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The Other iPhone Browser (is better!)

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1 Perfect Web Browser

I bought 1, Perfect Web Browser 2.7 for the iPhone for one reason and one reason only. My GMail account crashes Safari…every time, whether I invoke my inbox from the Google App, or from within Safari itself…crash! Complete lock up. I have to restart the iPhone to back out of it. Not good.

Besides, even before it crashes Safari, there is just no elegant way to select and delete blocks of text in the Safari compose view…at least not the lengthy text you need to select to trim a group posting when you reply. To do that, you need the more flexible compose view in Mail.

However, I really miss GMail’s threaded messages in the native iPhone App. Once you get used to threads in GMail, it is really hard to go back to a liner client like Mail.

Okay, to be honest, there was more reason I bought 1PWB. 1, Perfect Web Browser is currently on sale. I thought, “why not…I will give it a try, even just for GMail.”

Google Reader: note the two open tabs.

And it works. It is fast, stable, has real tabs, and full screen view. You can select text beyond what is visable in the compose box, and the whole mobile GMail interface just looks great in it. It works so well I have not opened the native iPhone Mail client in two weeks. Mission certainly, clearly, cleanly, accomplished.

So, of course, I wondered how it would work with other Google web apps (which typically, in my experience,  cooperate only marginally with Safari).

Reader? Works so well in 1PWB that I have all but stopped using MobileRSS. Fast? Incredible.

Calendar? Works great! View by day or by Month…add events…whatever you need to do. And, again, fast!

Full Screen View

While it is not Google, even the mobile FaceBook web interface works so well that it gives the native FaceBook client on the iPhone a run for its money.

1Perfect Web Browser opens SmugMug gallery pages that choke Safari. And opening a WordPress blog even invokes the mobile theme just as Safari does.

In fact, I have only found one flaw in 1Perfect Web Browser (well, maybe two). 1) There is no way to make it the default browser on the iPhone (not 1PWB’s fault…a limitation of the iPhone OS) so all links from other apps still open in Safari, and 2) copy and paste is not implemented for web page text. Minor stuff.

Other than that it is really pretty close to perfect. One Perfect Web Browser for the iPhone!

 

 

Written by singraham

November 29, 2009 at 6:56 pm