Polarity


Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 8 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.3.1 build 134
File Size:
1.09MB
Date Added:
July 24, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
4,025
Downloads Last Week:
29
Additional Requirements:
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0

Editors' review

Web browser aficionados will want to check out Polarity, which integrates Google's Chromium and Internet Explorer's Trident Web rendering engines in one program. Polarity packs most of the features users expect in an up-to-date Web browser, such as tabbed browsing and pop-up blocking, plus some new tools like speech recognition. It's easy to set up, too. Polarity grew out of the Simplicity browser project, and its motto is, "Browse the Web without clutter." However, it really doesn't offer anything special or unique enough to turn heads, and its emphasis on simplicity also means limited compatibility with add-ons and extensions.

When we first ran Polarity, a setup wizard had us select preferences such as a home page, a default search engine, ad-blocking options, and tab behavior. We opened Polarity's Preferences by clicking the familiar Settings icon, but the preferences sheet is configured rather differently from similar browsers, with a layout, buttons, and navigation controls that take visual cues from smartphone apps. The first thing we do when trying a new browser is to set a blank home page (a habit from the dial-up days) and then import bookmarks from another browser. We accomplished the first task by typing "blank" into the home page address field, but the only option we found for importing bookmarks was a tool for managing IE favorites in Trident tabs. Polarity's browsing performance is right up there with the latest browser releases, but then, it's built with the latest open-source engines. But it has some issues; for instance, we could open a new Trident tab but not access the IE favorites we supposedly imported.

There's little to dislike about Polarity, but it seems unfocused. It's neither simplified enough for inexperienced users nor sophisticated enough for geeks and tweaks.

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  • 5 stars

    "Very fast and light web browser."

    September 18, 2013   |   By bassel_tm

    Version: Polarity 4.3.8.1 build 251

    Pros

    Polarity does the job very nicely without any hiccups while using it. The design is simple and not too busy with plenty of features inside th browser.

    Cons

    None to mention yet.

    Summary

    This seems to be a great browser despite that it requires .NET to be installed, it is pretty impressive. This will be a great alternative to my main browsers.

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  • 1 stars

    "Possible Trojan Software!"

    September 17, 2013   |   By Rioismycat

    Version: Polarity 4.3.8.1 build 251

    Pros

    None!, this software is a possible Trojan!

    Cons

    When you remove this software it removes files that it shouldn't remove!, with it's own uninstaller!, set the uninstaller to remove all of Polarity's files and also Polarity's history, and it did this!, and didn't remove Polarity!, had to do a system restore and manually remove this garbage software!

    Summary

    You have been warned!, don't install this possible Trojan!

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  • 3 stars

    "easy browser"

    June 18, 2013   |   By fadjim646

    Version: Polarity 4.2.1 build 251

    Pros

    fast seach

    Cons

    no download accerlarator

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  • 5 stars

    "Very Fast Web Browser"

    June 13, 2013   |   By peterchen2

    Version: Polarity 4.2.1 build 251

    Pros

    >Very Fast
    >Stable
    >Secure
    >Ad Block Mode
    >Clean UI
    >Web Filter
    >Voice Recognition

    Cons

    Not really much...

    Summary

    Polarity is great for casual browsing. For me, I don't really go on many websites so it is a fine web browser for me and it does the job. It opens up fast and it is always ready to navigate to a website. This has not failed on me yet and I will continue to use it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Very Secure"

    June 11, 2013   |   By Serbis168

    Version: Polarity 4.2 build 251

    Pros

    Web browsing is fast and stable. It just does the job just fine. Lots of settings could also be changed to adjust my needs.

    Cons

    Please remove the annoying nag security alert which is on by default. It is good for security but it gets in the way. The UI could also be improved a bit, but it is fine for now.

    Summary

    Overall this is a really good web browser.

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  • 1 stars

    "RESTRICTED<< RESTRICTED RESTRICTED"

    June 10, 2013   |   By tehahn1

    Version: Polarity 4.2 build 251

    Pros

    Nothing... the others are better

    Cons

    Nothing.. even the others are better

    Summary

    I couldn't go anywhere without it saying it didn't trust this website and telling me to get out of it. Even my companys website. This would be great if I were 6 or 7 years old. The only websites that you can go into without a warning is like Disneyland or Microsoft.
    But don't go out of it's comfort zone. It sucks. Even took forever for cnet/windows to come up. I'll stick with Maxthon and Chrome thankyou!!!

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  • 5 stars

    "Really not that bad..."

    May 28, 2013   |   By spiderpigman

    Version: Polarity 4.2 build 251

    Pros

    It is somewhat fast for an amature web browser plus it came with lots of features. I really like it for the adblock mode which blocks many annoying ads.

    Cons

    Wouldn't expect much from an amature web browser, but maybe some rendering problems with some web pages can be fixed.

    Summary

    A pretty decent web browser. It also hasn't crashed on me (yet), so it seems stable enough.

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  • 2 stars

    "Not even a good clone!"

    May 27, 2013   |   By desertdan1

    Version: Polarity 4.2 build 251

    Pros

    None none and still none!

    Cons

    Just plain piece of junk!

    Summary

    There are a lot of chrome clones out there like Comodo dragon /Srware Iron / blackHawk / that all work pretty good but believe me "Priority" is no priority !

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