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Skyfire Browser for iPhone OS 4.2.1

By · December 28, 2010 · Filed in Tech · No Comments »

It’s amazing to think that it’s been almost 4 years since Steve Jobs first introduced the iPhone to the world on January 9th 2007. Since then there have been a slew of competitors with claims of “better than the iPhone” or “what it doesn’t do, our phone does” so on and so forth.

I will admit myself, when I first got my iPhone 3G on 3/5/09, I was disappointed in the fact that I couldn’t use stereo bluetooth(I had a pair of Motorola S9 wireless headphones), I couldn’t copy/paste and the screen would not tilt in emails and texts. A small price to pay for all that the iPhone could provide. Since then Apple has essentially fixed ALL of their flaws by adding full blue-tooth capacity, folders, multi-tasking, a better camera, faster processor, etc. One flaw that wasn’t fixed was Flash capability, the one thing lacking in my new iPhone 4 that I picked up a couple weeks back. Now there’s a solution – meet Skyfire:

Not only is it a much sharper looking browser than the standard Safari, it offers a few other features that Safarai lacks. Here’s a comparison of the two using this site:

Here’s a prior post with a Flash video embedded running on Safari:

As you can see the play button is crossed out and I can’t even click on the link to play it.

And here it is on Skyfire:

Same thing on Skyfire, however…

The difference is that Skyfire allows this option:

If you click on the play button you can play the video and as such here’s the process from clicking on the link to the video itself:

The only downside is that it’s a relatively new app and is a little slow, however, for $2.99 from the App Store it’s well worth the cost if you love Flash video content as much as I do.

Verdict – Skyfire rules and now my iPhone 4 can do absolutely anything I NEED it to, especially since I don’t do Flash gaming. Thus, I don’t care that this is not enabled yet on Skyfire.