Just when you thought you didn't have enough web browsers on your phone here comes another down the pipe. This one, on the other hand, hasn't really gotten the same spotlight that other browsers have gotten. It's called NetFront Life Browser (long name we know), and it really does have a really nice UI. It brings some new features that we would really like to see implemented in our already favorite browsers of choice. Make sure you check out our gallery at the bottom for all the screenshots. Now, let's jump into this thing huh?
When you first launch the app you are greeted with a search screen that is unfortunately tied to Yahoo, despite that fact you can use this search feature for Twitter, News, Weather, and Yahoo Answers. You can have your bookmarks imported in from the stock browser to help fill up any of your 8 screens. There is no multi-touch, but there is a pretty cool way of zooming. When you open a web page you will see a "minus" sign on the left and a "plus" sign on the right. You can simply hold one, or you can hold and move them to the spot you want to zoom in/out on.
NewFront Browser has put in some really useful features to use. One feature that we noticed first was the scrap booking feature. Let's say you are looking at a site, and see some things that you would like to view later. Simply click the "scrapbook" button (looks like scissors), and cut out what you want to save. You can then create your own scrapbook to view later on. Another really cool feature is the check mark button. This helps you remember where you were on a page while looking at other windows that are open. The last thing that wasn't too useful, but was pretty cool to see was the ability to tilt your web pages at an angle. Usually you can only view web sites in portrait or landscape, but now you can view them at an awkward angle, if you really want to?
All in all we really liked the steps in a new/different direction, but the browser was very sluggish, and although the UI looked really nice, smooth was not part of it. We are really excited to see what will come about with this browser, but right now we are going to hold off. Go check it out for yourself in the market for free, and give us some comments with your thoughts.