The Puffin Web Browser Is Fast

CloudMosa’s Puffin Web Browser’s main claim to fame might be its ability to work with Flash on web sites . . . but I appreciate its snappy speed most.

The Puffin mobile browser is fast, wicked fast. It’s clearly faster than Apple’s built-in Safari, plus it’ll run Flash-based web sites. In some situations, this is quite handy. For most situations, it probably won’t change your life. There’s some nifty additional features, too, like a built-in trackpad mouse pointer option, which is handy for those times you’re browsing complicated sites and need a fine-grained mouse point.

There are some potential downsides, though, that I noticed in my initial explorations: At one point I lost my ability to connect to websites via Puffin while I retained the ability via Safari. Not sure, exactly, why. A quick reboot of the app fixed it, though. And while Flash works, my initial test of playing back a TV show resulted in audio that was mismatched with the video. All-in-all, I love the snappy feel but I’ll have to use it more before I’m willing to displace the slow-but-sure Safari. Check out “When It Comes to Mobile Browser Speed, This Puffin Can Soar” for my full review.

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Chris Maxcer

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I've been writing about the tech industry since the birth of the email newsletter, and I still remember the clacking Mac keyboards from high school -- Apple's seed-planting strategy at work. I'm a big fan of elegant gear and great tech, but there's something to be said for turning it all off -- or most of it -- to go outside. Online I like to call out cool stuff on Wicked Cool Bite and blog with my buddies at Man Makes Fire. To catch me, take a "firstnamelastname" guess at the url of this site.