Don’t you wish you could surf the internet on vanilla ice cream? Yeah me too. I guess that’s why the developers over at bitStorm came up with VanillaSurf for the iPhone. VanillaSurf is a 3rd party web browser for the iPhone OS devices (not including iPad) , it includes about a bazillion settings and some awesome features not found in the native browser (safari).
File Downloading: The first feature that caught my attention was the ability to download files. This isn’t exactly useful for using the iPhone, but I could see myself using this ALL the time. Say your at a coffee shop, browsing the interwebs on your phone and you find the most incredible, most amazing program or video you want to download. In VanillaSurf you can download that file, and once you return to home-base (aka: computer), type in the local server on your desktop webbrowser, and you can transfer the files downloaded from VanillaSurf right to your PC/Linux/Mac(noobs).
Tabs: Okay, this is also a killer feature. Sure, the safari has multiple windows, but VanillaSurf has the ability to make new tabs, switch to different tabs really fast. I had seven tabs loading all at the same time, i switched between them fast and without reloading the page (like stupid safari).
Full-screen Browsing: Apple, listen up, if you want me to use your mobile browser ever again? Make sure you have the ability to hide the toolbars on the top and bottom, so I can ACTUALLY see the webpage. It’s a must have feature.
Settings, settings and more settings: I want an android phone. That’s because it has access to bazillions of settings. The general population doesn’t give a crap about settings, but geeks do. VanillaSurf has so all the features you’d expect from a web browser:
- Loading images toggle
- Private Surfing(porn mode)
- Load tab in background toggle
Negative Points: Sometimes I notice there’s a few UI bugs, but didn’t kill the experience. When closing tabs, I often opened them by mistake. This isn’t bitStorm’s fault, but making VanillaSurf the default browser is NOT possible on the iPhoneOS which is ridiculous.
Final Thoughts: I’m not dieing… I don’t need to share my final thoughts, although i would like to tell you to download VanillaSky** VanillaSurf right now. If you are stuck on your iPhone, and want features of android, give this FREE browser a try. It kicks Opera’s arse.
[iTunes Link] [bitStorm's Website]
*This feature is amazing, probably a first on an Apple mobile device.
** While writing this, I couldn’t stop thinking about VanillaSky whenever I typed VanillaSurf. So refreshing!