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Sponsored App Review: Clean Browser

May 28, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Description: These days, the browser has become one of the most important pieces of software on our PCs, smartphones and tablets. So, it’s no surprise that there’s so many different browsers out there that all offer something a little different. After all, the Internet has become a central part of people’s live and for some people, the Internet can be too invasive. This is where Clean Browser comes in, a simple and clean web browser for Android that never stores any of your browsing history. Every time you close Clean Browser your browsing history is deleted and your tab returned to normal. With voice control, excellent video support and Desktop view, Clean Browser has everything you need to enjoy the modern web while maintaining your privacy. A good browser to hand to friends looking to check in on Facebook or take a look at their email, how good is Clean Browser? Read on as we find out.

How it Works: As with all other Android browsers, you’ll need to download Clean Browser from the Play Store and then you’re good to go. Simply load the app and you’ll see some quick links to common websites, a dark theme and a URL bar which you can search Google with as well.

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Navigating to a website is fairly straightforward, you can simply input a URL and be taken to where you want to go.

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Or you can search Google from the same address bar.

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The menu to get access to the Desktop view, forward/back and refresh buttons is easy to use, and there are other nice features found in this menu as well.

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For those comfortable with talking to their phones and tablets, you can use voice controls and ask Clean Browser to go “Back”, “Forward”, “Refresh” or say “Goodbye” to exit and have all browsing history and cookies removed.

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You might be wondering why there’s a notification always running, that’s because if you were to head to YouTube, the video would keep on playing in the background. This works for any HTML5 video as well, which is a real nice touch.

Opinion: As someone who lives on the Internet pretty much, I know how helpful it can be. I also know how dangerous things can get if your information falls into the wrong hands, as well as social embarrassment or whatever when you leave a trail you didn’t want to leave. I mostly use Chrome on all my devices, because I can trust Chrome and well, it works together with everything I own. However, if I were to give my device to someone else for a moment or two, I’d give them Clean Browser. I don’t want them looking at my history (despite the fact I have little to hide) as our browsing patterns can be a personal thing. Besides, it’d be wrong for me to save their passwords or take a look at their browsing history. For banking, this is a good idea as well, the less data that’s saved to your device, the better.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – Clean Browser is a fine browser, with little to no lag even when dealing with all the video it supports.
  • Features (4/5) – It’s safe and a good idea for default behavior to save nothing, but savvy users have Chrome’s incognito mode for that sort of thing. Being able to play videos in the background however, is a very nice addition.
  • Theme (4/5) – This is a decent-looking app and he menu has some useful features that are easily reached, even if the ads (which can be removed for a fee) are somewhat annoying.
  • Overall (4/5) – Despite some hiccups, Clean Browser is the best browser to simply hand to someone else who wants to browse and it’s good for banking as well.

Pros

  • Simple and easy to use, even for those who aren’t tech savvy.
  • No need to fiddle with incognito or private modes.
  • Voice controls are a nice touch.
  • Google search is built-in with no fuss.

Cons

  • Slide out gesture to get the menu would be nice.
  • Many users will already have grown fond of incognito mode from Google, but this is much easier.

Conclusion: Clean Browser is a pretty decent app for those not wishing to have their information stored on their device, and while it’s not perfect there’s a lot to love here. The voice controls are a nice touch and while it does seem a little basic, it’s refreshing to see a browser do exactly what you want it to do without having to fiddle with special modes or anything like that. I’ll be keeping this on my devices to hand to others when they want to check their email or whatever and I feel a little safer baking with this, as the less info (even if it’s just cookies) stored on my device, the better. there’s a Pro Version available, which removes ads, for a small fee as well.

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