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Monday, March 12

Review: MiniBrowser Mobile 4.0+ for Nokia Symbian Belle Devices

MiniBrowser Mobile 4.0 Plus could easily serve as an alternative to any browser you have on your Nokia Belle device.
MiniBrowser Mobile 4.0 Plus will catch your eye the first time you use it, it's UI is responsive and intuitive and so easy to understand even for first time users. It's fast and has a nice set of features.

I've used Nokia's native browser and the popular Opera Mini, but I'm always in the hunt for undiscovered talent in the Nokia Store, and I hunted down MiniBrowser 4.0+, it's a relatively unknown browser, but its really good nonetheless and it's FAST, so I just stuck with MiniBrowser because It's simple to use, fast, responsive controls and while it doesn't have all the features in other browsers, it does have the necessary ones you'll need.

MiniBrowser 4.0+

MiniBrowser UI & Menu

Using MiniBrowser Mobile 4.0+ is also like Firefox on mobile, with its tabs (don't know just how many tabs you can have on this) you can open as many concurrent webpages without affecting the browser's performance, it has a really good caching featuring too. It's auto-hide menu also allows you to utilize the entire screen when viewing pages and the little icon on the bottom right pops the menu back up allowing you to do things from turning off images (saves you data consumption), ad-blocks, scripts, bookmark a page, enter new URL or even access your settings.

settings pop-up menu

Menu Settings options

MiniBrowser has touch and hold feature to pull up the pop-up menu, depending on what you have selected, if it's a link, you can press down on a link to either open in a new tab, save that link or save image, show images from this website or always show images from this website (if its an image)

pop-up menu for images

pop-up menu for links

Another amazing feature is that you can enter shortcuts in the address bar to quickly translate between languages or search on wikipedia. For example, to translate from spanish to english, simply type in the address bar: t se yourtext (t=translate, e=english, s=spanish, yourtext). and to search for an anything in wikipedia: w g yourtext (w=wikipedia, g=german, yourtext), there's a conveinient list of languages you can use too!

it has a 4 star rating from 150+ reviews... (i did say it was relatively unknown).

Here's a long list of why its a very good browser;
includes tabs with thumbnails
turn on/off ad blocks
multi touch support: pinch to zoom

auto hide menu
easy translate from address bar
wikipedia access from address bar
Quick launch time
full editing options in web page (copy text, links, images and save to phone)
Easy access to bookmarks + creating bookmarks is 2 touches away!
turn on/off images
turn on/off scripting
display pages in desktop or mobile mode
auto-complete in address bar
enable/disable cookies (save login info)
enable/disable cache
data counter

no flash support

homepage is bookmarks page

no flash support (yet!)
no home-page
Laggy sometimes
no split screen QWERTY keyboard (still Anna style)

There's a lot of potential with this browser and most of its shortcomings are nothing a couple of updates can't fix.

Izzi’s scores for MiniBrowser Mobile 4.0 Plus:
Usability 4/5 (it does lag/freeze on occasion)
Design 5/5
Features 4/5 (has necessary features, but no way to configure your own homepage)
Longevity (would you keep it on your phone?) 5/5 (updates are coming, so you'll want to keep this)
Fit for purpose 3/5 (no flash and lack of split screen QWERTY k/board makes it NOT a 1st choice browser)

 There's a free version to this browser if you want to try it, it's at the Nokia Store
and the Paid version, with extended features, you can get it the Nokia Store HERE for $0.99

**Video Demo coming soon.


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