Safari Most Usable of Mobile Browsers, Study Says

Fixya, a tech-support site, found that of the most common mobile browsers – including Opera, Chrome, Internet Explorer and the stock Android browser – Safari was the most “usable”. The scores were assigned based on problems reported on Fixya as compared to the total percentage of complaints versus the expected share according to the user install base.

Safari was lauded primarily for its simplicity while it took hits due to limited screen real estate.

"With more and more people doing the majority of their browsing on their smart devices, especially in mobile-first countries where people are doing almost all of their browsing this way, it's important to compare these browsers to find out how, exactly, they stack up against each other," said Fixya CEO and founder Yaniv Bensadon.

Coming in next was the stock Android browser, also praised for its minimal design and Flash support. Topping the list of problems, though, was the browser’s instability. Chrome and IE were at the bottom of the list and were listed as being a faithful version of the desktop software, but suffering from tab issues and poor web page rendering, respectively.

At the end of the day, though, these numbers are all subjective. I, for one, haven’t had a problem with my mobile Chrome browser since I’ve started using it. If you’re looking for a more numbers-driven comparison for your desktop browser choice, you can find of our desktop browser benchmarks here.

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  • sykozis
    So, we're basing the usability of a web browser, on a site where the goal is to provide answers to questions posted by utterly clueless people? Most of the questions I've seen posted on that site, could be answers with a 30sec google search or by simply opening your eyes.
  • sykozis
    Forgot... Exactly where is this "study" as it appears to be simply an opinion provided by the CEO of the site based on the site's user postings... Even the source (which is questionable) provides absolutely none of the data necessary to even call this a "study".
  • sean1357
    Of course, billions iPads are for billions users for Safari browser....I have 6 already....