If you use your iPhone browser on a regular basis and feel it lacking of features such as “Private Browsing”, passcode locking, then you might want to consider a change to one of the alternative browsers given below.
The Safari browser may be the default stock browser on the iPhone, but these below given browsers are no less and have a few more features that are helpful.
Opera Mini is one of the most widely used browser on the iPhone as an alternative to the default and stock Safari browser.
One of the best features on Opera Mini are the speed and data compression ability it possesses which allow you to save time and also money as you surf the Internet away from a WiFi hotspot or when data roaming.
The Speed Dial allow users to keep their most favorite websites a click away – while the Visual Tabs allow you to see all your open tabs in a visual way and allows you to quickly switch between them. So if you want to go from the 1st tab to the 5th you don’t need to skip between the 2 – 4th. Just go directly to the one you want.
VanillaSurf is one of the best third-party browser alternatives to the Safari browser on the iPhone, which majority of the people use since it is the default browser loaded on the iOS.
VanillaSurf allows you to enjoy your browsing experience in maximum by giving you a full screen-browsing feature, which you can use in both portrait and landscape mode (you may also lock auto rotation).
If you download a file using VanillaSurf, the file is downloaded to your desktop computer with the in-built web server on iTunes File-sharing.
You can also take screenshots of the current website you are visiting. Another great useful feature is the Private Browsing feature which when activated masks your browsing history.
Atomic Web Browser is a simple and easy to use browser available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad with iOS 3.0 and later.
The app supports multi-touch gesture so you can easily switch between tabs, enter/exit full screen mode, all with just a few gestures.
Use the in-built feature in Atomic Web browser to search for a word within a web page and either you can also adjust your font – decrease the size or increase it.
Use the Private Browsing mode to mask your browsing history. A feature that is essentially important when the phone is not yours or if your browsing history is monitored by the WiFi network or so.
Atomic Web Browser also has a paid version available for $0.99.
SkyFire is one of the most powerful alternatives available on the iTunes App Store for the Safari Browser found already on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices.
One of the best features that SkyFire holds is the ability to play Flash based videos. SkyFire automatically converts the Flash based videos into another format in the back and plays the video for you on iPhone, which is normally not played on the default browser.
Private Browsing is also available on SkyFire along with a nifty little sharing feature that allows you to share the webpage with your on Twitter or Facebook.
Skyfire browser is available in App Store for $2.99.
Aquari: Stealth Browser for the iPhone is a browser related application available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad on iOS 3.0 and later.
Unlike other websites, Aquari takes your privacy with utmost regard. A feature inside Aquari automatically signs the user out of a website when he or she quits the website.
A Guest/Snoop mode allows you to give access of Aquari to another user on the iPhone, but hides your bookmarks, sessions and settings.
A private password can be kept for the browser to ensure maximum protection of your confidential data. The session cookies are deleted when the user leaves the browser.
Private is a simple and user-friendly browser available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad on iOS 3.0 and later.
As the name of the browser suggests, the browser by default works in a “Private Browsing” mode and no trace of the web history is kept – including passwords for websites like Hotmail, Gmail, etc.
A simple search button takes you directly to Google. The cookies & history is wiped when the user exists the browser.
There you have it folks. If you do not like using the default browser as it lacks a few useful, handy features, check the above browsers out and I am sure you can use one of the following apps as an alternative to your default Safari browser.