“Droid” finally makes it on to the iPhone: The iDroid Mini Browser.

by Mike
Posted February 3rd, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Back in November, Verizon spent a truckload of money on marketing their new hot baby, the Motorola DROID. Several months later, we can see that the marketing paid off relatively well with Motorola enjoying some of the best income they’ve seen since the RAZR days with Verizon seeing an equally nice share of added income. Around that same time, a somewhat humorous though useless app called “DROID does” was submitted to Apple for sale in the App Store. The app did nothing, instead acting more as a “behind enemy lines” advertising billboard for the DROID and Verizon. No surprise here — Apple rejected it.

Forget the third time, the second attempt is the real charm. The “DROID” moniker has finally made it’s way to the iPhone ecosystem thanks to a new browser app called “iDroid Mini Browser”. While this browser replacement is rather light on features, it still manages to knock the socks off of the previous DROID themed app. Seeing as how the first Droid iPhone app was nothing more than a joke, this isn’t all too surprising.

Upon firing up iDroid, users will be greeted with a “Quick Links” screen with available slots for up to (9) favorite sites. Adding sites is a tad inconvenient however, requiring users to navigate away from the quick links screen to enter their web URL’s, http://xxxx and all.

One other thing that bugs me: People are calling it “the first tabbed iPhone browser”. Umm, the iPhone has had tabbed browsing since 2007. Because of the way the iPhone OS and Mobile Safari are designed, even thought the sudo tabs are separate windows without actual browser tabs being displayed onscreen at all times, the little window/tab button on the bottom right of Mobile Safari allows quick and easy window/tab browsing across multiple sites at the same time — the same exact thing a desktop-like “tabbed browser” does as well. Is it the first multi-tasking/tabbed browser? No.

Personal nitpicks aside, no matter the lengths Apple has gone through so far to keep “DROID” references from entering the iPhone ecosystem, it looks like they’ve finally been infiltrated.


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