While there are many internet browsing options for desktops, in the iOS mobile world, you basically only have two options: Apple’s Safari or Google’s Chrome. Which is the best mobile browser for you? Since both offer things such as tabs, privacy modes, auto fill features, and sharing options, one of the best ways to break down these two platforms is to check out the unique features that each comes with.
What sets Chrome apart from Apple’s Safari is the use of Google Now. Whenever you open a web search on your phone using Chrome, the microphone button above the keyboard will appear. This will make it possible for you to simply speak aloud whatever you wanted to search instead of typing it in. Google Now is also extremely accurate and almost never mishears you. While Safari also offers a dictation function, it is not nearly as accurate or as easy to use as Google Now. However, one area that Safari has Chrome beat is its Reading List feature. The Reading List allows users to easily add any article to a preexisting list of articles that they’d like to read later. This is a lot easier than using standard bookmarks, which is still used on Chrome. Another fun option is the Social list. This feature allows you to see all the other links and articles that are being shared on your social network platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
One clear difference is the design. Safari is more minimalistic, offers clean lines and a lot of whitespace to make it look more organized. An added feature is once you begin to scroll through a website, the address bar at the top of the screen will slide away giving you the entire screen to view the website’s content – a feature that Chrome does not have. While Chrome’s page layout is not as clean and sleek as Safari, it has one thing that Safari does not. It allows users to access the settings right inside the app such as entering into incognito mode or blocking cookies. With Safari, you can access this information through the iOS Settings app and not directly through the app itself. These are just a few differences that Chrome and Safari offer. Overall, they are both strong platforms for iOS browsing.
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