One of my very first posts to this blog was a review of the Blackberry BOLT Browser by BitStream. It’s a phenomenal browser and it just got better, much better. I’ve already touted its speed, rendering accuracy (perfect scores on Acid3 test), keyboard shortcuts and magnification feature. The new public beta version brings the following improvements:
- Tabbed browsing. This was my suggestion in November. (See, I could do one of those Windows 7 advertisements.:)) Opera Mini offered tabbed browsing so I knew it was possible. BOLT tabs are easy to use and work flawlessly. There’s virtually no lag even on the ‘ole Blackberry Tour.
- Facebook support without leaving the page you are viewing. I could take it or leave it but this differentiates the BOLT browser from all others.
- Support for various chat services, including Facebook chat. This is cool, very cool.
- Widgets (which were introduced in v. 1.70). I’m not so sure these were necessary or that they’re helpful. When I think of widgets, I think of an operating system. BOLT is a browser, not an OS. Also, Blackberry OS 6.0 will have native support for widgets.
It’s well known that RIM has its own WebKit browser in the works. Given how RIM software is usually both buggy and delayed (they STILL haven’t released a Twitter client), you should install BOLT… today.
http://boltbrowser.com/beta/boltbb.jad from your Blackberry browser.
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