When it comes to browsing the web, the Windows Store selection is not very rich. In the already small list of available browser apps you should remove the ones which are unreliable and bloatware apps. Also, a good browser is not necessarily free, but you should be able to enjoy a decent browsing experience at the lowest cost. This is why you bought a Windows Phone after all, isn't it? According to these requirements, most of the browsers are already crossed off the list. In this article, we created a list containing the best web browsers for Windows Phone.
1. Internet Explorer
Although it has been criticized by some users, Internet Explorer still remains one of the most reliable web browsers for Windows Phone. Obviously, it's not perfect and it can certainly be improved at some levels, but it offers some of the best features available for the Windows Phone browsing experience. Internet Explorer is your default browser and it makes it easy to navigate on the web when you're on the go.
Internet Explorer has a really useful feature called the Reading Mode. This feature regenerates web pages without ads and menus, blocks content that have nothing to do with the content of the page and optimizes the page for mobile reading. Enabling and customizing the Reading Modeis really easy and you can find detailed information about it in one of our previous articles: How to use the Reading Mode in Internet Explorer for Windows Phone.
Also, Internet Explorer gives you the opportunity to customize its address bar button to quickly get to your tabs or your favorites.
A very useful Internet Explorer feature is the fact that you can sync your tabs and favorites from other Windows devices such as PCs, laptops or tablets. To do this you need to allow synchronization on both your Windows device and your Windows Phone.
Another feature offered by Internet Explorer is InPrivate Browsing. It prevents Internet Explorer from storing information about your browsing session. This feature is really simple to enable and use.
Overall, this browser may not meet all your needs while browsing on the web but some of its features combined with the basic navigation tools make this browser worth using.
2. Opera Mini
Opera Mini is one of the world's most popular free browsers and it's used on a wide variety of platforms, including Windows Phone. What makes Opera Mini worth using? Well, mainly because of its capacity to load web pages with heavy content as quickly as possible. This is possible due to its compression technology which filters the amount of data displayed on your Windows Phone without compromising the content displayed. However, the web pages you load might look slightly different from their originals.
Opera Mini has another significant advantage as a result of its compression technology: it saves your data plan. This way you can navigate on the Internet more using lesser amounts of data. You can also view how much data you saved and learn how to use it to take advantage of it for as long as possible.
It is known that few browsers allow personalization. Opera Mini though, offers you the opportunity to choose a background image and style.
Just like Internet Explorer, Opera Mini offers you a privacy mode by using Private tabs. This way no data will be stored on your Windows Phone after you end your browsing session.
All your favorite websites can be grouped in one central and easy to reach place: the Speed Dial section. You can add as many entries as you want, and you can move or delete them as you please.
We think this browser is really great. The websites load faster and use less of your data plan. The usability combined with the ability to customize how this browser looks make it a good choice for any user and we strongly recommend it.
Download page: Opera Mini.
3. UC Browser
UC Browser is also an interesting choice. Since its initial release, it has received lots of improvements and it gathered plenty of good reviews from satisfied users.
Since the last update, this browser introduced support for Cortana to help you browse hands free. For example, if you want to go to our website, all you have to do is say "UC Browser, 7Tutorials" to Cortana and the website will be loaded in UC Browser.
Another feature of this browser is the ability to set a password picture, using one of its default images or one of your own. Then, each time you open the browser you will be asked to tap the three spots that make your password in order to unlock it. This feature provides privacy against possible intruders.
- Night mode - The brightness of the screen reduces significantly so your eyes won't get tired when browsing in poorly lit places.
- Speed mode - This feature allows you to enjoy a fast and smooth browsing session by reducing your data usage by up to 80%.
- Incognito browsing - UC Browser won't store any information about your browsing session.
- Text-only browsing - Saves data by loading only the text content of web pages.
What's really great about this browser is the Wi-fi sharing feature, which makes it possible for you to transfer files between your Windows Phone and other devices via Wi-Fi.
Using this browser you can store all your downloaded files on your SD card, but if you Windows Phone does not support an SD card or it has a limited amount of storage space, you'll be happy to hear that UC Browser comes with a cloud storage service called UDisk. All you have to do is to sign up and you will get 6 GB to store your downloads.
As you can see, this browser offers some very innovative features. Some say that this might be the best web browser for Windows Phone. However, we find the home screen and the menus a little bit crowded, so it won't be so easy to use if you're a basic user. Overall, we find UC Browser to be an excellent choice. Plus it's free so you should definitely try it.
Download page: UC Browser.
4. Kaspersky Safe Browser
Kaspersky Safe Browser is, without a doubt, a remarkable browser, especially in terms of web protection, where most browsers have certain weaknesses. This shouldn't come as a surprise considering that is was developed by Kaspersky.
This browser protects your data against malicious and phishing websites and also blocks certain types of unwanted content, possibly providing the safest browsing experience ever.
Everything about the protection tools and navigation options were detailed in our article: 5 Things You Can Do With The Kaspersky Safe Browser On Windows Phone.
Download page: Kaspersky Safe Browser.
5. Maxthon Browser
Maxthon Browser can easily be among your top choices. Maxthon has been making high speed browsers for computers and smartphones since 2006 and now they're trying to bring the same user experience to Windows Phones.
Some of its features can be really useful. Such is the Quick Access feature, which groups all your favorite pages on your homescreen, placing them right at your fingertips.
Using Speed Links you can enjoy all your favourite websites with one single tap.
In My NewsBites you can create a personalized newsfeed. The browser allows you to select one of the most popular news channels, which will display all the latest news in an easy-to-read format.
If you used this browser on your computer and you liked it, and you also have a Maxthon account, we recommend you to try this browser. The main reasons to use Maxthon Browser are its speed, its optimized memory usage and its friendly user interface.
Download page: Maxthon Browser.
All the browsers we presented are reliable choices. If you don't know what browser you should choose, think about what you actually need your perfect browser to do and then a choice will be really easy to make. Of course you won't find a perfect browser, but you'll certainly find one which checks almost everything on your list. Take some time and try all the browsers in the list and tell us what you think in the comments below. If you know other decent browsers worth mentioning don't hesitate to share them with us.