Laptops won’t be going away any time soon, but they have more or less been replaced as the primary tool of choice for Web surfing on the go. Their replacements? Smartphones. People rarely use their phones to simply talk; instead, they run a communications gamut of loading video, emailing and chatting on Skype, all done over the Internet. With the plethora of apps available, smartphones are nearly laptops themselves.
So which smartphones offer the best Internet browsing? While there are some stark differences between the capabilities of each smartphone, the answer lies in the user. Some users are concerned only with performance, with the desire to download and transfer files over the Web as quickly as possible and in large packages. Others value appearances such as clean images and un-grainy video. And lastly, there are those that prefer a browser that is functional and easy to use.
The latest smartphones claim to boast all of the characteristics described above, but in reality they vary in different degrees. The Apple iPhone features Apple’s own Safari Internet browser which has a high performance and great visuals, but may prove a little challenging for first time users. Unlike the app emphasis of the iPhone, the Nokia N97 gives users a nearly total browsing experience similar to using a regular computer as a page’s URL can simply be plugged in with the phone’s keyboard. Another great smartphone for browsing the Internet is the Blackberry Storm which features crisp graphics and easy usability with user settings for eliminating clutter.