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  1.    #1  
    First off, if a thread like this exists, then I'm sorry. We'll kill this off quickly then. If not, then maybe it'll get stickied!

    I'd like this thread to be a general synopsis of the dis/advantages of each browser currently available for the Treo line of phones. It will be by no means exhaustive if I'm the only postee, so please add your input. Corrections and opinions are always welcome!

    Each browser name that is bold is also a link to available downloads...

    Treo 650

    Blazer (OEM): Comes bundled with the Treo 650. Very slow compared to Xiino and Opera. Has ability to press-and-hold on images to save to SD Card or internal memory. 2 MB limit on all downloads, however. Supports Optimized Mode (attempts to fit entire width of page on screen) and Wide Page mode (looks like on a normal computer monitor, but you must scroll left and right). Allows the use of disabling images to render and load pages faster.

    Does not support certain languages and scripts (I'm not saavy enough to go into detail, but JavaScript doesn't appear to work well). Intensive pages like eBay rarely ever load, even with images off. Pages over 500k produce a warning that the page is too big, then errors out.

    Fast-Mode Blazer: Requires a Custom ROM, I believe, but disables Cascading Style Sheets allowing for much faster rendering. Not available on Sprint (CDMA) phones.

    Xiino: Horrible page rendering (no Wide-Page Mode), but extremely fast, even with Images set to High-Quality. Also allows for disabling of images, but it's so fast that it really isn't necessary. For pages optimized for PDA's, it can't be beat. Again, and like Blazer, refuses to render some scripts correctly. Size is about 622k installed. Costs about $30, I believe. Does not allow press-and-hold to download images. Most users (and myself) find a good combination using both Blazer and Xiino.

    Web-Pro: Just started using it, so I don't know much about it. Appears to be made by Palm for another device, but can work on the 650. You could almost call it Blazer Plus. Seems slightly faster than Blazer. Has a couple more options, but feels the same. I don't think 5-way supports works correctly, if at all. It's free. Much larger footprint at over a MB, and appears to copy itself to internal memory, if ran from SD Card.

    Picsel: Can't get it to work on my phone, but others have. Buggy from reports that I've heard. Input most welcome on this browser.

    Opera Mini: Requires Java to be installed, which is over 2MB, I believe. Many people don't install Opera because of the effort required in installing Java and the size of Java itself. I haven't used Opera much, but from other threads I've read, many seem to like it. Input here would be appreciated, too.

    I will add to this thread as necessary and add the other Treo models, too.

    Thanks!
    -Nick.
    Treo 300 (x2), 600 (x3), 650 (x6), 700p (ROM'd to 755p)
    My Custom Black-Tie 700p
    Sprint, 750 AT, Unl N/W @ 7pm, Unl Roaming/Power Vision/Pix/Txt/M2M, $46/mo.
    Lost Your Treo 300/600/650/680/700/750 CD? Download them here.
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    You left out WebViewer.
    Shneor
    Pre 3 on T-Mobile, 32gb Touchpad
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    I haven't found a way to cut and paste in Opera. It renders some sites better than other browsers, TreoCentral for example, and is quite fast. There is a thread here with *exact* instructions on how to install Java and Opera which worked perfectly for me.

    However, on a 700p at least, switching from one browser to another can lead to frequent crashes. Clearing the caches out helps a lot, but I don't believe I have seen that on Opera either (can't clear cache from withing the program). I may be wrong there though. Because of all this I have found myself using it less and less.
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    FM Blaze, ever since it was made available.
    Just call me Berd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shneor View Post
    You left out WebViewer.
    I had a bit of a hard time scrounging up a copy. Here are some links to version 3.2 and version 3.5; 3.2 displayed Fark.com very nicely, and installing 3.5 over-wrote 3.2. 3.5 did an admirable job with Slashdot, but all in all, I miss a scroll bar. So far, no other complaints.

    As is obvious, these require Java, one of the oft-mentions strikes against Opera Mini. Because they're in Java, cut-and-paste will be broken, as in Opera Mini.
    Last edited by supersocialist; 09/14/2006 at 05:54 PM. Reason: Finished testing.
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    I will update accordingly. didn't know about WebViewer or FM Blaze. Anyone have a link to Blaze? And how come Java breaks cut 'n' paste?
    Treo 300 (x2), 600 (x3), 650 (x6), 700p (ROM'd to 755p)
    My Custom Black-Tie 700p
    Sprint, 750 AT, Unl N/W @ 7pm, Unl Roaming/Power Vision/Pix/Txt/M2M, $46/mo.
    Lost Your Treo 300/600/650/680/700/750 CD? Download them here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theleetbeagle View Post
    I will update accordingly. didn't know about WebViewer or FM Blaze. Anyone have a link to Blaze? And how come Java breaks cut 'n' paste?
    I believe FM Blaze is shorthand for Fast Mode Blazer; at least, I can't find any mention of it through Google.

    As far as Java, that's IBM's fault. WebSphere just does things differently. The Alt key pops up a keyboard instead of alternate characters, and as far as I can tell the menu key doesn't do jack. I've got it set in Butler to bring up the command bar, where cut/copy/paste/pxa/etc reside, and it just won't come up. Menu then C/X/P doesn't do it, either, and it doesn't seem to matter what midlet I'm using.
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    Yes, FM Blaze was short for 'Fast Mode Blazer'

    Sorry about any confusion.
    Just call me Berd.

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