Who doesn’t like free? And who doesn’t like great iPad apps? When the two come together it’s good stuff. With that in mind, we’d like to share our Best Free iPad App of the Week here every weekend.
This week’s pick is Dolphin Browser HD – an excellent alternative browser for the iPad.
Here’s a little of the elevator pitch for the app on its App Store page:
Dolphin Browser is the world first Gesture and Webzine enabled browser for the iPhone. Fast and playful, you can train your Dolphin Browser to adapt to the way you want to browse the mobile web.
And some of its notable features:
Webzine. Fast loading, without ads; Webzine simplifies the way you read your favorite news, blogs and websites.
Effortless Browsing. Dolphin Webzine displays web articles in an elegant format without distractions. Scroll through thumbnail images to open one of 120+ channel subscriptions and = tap on any thumbnail image open to the article. From Elle to Wired, Webzine brings the elegance back to reading on the web.
Gesture. Let your inner artist out and create a personal symbol to access the websites you use the most. Use a “G” to reach Google.com, an “F” for Facebook.com or create your own. By just clicking on the gesture hand symbol on the menu bar, Dolphin Gesture enables you to open your favorite sites with just one stroke.
Speed Dial. Visit you favorite sites on the go with one touch.
No need to type out long URLs on tiny keyboards, simply input your favorite sites on Speed Dial and access them with one touch.
SideBars. Make the best of mobile interface via Dolphin SideBar.
No need to worry about limited interface on mobile device anymore. Swipe to the right and quickly launch the toolbar. Swipe to the left and browse your bookmarks list, browsing history and folders.
Desktop Mode. Can’t access a site in mobile? Easily switch to desktop view.
With Dolphin, you can change your user agent from desktop to mobile view according to your needs.
And that’s not even the full list – to say this app is feature-rich is a big understatement. It also offers tabbed browsing with unlimited tabs and full screen browsing.
What I like best about Dolphin Browser HD is that it’s packed with cool features and the UI is great, so all of those features are easy to use and comfortable to work with.
I love the way the left and right sidebars work. You swipe right to reveal the left sidebar which gives you quick access to your bookmarks and history, and swipe left to show the right sidebar where you’ll see all open tabs and be able to tap to switch to any of them or tap to add a new one.
Before trying them out, I thought the gestures were not something I’d use much – but I quite like them now and they work really well.
Another nice little touch is that the app has a URL keyboard (with no spacebar, optimized for just entering a web address) and a default keyboard.
All in all this a very nice alternative browser for the iPad. One that genuinely adds something to the browsing experience on iPad.
Here’s an App Store link for Dolphin Browser HD.
If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week.