UC Browser 8.0.5 for Android – That said, UC Browser has the best download manager around, handling simultaneous downloads with virtually no lag. The user interface is clean and truly optimized for small mobile screens. Plus, you don’t need a top-of-the-line phone to use it, as versions are available for Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, Symbian, Java, and even bada (however isome of these other platforms are harder to find in English).
On your first boot-up, you can import bookmarks from other browsers, but not browsing history and passwords like you can in Firefox 10’s Android browser. Next, you’re advised to set your Speed Dial page which, as with Opera, serves as the first page you see every time you open a new tab. In Speed Dial, you can add your favorite URLs for fast, single-tap access. UC Browser also includes a rather plain villa RSS reader that lets you aggregate content from your favorite mobile news sources.
UC Browser is one of the few companies that started out making mobile browsers, and it shows in the browser’s slick and minimalist interface. A top-fitted URL bar doubles as a search bar, while a bottom-fitted navigation bar includes all the right shortcuts: back/forward loading, page toggling, an Advanced Settings menu to tweak page rendering, and a General Settings menu. Both the bottom and top nav bars hide when not in use, maximizing your screen’s real estate.
Like Opera, UC Browser supports dynamic wrapping and pinch-zoom, so that text responds to the slightest pinch. However there isn’t enough swiping action for touch screen mobile use, with only horizontal swiping to toggle back and forth, a far cry from Dolphin Browser HD 7.0, which offers custom gestures and themes. It also lacks Firefox’s swipeable trays and Opera’s convenient tabbed browsing.
In Advanced Settings, you can tweak how your page is rendered: flip your User Agent to mobile or desktop, adjust brightness levels, or enable page acceleration and rotation. You can also opt to restore closed tabs if the browser crashes. Within this menu are even more features for fusspots to tweak, like changing the number of pages that cache or remembering passwords. Like Opera, UC Browser uses proxy browsing and handles each page request through a server, which means it compresses a page and sends it to your device. Ultimately this compression reduces your data consumption.
Tap General Settings for a more familiar list of mobile browser features, like sharing Web gems with friends and family, or accessing a list of downloaded items. I especially appreciated the “find in page” feature, which is something I use a lot during desktop browsing but rarely see in mobile browsers.
Best Browser for Downloads
Unlike Dolphin and Opera, UC Browser supports simultaneous downloads and has a clean, well-organized download manager for all your files, including pages for offline reading. It’s the only mobile browser I’ve seen that displays a bar for download progress and lets you pause and resume downloads, which is a nice (but unnecessary) touch on a mobile device. I tried downloading several files from the Web and didn’t notice any affect on page loads