Top 8 | Safari Alternatives for iPad

As most of you will know, every new Apple device, whether that be an iPhone or an iPad, comes with Safari preinstalled as the default web browser. Now, as with Internet Explorer on all Windows computers for the last couple of decades and more, this may be fine for most users. In fact, from speaking to a few people recently, I’ve come to the conclusion that most people aren’t even aware that there is even an alternative when it comes to browsing the web. Safari is just the app you use to access the Internet, as with Apple’s own music or email app. As such, I always try to educate others as to the possibilities of third party apps on just about every platform – this can be particularly important when it comes to web browsers, because IE for example was always less secure than, say, Firefox or Chrome and would leave some users open to threats. This can also be the case with Safari, so it’s worth checking out some of the alternatives even if you don’t actually make that jump and switch from Safari. We look at some of the best Safari alternatives on the iPad, right here.

8. Sleipnir (Free)

One of our favorite browsers on the iPad at present, but one that I only discovered quite recently. Sleipnir is a browser with many features, perhaps the most distinctive of which is the ability to set configurable gestures for recurring browser tasks. This basically mean that you can give a particular swipe or movement to something you do often when browsing, such as opening a web page in a new tab or closing all open tabs, or whatever. There is a built in ad blocker here, also, which is another of those things that most users generally overlook or are simply not aware of in terms of its importance. The tabs are shown at the bottom of the screen, which might take a while to get used to for some users who are used to accessing tabs at the top of the screen. But you can easily open up links in the background, which is great for those who wish to do other stuff while tabs load. – Download from iTunes

7. Opera Coast (Free)

Opera is a brand that has always existed on the boundaries of web browsing, for some reason. There is a stigna attached to Opera users that I’ve certainly experienced in the past, especially when around tech people. Opera Coast is in some ways a departure from this, and also represents a departure from the way we browse in general. It’s a very innovative take on the browsing experience, and includes the removal of typical UI featres such as a back button and address. Instead, the browser simply arranges the sites you visit in a tile like fashion, allowing interface to take on what I could only describe as a magazine like format similar to some of these personal news apps out there. – Download from iTunes

6. Ghostery (Free)

For those with security in mind, Ghostery is really the one and only choice out there for iPad users. I’ve been a Google fan for some time and still use Chrome when browsing from my desktop computer, but it’s worrying how Google does track your activity and then uses it in their ads. With Ghostery, you don’t have to worry about such invasions of privacy. The primary aim of this app is not speed or features but anonymity, placing a veil over your web activities and ensuring that you won’t be targeted by advertisers wherever you go. It’s not the best looking browser in the world, but what does that matter when your privacy and security are concerned? – Download from iTunes

5. Puffin ($3.99)

When creating a third party app inside an already crowded market, it’s important to have an angle or distinguishing feature that will set you apart from competitors. The Puffin browser is regarded by most for its speed, both when loading pages and navigating between tabs. There are a bunch of different add ons to choose from in order to keep things interesting an compete with some of the other feature-rich third party browsers.  – Download from iTunes

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