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Dolphin Browser HD for Android

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Dolphin Browser was quite the find when it first broke the surface, pretty much pioneering alternative browsers on the Android platform. Since then, alt-browsers have become plentiful and sophisticated, and the Dolphin team has responded with a "high def," redesigned version of its app, meant for version 2.0 and higher of the Android operating system.

Dolphin's feature set is definitely its strength. In addition to tabbed browsing, bookmarking (that syncs to Google bookmarks), and multitouch zooming, it can also flag sites to read later as well as a tie-in to Delicious. You can search content within a page, subscribe to RSS feeds through Google Reader, and share links with social networks. The capability to download YouTube videos is another plus, as is swiping to switch between open tabs. It also has voice search in the new tab page, and you can choose if Web sites see you as an Android, iPhone, or desktop user. There are additional themes and add-ons (just one at the time of writing) that you can download for free.

It has its pros, but Dolphin Browser HD--like its older sib--may take some getting used to. Its search bar is intuitive enough, but there is a tiny learning curve to navigate the list of options you see when you open a new tab. The gestures area, though a neat option, isn't for everyone. There is some setup time since you'll likely need to define many of the most-useful gestures.

Its performance can be a little laggy, and some actions aren't as intuitive as they should be--such as setting and changing the home page and navigating to a new page from an open tab. The biggest negative so far is that Dolphin HD takes over as the default Web browser without asking for permission. Overall, Dolphin HD looks good and there are some slick features, but there are also a few drawbacks that will turn some users off. The ad-supported version of Dolphin is free; but for a $5 fee, you get a version that cuts the ads.

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  • 5.0 stars

    ""Best Touchscreen mobile browser I have tried""

    July 9, 2012  |   By Mr_Fix_It

    Version: Dolphin Browser HD for Android 7.4

    Pros

    - Gesturing/Sonar Feature
    - Easy to Use
    - Multi-Tab
    - User interface
    - Voice commands

    Cons

    Non soo far.

    Summary

    I did not face any spam mentioned by other users, It works great, easy to use, and I love how you can drag menus and tools from the side of the screen.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Over Rated"

    June 19, 2012  |   By Music-Producer2010

    Version: Dolphin Browser HD for Android 7.4

    Pros

    Fast loading web pages, Stable, Multi-Tab, Host of tools, Pretty good user interface.

    Cons

    The worst downloading on the planet, Spam, Etc.

    Summary

    Okay, I was liking Dolphin HD when I first installed it on my 4G Android, The user interface and all was there, Even the web pages was loading fast. However when I install something like a Web Browser on or in anything the first thing I look for is something that will download the fastest possible and this is just not happening with Dolphin HD, No way no how. I first went to this Web Browser when Opera Mobile started crashing when I visited some Websites but quickly notice that Dolphin HD didn't pack that punch that Opera Mobile did when it was running smoothly when it came to downloading. Downloading a simple 30MB file takes over 20 minutes plus using Dolphin HD and I too was hit with spam in the worst ways because it takes over your screen and you always have to close the open tab. I also hated having to go to the menu to see what my downloads are doing when in Opera Mobile the screen was right there where I can see when the file has been completed, Etc. I then decided to go back and reinstall UC Browser on this same 4G Android and now I can download a 30MB file within seconds and not minutes. Downloading is the key feature to any Web Browser, I don't care if it's Desktop or Mobile and this is something Dolphin HD fails in badly.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "I didn't order the side of spam..."

    June 8, 2012  |   By CheesyG23

    Version: Dolphin Browser HD for Android 7.4

    Pros

    Haven't found any pros yet that my GS2's Android browser already didn't have.

    Cons

    Ohhh, hello new onslaught of spam on my cell phone! I would LOVE a iPad 3, but... yeahh...

    Summary

    I haven't found the pros because within a day of downloading the Dolphin app, I started getting notifications on my cell, marked with green plus signs and colorful stars (to name a couple), that would lead me to a web page proclaiming my T-Mobile number was randomly selected to win an iPad 3. Two more apps labeled "Get Apps" and "DROID Apps" appeared on my main screen, too, with nothing matching them in my Settings --> Applications list. I've uninstalled Dolphin, but the damage has already been done and I'm hunting down ways to remove this... hopefully without a factory reset.

    Read more: Dolphin Browser HD for Android - CNET Download.com http://download.cnet.com/Dolphin-Browser-HD-for-Android/3000-10440_4-75210097.html#ixzz1xDmUUghE

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Best Browser that I have Checked Out for Android !!"

    March 11, 2012  |   By trouble830

    Version: Dolphin Browser HD for Android 7.4

    Pros

    - Easy to Use
    - Love the Gesturing Feature
    - Nice Add ons

    Cons

    - Was kind of like Trial & Error when learning how to use ... but have been using it for about 1 Month ... Learn something New every day

    Summary



    Updated on Mar 11, 2012

    Wish that I had a Microphone on my Tablet so I could use the new Sonar feature!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Browser ever!"

    February 6, 2012  |   By n1776

    Version: Dolphin Browser HD for Android 7.3.0

    Pros

    Really fast
    Has jesters

    Cons

    None so far.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "fast browser"

    January 27, 2012  |   By bryw68

    Version: Dolphin Browser HD for Android 7.3.0

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    none so far

    Summary

    nice browser . photon 4g

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Huge Improvement"

    November 27, 2011  |   By mredshaw21

    Version: Dolphin Browser HD for Android 7.1.0

    Pros

    A true mobile browser...the blog functionality make reading news website a breeze.

    Cons

    none so far...want a version for windows

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easily the best Android browser"

    October 26, 2011  |   By terrance71z

    Version: Dolphin Browser HD for Android 7.0

    Pros

    Tabbed browsing and lightening quick

    Cons

    I coudlnt find any

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Everything I wanted and with a lil style"

    February 11, 2011  |   By anthony661

    Version: Dolphin Browser HD for Android 4.3

    Pros

    Everything about this app is cool and its very fast no pauses or hisitations loads everything as fast as you enter it. Sony Xperia x10i

    Cons

    NEEDS MORE THEMES

    Summary

    BOTTOM LINE IS DONT CHANGE ANYTHING JUST ADD LOTS OF THEMES N LET US (THE USERS) BE ABLE TO CUSTOMIZE AS WELL.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "THE browser for Android"

    October 24, 2010  |   By ejmfoley

    Version: Dolphin Browser HD for Android 2.0

    Pros

    Fast, intuitive, tabbed, with many excellent add-ons.

    Cons

    No problems at all.

    Summary

    I don't know about the other operating systems, but if you have an Android phone, this is the only browser you need to download. You'll see.

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