Firefox is one of the most popular web browsers in the world, and it has a beautiful aesthetic that is fortified with exceptional privacy, speed, and the ability to sync between a desktop and mobile device. What's interesting is that the version for the iPhone is actually just Safari with a different interface shell that provides a few new functions, but the core rendering code is still that of Safari. While the iPhone version is quite nice, it lacks some of the polish found in the Windows and Android versions.
- Internet Browsing
- Private Browsing
- Lacks Ad Blocker
- Lacks Private Browsing Tracking Protection
Unlike Safari, Firefox takes advantage of true tabbed browsing even on a mobile device. The tabs are located at the top of the screen just like they are in a desktop-based browser, and while this reduces the overall screen space for each webpage, it makes it much easier to switch back and forth between several different pages. Thankfully, once the user starts to scroll on the open page, the tab bar fades away to return that space to the site. Opening a new tab will trigger the app to show you five buttons. The first is a tiled view of all the different sites you regularly visit, the second is a list of bookmarks, the third is your browsing history, the fourth includes all your tabs synced from other devices, and the fifth is a Reading List. To have this integrated with the web browser is unique since most other browsers forgo this function. While the cloud button in the app will sync your mobile Firefox browser with any other system using the same credentials, it only works in one direction. In other words, you'll be able to use your mobile device to browse your history on your desktop system, but any activity performed on the mobile device will not be pushed back to the desktop. This version of Firefox lacks support for 3D Touch, but that isn't much of an issue considering the young age of that technology. In some cases, it can also be difficult to get Firefox to show you the full version of a website as opposed to the mobile version. The desktop version of Firefox has two separate boxes for the search function and the website address bar, but the mobile version brings both of these bars together to save space. Address are autocompleted when they can be, and you can use various search alternatives if you don't like the default option. When browsing with Private Browsing turned on, you'll be able to browse without any cookies or browsing history being saved. This drastically helps reduce the chances of being tracked online, but the software doesn't actually actively protect you against tracking. With the power of Safari behind the iOS version of Firefox, it has no trouble with the most intensive web content. Many websites have already been formatted to work perfectly with iOS and Safari, so those same sites are perfectly suited for Firefox. This version of Firefox is surprisingly complete as a browsing suite. The are some issues with the amount of battery life the software uses, but they aren't usually enough to notice any significant problem.
Firefox is beginning to suck. That is why I am here looking for alternatives. The problem with an Open Source program is that people make a bunch of shit to slow your system down while it steals your info and sells it. It is Time for me to go elsewhere.