Vivaldi: The New Browser Shaking Up the iPhone and iPad Market
The world of iPhone and iPad web browsers just got a little bigger with the release of Vivaldi, an app that has been available for the desktop and Android devices for years. This new addition comes from the company founded by former Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner and offers a refreshing alternative to the dominant Safari browser.
One look at Vivaldi and you’ll notice that this is a browser with a distinct personality. It boasts a desktop-like tab layout, a feature that sets it apart from other iPhone browsers. In fact, many of its features would feel more at home on a Mac than on an iPhone or iPad. But one thing is for sure – Vivaldi is not lacking in features.
Vivaldi’s recent announcement blog post, titled “Vivaldi Takes a Bite Out of the Apple: Introducing Vivaldi on iOS,” perfectly captures the browser’s approach. While all web browsers available in the App Store use the WebKit browsing engine (including Safari), Vivaldi aims to leverage upcoming EU regulations that may allow it to use its own engine in the future.
Upon launching the app, users will immediately notice the tab bar, which resembles the one found on a Mac. Unlike many mobile browsers, Vivaldi makes it easy to view and switch between open tabs. Some may find the desktop-like tab bar overwhelming, but its utility cannot be denied. Additionally, the browser offers a dedicated search button, panels to house options, a reading list, and even a space for note-taking. Vivaldi also includes Speed Dials, which function as bookmarks.
Vivaldi supports synchronization across different devices, allowing users to seamlessly transition from one platform to another. The browser also prioritizes privacy with built-in ad and tracker blockers. In terms of functionality, Vivaldi leaves little to be desired. However, whether or not it offers too many features is subjective and ultimately up to the user.
The Vivaldi browser for iPhone and iPad is now available as a free download in the App Store. Its unique approach and feature-packed interface make it a compelling option for those seeking a new browsing experience on their iOS devices. As the market continues to evolve, competition among browsers will undoubtedly lead to more innovative and user-friendly options in the future.