When the iPad was first released it was described as a media consumption machine perfect for surfing the internet and mobile content. I remember my first thought was "I hope that the mobile browser is really good". unfortunately I was left wanting more out of the iPad than Safari. The biggest thing that was missing for me was tabbed browsing. Being a Firefox user for years I had grown accustomed to multiple tabs and the convenience they provide. Enter iChromy. iChromy is the mobile browser that Safari should have been. With a streamlined user interface, tabbed browsing, and speed, this browser really makes web surfing on the iPad fun and easy. Not developed by Google, iChromy still looks (and performs) very similar to the Chrome web browser.

 

Tabbed Browsing

Lets start with the reason that I went looking for a new mobile browser, tabs. Opening iChromy places you in the initial tab just like your favorite browser for your desktop. Pressing the familiar "+" sign opens a second tab placing the original tab and its content in the background.  One of my favorite features of the tabs in iChromy verses other tabbed browsers available for the iPad is the auto hiding address bar. As you scroll down your page, the address bar disappears providing you with extra screen space. To make the bar reappear all you have to do is scroll to the top of the page.

Omnibox

Omnibox is iChromy's name for it's address/search field and  is essentially the address bar and a search bar combined into one. In this bar you can type a traditional URL OR any search term. This isn't the first browser to incorporate search to the address bar, but it's definitely a must have for any quality web browser.

 

Offline Reading

Ever wish you could read your favorite web page while you're on that subway or flight that doesn't have wifi? With iChromy, you can. By simply tapping the eyeglass symbol next to the Omnibox you save the webpage and all of its content for later viewing. This is great for those of us that don't have 3g models and aren't always near Wifi.

 

Speed

While I don't have any hard numbers to share with you, like it's namesake iChromy just feels snappier. Pages load quickly, it seems to navigate around really fast and not bog down the iPad. Again I don't have any scientific proof of this, but it feels faster.

Some Changes

Just like any App there is room for improvement. The first thing that I would like to see is password saving. I really enjoy that feature on Firefox. I'd the option to be able to save my passwords for the next time that I visit a webpage. Not a problem for me, but there is no private browsing option. Some people like to browse without saving their history. Lastly unlike most Apps, tapping the top middle of the screen doesn't take you to the top of the page. This is important since the address bar disappears as you scroll down the page.

The Browser for you?

iChromy is a really good tabbed App for anyone used to the Google Chrome interface. With the smooth interface, quality tabbed system, and speed I can't recommend this App enough to everyone. I really enjoy this App and can't wait to see what they have in store for future updates.

 

You can get iChromy for the iPad from the iTunes store for free here:  iTunes