Do you ever long for those heady, unstable days of surfing the net on Internet Explorer 6, the world's most loathed browser? Well long no more thanks to Net Explorer 6 a new browser app for your Android that faithfully recreates the IE6 experience in the palm of your hand.
Yep, that IE6. The same IE6 that is known to cause headaches, stomach pain, tremors, palpitations, shortness of breath, paranoia, numbness, etc., among experienced users at the mere mention of its name.
For you youngsters out there who haven't had the displeasure of dealing with IE6, let me try to give you a quick explanation of the reasons behind its considerable infamy.
IE6 was the stock browser for Windows XP back in 2001. As a result, IE6 ended up dominating the market despite its shortcomings, and because IE7 wasn't much better, not many people made the necessary upgrade out of IE6.
You suck too, IE7
So even when newer, better versions of IE and other browsers came out, a ton of users still stuck with IE6. Because of this not insubstantial group IE6 users, webmasters still have to grapple with the difficulties of making sure their websites are compatible with the old and feature-poor IE6.
Many people who have had to deal with IE6 in both work and play have been left traumatized by the experience.
So anyway, that's the deal behind IE6. Let's take a look into the app that attempts to bring the IE6 experience to your smartphone.
Bing is the first website that greets you when you start up the app. Naturally, Net Explorer 6 breaks the website. Even Bing doesn't display correctly on IE6.
D+ for effort, IE6
Broken websites are few and far between with browsers nowadays, but this was a daily occurrence with IE6.
Even though it's a smartphone browser, Net Explorer 6 stays true to the IE6 ethos and blocks the top third of the screen with the menu bar. The developers opted to stay as close to IE6 as possible by also featuring the inability to pinch-to-zoom on any websites.
The app even lacks a bookmarking feature, a feature that I admit even the monstrosity that was IE6 offered. Much like the developers of IE6, the people behind Net Explorer 6 likely succumbed to laziness and struck it from their list of necessary features.
One big difference with the real IE6 is that Net Explorer 6 allows you to search directly from the address bar. With IE6, the address bar was for URLs only; web searches needed to be done in the separate search bar.
The developer probably joined them together because making a separate search bar would take up too much space and be taking the joke just a bit too far. And yet, even with just this simple fix, Net Explorer 6 is instantly many times more user-friendly than IE6 ever was. Let's see how well it searches...
Searching タブロイド (TABROID) brings up the TABROID website, and whaddaya know, it looks like crap thanks to Net Explorer's ultra-realistic IE6 emulation capabilities.
Net Explorer 6 manages to bring back all the feelings of nostalgia and frustration borne by many users as a result of excessive IE6 exposure. Download Net Explorer 6 and relive the irritation of IE6.
Time used: about 30 mins
Device used: HTC J Butterfly (HTL21)
Version: depends on device
Publisher: Vlad Mihalachi
Last updated: 5/20/2013
Compatibility: depends on device
Translation by Jason Morgan