Aug 23, 2010
With such a capable browser already included in Androidâ€”and especially with HTC’s souped up iteration on their latest Sense devices, any Android owner might wonder why they should plop down $2.99 of their hard-earned cash on a third party browser. Well, in the case of xScope it may be worth it, if its plethora of added features speak to you. However, with choice comes complexity; and for the most part, users will be satisfied with the stock browser option.
The most useful feature of xScope is the tabbed browsing. With the stock browser, I often don’t even realize I have tabs open until I get the error message saying I have too many open. It’s just too cumbersome to hit menu, windows and then search for a tab. xScope gives you the tabbed look you’re used to on your desktop and allows you to swipe between them with a side-wipe gesture. Sweet! To open a new tab, hit the plus button–to close it, tap the top of the tab you are currently viewing. The menu also slides to the left to unveil menu items, such as search and select text. Other cool features include the option to download .mp3’s and movies instead of streaming them. My absolute favorite feature: using the volume keys to page scroll.