People love choices. Whether we opt for them or not, it’s always good to have choices. So despite Apple’s ridiculous rule that prevents any browser that doesn’t have a Webkit engine under its hood, iPad users still look for a better alternative to mobile Safari.

I don’t blame Safari. It’s a great browser, but for a long time we have been spoiled with the umpteen plugins and themes that we use in our desktop browsers. After the break, we have compiled a list of ten cool alternatives to the stock iPad browser.

iChromy

iChromy

iChromy

Except for a dark color theme, iChromy looks a lot like Google Chrome. From the tabs on top layout, to the design of the tabs, the browser would be a real delight for fans of Chrome. It has an omnibar just like in Chrome and you can start typing URLs or search keywords straight away.

From inside the Omnibar you can add bookmarks by tapping on the familiar Star icon, or add a link to the reading list. The reading list is where you can save articles that you plan to read at leisure.

Price: Free
Developer: Diigo

Opera Mini

Opera Mini

Opera Mini

For a long time Opera remained a pioneer in the desktop browser market. Opera Mini for iPhone launched to so much hype, but it fell flat for the lack of flair. That’s not the case with the iPad version though. A full featured Speed Dial, Visual tab thumbnails, and Password manager make this browser a compelling alternative.

While the developers claim that the browser is up to six times faster, you might not notice it. Pages are compressed and are displayed only when they are completely loaded. This feature should come in handy for those with bandwidth caps or slower data connections.

Price: Free
Developer: Opera Mini

LastPass Tab Browser

LastPass Tab Browser

LastPass Tab Browser

This one is my personal favourite. I use LastPass to generate, store and manage all passwords, and when I am browsing on mobile devices I use it to copy the login credentials from the LastPass app.

But, with the help of the LastPass tab browser, I can now login to websites in a single click, just like the way I do from my desktop. You do, however, have to subscribe to their premium subscription that costs $12 per year to get access to the app.

Price: Free
Requires: LastPass Premium Subscription
Developer: LastPass

Mercury

Mercury

Mercury

Mercury looks a lot like Safari on the desktop and comes with a bunch of interesting features. The ones that got my attention were the brilliantly designed click wheel menu and the Dropbox integration. In addition, those who are particular about the way their browser looks can take advantage of the cool set of themes available.

The floating banner advertisements trash the whole experience. The lite version also limits the number of open tabs.

Price: $0.99
Lite Version: Available
Developer: ilegendsoft

Atomic

Atomic

Atomic

Atomic web browser comes with a boatload of features and customization options. The private browsing mode, fast tab switching, ability to change user agents, search engine plugins etc., bring Atomic level with a desktop browser.

Thanks to AirPrint support, you can now start printing wirelessly without too much effort.

Price: $0.99
Lite Version: Available
Developer: Atomic Web Browser

Perfect Browser

Perfect Browser

Perfect Browser

When the Perfect Browser homepage claimed to be the most advanced and feature rich browser for the iPad, I wasn’t really convinced. But after seeing the accolades they have, I changed my mind.

If colourful icons, unlimited tabs and advanced multiple touch gestures are something you love, Perfect browser might be for you. Besides, you can import all of your bookmarks from the desktop and save pages for offline viewing too!

Price: $2.99
Lite Version: Not Available
Developer: Vivek Wawaji

Superstash

Superstash

Superstash

Superstash is an enhanced web browser with a twist and is a must have for web designers. It allows you to quickly take screenshots of any page on the web, annotate it, instantly share with friends and colleagues, or file it for future reference.

You don’t need a photo editing app and all the work can be done from the built in cropping/editing tool. Comments, ratings and notes can be added anywhere on the screenshot and you can also store them in the built-in library for future reference.

Price: $2.99
Lite Version: Not Available
Developer: Suburban Industries Inc.

Skyfire

Skyfire

Skyfire

Skyfire doesn’t need much introduction. After the immense success of their iPhone app, the web browser that lets you view Flash videos and content is now available on the iPad. Fans of social media can go nuts by using the Facebook ‘Like’ button that shows up on every page you visit.

Facebook and Twitter Quickview features provide blazing fast access to your social feeds. Also, thanks to the private mode, you can keep your browsing private, with no data trail.

Price: $4.99
Lite Version: Not Available
Developer: Skyfire Labs Inc.

Grazing

Grazing

Grazing

Folks who love the portrait mode of the iPad will find Grazing to be very resourceful. To save screen real estate, you can use one of the two tab view options – sidebar or pop over view – while in the portrait mode.

From Google to Wolfram Alpha, Grazing comes with a boatload of search options. Ad blocking, thumb pad and TV Out are the other major attractions of this web browser.

Price: $0.99
Lite Version: Not Available
Developer: Thinkbitz Software

Browser Duo

Browser Duo

Browser Duo

I guess the name should have given you a clue! Browser Duo takes advantage of the iPad’s incredible screen real estate to enable multi-tasking in the browser. Be it portrait or landscape mode, you can browse two webpages at the same time using the split window mode.

To save space, there is a universal address bar for both the windows. Imagine how cool it would be to watch a streaming video while getting some work done!

Price: $2.99
Lite Version: Not Available
Developer: McLean Mobile Solutions Inc.


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  • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

    iCab Mobile has to be the best iPad browser. It can even upload files to sites! Surely you meant to include it, no? ;)

    • http://www.ipadthoughts.net Ian C.

      I switched from Atomic to iCab earlier this year, specifically for the upload which works perfectly to get photos in to Facebook, Gallery, etc.
      It also seems more stable than Atomic (not that Atomic is bad, but iCab is better)

  • http://www.grahamrose.ca Graham R

    For anyone using 1password on the desktops, get the app the built in browser of that app is a GODSEND and it will sync everything over dropbox.

    • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

      You’re definitely right on that; I use it daily. It’s beautifully designed as well!

  • Andy Garrett

    Do any of these browsers offer the full browser experience that one could get on a desktop? I was hoping to be able to work on sites like Google Docs (only can use the mobile site) and Mint.com (the modal popups don’t work), but haven’t been able to.

    Any thoughts?

  • Nite

    How come iCab and Terra were left out?!

  • http://www.robv.net Rob V

    iCab is the best iPad browser available. #Fail for not listing it.

  • Mike

    Icab is good but went back to safari because icab is very choppy when scrolling kinda like an android device.

  • http://enselsoftware.blogspot.com Saikat

    Tera is quite good – surprised how you could omit it. Opera is fastest among them.

  • Livepoint

    Same comment from me. Love the selection but how could you left out iCab? Is should not only be there but be mentioned as the best alternative to built-in safari out there.

    • Joel Bankhead

      It’s a great shout, we’re giving it an in-depth review it in the near future!

  • http://www.wolfvalley.com uneulv

    have been using iCab for quite some time now because it is simply the best.
    funny it is not included in your list.

  • http://soundcloud.com/butyourecooltoo Tom Howe

    SLEIPNIR MOBILE
    none but the best/

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