View Poll Results: Do you use Browse-It, Blazer, or another?

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  • Browse-It

    20 58.82%
  • Blazer

    10 29.41%
  • Other

    4 11.76%
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  1.    #1  
    Which do you use? Why?

    I've used Blazer and really like it. But I just ordered a Thinmodem which comes with Browse-It onboard. Is Browse-It as good as Blazer? Is it better? What's your opinion?
  2. #2  
    In my experiences with the pre-pay Blazer, Blazer was much slower to render the pages and often crashed or froze. Browse-It has never let me down. If you're going for speed though, AvantGo is the fastest with graphics (and renders the pages the best) and EudoraWeb is good for just text.
    Matt Nichols
    VigoSpraxPalm@Yahoo.com
  3.    #3  
    Originally posted by Matthew Nichols
    In my experiences with the pre-pay Blazer, Blazer was much slower to render the pages and often crashed or froze. Browse-It has never let me down. If you're going for speed though, AvantGo is the fastest with graphics (and renders the pages the best) and EudoraWeb is good for just text.
    When you say "pre pay" are you taking about the HS beta or the one from BlueLark?
  4. #4  
    Tried both Blazer and Browse-it.

    Overall, while Blazer is fast enough with the text, with graphics it's actually a LOT slower.

    I use Browse-it because it has a VERY important feature -- Browse-it can actually DOWNLOAD and INSTALL files directly from the Web. Browse-it can even open ZIP files, so there's no problem going to PalmGear and downloading and installing a file that you want.
    Tan Kit Hoong,
    Star Publications (M) Ltd
    <img src="http://thestar.com.my/tech/images/thestar_140x45.gif">
  5.    #5  
    Originally posted by Tan Kit Hoong
    Tried both Blazer and Browse-it.

    Overall, while Blazer is fast enough with the text, with graphics it's actually a LOT slower.

    I use Browse-it because it has a VERY important feature -- Browse-it can actually DOWNLOAD and INSTALL files directly from the Web. Browse-it can even open ZIP files, so there's no problem going to PalmGear and downloading and installing a file that you want.
    I didn't know that about Browse-It, that would be a very cool feature for installing from Palmgear while on the road. And this is a builtin feature, correct?

    Does Browse-it display in 4bit grayscale (16 shades) like Blazer does?
  6. #6  
    Yes,smittyofdhs, Browse-it can display in 16-level greyscale all the way to 16-bit colour.

    The only drawback of Browse-it is that it doesn't format some pages as well as AvantGo or Blazer and you sometimes have to scroll sideways a little.

    I have installed files directly to my Visor a lot since using it. So far, it's pretty reliable and works generally quite fast.
    Tan Kit Hoong,
    Star Publications (M) Ltd
    <img src="http://thestar.com.my/tech/images/thestar_140x45.gif">
  7.    #7  
    Originally posted by Tan Kit Hoong
    Yes,smittyofdhs, Browse-it can display in 16-level greyscale all the way to 16-bit colour.

    The only drawback of Browse-it is that it doesn't format some pages as well as AvantGo or Blazer and you sometimes have to scroll sideways a little.

    I have installed files directly to my Visor a lot since using it. So far, it's pretty reliable and works generally quite fast.
    I don't surf the web that often on my PDA, so the page re-format isn't the end of the world. The install feature you mentioned is worth having Browse-It over Blazer. I'll have my Thinmodem on Monday, so Blazer is bye-bye on Monday.

    Thanks for the info.
  8. #8  
    Anytime, smittyofdhs, that's what we're all browsing in these pages for.

    Oh yes, just a note-- you have to set whether you want 16-level greyscale or whatever in the "profile" screen in the "Settings" menu. You have to be online at the time to do this as these particular preferences are stored online at the server.
    Tan Kit Hoong,
    Star Publications (M) Ltd
    <img src="http://thestar.com.my/tech/images/thestar_140x45.gif">
  9.    #9  
    Tan Kit Hoong,

    Well I got the thinmodem and browse-it.

    The install feature is pretty awesome, Blazer needs to incorporate that into their software.

    But... As for page rendering, in all my testing, I have found that Blazer is quicker almost every time. With the exception of the default bookmarks in Browse-it, Blazer beat or meet every web page I brought up. Browse-it just seems slow in finding the pages. I figures on the first day that maybe it was the servers or internet connection, but after 2 days of testing, Handspring's Blazer 1.1 outperforms browse-it every time.

    As I said before, I don't surf the web with my Visor Edge that much so using browse-it isn't the "end-all" for me. I will use it in place of Blazer for now only because of the "download" feature that it provides. I can see using that in the future. Also, it allows me to delete Blazer and free up some memory on my Edge.

    Thanks for your input on this subject.
  10. #10  
    The speed of browsing largely depends on the proxy server handling the pages, I guess.

    When I tested Blazer 1.1 before, it was sometimes very slow in searching as well, but I guess Handspring have upgraded their servers since then.

    As for Browse-it, yes, it sometimes is slow in searching, but I have also discovered that Browse-it can get into places like Hotmail, although I haven;t tried either Browse-it nor Blazer recently with Hotmail.
    Tan Kit Hoong,
    Star Publications (M) Ltd
    <img src="http://thestar.com.my/tech/images/thestar_140x45.gif">
  11. #11  
    What about YadaYada browser? I am trying to find free solution for browser (I don't plan to surf much, it is too expensive from cellular phone). I see it supports images, but I can't compare it to any "need to pay for" browser (Eudora doesn't work for me), so I would like to know is it any good compared to Blazer or Browse-it.
  12. #12  
    The YadaYada browser is Browse-It. I like it over Blazer for 2 reasons:

    1 Faster. That's right, it's faster than Blazer with or without using
    color. I have Blazer registered thru Handspring, so I am
    using the latest version of both.

    2 More stable. I rarely have a problem with Browse-It. Blazer locks
    up usually every-other session I use it. Have to remove the
    modem and soft reset to get my Prism functioning again.

    My vote is for Browse-It any time.
  13. #13  
    What is the latest version of Browse-it and where can I get it (It is not on PalmGear)?
  14. #14  
    Since I had the same question -- namely, where can I get Browse-it -- I searched the web and found:

    http://www.intellisync.com/s2_browse-it.shtml

    Don't know the version ...
  15.    #15  
    Well, after playing with Browse-it and Blazer for a few weeks, I have finally come to a conclusion....

    I still prefer Blazer over Browse-it. Handspring's Blazer is by far the better browser IMHO. It's rendering engine is much faster as it starts displaying the page as soon as possible. Browse-it, on the other hand, waits until it has downloaded the complete page before rendering it. I don't believe that images download any faster in Browse-it, as mentioned in prior posts. Also, I believe Handspring's proxy servers are less over-loaded or more powerful as the wait times thru Blazer on not as long as Browse-it's. There are times I can't even get to Browse-it's home page or sites that reside on the author's websites. I think this is attributed to the proxy as I can get to those same pages thru a normal browser.

    The feature that Browse-it has that makes it still useable is the download feature. It's nice to be able to download a file straight to the Visor and without a hotsync. It's not often that this feature is needed but it's nice to know it's there. Once HS adds that feature to their product, Browse-it will be useless IMHO.

    The good thing is that I sent back my Thinmodem, and purchased the Thinmodem+. I now have 8 megs of memory on the modem module so that I can have Browse-it and Blazer residing on the module with tons of additional room for other "internet-based" apps.

    Thanks to all for the input and poll.
  16. #16  
    Is there a browser out there that is still free? Seems that Blazer costs $20 and it seems Browse-It costs something too. I'm looking for a wired browser, not a wireless one. Can you lead me to one?

    Thanks,
    Mark
  17. #17  
    Has anyone else noticed??? With Browse-it, if you tap and hold the displayed graphic (jpg's, at least), you get a dialogue box that gives you the option of following any existing link, or of viewing the image at full-screen size, or of viewing the image full-sized, which requires using the scroll bars, similar to FireViewer. The downside is the full sized image isn't retained in memory after you leave it for another Web page or when you arrow-back to the previously displayed page. This feature alone makes the slightly longer wait for the pages to download bearable for me.
  18. #18  
    Anyone know why Blazer won't load www.switchboard.com? I can
    get it to load under Avantgo.
  19. #19  
    Originally posted by MarkH
    Is there a browser out there that is still free? Seems that Blazer costs $20 and it seems Browse-It costs something too. I'm looking for a wired browser, not a wireless one. Can you lead me to one?

    Thanks,
    Mark
    AvantGo?
    -Joshua
    I've decided to become enigmatic.
  20. #20  
    Hey, it's David Koresh! Just kidding.

    Is there a difference between a "wired" and "wireless" browser?
    I don't think the browser knows one way or the other.
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