iSwifter Cloud Browser for iPad
  • Flash browsers, apps that render flash content into playable media, may address this lack directly, but I think cloud browsers are more savvy at playing virtually any type of content online, not just videos
  • Mildly unimpressed by the brief 10 minutes of free trial, though delighted that it did stream DIVX videos, I paid 4.99 USD for what once was an unlimited subscription to iSwifter's cloud-based server (since the august update, however, changes had been made
  • Based on what my experience has informed me so far, iSwifter uses what looks like an old version of the mozilla firefox browser
  • The iSwifter app is the only legitimate cloud browser I recommend in the appstore
  • But I like art films and art house titles with less action (incidentally the server works poorly on putlocker and sockshare)



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      Browsing on a tablet is not the same as in a desktop or computer. In the iOS, the difference is more conspicuous due to its inability to play flash videos. One thing you might add to your personally curated list of executive apps right now is a cloud browser. Flash browsers, apps that render flash content into playable media, may address this lack directly, but I think cloud browsers are more savvy at playing virtually any type of content online, not just videos. Mildly unimpressed by the brief 10 minutes of free trial, though delighted that it did stream DIVX videos, I paid 4.99 USD for what once was an unlimited subscription to iSwifter’s cloud-based server (since the august update, however, changes had been made: free trial was extended to a period of 7 days and their service is focused on hosting games, but streaming flash videos has remained relatively unchanged). Based on what my experience has informed me so far, iSwifter uses what looks like an old version of the mozilla firefox browser. iSwifter

      defies some of the limitations set in Safari, so that it basically functions like a desktop browser – on your iPad! – despite a few trade-offs.

      The iSwifter app is the only legitimate cloud browser I recommend in the appstore. I should highlight the dissimilarity of this app over popular flash browsers, mainly that it streams the page from another source and not through the conversion of flash, which means you’re viewing the content at a speed closer to a desktop browser. Most often than not the server speed is remarkably zippy (server based in Seattle, US), almost unimaginable that any tablet like the iPad whose wavering wifi connection is normally slow could be endowed a speed comparable to that of a PC. When watching youtube videos, I could see the progress bar reach its maximum length within seconds, video hardly stutters. Compare that to the slacker youtube app, where a video is chopped up into short bits that finish twice or thrice longer than it should. You might think it unimportant to spend for a replacement

      of something that’s already there, but if you’ve been an ipad user for too long you can’t put up with the drawn-out speed with which the native youtube app works. The blazing speed is such that I find it more bearable to stream movies on my iPad than my laptop.

      The big advantage of using a US based server – otherwise for non-US residents – is access to media sites that host content exclusive only to US residents. Some sites are restricted by geographical locations because of copyright laws. I can therefore view TV shows in their best quality in CW and Mylifetime without going through loops of googling and third party sites. And just to be afforded a viewing of youtube videos in the full-featured desktop version, not the default mobile mode, is a joy; which is another light advantage if you prefer the desktop/original versions of certain websites. You can stream high-quality movies at VeeHD and Stagevu. Flash games hosted by facebook and google work well, although you’d have to admit splashy games from ...


      • iSwifter Cloud Browser for iPad
      the appstore are way better.

      Even though cloud-browsing seems a promising solution for overcoming geographical barriers, you shouldn’t forget the tenuous link that connects us to the cloud: local internet. So even if iSwifter is usually fast, it’s still undermined by the strength of your local network. Streaming flash may lag and at times ultimately stop when disrupted by poor wifi signal. It disengages by cancelling the site you’re viewing, or prompts a message as it hangs up (”slow connection”) but may resume shortly (”connection resumed”). I’m not so proud of the average speed of our local network. It works fast enough with this browser, except the sporadic fits of slow connections. Significant trade-offs in the clarity and resolution of its rendering may dilute the experience. Visually, expect the site to show a bit of artifacts like lines and distorted images. This probably isn’t the browser for you if you’re fussy about pixels, videos with busy graphics will be skewed into blown up squares. But I like art films and art house titles

      with less action (incidentally the server works poorly on putlocker and sockshare). It is likely to crash due to poor connections.

      The interface before the update was fairly responsive: the virtual keyboard fleshed out promptly when inputting text; scrolling had less drag; pages loaded immediately; and, thankfully, it opened pop-ups in separate, subsequent pages (it also seemed to cancel spam pop-ups exceeding the third or so pages). Since the August update, I’m glad they added more options, such as management of cookies and other browsing data. The browsing experience has fully developed somewhat. I don’t like that they appended a button for switching to flash browsing mode so as to turn the option on and off. There were dumb moments when I forgot to turn the option on, confused why the video didn’t work. I suppose iSwifter didn’t pride their flash video streaming that much, and instead changed it to a ‘games browser.’ Which I thought was unnecessary, but nevertheless this app has been truly a boon for those whose browsing is restricted by geographical barriers. Highly recommended!


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