Zero. Zilch. Nada. That’s the price tag on all of these apps, and it was the first requisite as we dug through hundreds of possibilities in 20 categories for all the major platforms, including Android, BlackBerry, and iOS. We narrowed the field further by ensuring there were no posers among the group, pretending to be awesome but really just bait for paid versions. The final requirement? That they be the best of the best, regardless of what they don’t cost. So, whether you want to read free books, check the wait time at your favorite restaurant, amuse your toddler for a while, or check the weather in your destination city, these free apps have got you covered.
No other Android web browser rivals Dolphin Browser HD in features. You can peruse pages with up to eight tabs, easily organize bookmarks, and install a plethora of adds-ons, including Adblocker, Bing Search, and Read It Later. Plus, this app is future-proofed up to Android 2.2.
(Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Symbian, Windows Phone)
Ideal for when you can’t get a strong signal, Opera condenses data before loading it on your smart phone for speedy delivery. The result: clean, well-organized pages that load quickly. A great tabbed-browsing interface, along with the ability to save pages for offline browsing, makes for a great user experience.
(Android, Symbian, Windows Phone)
You don’t need an Android phone that supports OS 2.2 to get some Flash action. The Skyfire web browser features Flash content support that not only lets you watch video at sites such as CNN.com, ESPN.com, and Vevo.com, but conserves battery power while you get your video fix.