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I used the Android version of Google Chrome for years, but was never really happy with the overall experience. The browser did not feel as intuitive as I would like. It lacked the adaptation I wanted, so I went in search of a better alternative. After trying several of its rivals, including Firefox and Opera, I stumbled upon Samsung Internet. I was immediately impressed. I’ve been using it regularly for about a year now and think it’s miles ahead of Google Chrome. Let’s go through some reasons why.
Compared to Chrome, Samsung Internet has a much better toolbar. First, it is located at the bottom of the browser instead of the top. This may sound strange to Chrome addicts, but it means I do not have to do any gymnastics to access it.
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Then there are the features and customization options. With Chrome, you only get three buttons on the toolbar (Home, Tabs and Menu), while Samsung Internet offers a number of buttons. You can choose from as many as 25 different options. These include downloads, history and bookmarks, just to name a few – check them all out in the image below. And the best part is that you can customize the toolbar to your liking by simply adding the buttons you use regularly.
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Samsung Internet’s toolbar also lets me get things done faster. I can open a new tab just by long pressing the Tabs button. I can also go into secret / incognito mode to browse privately with just one touch. Performing the same tasks on Chrome requires an extra tap, along with the annoying experience of stretching your fingers to the top of the screen. Speaking of stretching, I can do a new search on Samsung Internet just by long pressing the Home button. I do not have to tap the address bar at all like I do on Chrome.
I know it may seem like I’m nitpicking here, but when you do dozens of searches a day, open countless new tabs and use Secret / Incognito mode often, you quickly realize how important it is to get these things done with so little effort as possible.
The Samsung Internet site is more customizable than Chrome.
Samsung’s browser also has a better website than Chrome. The biggest difference between the two is the customization that is available. Samsung Internet allows me to place shortcuts to my favorite sites on the home page. As a result, I do not have to enter the site address every time I want to visit it. Chrome, on the other hand, only shows your most visited websites – something you can also enable on Samsung Internet. This is not always a good idea, as you may not want any of your frequently visited sites to appear on the front page.
The web shortcuts that you manually add to the Samsung Internet website also appear below the address bar when you perform a search from any page. This makes the overall experience just so much better. To give you an example, if you are on Android Authority website and long press the Home button to perform a new search, you will see all the shortcuts to your site at the top of the browser.
Dark mode is also better on Samsung Internet. While Chrome uses the dark mode on the toolbar at the top – which disappears when you scroll – and the Settings menu, Samsung Internet also uses it on the pages you visit. If you are reading a post on a website that has a white background and black text, you will enable dark mode to change colors. The background turns black and the text white. It takes a while to get used to, but you really see the benefit when you read something in a darker environment – your eyes will thank you.
You can even pair Samsung Internet dark mode with high contrast mode. It adjusts the colors of the fonts and other components on a page so that they stand out from the background. You can see what this looks like in action in the screenshot above.
Samsung’s browser also has a few other smart features you won’t find on the main competitor. It has a floating scroll button that takes me back to the top of the page when I press it. In addition, it comes with an integrated QR reader that is still useful from time to time. It also has an integrated ad blocker that can be turned on or off in the browser. I do not need to open a separate app as with Chrome.
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Of course, Chrome has its advantages over Samsung Internet as well. It allows you to quickly translate text thanks to the Google Translate integration and has a Lite mode that saves data when you surf. The Google browser also has a great Discover feature. It shows you a bunch of articles you might be interested in on the website that are curated based on your search history and Google profile. Despite the benefits, the overall experience is not as good as what you get with Samsung Internet.
That’s my opinion, and now I want to hear yours! If you do not agree with me, please go to the comments section below. Tell me why I’m wrong, and maybe you’ll be able to change my mind. I will do my best to respond to as many comments as possible so that we can start a proper conversation. Also share your opinion if you agree with my opinion – I would like to see how many are on my side and if anyone has been convinced to try Samsung Internet!