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I have used the Android version of Google Chrome for many years, but I have never been really satisfied with the overall experience. The browser is not as intuitive as I want. It lacks the customization I want, so I continue to look for better options. After trying several competitors including Firefox and Opera, I stumbled upon Samsung Internet. I was immediately moved. I have been using it regularly for about a year and think it is miles ahead of Google Chrome. Let us pass some reasons.
Compared with Chrome, Samsung Internet has a better toolbar. For example, it is located at the bottom of the browser instead of the top. For Chrome addicts, this sounds weird, but it means I can use it without any manual manipulation.
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Then there are features and customization options. With Chrome, there are only three buttons on the toolbar (“Home”, “Tab” and “Menu”), while Samsung Internet provides many buttons. You can choose up to 25 different options. These include downloads, history and bookmarks, just to name a few-see everything in the image below. The best part is that you can customize the toolbar according to your preferences by adding only the buttons you use frequently.
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Samsung Internet’s toolbar also allows me to complete work faster. I can open a new tab by long pressing the “Label” button. I can also enter the “secret/incognito” mode and browse privately with just one tap. Performing the same task on Chrome requires an extra tap, and the annoying experience of sticking your fingers to the top of the screen. Speaking of stretching, just long press the “Home” button to perform a new search on Samsung Internet. I don’t need to tap the address bar like I do on Chrome.
I know it seems to be picky here, but when you perform dozens of searches every day, open countless new tabs, and frequently use the Secret/Incognito mode, you will quickly realize that you can do it for very little thing. Do your best.
The homepage of Samsung Internet is more customizable than Chrome.
Samsung’s browser homepage is also better than Chrome browser. The biggest difference between the two is the customization available. Samsung Internet allows me to place shortcuts to my favorite websites on the homepage. As a result, I don’t have to enter the site’s address every time I visit the site. On the other hand, Chrome will only show you the most visited websites-you can also enable this feature on Samsung Internet. However, this is not always a good idea, because you may not want certain frequently visited websites to appear on the homepage.
When you perform a search from any page, the website shortcuts that you manually added to the Samsung Internet homepage will also be displayed below the address bar. This can make the overall experience better.Give you an example, if you are Android Authority Website and long press the “Home” button to perform a new search, you will see all website shortcuts at the top of your browser.
On Samsung Internet, dark mode is also better. Chrome applies its dark mode to the toolbar at the top (it disappears when scrolling) and the “Settings” menu, and Samsung Internet also applies it to the page you are visiting. If you read a post on a website with a white background and black text, enabling dark mode will switch colors. The background will become black and the text will become white. It will take some time to get used to, but when you read the content in a dark environment, you will really appreciate the benefits – your eyes will thank you.
You can even pair Samsung Internet’s dark mode with high contrast mode. It will adjust the color of fonts and other components on the page to make it stand out from the background. You can see the actual operation in the screenshot above.
Samsung’s browser also has some beautiful features that other competitors cannot match. It has a floating scroll up button, and when I click on it, it will take me back to the top of the page. In addition, it also comes with an integrated QR reader, which sometimes still comes in handy. It also has an integrated ad blocker, which can be turned on or off in the browser. I don’t have to open a separate application like Chrome.
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Of course, Chrome also has advantages over Samsung Internet. With the help of Google Translate integration, it allows you to quickly translate texts, and has a condensed mode to save data while browsing. Google browser also has excellent discovery capabilities. It shows a bunch of articles on the homepage that you might be interested in, organized based on your search history and Google profile. However, despite the advantages, the overall experience is not as good as that provided by Samsung Internet.
That is my opinion, now I want to hear your opinion! If you disagree with me, please go to the comments section below. Tell me why I was wrong, maybe you can change your mind. I will try to respond to as many comments as possible so that we can start an appropriate conversation. Also, if you agree with my opinion, please express your opinion-I would love to see how many people are on my side, and whether anyone has convinced Samsung Internet to give it a try!