The Skyfire browser has been around for some time but I believe that only recently available for download globally. They were testing it out on North American handsets before they unleashed it on the worls I guess. I downloaded Skyfire recently and am currently evaluating in on my Kjam.
The browser that I use on my mobile currently is Iris by Torch Mobile. I have been using Iris for some time now and am very saticfied with it. So how does Skyfire compare? The first thing that struck me was the immensly long load time Skyfire requires. The “preparing to load” screen seems to stay forever, even with my OMAP 200 overclocked to 284mhz. But I believe this is due to the data being retreived from the net and really due to the software. But I really woudl have liked a faster loading browser.
The home screen is loaded to say the least. It’s got everything and you can add more to it. Facebook updates, Twitter updates, news updates, Google updates, and what not. It’s all a bit a overwhelming! But I don’t mind that as much. What I do mind is that it’s slow! Now maybe this is because its still in beta, but it’s just slow. Trying to filter the items on the home page takes some time as I have to click filter many times. Everything just takes too long to load.
What I do like about the browser is the way that it uses the screen. Very judicious, I must say. The onscreen mouse cursor is also better than the one provided by Iris. But Iris currently renders pages better, atleast on my Kjam. Skyfire is supposed to display all Flash and Silverlight content too. I have yet to try this and will update when I get round to doing it.
So for the time being I am still playing around with Skyfire because I can see a lot of potential. Maybe the next update will help in speeding up the browser for slower WinMo’ like mine.