iPhone users now have yet another choice for a mobile browser.
Like its big brother iPad edition, the iPhone flavor offers several features not found in Mobile Safari.
Maxthon starts off with a home page filled with thumbnails of popular Web sites, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon. So you can easily launch a site with just a single tap. You can customize the home page by adding and removing Web sites of your own choosing or select among those from a list provided by Maxthon.
Tabbed browsing is another top feature. You can easily open Web pages in new tabs and then quickly switch among them. You can create a Favorites list to store often-used Web sites. And you can then sync those sites to the cloud so they're accessible on any device where you use a Maxthon browser.
The browser's smart address bar save you time and keystrokes when entering a URL. Just type the first few characters, and Maxthon presents a list of auto-complete guesses from your Favorites, history, and the default search engine.
Another handy feature is Reader mode. This lets you open a Web page in a more readable ad-free format. If you find a page supported by this mode, such as an online article, a book icon appears at the bottom. Just tap that icon to switch the page into Reader mode.
Also included is a dedicated Download Manager that can organize the items you download.
You can turn on a private browser mode so that your Web surfing activities aren't saved. And you can share any Web page through e-mail or instant messaging.
One minor quibble: I'd like to see the iPhone edition get the same gesture support included in the iPad edition. But I guess Maxthon has to save something for version 2.0.
Overall, Maxthon is a well-designed and feature-packed mobile browser. iPhone users should give it a whirl.