I'd finally had enough of Android's stock browser; I switched over to iLunascape.
iLunascape is a web browser created based on research into smartphone browsing habits. While I had always liked Android's stock browser for its simplicity and ease-of-use, iLunascape snatched my heart away with its user-friendliness and convenience.
The selling points of iLunascape are:
-The InReach interface, where often-used actions are located on the bottom of the screen
-Complete page-saving functionality
-Support for social networking sites
Let's take a look at each of these in a bit more detail:
InReach interface allows for easy one-handed control of your browser
The most obvious difference with iLunascape is its interface. iLunascape's InReach interface was developed to allow for single-handed control of the browser by putting most of the necessary buttons on the bottom of the screen. There are other browsers like this, but even having browser tabs on the bottom is pretty rare. Search, back, forward, and bookmarks are all located near the bottom of the screen.
Because of this, most actions only require your thumb and you don't have to reach to all corners of the screen. Also, you can flip through your open tabs by swiping your finger across them, which is useful for people with a lot tabs open. So much thought has been put into making a good browser that meets the limitations of smartphones.
InReach is so easy to use that you almost wish that they'd put the bookmarks and history tabs on the bottom of the screen as well.
A big reason I need iLunascape is for its ability to save pages I'm looking at for later use. While iLunascape is able to save the page's data, the feature I recommend most is its ability to save an image capture of the current page.
With this, you can send around the page to any number of supported external programs, in addition to being able to read the page at a later time. iLunascape not only captures the current screen, but it saves the entire page as an image. This means you can read saved pages even when you're offline.
Below are captures of the smartphone and desktop versions of TABROID. Zoom in on them with any kind of picture viewer, and you can read them with no problem.
It's also really easy to share these with external applications. Naturally, applications like Twitter and email support are included, but so are many others, like Dropbox and Evernote, can be integrated as long as you have those apps installed.
iLunascape covers all the basic functions needed for a quality browser. It handles Youtube and Ustream playback perfectly without the need for external programs.
Something I found interesting was the ability to change your browser user agent, and it can even mimic model-specific browsers for a number of Japanese phones. I don't use this feature, but this may be a must-have for some users.
With all these features, there's no way I'll be able to go back to Android's stock browser. I didn't even have time to go into all the special ways iLunascape can work with its desktop-based big brother Lunascape, so please take some time to explore all the stuff this little app can do.
People who have only used the stock browser should definitely give iLunascape a try. This is, in my opinion, the finest browser available for Android.
Device used: EVO WiMAX ISW11HT
Publisher: Lunascape Corporation
Last Updated: 12/16/2011
Compatibility: Android 2.1 or higher
Translation by Jason Morgan