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2012-12-02_11h56_49

This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see What Type Of Keyboard Are You Using On Your Android Phone?

Much like keyboards (which we covered last week), browsers are a dime a dozen. Google ships one browser with Android (in more recent versions, that's been Chrome), which most manufacturers then replace with their own proprietary version. And then there are the dozens (if not hundreds) of third-party browsers available on the Play Store.

What browser do you use on your phone? Stock Android (from before the days of Chrome as default), stock manufacturer, Chrome, or third-party? Sound off and let us know.

What Type Of Browser Are You Using On Your Android Phone?

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • defred34

    I find the stock Android browser to be much better than Google Chrome.

    • John

      Suggest 'quick browser' in play store, which is based off stock but with great customization

      • GliTcH

        My Samsung's stock browser has that neat 'pop up' feature, to become a floating Window. It's slick. Similar to how their video player has the 'pop up' feature.

    • needa

      if you look at my comment a couple down you will understand why i am asking this.

      have you tried chrome since the update?

      • http://www.facebook.com/iamreallyreallynotmakinganysenseatall Randalvik Cache Wipe

        I did. Keep crashing as usual.

        • QwietStorm

          I haven't had Chrome crash in months over a couple devices. What are you using?

      • Ygor Vaz

        A tried, and it's still slow, althought it never crashed on my device

      • NicholasMicallef

        I did, it's better but still not as good and still no quick controls+fullscreen browsing.

    • NicholasMicallef

      I agree, mostly because of quick controls (which got improved in 4.1 and ditched in 4.2 - WTF?!) and fullscreen browsing. I still have chrome on all my devices to sync bookmarks (synced bookmarks are also accessible in AOSP browser) and to access websites on other devices.

      • http://twitter.com/RaspberryDuff Matt

        Quick controls are definitely in the AOSP browser in 4.2. I'm using them on the Nexus 4 with the AOKP Nightlies.

      • blitz4075

        the stock browser syncs across with your gmail account...

      • http://twitter.com/harshitpassi Harshit Passi

        Quick controls are still there man. Go in Settings->Labs. Tested on GNex with 4.2.1

    • nsnsmj

      Same here. Chrome isn't bad, but it doesn't hold a lick to the stock browser. Plus, I don't think I could go back to using a browser without quick controls. I've said this before, but I find it weird that Google is the creator/developer of both Chrome and the AOSP browser, yet Chrome is not as good performance-wise. Even weirder is the fact that they both use Google's V8 JavaScript Engine.

      • Mark

        Chrome proved to be so unstable on my AOKP ROM so I kept ending back up at stock Browser which worked perfectly. It's funny Google's competing against itself. I've now switched to a new Samsung phone and use the stock touchwiz ROM and have browser and chrome installed, it does seem Samsung's made some changes to the browser to better support my phones unique features and I still seem to prefer it over chrome. I do tend to bounce back and forth quite often though. Sometimes it's annoying to have to remember which browser I had that webpage opened up on. I'll view a link in my email, then go back to my email app. Then I'll load Chrome or something and don't see the webpage. Then I load browser and find it there. Happens more often than I'd care to admit.

  • thedarkknight80

    I have the note 2 and the built in browser is excellent and very fast.

    BUT, ever since I started using Dolphin browser, i could never go back. The UI is simply the best.

    So, Dolphin.

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      Samsung's built-in browser was awesome even on Gingerbread on the Galaxy S, thanks to being fully hardware accelerated despite Android itself not supporting it then by default (at least in the way 4.0 and later support it), so I can imagine how good it must be now, at least in performance. Even back then it was awesome compared to AOSP browser (which itself is now great in performance of course). :D

      • thedarkknight80

        The note 2 browser always did get a slightly better score than dolphin on sunspider test.

        It's really fast and also light on memory.

        But I simply love Dolphins side bars and addons. Saves a lot of time and very smooth.

  • Bill

    I use Opera Mini about 99% of the time, as I need to conserve data due to the cost in New Zealand.

  • http://www.twitter.com/thewizkid95 Jesus Otero

    Using chrome for my main browsing, and Maxthon Browser for pornhub (it asks if you want to download videos before playing <3) and stuff I don't want cached on Chrome .__.

    • adi19956

      Well I'm glad I know how you masturbate. Thanks for that, buddy.

    • defred34

      so do you download or not?

    • jordanjay29

      Incognito tab?

    • http://cassidyjames.com Cassidy James

      Don't ask me how I know this, but you can totally long-press the thumnails and then hit "Save Link As" to download videos from, erm, video sites in Chrome.

  • skitchbeatz

    I was using the stock browser on the Gnex until i switched to the Nexus 4. I find Chrome to be pretty fast

  • adi19956

    Dolphin all the way, it just cannot be beat!

    • TOMMMMMM

      I will start using it when they add in the action overflow, I'm so tired of seeing that legacy menu button in the navigation bar.

      • coversnails

        I've never really been bothered by the legacy menu button, don't see why screen real estate should be taken up by a menu button in the app when there is plenty of space for it in the navigation bar, and you always know where to find it. All because Google decided menu buttons on phones were too confusing for people!

        • TOMMMMMM

          Its not just the location of the button in the navbar that looks ugly and inconsistent with other apps, but the menuthat pops up from the bottom is ugly old gingerbread style too. If it had the action overflow style menu it would at least be tolerable.

    • A James

      Funny, I finally gave up on Chrome yesterday and switched my default to Dolphin (Blue theme :) ). Dolphin is by far the fastest and easiest and nicest looking browser out there.

      Though for a while I was using Miren which was alright.

    • Matti

      Has Dolphin been Holo-fied yet?

      Currently use stock (AOSP) browser on my Galaxy Nexus (at least till my iPhone 5 arrives) and xScope on the Nexus7 (since it's not rooted and xScope has built-in add-blocking).

      • http://cassidyjames.com Cassidy James

        Nope, Dolphin still looks way out of place.

  • Matthew Fleisher

    Of all the browsers I've tried, Dolphin is still the easiest to work with.

  • Din Nelly

    I use chrome most of the time...Stock browser only when chrome cannot handle Flash

    • Finaldeath

      Same here, chrome and if that gives me problems i go to the sony tablet s stock browser.

      Chrome is amazing on tablets except for one thing that drives me insane which is the stupid zoom in crap when i try to click links.

      Edit: Tried dolphin and it was great but as far as i could tell, i had to pay money to be able to get my bookmarks from chrome desktop into it and that was enough to make me not want to use it.

      • jordanjay29

        Dunno about you, but Zoom on Click has saved my ass more than once on my tablet. YMMV.

        • Finaldeath

          Ya but you can pinch to zoom so having the thing zoom in when you are trying to click a link is nothing but a pain, specially since it zooms in a crap ton and with pages that have multiple links in a row you lose sight of the one you wanted to click.

          • jordanjay29

            You lose sight of the link you want to click when it zooms in on your link?

          • Finaldeath

            Just go to a site that has a bunch of links in a list that say the same thing and you will see. The site i mention this happens to me has a list of categories each with links next to them that say "pictures" and "videos". Try figuring out which you want to click when the zoom zooms in far enough to where you only see the pics and videos links but not the category the links are for.

          • jordanjay29

            Sounds more like a site design problem than a Chrome for Android problem. One specific use case does not mean the whole system is broken.

          • Finaldeath

            Never said it wasn't a site flaw or that the zoom system is broken, all i want is an option to disable it as it is a completely useless "feature" for me.

          • jordanjay29

            Yeah, they're never going to do that, since it's such a USEFUL feature for everyone else.

  • ANex

    I can never use any browser other than dolphin.

  • grimoald

    What should I chose if I'm using Chrome on the N4? Stock manufacturer or Chrome? :P

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      It looks like you've commented 5 times in this article, all saying different things. Don't know if it's the same person or different people, but it looks very suspicious on my end.

    • Dexgen

      Definitely chrome. All these people complaining about chrome being slow are using old outdated hardware. Chrome is lightning fast on N4.

      • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

        No, it's not. It's not as smooth, and all the benchmarks show how pathetic the performance is compared to IE10 in WP8 and Safari on iOS.

        The only reason it doesn't feel as shitty in your Nexus 4 is because of the S4 Pro (and this is a discussion about software, not hardware). But, let me tell you, it sucks in the N4 too, it's slower and choppier than Dolphin, and IE10 and iOS at everything.

      • Abhijeet Mishra

        So yes, everyone should have a device with a quad-core processor, or a S4 Pro-like blazing fast processor in fact?

    • Kie

      Open a tab on chrome, let it completley load. Open a new tab, scroll around while it loads. Go back to the first tab and watch while Chrome refreshes that page for no reason. It does not make sense to use chrome for multiple tabs as it will constantly refresh 'old' tabs when you go back to them.

      I suggest trying any other free browser (Boat or Sleipnir IMO) and see for youreself how they compare to Chrome in smoothness. Mess around, try things out. Load new pages you never had before, scroll quickly, open pages with large field, zoom in and out and in and out. And then choose your favorite

  • bblackmoor

    I use and recommend Dolphin.

  • seb

    4.0 AOSP stock browser, Chrome just sucks too bad

  • Christopher Saylor

    For those that haven't tried it yet, go try Boat Browser.

    • Sean Lumly

      Yep, Boat is a lesser known browser, but is incredible. It is so fast and smooth that out makes other browsers look poor in comparison.

  • a22matic

    Stock browser on the EVO LTE (flash works well), and Chrome on the Nexus 10.

  • CharlesVT

    I've played with the stock one, chrome, and dophin browser. I am constantly frustrated by the slow loading speed of chrome, and how it just lags and freezes from time to time. The stock website is a little better, but the problems still persist. I'm trying dolphin browser right now, and so far so good - pages are loading faster, scrolling works much better, and the gestures are useful. I miss syncing the open websites between my computer and my tablet, but i honestly don't use that feature enough to need to stick to chrome.

  • dezmond

    i like the stock browser. but on 3g i prefer opera mini. about chrome: well, i tried it a long time ago (half year, when it comes out, i guess) opened some pages, and the app just ate ~100MB of storage, since then i avoid it.

  • Steve Swiss

    Maxthon is still my favorite Android Browser, they

  • Cuvis

    I've been using Firefox. It's grown into a pretty decent browser, is just as extensible as the desktop version, and Firefox Sync is nice.

    • Jay T

      I love Firefox's syncing. It had some really annoying issues with text input, but the latest Beta has fixed them for me. Also, it doesn't require tons of resources.

    • blitz4075

      and you can use adblock plus!

  • acejavelin

    Maxthon is still my browser of choice on Android... it's gesture commands and the huge feature richness in a small package is really nice. Dolphin or Boat tie for second place.

  • NIØN .

    I know android stock browser is better than chrome, but I use that!

    From Italy NION

  • Brian Walker

    I don't understand those who say Chrome isn't good. It's all I use on both my Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7. I tried Dolphin, Firefox, Android, and Opera, none of them satisfied me like Chrome does.

    • jordanjay29

      On the Nexus products, Chrome rocks. Once you get away from those, there are oftentimes more problems with Chrome than benefits.

      • Llane Rost

        Chrome is actually not very good on HTC Products, it runs smoothly on my DNA, but very poorly on my old Amaze, as for Samsung, runs great on my girlfriends old Captivate, and our Tab 2s. Also great on the Razor, I just don't recommend it for older HTC devices that were upgraded to ICS.

        • jordanjay29

          Yes, those are my sentiments exactly. Prior to my Nexus 4, I had the HTC Vision that I updated to ICS...and boy would that thing churn to a halt anytime I loaded up Chrome.

      • Pedro

        I have a Nexus 7, Chrome is slow as hell scrolling heavy pages. Stock (AOSP), Dolphin and Firefox Beta are immeasurably better

        • jordanjay29

          Ugh, that sucks. I wouldn't expect that, coming from the N7's hardware. I apologize for my mistaken generalization.

    • FrillArtist

      Chrome is just average. I have a GNex and an N7 just like you and it is incredibly slow. Anytime I switch tabs, it has to load the page all over again. Even though they both have fast processors. Just doesn't make any sense.

      • Kie

        "Anytime I switch tabs, it has to load the page all over again" This this, exactly this. I don't know why more people aren't complaining about it. There is no reason to refresh a tab near everytime you switch back to it. Makes Chrome unusable IMO.

  • http://www.trommetter.com/log/ JasonTromm

    Dolphin almost all the time, Firefox if pages don't display correctly (rare.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/dariena Darien Allen

    Bounce between Boat Browser and Dolphin Beta

  • ickkii

    Naked Browser! Fast and Minimal!

  • lycosman

    The stock one (not sure if from LG or Android). May not be the fancier, but it's faster on my low end phone.

  • Marc White

    Chrome and firefox

  • TareX

    Only one browser offers desktop-esque tabs where I can EASILY switch between tabs the same way I do on a desktop, and that's Dolphin HD.

  • Sean Lumly

    I use Boat browser. It is super fast on my Nexus 7, and has very nice features. It has transformed my relationship with my device tremendously for the better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/corey.stock.3 Corey Stock

    The Sense 4+ keyboard on my DNA is amazing. Its incredibly fast.

    • manish0261

      how did keyboards get into this discussion

  • moelsen8

    Aosp. Quick controls. I'll switch only when chrome gets them, or when side loading the aosp browser fails to work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000338649747 Omario Amriky

    I currently provide AOSP Browser with BookmarkSync and Flash ZIPs for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. Search AOSP Browser on XDA or my user name sikagoon7.

  • Alex

    I use Maxthon and stock Android

  • oilfieldtrash

    DOLPHIN ALL THE WAYYYY SON!

  • jordanjay29

    For a long time, Chrome on my tablet and phone was buggy and didn't work right, so I used Firefox for the majority of browsing.

    With my new Nexus 4, I'm definitely using Chrome more now.

  • siulmagic

    You forgot to include firefox, there's plenty of users that use it.

  • Jonathan Wei

    I have a GNex and the startup is kinda slow for Chrome though...

  • dolphin or boat

    any browsers (chrome, Firefox...) that don't do text wrapping are pretty useless on any screen less than 6 inches

  • Emilio

    Firefox, best browser around :)

  • Lawrence

    Chrome with custom user agent
    In the GNexus, iphone agent
    in the N7, ipad agent, there is an app in the market that does this(root).

    I know I'm helping iOS web traffic, but content is much better.

    • Kie

      Sleipnir, and Boat browser have the option to do this themselves. A note for anyone who is reading this and is interested in such a thing.

  • fjitb

    Stock Android on my GS II, Chrome on my Nexus 7.

  • Gav456

    Despite it's quirks, I use chrome. It messes with the keyboard (Swype) on my sensation running 4.1.2 But it's just so clean and the phone/tablet/laptop/pc sync just rocks. So little uses flash I don't notice it's not there. I do, however, sometimes miss the stock sense 4 browser but not enough to go back to 4.0.3

  • mesmorino

    I'm actually surprised Chrome's winning, it's not that great in my opinion (It couldn't even handle disqus comment forms right here on Android Police!) As far as I can tell it's main advantages are speed and integration with your desktop Chrome.

    Dolphin Browser ALL the way

    • ericl5112

      I use chrome for disqus all the time...

      That said, chrome is pretty resource intensive. Works awesome on Nexus 7, alright on TF101, poor on SGS1.

  • otiso

    If it doesn't autoflow text on pinch to zoom...then I move on. Boat Brower for me.

  • Tsepz

    Chrome now and then but mainly Opera Mini

  • Athishay

    Stock HTC browser on wifi, Opera Mini Next on mobile network.

  • coversnails

    Opera on my phone because the text reflow is so excellent. Chrome on the Nexus 7 though I would jump ship to Firefox if it brought in a proper tabs layout for tablets

  • Mark LaFlamme

    Dolphin Mini. Fast and it has all the functions I need. I do have to give a nod to Boat Browser, which is fantastic. I honestly don't understand why that one hasn't become more popular.

  • Tomáš Valůšek

    Is there any browser other than Opera which can under all circumstances wrap the text on the screen width? I tried several of them, and only Opera can do this for me. My eyes are anything but good, and I enlarge pages to 300ˇor even more if necessary. Other browsers than Opera force me to scroll horizontally under some circumstances when reading paragraphs of text.

    • Kie

      I know Boat Browser will do this settings->page content->turn on text wrapping. Maxthon has the option for text-auto wrap but it does not seem to do anything when zooming in.

  • chrulri

    Chrome, but I definitly miss the extensions (like LastPass)

  • Christopher Di Biase

    I would be using chrome but I find it is way too slow on my Nexus S.

  • Geoff Johnson

    On my Thunderbolt I used Dolphin as Chrome was way too slow, but on my Note 2 I use Chrome and love it.

  • Adam

    Chrome is not compactable with sg Ace 2?whY

  • Csaba Madar

    chrome sucks, stock aosp is the best.

  • HTChico

    Used Chrome but a lot of strange glitches showed up on my HTC. Started using Dolphin and like it much better and runs smoothly on my device.

  • Pardinha

    Holoweb try it.

    • Pardonha

      Very lame and unstable. Cannot be found on Google Play. Have to search on XDA. Prealpha is at best. Thank you for making me lose 42 seconds of my life.

  • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

    I use Chrome on both of my tablets, but Dolphin on my phone since it is too old for Chrome.

  • needa

    no option to vote, but i am currently using stock tw. it blows. you only see a half inch of the address bar and the options are different than stock android. and chrome has always been way to buggy. i fell for their trick the last time they did bug fixes and it was still buggy as hell so unless people call me a fool... i will not fall for googles trick again.

  • http://twitter.com/GitMuny Ciroc Obama

    I never understood all the hype around dolphin. It doesn't even import bookmarks. That certainly doesn't encourage new users when I can't even get my bookmarks in it.

  • ElfirBFG

    Chrome crashes too often on my CM10 Atrix. Stock works well.

  • tburneymac

    I use both. Chrome acts funny (freezes) with my phone (Galaxy S II) sometimes so I use the stock android which I like for it's simplicity and reliability.

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    I'm unhappy with all of them. I use Samsung's stock browser simply because it is smoother and faster than most browsers, when I was using CM10 (and I could sideload it) the stock pre-Chrome browser was my choice.

    Chrome is too slow and laggy, I simply can't stand it, and the fact of the matter is that while it has less features, Safari on iOS is waaaaaaaay smoother and faster than Android's browsers (not enough to make me switch of course, and I trust Google to fix Chrome).

  • http://www.facebook.com/iamreallyreallynotmakinganysenseatall Randalvik Cache Wipe

    Chrome is not good on older hardware. Even the stock browser isn't that good for older devices running ICS and above. The stock browser would crash and crash itself, but Chrome would crash itself, bring the device to a halt, or force the device to reboot. On older devices, it's best to just use Opera Mobile or Mini.

    EDIT: Actually after reading the comments here, I guess I am not the only one who thinks that Chrome sucks hard on mobile and it should just stay on the desktop.

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    No Firefox in the list?

  • http://twitter.com/2LadyDi Lady Di

    I'm using Boat and I hope this latest update stabilizes. It was constantly refreshing so much I had to tweak something in the settings. I don't know what I did but I hope it works. It was good prior to 4.7.0 or 1

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    The only reason Chrome is winning here is because the public is biased, Chrome is measurably shitty. Google has promised they will reach parity in a few months, and I trust them, but even they know its crap right now.

    • Dinofan01

      The public is biased? What does that even mean? Everyone is part of the public. Everyone is biased.

      • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

        The public of this site genius.

  • Rob H.

    4.0+ AOSP browser is great for what it is out of the box. Firefox has gotten good. And Firefox sync is another plus. Chrome on the N7 has gotten better too, although Chrome has never won me over.

  • Stephen Hale

    I like Chrome but use firefox as my main browser. Desktop chrome's lack of support for add ons like noScript prevent me from using it as a primary browser on my home computer and firefox sync Let's me access all my desktop bookmarks.

  • Reginald

    Naked Browser

  • Ankhwatcher

    Firefox! So I can use LastPass

  • http://twitter.com/cezeOne cezeOne

    Been testing 8 different browsers for a total of 8 days now (bc Chrome keeps crashing on my LGOG and the stock isn't that great). My favorite is Dolphin so far with UC right behind it. Skyfire is the worst so far.

    • Kie

      Which 8 did you try? Have Sleipnir and Boat on that list?

      • http://twitter.com/cezeOne cezeOne

        DOLPHIN, UC, Skyfire, XSCOPE, FIREFOX , CHROME, STOCK, MAXTHON, OPERA

  • GraveUypo

    firefox, because it still plays flash in jellybean.
    dolphin sounds like a good contender though. might give that a try

  • johnythefox

    Dolphin browser still works best for me

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    I use Chrome because the UI is excellent. I would consider switching to Dolphin, which is faster, if the UI wasn't so bloated and confusing.

    Dolphin fails to follow just about every Android UI convention out there. It feels like a port of a browser from some other operating system. There's a menu button, a weird transparent circle in the bottom left corner, swiping left and right opens option screens, and the settings violates just about every published UI guideline. It's crazy.

    My biggest problem with it is the huge tab bar on a phone. I want to swipe left and right to switch tabs, that's intuitive and doesn't take up screen space. It's Chrome's best feature, they should steal it.

    It also manages to have more settings than DESKTOP Chrome, that's completely ridiculous.

    It's a shame, because it is really fast.

    • okungnyo

      ^^this!! I've never understood how people could choose Dolphin over the beautiful Chrome!!

      Oh well I guess it's the same people that have been with Android since the beginning and use Titanium, Tasker, and Total Commander; people for whom function matters more than form.

      • coversnails

        Function IS more important than form

      • Royal2000H

        I've been with Android since Eclair and use Titanium and Tasker and Chrome :)

      • iampoch

        What's a good alternative to Titanium Backup?

        • Robert Christopulos

          Rom Toolbox-it's just plain easier, and more capable than anything else out there.

  • Joe

    Dolphin all the way. Game over.

  • TechGuy21

    stock but sometimes i use chrome. i like flash

  • Alexander Procter

    I'm surprised at all the negative comments about Chrome. I've just updated my GS2 with a new ICS ROM and I love Chrome. Maybe extended use will drive me to another browser.

  • http://profiles.google.com/grantbarker.com Grant Barker

    I'm really surprised that Opera Mobile isn't mentioned in the list. It's the smoothest browsing experience for me on my Note 2 and my older Desire HD. Go here to find more browsers for Android: http://grantbarker.com/android-web-browsers.html

  • tom

    I wish chrome worked on my phone.. zte blade

  • http://profiles.google.com/zandmstudios Steven Zang

    I use Chrome most of the time, but the stock Android browser is still the fastest and most minimal.

  • giantzucchini

    Dolphin + Jetpack all the way! Both on my phone and nexus 7, permanently on full screen.

  • PhineasJW

    Performance-wise, Chrome sucks so badly that it's an embarrassment.

    On the plus-side, it syncs all my bookmarks and open-tabs across every platform, which is why I use it. Also, I find the UI intuitive.

    However -- Javascript performance is so bad on every Android browser, Dolphin included, that I think Google has painted themselves in a performance corner. Sunspider numbers on the Nexus 4 with *any* browser are 2.5x worse than the iPhone 5 and 10x worse than the desktop -- 2000ms vs 800ms vs 180ms. Pretty sad.

  • lordmerovingian

    Chrome mainly with Android WebKit browser where Flash demands need to be met.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1129440224 Christopher Ching

    I had Dolphin on my Nexus 1, and it was my main browser for a time, but it ate up a ton of space on what was already a space-limited phone, so it got the axe after a year when I went back to the default browser to clear up space. I used the stock 4.0 browser when I got my Galaxy Nexus, then added Chrome, which I've been using since.

  • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

    I've tried a lot, and now settled for 3: stock browser, Opera Mini, and Firefox. But out of these three, I used Firefox the most.

  • Vishal

    Use chrome...
    Syncs with my workplace and my laptop...
    i get bookmarks and history on my phone...

  • androidlikeaboss

    Chrome saps a lot of battery, Dolphin is still the best!

  • missinginput

    Why limit to just one

  • enoch861

    There should be an option that says "two browsers at the same time". Because there are some of us who use more than 1 browser at the same time. Like I use the stock browser for normal browsing and chrome to do the sync tabs things.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ledzeppelin96 Stanley Traub

    i like chrome but, its not very sensitive to my touch, therefore it is very slow

  • AllPurposeRadio

    Up until my Bionic got the bump to ICS I had been using Dolphin (which is great)but once I got the upgrade it started to lag horribly but I stuck with it until I couldn't take it anymore and started using Chrome and it works very smoothly. I've tried to go back to Dolphin Beta but lag is still there even after the most recent update. Haven't used the ICS stock browser enough to form an opinon on it.

  • http://themarfa.name/ Dokuchaev Konstantin

    Opera Mobile

  • binarypower

    Dolphin all the way. I love the "back to clear cache" feature and LastPass integration

  • DeadSOL

    Chrome! Sometimes, I need to sync!

  • Lim Wee Huat

    AOSP, Naked and Ocean browser for me...

  • http://twitter.com/milkohol Milkhouse Van Houten

    FIrefox Beta mainly. It's gotten to be as snappy and reliable as anything else, syncs with desktop, and sweet, sweet (but few) extensions. I'd rate stock and Dolphin above Chrome, which still feels like it has a ways to go on Android.

  • manish0261

    I use Dolphin browser and find it to be better than chrome,firefox or stock.

  • Amrish

    I just hate chrome, so stock browser for me

  • Christian Ide

    I'd love to use chrome. But without an auto hide of the url bar I stay with the stock browser on my Galaxy Nexus.

  • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

    Opera is performing best on my phone.

  • Pedro

    Chrome is ridiculously slow. How come ppl use it? I have a Galaxy SIII and scrolling in Chrome is a pain. Seems like a 600mhz phone.

  • Adam

    Dolphin, which occasionally crashes, Chrome, which occasionally crashes, and the stock browser, which occasionally crashes. I have zero luck with Android browsers.

  • CeluGeek

    Stock Android browser. Chrome is as overrated as ever and Firefox isn't there yet (still lacking in features).

  • KingRando

    I have no issues with Chrome - I'm not sure why so many people complain. I also love it's zoom feature when multiple links are next to each other.

  • http://twitter.com/louiedog louiedog

    I tried, or so I thought, every browser available and didn't love any of them. I'd jump from one to another every time I ran into something that I really didn't like and never could settle. Then, not too long ago, I realized that I never tried Boat Browser. So far it's been really great and I haven't had a single issue with it. It's fast and has all of the features that I use. I can't figure out how I missed it before.

  • Eloy Antunez

    Boat Browser! Swear by it!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Darkmyth_pt Darkmyth PT

    i use stock , chrome and firefox so im not voting...

  • Keith Myers

    I would love to use Chrome as my browser but it is just too unstable. It randomly closes and has some strange lag on my stock Nexus 7. I hope Google gets this fixed soon

  • yankeesusa

    The stock browser is nice but before my note 2 i used to use miren browser 90% of the time. Now i use chrome around 70%, stock about 20% and skyfire about 10% when I want a true full website expirience. I tried dolphin and I may go to that but I don't know how it compares to chrome. 3 browsers is good enough for me.

  • Simon Belmont

    Hands down. Chrome for the syncing capabilities. I love that feature. I know the stock Android 4.0+ browser synced bookmarks, but having tabs, history, and other things synced in Chrome is awesome.

    For Flash, I do revert to the stock browser though. Also, I will be honest, the stock browser is a bit "smoother" than Chrome is at the moment. But, the recent Chrome update did help a lot. My two cents. On older phones (and my Nook Color), I use Dolphin Browser HD. Even in Gingerbread that browser's rendering and UI felt buttery smooth. They must be some kind of masters at hardware acceleration. Dolphin is a great alternative.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jeffasaul Jeffrey Saul

    Isn't stock on ICS Chrome? My desktop Chrome browser picked up newly created shortcuts on my ICS browser. I thought only Chrome could do that?

  • carbonated_turtle

    What about a fifth option for those of us that use more than one? Chrome is fine for normal browsing, but the strange decision to remove Flash capability from it has forced me to use Firefox on several occasions.

  • fatjoze

    Interesting so many people use chrome.

    I use chrome at home on PC. On android 4.0 ICS it's terrible.

    Crashes, Slow, Doesn't Prefill passwords it ASKS to save..

    So now I use dolphin beta. No crashes in 3 weeks use.

  • giyer

    stock android browser in GB doesn't let you open more than 4 windows otherwise it is a great browser. Opera is the best as Chrome not compatible with GB

  • Jordan Pt

    Wheres the Firefox option? I have Chrome and FF installed but find FF to be faster and smoother on my Nexus7

    • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

      +1 on this.

      Just because Chrome is Google-made does not mean it's the greatest thing over sliced bread.

      Nowadays, I find myself more and more reliant on Firefox than any other browsers, except Opera Mini. And even the latter gets fired up only when I'm limited to EDGE. In other situations (HSDPA or WiFi), Firefox is my browser of choice.

  • Max_Freedom

    Dolphin or Chrome

  • iampoch

    I default to Chrome because it syncs with my desktop Chrome (I have two). If Chrome doesn't cut it, I go to Dolphin. I have never used the default browser since Day One.

  • Ralph1001

    Chrome doesn't come close to reformatting text as well as Opera Mobile.

  • http://www.facebook.com/galin.v.georgiev Galin Velinov Georgiev

    I use Maxthon because start faster than FireFox mobile

  • http://twitter.com/rightoder2 rightoder2

    i hate chrome for android, it ruins the whole experience of web browsing. i miss the stock browser from my Galaxy s2. chrome for mobile phone is not 100% yet to be the default browser on nexus 4

  • http://twitter.com/shamus_carter james kendall

    i like the stock Android browser as well sure chrome is nice and all but it lacks flash support and I like the stock better. although I do use chrome for sites that are html 5 heavy.

  • randi

    I'm using stock android browser on my kyocera rise and by far is it faster then chrome. I've.tried many other browsers simply cause stock has no customization options and I always end up back to stock android. If there was anything that came close though it would be opera..not chrome.

  • Robert Christopulos

    I just love Dolphin Browser with Jet-Pack. It's much faster, and far more capable than any of the others available, and includes many auxiliary apps to help you including screen clips, and PDF conversion tools.