The following article is reprinted from the Today@PC World blog at PCWorld.com.
Here’s a hands-on look for the new Web browsers available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Problem is, all I saw was nothing. I loaded the browser, and as I was trying to figure out how you’re supposed to leave the Apple Store page, it crashed. When I rebooted the app, I got a blank white screen. So the edge of my browser was taken off … all the way off.
This browser leaves no traces behind from your wanderings on the Web. Once you close the app, so also disappears your entire browsing history, or even that you were online at all.
Incognito is useful for those with a company iPhone or the generally paranoid.
Using the iPhone accelerometer, the $2 Shaking Web compensates for small hand and body movements by jiggling the browser’s screen. It functions by sensing movement and applying small but opposite movement to the viewable content.
I paced the office hallways looking somewhat like a moron, trying to read articles on the Web. It was still difficult and annoying. I had “turbo” turned on, which is not the default. Turbo applies forces in both vertical and horizontal movements, whereas the regular viewing mode only applies to vertical movements.
One of the bigger problems with Shaking Web is that it’s not completed. As of this writing, pop-up windows are not supported and sites requiring new windows to open links will not work. That’s a pretty big chunk of the Internet, so unless you’re hanging out on stolid sites, Shaking Web is not for you.
It’s important to remember that these new browsers are all based on the Safari developer kit, and aren’t actual differentiations from Safari but instead, separate add-ons. I’d keep Incognito and WebMate handy and hope for continuous upgrades. With the right additions, both could prove to be better than the included Safari browser.