The majority of iPhone and iPod touch users surf the Web using their device's default browser, Safari. Although Apple's browser is a respectable offering, there are several other options available for download via the App Store. Most people are unaware of this fact, assuming that Safari is the only way to go. The following Safari alternatives each have their own unique pros and cons. They are listed in alphabetical order.
Aquari for the iPhone and iPod touch is a Web browser that provides a secure browsing experience without sacrificing other functionality. Access to the application can be protected with an optional 4-digit passcode, giving you the ability to prevent others from accessing your bookmarks, history, and other configuration items.
Hot Browser for the iPhone and iPod touch is a Web browser that loads a random news website each time you shake your device. This random site is supposedly determined by current popularity across the Web. Some common results that are served up include Slashdot and the New York Times.
iBrowse2 for the iPhone and iPod touch is a browser that gives you the ability to view two Web pages simultaneously by displaying them side by side. This dual page browsing adds a unique element of convenience in situtaions where comparisons are important, such as online shopping.
Incognito for the iPhone is a browser, based on the same WebKit rendering engine as Safari, which gives you the ability to privately surf the Web without leaving any tracks by completely anonymizing your entire mobile browsing experience.
Magic Browser for the iPhone and iPod touch is a Web browser that boasts a number of extremely useful features not found in many other offerings, including Safari.
Mini Browser for the iPhone and iPod touch is a browser that provides a respectable functionality set without occupying a significant amount of memory or drive space. The main goal of its developers was to give users the ability to have a pleasant browsing experience and still be able to sufficiently run other memory-intensive applications upon exit without having to restart your device.
Mobicip for the iPhone and iPod touch is a Web browser that blocks children from viewing adult content on their portable device.
Privately for the iPhone and iPod touch is a Web browser designed with your privacy in mind. Based on the same core components as Safari, Privately ensures that no tracks are left behind when you are finished surfing the Web.
PrivateWeb for the iPhone and iPod touch is a Web browser that deletes your cache, cookies, and browsing history each time you exit the application.
QuickSurf for the iPhone and iPod touch is a Web browser that renders pages faster than most iPhone browsers by not downloading the majority of advertisements and image files contained on a Web page. This is ideal on slower connections, such as the EDGE network, and gives you the ability to access the sites you need when in a rush.
Shaking Web for the iPhone and iPod touch is a browser truly designed for surfing on-the-go. Based on the same core components as Safari, the application detects slight hand movements such as shaking and applies the opposite movement to the webpage content that you are viewing.
Wide Web for the iPhone and iPod touch is a Web browser that provides full screen display at a resolution of 320 x 480. The browser's address bar and menu can be easily hidden to provide a true full screen experience. Also, when coupled with your active Twitter account, Wide Web enables you to quickly post a tweet containing a Web page's title and URL along with your customized message.