Dolphin Browser HD
The Dan Marino of mobile web browsers
Android App of the Week There’s not much wrong with the stock Android web browser but if you fancy something a bit more capable you might want to consider Dolphin HD as an alternative.
Dolphin HD: browse with tabs
Now before I go on, this recommendation is not about page rendering speed. If you want to download Dolphin, Opera, Firefox or any of the alternatives and then try to gauge which one loads pages a quarter of a second faster then the others, well, be my guest.
No, the appeal of Dolphin HD - which has just hit the big 5.0 - lies in its features set. Firstly, you get good ol' tabbed browsing so you can open up to eight pages and flip between them just like you can on a PC.
Next there is the clever UI. Swipe a page to the right and all your bookmarks appear, swipe to the left and you can access all your tools and extensions, and there are some handy ones available, including the screen grab and save-page-as-a-PDF extensions I use almost daily.
Swipe one way for bookmarks, the other for tools and extensions
For anyone with oodles of bookmarks, the facility to create nested folders for them is almost reason enough to start using Dolphin.
Next page: Gesture politics
OK, hidden not non-existent
I'm shitting on it because the 3 different descriptions of how to do it *issued by Dolphin themselves* all described different methods and none work on this release or reached the actual editable list. And maybe I'm dim but hitting a button labelled 'Bookmarks' when I'm already on a bookmark list makes no sense to me. Particularly when the creator tells me to look for one labelled 'Edit'.
So how are they making their money now?
No longer ad-supported, and free? I understood the old model of free with ads, or pay to remove them, but if it's free without ads, then how are they financing it? It's not an open source project as far as I can tell either.
It makes me nervous. I'm not paying, so I must be the product not the customer - but who is the customer and what are they buying?
"...and the complete inability to delete or reorder them is almost enough reason to stop"
You can actually do it - though it took me a few minutes to work out how:
Swipe left to book marks
Tap Quick Access
Brings up orderable list (tap-hold to delete)
Dan Marino who?
I vaguely remember the name as a "football" star who did a cameo in The Simpsons, but other than that it's pretty meangless to the rest of the world who doesn't follow the US girly version of Rugby.