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Review: Nightglow Web Browser for iPhone

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Are you looking for an alternative web browser to Safari for the iPhone? Want full-screen browsing? Well then check out the Nightglow Web Browser.

Nightglow Web Browser by Synthereal Co.

The Nightglow web browser can be a full replacement or a supplement to Safari, which is the current stock iPhone web browser. Each browser has its benefits but there are a few features that I have seen with the Nightglow browser that proved to be very useful that are not present in Safari.

The first big feature I noticed with Nightglow is the tab system. You have the ability to open tabs of up to four web pages very quickly and easily. Most of the mainstream desktop based browsers today include tab support, so it is nice to see this on the iPhone as it makes navigation of web sites much easier.

The second feature is the loading indicator. Whenever you navigate to a web page, you get a percent indicator showing you how much of the web page has loaded. While Safari has its loading bar, I prefer a percent meter as it gives me a more accurate look of the load.

The last really neat feature is full-screen browsing! I liked this feature alot, as the browser fills up the entire iPhone screen except the status bar at the very top where your time is. The other nice thing is activation of the full-screen is very easy; simply place three fingers on the screen and gesture upwards. To get out of full-screen, repeat the same process but gesture downwards.

However, no feature filled product can be all perfect. The two major drawbacks that I have noticed are that the browser loads web pages much slower than Safari. I tested this by loading up my Wi-Fi and loading our blog page in both browsers and Safari was 6 seconds faster on average. I found this to be consistent when loading other web pages as well.

The second drawback is that the browser needs more polish. The user interface is a little difficult to use with cramped buttons and the overall browser just looks a little unfinished. However, this is something easily fixed with future updates.

If you are looking for a Safari replacement, check out Nightglow. It is available in the iTunes AppStore for an intro promo price of $0.99 and regularly $2.99.

Enjoy!

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  • Guest

    Sweet sweet. I never used a full web browser, I guess it doesn’t hurt to try ;

  • Dusty

    Sweet sweet. I never used a full web browser, I guess it doesn’t hurt to try ;

  • ReyT

    Thanks X1Zero for the review. I guess the tabs in Nightglow will make me want to try it out. Another browser that also has full screen browsing feature is Oceanus – free. It uses button for full screen and getting out of, but no tabs.

  • Rey T

    Thanks X1Zero for the review. I guess the tabs in Nightglow will make me want to try it out. Another browser that also has full screen browsing feature is Oceanus – free. It uses button for full screen and getting out of, but no tabs.

  • Edge

    Why do you guys keep reviewing (endorsing) brutal full screen web browsers? Slow. No bookmarks. Lack of features (these are the ones so far), yet miss the good ones like Vanilla Browser and Full Browser?

    Seriously, it’s not a rhetorical question. What is the real reason? Do you guys get a kick-back from these other browsers? Seriously, all the ones you’ve reviewed or recommended are waaaay worse than these. What’s up?

  • Edge

    Why do you guys keep reviewing (endorsing) brutal full screen web browsers? Slow. No bookmarks. Lack of features (these are the ones so far), yet miss the good ones like Vanilla Browser and Full Browser?

    Seriously, it’s not a rhetorical question. What is the real reason? Do you guys get a kick-back from these other browsers? Seriously, all the ones you’ve reviewed or recommended are waaaay worse than these. What’s up?

  • We review apps that we find interesting. There’s no way for us to review every single app out there! If I like it I review it, and hopefully some other people will too. If you want, you’re more than welcome to review both those apps for us! 😉

  • We review apps that we find interesting. There’s no way for us to review every single app out there! If I like it I review it, and hopefully some other people will too. If you want, you’re more than welcome to review both those apps for us! 😉

  • X1Zero

    Thanks Rey! I’ll check it out!

  • X1Zero

    Thanks Rey! I’ll check it out!

  • AL

    Great replacement for safari… finally a browser with tabs.. seems like browsing without them feels weird.. with a few updates, i think this app will be really great..

    overall a good app.

  • AL

    Great replacement for safari… finally a browser with tabs.. seems like browsing without them feels weird.. with a few updates, i think this app will be really great..

    overall a good app.

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