I know quite a few of you have been wondering how the browser in OS 4.5 stacks up. While I did see some improvements RIM has quite a way to go before I will truly be happy.
The first thing you will notice about the browser is the new start screen. Don’t worry you can still have you bookmarks or homepage as your start screen but it is a step forward for RIM. This new start screen has replaced the old “Go To” menu. When you select “Go To” it will now show this menu.
The addresses auto-complete as you type which is nice. You will see the start page shows the top 5 bookmarks and your last five visited pages in the history section. If you click on the Bookmarks and History titlebars you will see each page respectively. Sadly RIM did not think that the inclusion of a Google/Yahoo Search box would be helpful…
The new page view is 10 times better than the original. It is more opera-like with the ability to zoom in and out.
You can even click on links from the zoomed in view. Did any of you notice the FaveIcon near the title of the website. I am not sure if that was in OS 4.2.
The menu is more or less the same as the older menu
The page view does not always work so well. Below you can see what I mean from RIM’s BlackBerry.com website.
It also still cannot open CNN.com. It does open the New York Times but it does not look right. As I said work in progress.
The main browser options menu still has the same 3 main option categories
Below you can see where you can set the start page to be the 4 options I mentioned before.
The cache operations still seem to be the same. As you can see the cache gets ridiculously large in page view. I wish there was a way to limit it.
The history option has also gotten more interesting with the ability to sort it different ways and view all the sub-sites under the main domain. I am not 100% sure if this is new.
Thats it for the browser… Stay tuned for more