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Get to know the new and improved Dolphin Browser for iOS

Version 6.0 introduces an entirely new look and feel to this free iOS browser, along with a handful of new features. Will the new Dolphin Browser lead you to stray from Safari or Chrome?

Perhaps feeling the squeeze between Safari and Chrome, the Dolphin Browser for iOS received a major overhaul yesterday. Version 6.0 of Dolphin Browser ushers forth a new look and feel, with a number of navigation enhancements along the way. Let's take a look at how to use the redesigned Dolphin Browser on the iPhone.

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Right off the bat, you'll notice that Dolphin's Speed Dial page boasts a new look, with circular icons and a cleaner design, and a search bar. Dolphin starts you off with six sites in Speed Dial, which is the maximum. You'll need to delete one (by tapping and holding until they start to wiggle) before adding a new site to the Speed Dial home page. To add a new site to Speed Dial, you can hit the plus button that appears in place of a deleted Speed Dial icon. Or, when viewing a page you'd like to add, tap the menu button from the bottom menu bar, tap Add Page, and then choose Add to Speed Dial.

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The biggest change is the way Dolphin now manages your open tabs. You can now swipe from the right edge of the screen to view a list of open tabs in a sidebar. A button to start a new tab is here as well. The bookmarks sidebar has been redesigned, and it is accessed by swiping from the left edge of the screen. By tapping the cloud icon in the bookmarks sidebar, you can sync across your various devices running Dolphin.

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You can always return to the home screen by tapping the home icon in the upper-right corner. When you start scrolling down a Web page, the URL bar at the top of the page (plus the bookmark and home buttons that flank it) and the menu bar at the bottom of the page smoothly slide away, giving you more screen real estate. Just scroll up to have the top and bottom menu bars return.

At the center of the bottom menu bar is a new dolphin icon. Tap it to select whether you'd like to use gesture controls or your voice via Dolphin Sonar. The latter requires a 99-cent purchase.

Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET

Settings can be accessed via the menu button at the bottom of the screen. In settings, you can adjust font size, select your search engine, and choose whether you want links to open in the current tab or a new tab.

Dolphin Browser is free and is available for both the iPhone and iPad.