App of the day

App of the day: iCab

iCab mobile web browser for Apple iPad and iPhoneI’ll be honest – I LOVE my Apple iPad. It’s great for checking emails and of course playing games, watching movies, reading books and magazines and pretty much anything else you want to do.

One thing though that it’s not so good at – browsing the web. What I mean is that while surfing the web works well, there are a few nuisances. For example, have you ever tried to access a website only to be redirected to a mobile version that is missing a feature you need and with no way to get to the desktop version? You would think that heavily trafficked websites would give users the option to choose if they wanted to use the full website or the more restricted mobile website, especially on an iPad. For me, this is unsatisfactory because it limits us in what we can get done from this device.

A second example where browsing the web falls short is when trying to use social networks like Facebook. Plainly put, some features, such as sharing don’t work via Facebook’s mobile app. This also holds true for anyone who uses Facebook Groups and wants to upload individual or multiple photos at a time. It can’t be done – even with any of the photo uploading apps such as PhotoLoader HD – which only upload photos to a profile or a page.

Fortunately, I have found a solution – iCab mobile web browser

What I like about this app:

One of my favorite things about iCab mobile web browser is that not only does it help solve my two main issues with browsing the web from an iPad, but it also has some nifty features built-in like uploading files, fullscreen mode, and the ability to download and store files locally on your iPad like PDF’s, videos and Powerpoint presentations – which you can then download onto your computer later on through iTunes.

Below is a list of iCab mobile web browser features

  • Upload files
  • Browser tabs
  • Fullscreen mode
  • Downloads
  • Dropbox support
  • Facebook Groups photo uploads
  • International domains

Finding Solutions

While the iPad’s mobile web browsing experience has a few kinks, I’m glad that I have an easy solution! I’ve included instructions on how to solve these issues. Feel free to share them and pass them on to others who also have had these challenges.

Mobile only websites

For those of you who want to access the desktop version of a website but are restricted to mobile only sites, within the settings menu of iCab mobile web browser, you can independently set the type of computer your browser thinks you are on – this way you go directly to the desktop version of a website and not the mobile version!

Sharing a post on Facebook

Sharing a post on Facebook is also MUCH easier. Just by going into the settings menu that I mentioned in the Mobile only websites section and changing the type of device to standard, you can now get the full version of Facebook on your iPad rather than the limited mobile version and share until your heart’s content.

Uploading multiple photos to Facebook Groups

If you have tried to upload multiple photos to a Facebook Group from your iPad, you know it’s impossible. Using iCab mobile web browser though, all you need to do is go into their setting menu and select iPad – standard also works – and you’ll now be able to upload photos to Facebook Groups right from your camera roll – pretty cool, huh?

For those of you who want to improve your mobile web browser experience on the iPad – this even works on the iPhone, I recommend keeping iCab mobile web browser handy so that you can get your work done without limitations!

Download iCab mobile web browser