Maxthon for Android has been around for a while, and the browser got its start on the Windows desktop. Originally based on Internet Explorer, the brand has grown to be one of the most popular in its native China. A few months after debuting on iPad, Maxthon for iPhone has been released.
While it’s not likely to divert too much attention away from mobile Safari — iOS users cannot change the default browser without jailbreak — it’s another compelling option to choose from. While Chrome recently launched as a universal binary for iOS, and Opera Mobile, Atomic Browser and Perfect Browser already established with huge feature sets, does Maxthon stand a chance?
After a cursory look at the application, I’d say that it is about as fast as the rest of them — they all use the same Safari engine — and the cloud syncing bookmark feature is only useful if you’re already using Maxthon on another platform. The home screen, which can be customized to fit your favourite sites, reminds us of Opera Mobile, while the Reading Mode and Private Mode are popular features in other browsers, too.
Still, Maxthon for iPhone is fast, attractive and useful, and if you’re one of the 600 million existing users across multiple platforms, its debut on iPhone is just another reason to use it.
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