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Skyfire for Android

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Though Web sites are more mobile-friendly than ever, some folks still want the full computer experience on their phones and tablets. Skyfire Browser offers all of that with a customizable toolbar on the top and bottom of all of your Web pages. Sadly, it doesn't give you any extra speed over the default Android browser and the toolbars take up too much screen space.

Skyfire seems like it's better built for tablets than it is for smartphones. If you use it on a 4-inch-or-less Android gadget, the toolbars are just in the way. They take up too much of the page, which means repeated scrolling to read articles. Pages just won't look like they're supposed to, more often than not. Luckily, the toolbars go away for a full-screen experience when you start scrolling. When they're on the page, the extra features do make browsing faster. You can go to Facebook, Twitter, or several other sites without having to launch a second app. Sadly, that's the only way the browser increases your surfing speed. Pages just don't seem to load any more quickly than they would in Android's default browser. That means other downloads tend to blow Skyfire out of the water.

Just like on your computer, it pays to download a different browser than what comes standard. However, with so many options like Dolphin, Opera, and Chrome to choose from, Skyfire just doesn't do much to stand out. Tablet owners will like the added features, but these may cause more trouble than they're worth on smartphones.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Android Browser with access to flash support"

    March 19, 2012  |   By LincNeb

    Version: Skyfire for Android 4.1

    Pros

    it works on the Velocity Micro Cruz T301 tablet. It may be the only way for this tablet to play Flash Video. it seems to work well, as far as I can tell.

    Cons

    There is a delay in recognizing the video that it is supposed to convert into a viewable format for the tablet. Sometimes the audio for the video is not as high as one would want, because this tablet itself is certainly not a boombox.

    Not really a problem of the software is that is so much different from the browsers I use on Windows that it takes some time for me to get used to.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Its cool program"

    November 11, 2011  |   By anasomar123

    Version: Skyfire for Android 4.1

    Pros

    Its cool program

    Cons

    Its cool program

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