what is the most accessible iPhone browser?

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iOS & iPadOS

Hi all,

I seem to be starting to use my iPhone more and my computer less lately but one thing that I'm still not comfortable with is getting on the internet with my phone. I know that safari comes on the phone already but is it really the most accessible I/OS browser available or can somebody suggest anything that's easier to use? I use google chrome on my laptop so I'm at least somewhat familiar with it at least from the computer's standpoint, plus I assume that all of my bookmarks would migrate over but I just had safari open and it appears that a lot of my chrome bookmarks are already there anyway.

Btw I'm using an iPhone 7 if that matters.

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Submitted by Chris Gilland on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

So, I'm not going to beat around the bush. I'm just gonna give you the nonsense non BS of the matter. Here's the deal. This is a subjective thing. I think at the end of the day, I'd ask a few questions to better determine what would fit you best. First and foremost, what exactly do you want to do? I know, you may say, well, everything. As much as I can. But, really seriously, again, everything... that's subjective. You need to have more a goal in mind. Do you want to just do some basic Googling? Are you wanting to really do some serious hardcore internet surfing, and by hardcore, I don't mean porn. LOL! Don't even go there. LOL! By hardcore, I mean do you really want to browse like noman's business, etc. I said I was going to cut past the bull sh** so let me continue by saying this: no mobile browser, I don't care what you say is going to be ever at this time in the tech ozone as feature rich as a full fledged PC or Mac browser... it's just not realistic. Now, that said, let me be clear on a few points before someone absolutely shoots me for saying that... First, Let's all be totally transparent here... Never once am I implying that browsers on a mobile device are not as usable as on a PC or Mac. They are from an accessibility standpoint. What I'm talking about is more the capabilities they may provide. By default, a mobile device will render a web page to be optymized to work with a mobile device. This could often be a totally different rendered version of the page which often is more simplified. All be it, yes. You can usually with most browsers request the full desktop version of the site, but even then, it doesn't always work the greatest. Here's a really good example. The other day, I went on my iPhone to a website where I wanted to attend a live video chat which was totally totally web based. NO browser extension needed, no app needed aside the browser, no hussle bussling around, no plugins needed, just open the page, log in, and go. It was total html based. Well, OK, fine, it probably had some java script and things, but that's neither here nor there. The point being, it was totally web based. Well, on my PC it worked beautifully! I, mean, beautifully! Flawlessly! But on my iPhone, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, whatever: nothing, and I mean nothing! rendered it correctly. Even requesting the desktop site, it told me my device wasn't supported. It didn't even give me the option to log in, let alone, connect. My point is, you're going to have limitations. I don't care how you slice it. You'll have quite an enjoyable experience, don't get me wrong, but if you're expecting it to be no different than browsing from a PC, you're sadly mistaken in some respects. Again, don't shoot me guys. I said some! key word here, some! some, some, some! Some! respects, not all. Let me be very clear. All this said, let me answer your question based on my! perspective. I want you to understand though, this is soly my opinion, and my opinion only. You'll have to evaluate for yourself what works, and what doesn't, and what meets your needs. All browsers above are accessible with Voiceover, totally! It's just what has the abilities feature set wise that you need. In my opinion at least, I found Chrome and Firefox both to be really really really clunky on iOS. They work, but something about them both that I can't put my finger on just feels really really really awkward. I think with Safari being so tightly entegraded, it feels much more natural to me. Now that said? ON Android? I'd go Chrome all the way, but that's another bear for another day. Anyway, I hope this helps. I know it may not entirely be the answer you were hoping for, but I believe in when helping people, being very direct, and very straight up with them. I hope I've done so here, yet remained respectful in how I did so. If anything I've said offends anyone, I'm truly sorry! It's not my entention to do so at all.

Submitted by Troy B on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

In reply to by Chris Gilland

Thanks for your honesty Chris, yes I did expect that doing what I do on the internet on the phone would be the same as on the computer only on a smaller level, and in a different way if I wasn't using chrome on the phone of course.

Okay let me ask this way then, I mostly look for stories that I'm interested in reading online, mostly sports but a few other subjects as well, and occasionally I'll also shop for something I want. I don't plan to totally leave the computer behind though so I guess just finding stories I'm interested in and reading them would be about the extent of what I'd be doing online on the phone.

Submitted by Chris Gilland on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

In that case, you should definitely be completely fine. I'd honestly stick with Safari, if that's all you're trying to do, but again, opinions opinions.

Submitted by Dawn on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

I love safari! However, I do you have one thing that I think you should get. If you’re going to do browsing on your phone, I would suggest very highly that you get an ad blocker. They won’t affect voiceover at all. I have one, and I love it! It is made my mobile browsing experience so much better! The one that I use is called Purify. It cost me three dollars, but I’m glad I paid for it. If you Get one, ending on what site to go to, he might have a harder time. Just because of the ads, and images, and other related things. And this app you can choose what you want blocked. Images, fonts, etc. And with all add blockers, you can have sites that you don’t want blocked. So if there’s a site that you want to go to requires ads, then you can make exception. That’s my only advice to you. Is to get an ad blocker. Although I will agree, that it is very subjective, and based on your needs. But honestly, I found Safari to be far more accessible. I’ve tried Google Chrome, and I kind of agree with Chris! I didn’t like it. I didn’t think it was very accessible. Stick with Safari, and you’ll have a much better experience.

Submitted by Pepper Fox on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

In reply to by Chris Gilland

This is a really good and informative reply. While my experience with web browsing on iOS is limited, web browsing in general, with some exceptions, tends to be hardware-agnostic. Mobile web browsing is always a bit cramped compared to desktop, laptop, or even a tablet. As for that video chat client which didn't work, it was probably making some sort of function call or requesting some code library that's either not supported or not allowed by iOS. It happens all the time, and that's why there are so many dedicated apps for services that can be accessed with a simple browser on a more open operating system. Dedicated apps can often be better for us, even if the mobile website has feature parity with its desktop counterpart. I've frequently found that the web client version of a popular app is simply harder to use with a screen reader on every platform. Twitter and Reddit both come to mind as examples of websites which are technically full-featured on mobile but play much nicer with a dedicated app.

For me, mobile web browsing works best for simpler sites: news, a handful of forums, and the scattering of fanfics on various fandom sites. Oh, and also online shopping when the app counterpart is buggy.

Submitted by gregg on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

icab mobile browser has all of the advanced functions of safari and more. It assumes the user understands all of the configurable options. The browser is highly configurable to the point to set conflicting options. If you understand all of the settings, it is possible to closely ambulate a desktop browser. For most users, this is overkill and the ease of changing the wrong setting easy to do. Browsing power comes with complexity. Many desktop browsers automatically make adjustments that must be made manually in IOS. Finally, many special file types are not supported by IOS.

Submitted by Troy B on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

I have AdGuard on my phone, is that a good adblocker and if so is the free version good enough or should I upgrade to the pro version?

Submitted by Troy B on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Is there a safari podcast for beginners anywhere on the site? I've looked but all I can find are things about bugs I guess in older versions of the app. If not, I don't use facebook anymore but I know for example that there's an m.facebook.com site for the phone, do all sites have versions that work better with phones etc rather than desktops?