Finally, after a speedy install, I have NetFront v3.5 on my Tilt! Not that I had any issues with the install whatsoever, although the size of the CAB had me worried.
While there’s no tabbed browsing in NetFront, this app has nearly the most settings of any mobile browser aside from the new Opera Mobile. New windows are available and a user can flip back and forth between windows through a separate “Window” sub-menu. There are also many ways to customize the browsing experience in NetFront, be it text-only, without images, et cetera, so even the oldest compatible smartphone can surf the interwebs comfortably. Even with all settings on full blaster, NetFront handles images and embedded Flash elements like a trooper, although I couldn’t get YouTube videos to load.
Page loading and scrolling is just as fast as Iris, and the animated zooming feature allows for a user to focus on a certain section on a page instead of the browser deciding for itself. Just use the age-old double-tap, which activates the preview window of the current webpage. Then, drag and tap to zoom in on a specific section.
NetFront also handles bookmarks in the most interesting way I’ve seen via a kind of animated carousel. The bookmark preview cards smoothly cycle around and back again and navigation through the bookmark menu is intuitive.
Even though the trial period for the NetFront v3.5 concept mobile browser ends August 31, 2009, users can download the CAB and re-install the browser indefinitely. In future, more fully featured versions, the NetFront Mobile Browser could probably supersede SkyFire and Iris in The States.
Download NetFront v3.5 at Access-Company.com.
(Post updated on October 22, 2009.)