Five Windows Mobile Web Browsers and How to Get Them Free

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The smartphone platform with highest number of web browser choices is Windows Mobile, which is good, considering that the default browser (Pocket Internet Explorer) doesn’t do a good job at bringing desktop-like rendering to your device.

That said, here are five Windows Mobile browsers that you can try right now, for free:

1. Skyfire…

Description: Uses sever-side rendering to push pre-formatted pages to your device quickly. Supports flash.

Works on: Touchscreen/non-touchscreen, all screen resolutions.

How to get: Point mobile browser to get.skyfire.com

2. Opera Mini…

Description: Like Skyfire, uses server-side rendering to push pre-formatted pages to your device quickly, but doesn’t support flash.

Works on: Touchscreen/non-touchscreen, all screen resolutions.

How to get: Opera website

See Opera Mini vs. Skyfire comparison video

3. Opera Mobile 9.5…

Description: Uses device-side rendering, so a bit slower than browsers above. Great user interface, excellent rendering integrity, doesn’t support flash.

Works on: Touchscreen only, all screen resolutions.

How to get: Opera website

See Opera Mobile 9.5 vs. Skyfire comparison video

4. Iris Browser…

Description: Uses device-side rendering, so a bit slower than Opera Mini and Skyfire, is based off of Webkit. Supports some flash.

Works on: Touchscreen/non-touchscreen, all screen resolutions.

How to get: Torch Mobile website

See Iris video demo

5. NetFront…

Description: Uses device-side rendering, so a bit slower than Opera Mini and Skyfire, but is “lighter” than Opera Mobile 9.5 and thus a bit faster.

Works on: Touchscreen/non-touchscreen, all screen resolutions.

How to get: Access website

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About The Author
Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.