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Bolt Browser for Android hands-on

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Bolt Browser for Android hands-on
Android’s stock browser has all the deep features that will naturally appease any hardcore web surfers out there, but for those who are limited with their data plans, the Android browser might prove to be simply too much to handle – especially for those bigger and extravagant looking sites.

Thankfully enough, the mighty BOLT browser for Android has recently come out of private beta, and it’s now available to the masses to check out. Highly popular on the BlackBerry front, the neat thing about the BOLT browser is the fact that it compresses data in the backend to reduce the amount of data consumption that would normally drain one’s data plan very quickly.

Checking it out in action with a Motorola DROID 2, it’s able to properly render our site with relative ease, which is nice considering it doesn’t eat up as much data as the normal Android browser. Additionally, pinch gestures are fairly smooth for zooming in/out, but kinetic scrolling has this late momentum feel as it slowly comes to a complete halt. Furthermore, we’re able to see it handle YouTube videos as  well – though, they normally have a pixilated look, but at least it’s able to quickly load and play it. Some of the other notable features include is its social networking integration to quickly share things to your favorite services.

All in all, it’s indeed a valiant offering, but not everyone might find the BOLT browser sufficient for their needs. Of course, the Android browser itself is suitable enough to get you that full fidelity experience, but if you’re really tight in terms of data consumption, then the BOLT browser might prove to be a reasonable alternative. Hey, it works fine for basic use from what we checked out.

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posted on 12 Oct 2011, 14:20

1. K1N9J (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)

i have it pretty nice browser

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 14:28

2. Yeeee (Posts: 190; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)

I used to think internet wasn't smooth because of my Droid incredible now I know it is the browser. the iPhone isn't smoother on the internet it just has a really great browser. This and opera work so much better than the stock Android browser

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 14:35

3. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

I'll have to try this to get an opinion but I find it hard to beat the Dolphin HD, I love how the Dolphin HD allows you to setup flash on demand thus loading the pages very fast but still allowing you to choose to load the flash if you like to.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 02:21

9. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Does Dolphin HD handle Flash on it's own, or must Flash be downloaded on the phone first?
I used to have Dolphin way back but then moved on to browsers like Skyfire and xScope. Might have to consider coming back...

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 14:48 1

4. Fluxman (Posts: 51; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

this would definitely be an improvement, but phonearena really needs to have a mobile friendly site. I mean, its a mobile phone website! How do you guys not have a mobile version yet?!

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 14:50

5. P4c0 (unregistered)

I tried it, my Stock browser is smoother and faster, I prefer using Dolphin, WAY WAY faster :)! you guys should try it

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 17:06

6. L3610n (Posts: 47; Member since: 01 Jul 2011)

Miren Browser I think is the best. It emulates the Google Chrome browser as one of the settings and it always displays everything in dektop mode instead of mobile mode.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 18:38 1

7. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

This, plus Dolphin, Skyfire, Opera, and Firefox.

Am I missing any?

Somebody needs to put reviews and comparisons up against one another.

Show me who's best.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 02:23

10. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

There's also xScope, Miren, and Boat...

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 23:49

8. hello123456785 (unregistered)

boat browser mini is the best, dont know why nobody knows of boatbrowser.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 02:34

11. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

I've heard of it... I just cant figure out why Boat Browser is 1.04MB and Boat Browser Mini is 1.42MB. Does not compute.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 11:37

12. lukasound (unregistered)

Opera is the best for me... Has all you could ever need, lightning fast and simple...

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 13:58

13. hwoolard (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

After the Android launch last week, we ran into some major glitches with the build over the weekend. Bitstream has in fact removed the BOLT browser from the Android Market in order to fully repair the build so that we may post an improved version as soon as possible.

We greatly appreciate all of the support we have received from bloggers and users throughout the beta process leading up to this launch. Unfortunately, some issues cannot be predicted. We do make every effort to capture feedback and listen to our users and we hope that the forthcoming version of BOLT for Android will deliver the browsing quality you all demand and deserve.

Your patience as we correct these issues is greatly appreciated. Any questions can be directed to our PR team at bitstream@mobilitypr.com or on Twitter @boltbrowser.

Thank you, BOLT Browser team

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