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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. richardjs's Avatar
      richardjs -
      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      I got it for free from the App Store. It very slow for me. Does anybody else got the same problem?
      Ultra ultra slow. i don't know what the deal is, but everything else on the phone (including proswitcher) is running way smooth, and iDroid won't even let me type something without lagging the keyboard.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Yea it was slow for me too. I bet it gets yanked anyway
    1. youngbrammer's Avatar
      youngbrammer -
      Not availible in the US according to my iTunes... Apple, why ya yank (we all knew ya would)
    1. roomer11's Avatar
      roomer11 -
      Slow for me too.. Either on wifi or 3g.. Worse.. Doesn't load Google Reader articles..
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      For me this browser is 10x faster at loading pages than safari. My mind is blown away
    1. jlambert1's Avatar
      jlambert1 -
      Completely bogged down my 3gs. I think I only had about 70MB RAM left when I had it running. Usually running at about 160-170. Also, it covers the status bar, rendering SBSettings useless. I like the concept, but it needs an immediate upgrade. And obviously, Apple will pull it from the appstore. Or, at least, make the Dev. rename it. hah
      DELETED! Plus, it's not themed for Glasklart yet and I don't have the time to make a custom icon right now. I'll consider re-installing later if I hear of any promising updates.
    1. eaglesteve's Avatar
      eaglesteve -
      Not at all impressed. Poorly designed IMO.

      I prefer the Mercury Web Browser Pro. Best full screen browser for me.
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      Not impressed. Having to rotate from landscape to portrait to get the menu up is rediculous.

      Why does this article make it seem like this browser is revolutionary? There are plenty of (better) multi-tab loading browsers on the app store.

      Is this even an official Droid product? The product description has been written in very poor English.
    1. manifest's Avatar
      manifest -

      no, its not an official Android app

      the dev named it iDroid because of its Android broswer influences
    1. saifeeab's Avatar
      saifeeab -
      very promising concept. just hope that they had made it a little better and it would have given real competition to Safari. at present it is missing true landscape mode wihch is a huge disadvantage.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I just traded my Moto Cliq for a new My Touch 3G Fender Edition, I've wanted to see how Android compares to iPhone OS and I've got to say it's not the best. Multi-tasking is nice and having a decent camera is fun, but honestly it's the small things that Apple thought about and applied to the iPhone that makes all the difference. The browsing is alright, (I've been using Dolphin mostly) but it's still a ton easier on the iPhone which is why I've stuck to using that instead of the My Touch 3G. Anyway, this browser is cool using it on the iPhone!
    1. colbyclark70's Avatar
      colbyclark70 -
      its actually free!!!
    1. pakijawan's Avatar
      pakijawan -
      maby we should promote this app to piss off apple lolz
    1. Clem-Clone's Avatar
      Clem-Clone -
      Quote Originally Posted by colbyclark70 View Post
      its actually free!!!
      ...and fast!
    1. robbpell's Avatar
      robbpell -
      tell them to talk to adobe and get some native flash and ill forget safari exist!
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Requires 3.1.2... ugh.
    1. supersocialist's Avatar
      supersocialist -
      It was very snappy for me at first, bogged down real fast with only two tabs open. That's what I get for keeping a first gen, 2G phone. The app's a memory hog by its nature, and I don't have memory to spare! I can report that it runs noticeably better in safe/game mode with more memory available.

      On that subject, is there a good "freeing up memory" thread on here? I know I can uninstall or disable Mobile Substrate add-ons, for example, but how do I tell how much memory each one uses?
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      U guys know that the "google" app works just like a browser... right? And it looks almost like the Android browser.

      I downloaded iDroid. It is suprisingly fast - maybe faster than Safari. It just seems a little bare at the moment - So I will hold off on using it exclusively.

      The tabbed browsing works great! I love how I can load one tab, switch to another tab, and load something else, and then by that time I can go back to the first tab and the page is 100% up and ready to go.

      Can't do that ^ with Safari - unless insomnia is used? Haven't tried it.

    1. PhantomPhoenix's Avatar
      PhantomPhoenix -
      Obviously it's gorgeous, and the features and amazing and it's a pleasure to use. Waaay better than Safari. But the fact is that it lags like crazy and slows down my 3Gs, the type of slowdown that used to plague me on the old 3G 24/7 but I havent seen much of since last summer.. meh.
    1. Mepaphoros's Avatar
      Mepaphoros -
      It's not really functional for me. Way too laggy right now.