Monday, January 17, 2011

The Atomic Web Browser

Safari has generally been one of the better mobile browsers that I've used over the last few years.  It does its job decently well, is pretty fast in most situations, and provides an easy way of creating browser apps for your homescreen.  After reading that, you can imagine my skepticism when one of my friends recently came up to me and recommended the Atomic Web Browser.  Why would I ever pay .99 cents for an app when I already have a serviceable browser to begin with?

Because the Atomic Web Browser rocks, that's why.

After downloading the little sucker (5.8 MB makes it a rather light app), there was little doubt over the massive amount of features that are provided when you pop open your browser.  First things first is the tab system, which mostly emulates your average desktop browser in form and function.  For the life of me, I can't understand why mobile Safari hasn't implemented this feature yet, especially with how easy it makes it to flick around browsers at the tap of a button.  Another awesome feature is the ability to trick sites into thinking that you're using a desktop browser.  By doing this, you cut the garbage that comes from using the mobile sites that a variety of websites have implemented, allowing you to view websites in their original format.  To top it off, Atomic Web Browser also comes with a convenient Ad Block feature to stop ads from slowing down your browser.

There are literally a TON of other features that come with the browser, some of which may interest you, others which may not.  You can literally change everything, from color scheme to even how big font appears on certain pages.  Drop-Box support is available, as well as rotation lock and an extremely convenient offline viewing capability for those who wish to save pages for later browsing.  All of this is extremely helpful, and in reality, what should have been included in Safari from the get-go.  There are a lot of things that you can spend a buck on in the App Store.  Save yourself from wasting that buck on a cruddy game and invest in the Atomic Web Browser.  You won't regret it.


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