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Posted by Rai
I used the Android version of Google Chrome for years but was never happy with the overall experience. The browser did not feel as comfortable as I would like. It lacked the customization I desired, so I went on the hunt for a better option. After trying out many of my rivals, including Firefox and Opera, I stumbled upon Samsung Internet. I was immediately impressed. I have been using it regularly for almost a year now and think it is miles ahead of Google Chrome. Let’s go for a few reasons.
Compared to Chrome, Samsung Internet has a much better toolbar. For one, it is located at the bottom of the browser instead of the top. This may sound strange to a chrome addict, but it means that I don’t need to do any hand gymnastics to access it.
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This is followed by features and customization options. With Chrome, you get only three buttons on the toolbar (Home, Tab and Menu), while Samsung hosts the Internet button. You can choose from 25 different options. They include downloads, history, and bookmarks, just to name a few – see them all in the image below. And the best thing is that you can customize the toolbar to your liking only those buttons that you use regularly.
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Samsung Internet Toolbar also lets me get things done faster. I can open a new tab by long pressing the tab. I can go into incognito / incognito mode to browse privately with just one tap. Doing the same thing on Chrome requires an extra tap with the annoying experience of dragging my fingers across the top of the screen. Talking of stretching, I can do a new search on Samsung Internet by long pressing the home button. I don’t have to do the address bar on Chrome.
I know it may seem like I’m nitpicking here, but when you do dozens of searches per day, open countless new tabs, and use the incognito / incognito mode often, you realize quickly How important it is to minimize these things as much as possible.
The Samsung Internet homepage is more customizable than Chrome.
Samsung’s browser also has a better homepage than Chrome. The biggest difference between the two is the available optimization. Samsung Internet allows me to place shortcuts for my favorite websites on the homepage. As a result, I don’t have to type in the address of the site every time I want to see it. On the other hand, Chrome only shows you your most visited websites – something that you can also enable on the Samsung Internet. This is not always a good idea, however, as you want some of your most frequently visited websites not to appear on the front page.
When you search from any page, the website shortcuts you have added to the Samsung Internet homepage also appear below the address bar. It makes the overall experience so much better. To give you an example, if you are on Android Authority Long press the home button to do a new search for the website and you will see all the shortcuts of your website at the top of the browser.
Dark mode is also better on Samsung Internet. While Chrome applies its Dark Mode to the over-the-top toolbar – which disappears as you scroll – and in the Settings menu, Samsung Internet applies it to the pages you’re viewing as well. If you are reading a post on a site that has a white background and black text, enabling dark mode will change colors. The background will be black and the text will be white. It is being used to do something, but you actually see the benefit when reading something in a darker environment – your eyes will thank you.
You can combine dark mode of Samsung Internet with high contrast mode. This adjusts the colors of the font and other components on the page to make them stand out from the background. You can see how it looks in action in the screenshot above.
Samsung’s browser also has some other features that you won’t find on its main competitor. It sports a temporary scroll up button that takes me back to the top of a page when tapped. Additionally, it comes with an integrated QR reader which still comes in handy from time to time. It also has an integrated ad blocker that can be turned on or off within the browser. I don’t want to open a separate app like Chrome.
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Of course, Chrome also has its advantages over Samsung Internet. It lets you quickly translate text thanks to Google Translate integration and has a lite mode that saves data while browsing. Google browser also has a nice Discover feature. It shows you a set of articles that you can view on a homepage curated based on your search history and Google profile. Nevertheless, despite its advantages, the overall experience is not nearly the same as what you get with Samsung Internet.
This is my opinion, and now I want to hear from you! If you do not agree with me, go to the comment section below. Tell me why I’m wrong, and maybe you’ll be able to change your mind. I will do my best to respond to as many comments as possible so that we can start a proper conversation. Also, if you agree with my take, share your opinion – I would love to see how many people are on my side and if anyone tries to give Samsung internet!