My new cross-devices browsing experience
As I’ve alredy wrote on this blog, I always need to be as much as possible cross-devices.
This because every day I’ll use at least three device: the Mac, expecially during the work hours, my iPhone, when I take breaks and on mobility, and the family iPad, in the evening when I’m on the couch.
This is also valid for my code and site snippets, photos and document (Evernote is a great tool for that), but also for the browsing.
There is a lot of possibility, expecially because I choose to live in an Apple-centric way: integrated tools like tabs in the cloud, Instapaper, Reading lists , etc…
All of those well working solutions have, for me, a common problem: I need to actively access to the list.
##Tabs on the Cloud
Using the feature “Tabs on the Cloud” (either with Safari or Chrome) it’s cool but, except to choice to keep opened a lot of tab on the browser, I see this feature useful only for accessing pages which I’ve quickly stopped watching on a device.
For example: I’m at home with my iPad and I think “Before closing laptop at work, I’ll watched a documentation about a new framework I want to use… Go to continue my reading”. It’s perfect for this kind of operation.
The problem to using this method to keep a reading list is fundamentally two: - I’ve to keep a lot of tabs opened on the devices and, especially on the mobile browsers, I hate this - I need to remember, when I want to access the news, to click on a button to watch the opened tabs on the other devices.
Result: I can accumulate a lot of tabs and, at some time, I pick up a device and close all of those, losing the (possibly) interested news I’ve kept opened.
##Reading Lists Safari have an integrated reading list feature; otherwise, there is a lot of free services to do this kind of operations (Instapaper, Pocket, etc.) I’ve tried to use on of that but the problem is the same: when I’m on a device, I need to go to the read-later service webpage (or open a specific application) and start reopening the links.
Also on this workflow, I accumulate a lot of links in the service until I decide to going on that and clear all, because there is a lot of clutter.
##The solution Finally, after some years trying one-or-other solutions -all miserably failed-, I found a way to doing this job: the Dolphin browser.
Ok, I need to be more accurately; Dolphin is a browser for mobile devices, like iPhone/iPad or Android. On the desktop side, it’s not a really browser, but an extension to commonly used third party browsers, like Safari, Chrome or Firefox.
The difference is the features provides when you’re logged (with Google or Facebook accounts): - Tabs in the Cloud - Bookmark syncing - Shared history - Send to Device - Share to Facebook/Twitter - Share to Box/Evernote
##Send to Device And, this is the winner part. After the sign in, you can send a page from a device to another. Exactly, not browsing remotely opened tabs, or reading lists, but “physically” send a tab from a device to another.
In easy words, you browse a site on your phone, but you prefer to read that article on your computer: you can send the tab to your computer.
On your desktop browser, a new tabs was opened with the site, and you can close the tabs on your mobile device.
In this way, I can ensuring that I will read this page on the other device, because I’ve the tab opened, and I watch the tab before close.
Obviously, you can do this in any way: from desktop to mobile, from mobile to desktop, from desktop to desktop and from mobile to mobile.
This is a killer feature for me, and I love the Dolphin browser/experience for this!!!
##Share to Evernote. And, this is the other killer feature. Finally, a really usable Evernote Web Clipper porting on a mobile browser. You can share the entire page, or only a selection of that, in the same way you do on your desktop browser… Great!!!
##Other features Other features, useful in various case are: - Private browsing: the well known P0rn mode - Desktop simulation: a change in the User Agent, so the sites doesn’t recognize you’re on a mobile device - Gestures: you can define some gesture to manage browser actions or specific sites opening. - Password sync: with a security password, of course
##Conclusion So, give to Dolphin a try… you can love it, or you can quit after a while.