, of course, over the differences between multitasking and tabbed browsing. Is there really any difference
    at all? And does the iDroid Mini Browser take the iPhone to a whole new, previously unattainable level? It's unlikely that any
    input I can offer will change opinions on either side.

    What I can tell you is that Apple is watching closely - and possibly with some degree of embarrassment. In fact, there's an excellent possibility that the multitab browsing capabilities of the iDroid Mini Browser could heavily influence subsequent versions of Safari. Letting anything DROID-related get the upper-hand on internet browsing on the iPhone will likely prove unacceptable to Apple. And, as a result, future iPhones may come pre-loaded with a beefed-up browser to rival (or ultimately surpass) the present darling of multitab browsing - the iDroid Mini Browser.

    Inspired by iPhone's Safari,Android browser and Opera min. A definitely must have for all iPhone and iPod Touch users!
    If you want to check it out for yourself, the iDroid Mini Browser iPhone application is available now for download in the App Store for $0.99.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iDroid Mini Browser: How Did Apple Let This One Get Away? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 66 Comments
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      hmm interesting...
    1. ripped53's Avatar
      ripped53 -
      When I first downloaded the app I notice that it was loading full web pages and not the mobile version. For example MSN.com loaded the way and displayed exactly as it does on my desktop, but every since the last update it load the mobile version just like all other iphone browsers. Is there any way around this? Also some method of going back, or pulling up the menu, when in landscape mode, without having to rotate back to portrait mode would be nice.
    1. iPhoneThereforeIAm's Avatar
      iPhoneThereforeIAm -
      It's fast, very fast.

      - But don't like shaking to exit fullscreen.

      - Be nice if you could import your favourites

      ... so I'll be sticking to the best (non-tabbing) browser : MultiTouch.
    1. Chad711's Avatar
      Chad711 -
      has potential but needs to be optimized
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      for any other browser to be better than safari it needs one feature.
      even if u kill the process of the browser, when u go back on the browser itll reload the last page u were on instead of going to homepage.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      It needs a visible status bar (lock and unlock doesn't help unless you change SBSettings options), Page Up/Down, Home/End (jump to top/bottom), auto-save and load sessions/tabs (IMPORTANT!), open URL in new tab (something Safari can do), and jump to search results (not just highlight them). THEN I would be happy enough to say "bye bye" to standard mobile Safari for good.

      Other than the already-discussed settings problem which also affects URL keyboard and Google Suggestions... in Safari I can load, say the comments page on YouTube by clicking the link in my email notification. If I copy/paste that URL into iDroid, it launches the YouTube app and errors out after trying to play the video associated with those comments. If i visit, say, Anandtech, and copy/paste the URLs to the DailyTech articles on the right so I can have them open in different tabs, they each take me to the DailyTech homepage instead. I have to click them from the Anandtech page and read them one at a time. Even so, I actually ENJOY browsing with iDroid... unlike Safari.