Each browser available for iPhone and iPad may have a distinct flavor and a few specialized functions, but browsing the web is what they do, and there’s not much that’s new under the sun. Or, is there? Here’s a quick look at a blazingly fast, minimalist, highly secure web browser for iPhone and iPad.
Surfing The Coast
You remember Opera, right? No, not the place where the fat lady sings. Opera the browser. The one that gets used after Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.
iPhone and iPad users should try Opera Coast, a free browser from Opera that could change your mobile device browsing habits for good.
For me, the browsing experience needs to fall into one of two camps. The first is speed; not bells and whistles that clutter up the browsing experience.
The second is bells and whistles; because there are times when you need to do more online on websites than simple browse a webpage and read an article. That’s why many Mac users, and an increasing number of iPhone and iPad users, use multiple browsers.
Add Opera Coast to the list. It’s free. It’s fast. It’s simple to use. It’s secure. It’s a bit different, too. Coast uses tiles as favorites, and viewed pages slide back and forth across the screen using gesture touch instead of tabs.
Without all the cruft of added features, Coast feels very, very fast and website pages render quickly. Touching a link causes the link’s background color to fluctuate for a moment, which makes it feel as if the link’s page is rendering even faster, and Coast uses Opera Turbo for even faster page loading.
Coast can save website passwords and sync them between versions of Coast between iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. And, yes, Coast is iOS only. Only. I love the security method built in to Coast to get rid of browser history. Instead of rifling through settings, or finding the ubiquitous ‘X’ to tap, simply use a gesture to fling the page into oblivion.
Considering all the bells and whistles that developers stuff into iOS web browsers these days, it’s refreshing to use Opera Coast. It takes up the whole screen for the webpage, instead of sharing it with navigation tools and buttons.
As iOS browsers go, Opera Coast is refreshingly easy to use and fast, even minimalist and uncluttered. The only negative here is that there’s not a Mac version.