For the past years that I have been using an iPad, I’ve downloaded, installed and used several browsers aside from the default Safari Mobile Browser. It’s not that there’s something wrong with the default iPad browser but more so because it has limited functionality. Most iPad users will agree with me on this.
It’s a good thing there are several third-party apps available in the App Store. Most if not all of them offer more features and better performance than Safari Mobile. One of these iPad browsers is iChromy by Diigo.
iChromy is a pretty interesting iPad browser for one simple reason and it’s pretty obvious from its name. It gives you the feeling of using the Google Chrome desktop browser. When it comes to features, fast performance and interface iChromy comes closest to the look and feel of Google Chrome.
About iChromy iPad Web Browser
iChromy is an alternative iPad browser developed by Diigo and available as a free download from the App Store. The first thing you’ll notice about this app is that it closely resembles desktop browser, Google Chrome. It supports full multi-tab browsing with the tabs appearing at the top of your iPad’s screen. But putting aesthetics aside, another thing that you’ll appreciate about this browser is its stability.
Among the many iPad browsers that I’ve used, iChromy is so far the most stable even when you open too many tabs. I’m pretty sure that at some point, iChromy will crash especially when too many tabs are opened simultaneously. But so far, I have not experienced any crashes.
iChromy Settings and Preferences
Like other iPad browsers or desktop browsers for that matter, iChromy lets you set some browsing settings and preferences, all with the aim of making your mobile web browsing experience as pleasant and secure as possible. The moment you fire up iChromy, you can tap on the “Tools” link at the top right corner of your iPad’s screen to bring out the Options menu.
Tapping that link will give you the list of settings that you can tweak before you start using iChromy. These settings include Remember Password, Clear Cookies, Clear History, Clear Password, Always Open Link in a Background tab, Hide address bar when scrolling and options for setting your browser’s default search engine (Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yandex or Baidu).
You might want to set the browser to remember your password, to always open link background tab (in this case, when opening a link, a new tab will be automatically opened), and hide the address bar when scrolling. These three are essential settings that will make you enjoy iChromy more.
I have mentioned some of the features of iChromy in the previous section. Let me now enumerate its major features:
- Offline reading via Read Later and Reading list
- Social sharing via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Email, Instapaper, Evernote, Pinboard, Tumblr, and most importantly Diigo
- Incognito Mode
- Save Pictures to Photo App
- Quick Dial for accessing most visited sites
- Context search directly from menu
- Bookmarking web pages
- Print functionality
The Diigo blog clearly stated that iChromy is a Chrome style browser. For that, we salute them for successfully mimicking the whole Google Chrome web browsing experience. Design- and feature-wise, iChromy could very well be mistaken as the official Google Chrome version for the iPad.
If you’re looking for an alternative mobile web browser for your iPad and you like Chrome so much, iChromy is your best bet into experiencing Google Chrome on your iPad.