Our mobile phones can do so many things and be so many things that they have become an integral part of our lives. Not even a decade ago we would carry three or four different gadgets that are now all rolled into one. Our smartphones can be our own personal jukeboxes with thousands of songs to entertain us, they can be small arcades to keep up occupied on a long trip, they can even be our own photography studios to capture moments that might otherwise have been lost. What were once just tools to keep us in contact with people are now so much more.
Perhaps the most useful aspect of having a well-connected small computer in our pockets is access to the web. You can now check your emails, catch up on the latest news, send pictures and videos to your friends and even find love all on your phone. All of these experiences become better and more fun if you are using the right mobile browser. There are so many options to suit different needs. From huge brands like Microsoft and Google to innovative start-ups trying to give us something new, the choices are vast. So, to help you out we thought we would give you our three favourites.
A classic and one that is on millions of people’s phones for a reason. Google Chrome’s mobile browser is often the first thing people download when they get a new phone owing to the fact it is fast, secure and easy to use. It is the perfect browser for people who are used to Google’s ecosystem as it syncs across devices so if you use Chrome on your computer you can pick up where you left off on your phone. Your bookmarks are available on all devices as is your history, so you can find any page you’ve been on in case you forget the web address. It also has a system of extensions that allow you to install app-like plug-ins to help you get the most out of your time online.
By far the best choice for anyone interested in security and privacy, the CM browser is built to be efficient, safe and highly customisable to ensure that if you don’t want to share something it is not shared. If you want to be especially safe make sure to use a VPN in conjunction with CM browser. When you are on public Wi-Fi a VPN will keep your browsing session private on Android and iOS phones. VPNs, or virtual private networks, allow you to create your own private bubble when you are online ensuring your personal data is safer. CM has a built-in ad-blocker, a great incognito mode to hide your browsing history, it scans your downloads to ensure they are safe and has a superb anti-virus system built in.
Smooz is designed for one handed use to make your mobile experiences as simple and as user friendly as possible. With so many giant phones on the market like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the new iPhone that are tough to use with just one hand, apps like this are essential for people who want to visit web pages quickly and without having to stretch to reach the top of the screen. It uses simple taps, swipes and gestures to help you control your online experience, a great choice for its ease of use.