APP OF THE DAY - Atomic Web Browser (iPad)

Wow. The last couple of days without any World Cup action have really dragged, haven't they? We need our World Cup fix, we're hooked and we need more of that sweet Fifa sugar.

And we imagine that a lot of you are feeling the same. We suppose the only thing that has really been keeping you going is the knowledge that you'll be able to check out the latest instalment of App Of The Day, right here on Pocket-lint, at 6pm. What would you do without it eh?

And without further ado, we present to you.....

Atomic Web Browser

Format
iPad
Price
0.59 (or free for lite version)
Where
iTunes

The iPad is an absolutely fantastic device. We're not sure we'd go as far as Apple by describing it as "magic" (ours has yet to demonstrate any Hogwarts entry skills yet) but it is great none-the-less.

But, and this is quite a big but - the Safari browser could be better. We mean, with all that screen real estate to play with, why does it have to act like the iPhone Safari browser by not including tabs at the top of the screen? Why must we come in and out of screens to view multiple web-pages?

Tabbed browsing is the norm. We're so used to it on our devices that when it is not available to us it becomes a pain. Luckily though, the Atomic Web Browser is on hand to fulfil our tab desires.

AWB looks and behaves a bit like Firefox (although without an awesome bar) and you can have as many tabs open as you wish (or five with the free version).

It supports portrait and landscape browsing and you can customise the startup screen to show your homepage, your last viewed tab or session, or a blank page if you'd prefer. There are also multiple search options available.

It has a bookmark bar, supports multi-touch gestures, has a built in ad-blocker and it lets you save pages for offline viewing. There's also a private browsing option.

You can also play around with the themes (because it is a bit ugly on the default setup) and it's even got an option whereby you can make it look more like your favourite browser, whether that be Firefox, IE or Safari.

So why not ditch the native Safari browser and just stick with AWB?

Well, for a start you cannot set it as a default browser for your iPad. Links will always open in Safari. And it's not as quick or slick as Safari, especially on start up. Whereas Safari is almost instantaneously online the moment you push its icon, AWB takes a couple of seconds.

Still, it offers tabbed browsing and, at 59p, it isn't going to break the bank. You're not likely to see Firefox or Chrome on an Apple device anytime soon, so this is the best you're going to get at the moment. Give it a spin and tell us what you think.



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