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Samsung has put a lot of effort into its Dolphin web browser, and at first glance it renders pages nicely. Full-screen web pages look good in both wide and tall screen modes.
You can pinch to zoom in and out of web page, do a nifty double tap to zoom and out, and use a finger to pan around. Rather cleverly, the left side mounted volume rocker doubles up as a scroller, with is nice for one-handed vertical browsing.
There are some handy features, such as a Google search bar at the top of the screen and the ability to open multiple windows and flick between them.
But the browser did seem a bit slow to respond to finger presses when we wanted to access more advanced features such as multiple windows. Worse, Flash support seems iffy. We were unable to play movies at the BBC News website, for example.
And text reflowing is non-existent, so that you need to do a lot of horizontal swiping to actually read stuff you've zoomed into.
We really like the ability to send a URL via email or SMS simply by using the context-sensitive menu on the browser page.
And for really quick access to the web, there are a couple of Home screen widgets on hand – a Google search widget which will search Google maps and take you to your Gmail as well as doing general searches, and a widget that shows your three most frequently visited websites so you can quickly pop back to one of them with a single tap.
The browser is a mixed bag, then, with some nice feature and some annoying ones. Samsung needs to put a bit of effort into tweaking its Dolphin browser if it's to be really useful.
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