Safari on iOS Bested by Sleipnir? #ios #sleipnir

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For all intents and purposes. Apple’s built-in Safari web browser in iOS gets the job done. And so far, it’s better than any of the third party browsers we’ve seen enter the market. But that could change with Sleipnir.

Developed by Fenrir-Inc (the same people behind the Windows version of the browser) Sleipnir shares the same Web-Kit code base as mobile Safari, the extra options added atop the browser not only bring added functionality, but fail to actual cause any slow downs — a chief concern amongst power users when features and flashy add-ons are tacked on top.

But is it really better?



Perhaps the best trait of Sleipnir is not the speed but the way in which tabs are handled. Instead of a separate windows, thumbnail images representing open tabs are displayed along the bottom of the window. For users who cherish every last pixel for the task at hand, this may be a turn off. But for power users, this is a god send. Switching between tabs is as simple as swiping left and right, while killing tabs is achieved with a simple flick down. Also, new tabs can be opened in the background (my biggest gripe with mobile Safari).

While we’re on the topic of tabs, we’ll also highlight how you can have multiple rows of tabs, allowing quick and easy navigation between organized web pages based on content. Accessing these rows is handled by a small icon bottom and far right.

Finally, searching the web is just as quick and fluid as it is via the stock mobile Safari browser. Except with Sleipnir, tapping on the search bar brings up a small section within the blank page allowing you to choose between several search engines including Bing, Google, Yahoo, and more!

Sleipnir is free in the App Store, so there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t at least give it a few minutes of your time. You never know, you might actually like it. But if you’re still on the fence, check out the small gallery and video below.

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Via: BSN

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  • December 27, 2010 6:25 pm
  • by: Mike
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