If you own an Android tablet, chances are you have already launched Chrome at one time or another. But did you know there are other great browsers out there that you can install on your Android tablet? One of the greatest benefits of Android is the freedom it gives you to run the apps you want, allowing you to create a personalized tablet experience that isn’t like any other.
Of course, which browser are you going to choose? Below I have put together a list of what I believe are the five best web browsers for Android. All of these browsers are feature-rich, easy to use and will easily install on your tablet right from the Google Play Store.
Best Web Browsers for Android
Let’s get right to it, shall we? Here is my list of the five best web browsers for Android. I’m sure one or more of these will suit your needs perfectly.
Of course this one would make the list. It comes on every Android device out there, and because it’s made by Google, it integrates perfectly with your Gmail account and allows you to sync everything across your devices without having to setup anything extra. It’s sync features are really what I like best about this browser, along with its speed. While Microsoft may be trying to claim the best speed and security on Windows with Edge, Google definitely takes that title on the Android platform. There are actually two versions on the Google Play Store, with one version being the developer version that will allow you to test the latest features without having to wait for them to reach a final release. Because of its integration with Android, its speed and syncing abilities, it just makes sense to stick with this one, especially if you are big user of Google Apps and Gmail.
Firefox has come a long way over the years. While it was the first browser to finally beat out Internet Explorer, it’s taken huge losses in recent years to Chrome and today even Microsoft is eating away at its share. Firefox was a little slow to adapt to mobile technology, including tablets. But in the last year, Mozilla has completely overhauled the browser, creating a faster experience across both the desktop and mobile platforms. It features desktop syncing, improved privacy features, Chromecast support, and even some access to some add-ons that have been around for Firefox for years now. Sadly, in my tests, it was still quite a bit slower than the other options out there, and trust me, writing this line was painful. Hopefully, Firefox will continue to optimize this browser for speed, as it has everything you need for a complete experience across all your devices.
Price: Free with ads
There are actually two versions of this browser, the standard browser and Opera Mini. Both browsers feature partial ad block, video compression to save data, and you can even setup a dashboard to store your favorites and your news. If you create an Opera account, you can sync everything back and forth from the desktop version, which is quite handy if you need to pick up where you left off on a different device. In my tests, Opera was pretty fast, although I’m not sure it beats the others on this list, except for maybe Firefox. Overall it’s a strong browser, and if you are the type that doesn’t want to be forced to use one of the major, more mainstream browsers, it’s a great option for you to use on all your devices, including your tablet.
Price: Free with ads
Dolphin has been one of the more popular third party options for Android, and they have seen quite a bit of success. The browser itself is clean and easy to use. On top of that, it is filled with features you have come to expect on a modern browser, even on a tablet or smartphone. It includes theming support, ad-bock, incognito mode, and even gesture controls, making it very easy to use on a device with only a touchscreen interface. On top of that, there is also support for add-ons and extensions. While there are nowhere near as many out there as you will find on Chrome or Firefox, there are still many available out there, and you could always build your own. This will give you a truly customized and personal browsing experience. Overall, I believe this is one of the best Android browsers, and it’s my go to option when I’m looking for a browser to use that isn’t what you would call mainstream. It’s fast, too, and in my tests its speed rivaled the likes of Chrome when it came to loading pages. If you are searching for a nice alternative on your Android tablet, this is one of the best choices you could make.
Web Browser 2018
Price: Free with ads
I have to admit I have a love/hate relationship with this one, and I almost didn’t include it in this list. In the end, I decided I would, as it was one of the fastest in my tests. It has a clean look and is easy to use. With Flash support, you will be able to view pretty much anything online. It includes custom themes that are easy to configure and use, and its full screen mode can be really handy for larger sites or a view free of other distractions. However, its ad placement is very distracting. Every time you open a new tab you will be faced with an ad, as well as the occasional ad at the bottom of the screen. For a browser based on open technology, you would think they would improve this monetization strategy, or at least offer a paid option to get rid of those pesky ads. In the end, it’s one I will keep on my tablet and check on later to see if they have improved it. Still, if you like a more basic, yet feature-rich experience, then this is a great option for you, assuming you can look past the ads.
Use More Than One
When you are setting up your tablet, I recommend you install at least one other browser to use as a backup. Why? If you run into a problem with your main browser, or if a website isn’t loading correctly for whatever reason on your main browser, having a second browser can be quite handy. Personally, I have all of these on my tablet, but I’m probably a special case. One or two more would probably be the best as they won’t take up as much space on your tablet. So what are my go to default browsers? Well, in my case, I use Chrome, as I’m a big user of Google apps. My first backup browser that I use if something doesn’t load or look right is Firefox, even though it’s a bit slower. Finally, my third option is Dolphin. While the others stay on my tablet, I honestly don’t use them as much.
Android is all about freedom, and with that freedom you get the ability to install and run whatever web browser that you want. This list should help you pick a web browser that will work great on your Android tablet.
What web browser do you use on your Android tablet? Tell me which browsers you have installed and which ones you use regularly in the comments below.