The Internet browser is also one of the most used apps on the smartphone. But which is the best mobile browser? And what should you pay attention to when choosing your mobile browser?
Our smartphone browser comparison takes a close look at the most popular mobile phone browsers and checks which mobile browser has the edge in the end.
Mobile browsers are a dime a dozen
Every smartphone comes with a pre-installed browser. At Apple they have the mobile version of Safari, on Android devices Google Chrome for Android is pre-installed by default. But there are many other mobile browsers on the market from which you can choose your favourite.
There are usually not too many differences between today’s mobile browsers. Most Internet browsers for smartphones offer the same convenience as their relatives on the PC. That means you don’t have to do without features like incognito mode, read mode or ad blocker on your smartphone. But which is the best mobile browser? This is shown in the following browser test.
Compare Mobile Browsers
The smartphone variants of Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Microsoft Edge as well as the two rather unknown browsers Brave and Via are included.
Via – many functions, small app size
Via, for example, is only 1 MB in size and takes up little space on your smartphone. Nevertheless, many useful functions are hidden in the mobile browser, including a native advertising and pop-up blocker.
Via also features a night mode and the ability to hide the navigation bar to give you more space on your phone screen. In addition, you can customise the design of Via to your wishes and needs. Find out more about Via on the product page.
Brave scores with data security and speed
Brave is also rather unknown, but top in terms of data security and data protection. The mobile browser blocks third-party cookies as well as advertisements and pop-ups. You can also use Brave to block Java and Flash scripts if necessary. But be aware that this may affect the functionality of some websites, so you should use this setting with caution.
Brave should also protect you from malware, for example by the mobile browser always requesting an encrypted version of a website. But data security is by no means all that speaks in favour of using Brave. The page loading speed is also convincing and can keep up with the speed of the competition, or even outperform it. A comparison of the loading speed between Brave and Chrome can be found on the product page.
Mobile Browser: What can Chrome, Firefox and Opera do?
Most of you will probably use one of the big browsers like Chrome, Firefox or Opera on your smartphone. Google Chrome, for example, is the world’s most widely used mobile browser with a market share of just under 53 percent. This is certainly also due to the fact that it is pre-installed on Android devices.
The iOS version of Apple’s Safari had a market share of 17.56 percent in April 2018, while Opera had a market share of 5.37 percent in April. Firefox and the smartphone variant of Microsoft Edge only appeared in StatCounter’s statistics in the distant past, but may still be a good browser alternative for one or the other. Let’s take a look at what Chrome, Opera & Co. have to offer.
Microsoft Edge – Browser alternative for Windows users
Windows users may already know Microsoft Edge from their PC. But there is also a smartphone version of the Internet Explorer successor. Compared to other mobile browsers, Microsoft Edge for smartphones does not offer top features, but it is just as convenient to use as on a PC. Edge remembers passwords and fills in forms if desired. You can also configure your top pages, which are displayed when you open a new tab, for example.
It’s also handy that you can synchronise almost everything between different devices. However, a Microsoft account is required. This means you can synchronise your reading list, favorites, etc. between your smartphone and PC.
You can also send websites back and forth between your PC and mobile browser to seamlessly switch between your devices. Therefore, Microsoft Edge is a good browser alternative for you if you work a lot with your mobile phone and often switch between computer and smartphone.
Firefox for Smartphone offers a lot of functionality
Although Firefox is not even in the top 3 in StatCounter’s statistics for mobile browsers, the mobile version of Firefox has a lot to offer you. In addition, Mozilla is planning numerous improvements for the smartphone browser this year. Read our contribution to the Firefox Roadmap for 2018.
One of the top features of Firefox for smartphones is the extensive personalisation options. Firefox Mobile also scores when it comes to data protection. For example, you can set that all browser data is automatically deleted when you close the app. In addition, the mobile browser prevents your activities from being tracked on the net.
Firefox: Guest Sessions and Personalisation Options
You can also open guest sessions and install add-ons in mobile Firefox. This will allow you to further improve your user experience. Of course, you can also use the standard functions you are used to from Desktop Firefox. Similar to Microsoft Edge, you can synchronise your used pages, bookmarks, etc. between your smartphone and computer via a Firefox account.
Opera: Many settings, lack of speed
The mobile version of Opera offers similar settings as Firefox. However, unlike other mobile browsers, Opera does not require you to install add-ons, as it comes with Ad and Pop-Up Blockers. You can also customise the look of your mobile browser.
The data saving mode is also particularly useful. Opera automatically compresses images and video files so that less mobile data is used when transferring. So if you surf a lot on the go, Opera should be tried out as an alternative browser. The only disadvantage: Compared to other smartphone browsers presented, Opera is not the fastest. So if you are looking for a fast browser, you might be better off with another mobile browser.
Google Chrome: market leader among mobile browsers
Google Chrome is the undisputed market leader on both the desktop and smartphone. Chrome scores above all with its speed, because it is currently still one of the fastest Internet browsers. Synchronization between desktop and smartphone versions is also standard and offers the user some convenience.
Chrome passwords and form data are remembered in exactly the same way. Like Opera, the smartphone version of Chrome offers a data-saving mode that allows you to surf quickly and with low data consumption on the go. Unlike other mobile browsers, however, Google Chrome offers relatively few customisation options. In addition, compared to other mobile browsers, the app is quite large with over 100mb.
Conclusion: Which is the best mobile browser?
Mobile browsers are a dime a dozen. You don’t have to do without the standard functions that you are used to from your PC with most smartphone browsers anymore. That’s why it’s not possible to say which mobile browser is the best, because all browser alternatives offer advantages and disadvantages.
The smartphone variants of Chrome, Firefox and Edge are particularly convenient, however, because you can synchronise your visited websites, bookmarks and more between your mobile phone and computer via an appropriate account. If you like to customise your mobile browser, Firefox, Opera or Via is the right choice. If speed is important to you, you should use Chrome or Brave.
So you see: at the end of the day, personal taste often decides which mobile phone browser users use to surf the Internet on their smartphones. And there’s nothing wrong with changing your browser and trying out new apps.