As well as pinch-to-zoom, Dolphin supports its own bespoke gestures. Draw a left-facing arrow and you move to the previous page. Draw a circle and the page refreshes. You get the idea.
Surf control with gestures (left) - and change the text size (right)
It’s a simple system but once you get used to it you wonder how you managed without it and you can even set up your own gestures. Draw a capital T on my phone and a new tab opens. Draw the same upside down and it closes the current tab.
Rummage around in the settings and you will find various other handy features like the ability to swap the user agent between Android, desktop, iPhone or iPad and a browse without history option - handy if her indoors or the nipper ever uses your phone for a quick surf.
'Speed dial' your favourite sites (left) - then screengrab 'em (right)
If space is tight Dolphin can store its cache on your SD card or it can be set to erase the cache, history and stored cookies - or any combination of them - each time you exit.
The final appeal of the 5.0 update is the complete removal of ads without the previous need to buy a $5 licence. ®
Size 3.38MB (Application) 9.2MB (Data)
Dolphin HD QR
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Dolphin Browser HD
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.