Best Tablet Browser

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    I am testing the dolphin browser with the acer tablet. The main reason is because the default browser does not automatically log to some of the sites in full. It goes to the mobile and that drives me crazy. I log to the UFC site often and I can not even get the site to get out of the mobile. So I started testing with dolphin browser. While it is not fully supported for the tablet, at least I don't think, it works great loading the flash videos on espn and of course ufc. But it sometimes locks, especially on UFC site.

    Does anyone know of a browser that is set for the tablet as of now that will default to full web and will play the videos on ESPN? Thanks in advanced.
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    In the normal browser, type about:debug in the URL box, then go into the browser settings menu where you'll see "debug" as a new section. In there, tap "UAstring" and select Desktop. Now the stock browser tells sites you're a desktop browser and won't redirect to the mobile sites. No need to install a different browser.

    Sent from my A500 using Android Tablet Forum
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    Have you tried the Firefox browser? Works well on my HTC Desire but not sure if it's good for tablets
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    Thank you. Did not know about the debug feature. However the interesting thing is that it is still not working as I expect it for some sites even after I set it to desktop. Furthermore, when I go to a site like ESPN, the videos that come up do not play. They show as pictures. However, the dolphin works better on that area. But it still locks up sometimes. I will keep playing around with the Chrome browser, but my guess is that it still needs some work. Thank you all for the suggestions. I will also try the fireforx browser and see how it works.
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    For me the best is skyfire but i dont know if it is best for your tab. ツ
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    Awesome suggestions. Thank you. :)
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    Just went to the UFC site as I am a huge fan as well. I was able to get the full website (desktop) not the android version. The first time I went there I switched to android view using the dolphin plug-in (Desktop Toggle) and tried to switch back...it wouldn't. So I exited the browser and cleared the cache and history upon exit then tried again...Once again I got the desktop version of the site. I saved the bookmark then switched to android view and could not switch back like before...but if I choose the UFC bookmark I made, it reverts back to the desktop version. Craziness! Hope this helps you out somehow.
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    That helps thank you.
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    I am testing the dolphin browser with the acer tablet. The main reason is because the default browser does not automatically log to some of the sites in full. It goes to the mobile and that drives me crazy. I log to the UFC site often and I can not even get the site to get out of the mobile. So I started testing with dolphin browser. While it is not fully supported for the tablet, at least I don't think, it works great loading the flash videos on espn and of course ufc. But it sometimes locks, especially on UFC site.

    I first tried the Dolphin Browser then I tried the Skyfire Browser I chose the Skyfire Browser made it my default browser. Simple and fast to use easy to bookmark your favorite sites.
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    What tablet feature isn't supported by Dolphin HD? It should do everything well and if there are too many options (there are a lot) try Dolphin Mini which still has lots of great features but is much simpler to use. Try searching because this question comes up a lot and there are some other really good lists of suggestions. There is no shortage of browsers to choose from and nearly as many opinions about which is "best".

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    As a new co-owner of an Acer Iconia A500 and a long-time user of Firefox for Windows I thought I would want Firefox for Android and started looking into it. I thought it would be easier to find it on the Mozilla site and finally did.

    User/reviewers on the Mozilla site gave it mixed reviews and some recommended Opera, Dolphin, et al. My guess is that most of them were talking about smartphones rather than tablets.

    Assuming I wanted Opera or Dolphin, how would I get it? Use the tablet's default browser to go to their website and download? We don't even see a URL field like on a PC. Instead when pressing on the upper right corner, we see a fan-shaped area with several buttons within it which are not intuitively clear as to their meaning. Could I download on our PC and transfer over by USB cable or mini-SD card?

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    You should have the Market application on your tab. Just go into the market and do a search on Dolphin or Opera browser and download. It's that simple.
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    Actually within minutes of previous post, I had downloaded and installed a Dolphin version, set it for use as on a "Desktop" (real computer), and have used it a bit so far. Definitely nice. Don't know if I'll bother trying Opera or Firefox.

    Bernie in CT
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    Ok, the link on Mozilla's site just takes you to the Market. That's the safe place to get android apps.

    But be advised that doesn't always work that way, and some links take you dodgy websites where you
    can get all sorts of malware.

    My advice to a new users is ALWAYS start your search in the Android marked directly from your tablet.
    Type Apps (at the top of the screen), then tap Shop. (or put the market app on your tablet's home screen.).
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    I also prefer Dolphin Browser than the browser came with the Acer tablet. Primarily because DB gives the websites a "desktop" browser look. Much easier to navigate.
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    Dolphin HD or try Opera :D
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    Is anyone using the Google Chrome Beta browser? I like the look of it, more like a PC. Although it still needs some fine tuning. Appears to be a little unstable at times. But it is a beta and a work in progress so I can't fault them. It is Google's browser on Google's Android so I believe they will have a great browser in the end.
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    I use the Chrome browser for editing posts in these forums. It handles the text edit windows better than any browser I have used on Android -- i.e., it never loses tracking between screen taps and cursor postion. Other than that, it provides nearly the same functionality as the stock browser, but without about:debug support (I have not been able to get that to work as it does on the stock browser). It does support a feature allowing you to send pages from the desktop Chrome browsers to the mobile Android Chrome beta. Neat gimmick, but I don't see the value since I can just put in the URL and get the same with any browser. Maybe I misunderstood the feature.

    Dolphin still provides the best desktop like experience though. I have not seen any other browser even come close. If it didn't crash so often, it would be perfect.
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    Going back to when I first got my tablet - I tried GOOGLE CHROME and firefox for ANDROID. I found both browsers sticky - sorry for the choice of words. I went back to the stock browser and put up with it ever since. I haven't tried others and now with flash not available for the other browsers I'm sticking with the stock browser.

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