Although Google Chrome, Firefox, and Opera are the most popular web browsers, not every device can run these. With mid-range or low-range smartphones, the browsing experience can be frustrating. Keeping this in mind, we have explored browsers for low-ranged smartphones.
There are a handful of good browsers to choose from. Some of the best lightweight Android browsers that give a good browsing experience and require low RAM and comparatively fewer hardware resources are discussed below.
Here is the list of Lightweight Android Browsers
Dolphin – Best Web Browser
Lightweight means that the browser experience will not only be lag-free and but will also include all the features of a high-end browser like Chrome. Dolphin is such a browser. It has all great features combined into a small package which is light for any device to lift. The browser has Ad Block, Flash Player (games and videos) and cloud sync features.
- Cloud Sync Feature
The main attraction of this browser is the cloud sync feature. The cloud sync feature allows uploading browser data to your cloud storage and at the same time allows you to sync your browser history and important stuff like credentials with your Chrome browser.This means that it is possible to open a site in your PC that you just opened on your phone. Of course this would require signing in with the Google Account in both, the Android device and PC. There are no browsers that provide this feature.
- Flash Player
The flash player is good, but could have been better. However, some tweaks are required to enable the flash player in the browser.
- Overall Experience
The typing experience in this browser is not pleasant. The auto-correct feature is bad. But, it can be turned off in the settings menu. The browsing experience is great though. It is recommended to turn off the flash player when not in use, to avoid lag during browsing.
- Themes, Ad-Block and Data Saving
The browser interestingly offers the ability to customize themes. There is a dedicated Theme Store with a lot of themes to choose from. The Ad block feature of this browser works as expected. The ability to save data is useful for people who are limited on data. This lightweight Android browser is highly recommended.
Puffin Web Browser
Although the browser has good features, it is not that popular. It offers what any normal browser would – the Ad Block feature, the flash player plugin and a few themes to choose from. The browsing experience is lag-free. But the animations could have been better and more fluid.
- Virtual Trackpad and Overall Experience
An ingenious virtual trackpad is an additional unique feature offered by the browser. A virtual trackpad pops up once this feature is enabled. This trackpad works like any normal trackpad present on a laptop. A mouse pointer that pops up can be controlled using this trackpad.The pointer can be used to navigate through the web pages. As the trackpad covers a part of the screen, devices with smaller screen sizes will definitely not like it. But as long as it is not used, it won’t be a problem. Saving web pages for offline access is also possible.
- Theater Mode and Cloud Protection
Thanks to the theater mode, games and videos can appear in fullscreen. This is especially useful when the web page does not offer any fullscreen mode. All the traffic that passes through puffin is encrypted. Using a non-secure public Wi-Fi to browse is safe but the developers of Puffin don’t recommend it.
The add-ons provided are very useful and the best part is that they don’t slow down the browsing experience. Theoretically they do, but practically users do not experience it. Some of the useful add-ons are Evernote, Pocket and Translator.
UC Browser Mini
This is one of the best browsers that you can have on your smartphone. It speeds up downloads and stabilises them. You can even resume and pause downloads. It also features an integrated video player that lets you watch videos. Apart from these features, it has a Night mode, Ad blocker, various themes, and more. The browser also supports gestures. The only downside would be its handling of the data of the users.
- Monument Web Browser
This browser is secure, fast, and specially made for readers. It packs several features like floating windows, ad blocker, dark theme, etc. you also get advanced downloading features. You can download multiple files with accelerated speed. Download links can also be intercepted.Also, you get a lot to customise. You can set the address bar on top or at the bottom, The reading mode, Night mode, etc. Apart from all this, the browser gives you full data privacy.
FOSS browser is based on the WebView platform. This means that you control your browsing and customisation. It is optimised for one hand use. The browser is completely ad free and requires no unnecessary permissions. Private data is saved as an encrypted form. It offers several customisation options like themes, background, and other UI features.
Phoenix is a great lightweight Android browser, that is based on the Chromium WebView. You can view online videos with the in-built optimized video player without the need for any third-party app. Moreover, it features a faster download for videos.
There is a lot of clutter on the homepage, once you install the app. But, you can change and disable them from the settings menu. The Private Space function helps you store your browsing history and downloaded videos in a separate database.
This app is good for older Android phones or people who travel ore. The video watching player is the standout feature of this app.
Lynket is based on the Chromium custom tab protocol. Every time you open a link, it shall open the app you are using. This helps you multitask better. Other browsers that are based on the older version take longer to load. Moreover, you get many customisation options. The colour of the toolbar can be changed, Read More can be used to read articles, etc.
This is one of the popular ones. It is one of the best lightweight android browsers. It comes with an incognito mode, has smart download feature that saves data, and a night mode. You get to customise the data saving feature by setting it too high or extreme compression. The high compression mode shows the lighter version of the website. The extreme compression mode sometimes breaks the page itself, making it helpful when network coverage is low.
Something big like to mention is that these browsers were tried on a Low – range smartphone. So, the test results mentioned are for low-ranged devices too and will work just fine.
And that was it. What browser do you use? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.
That was it, guys! What browser do you guys use? Let us know in the comment section below. Another important thing to mention that these browsers were tried on a low-ranged smartphone. So, the test results mentioned are for low-ranged devices and will work just fine.