Let’s face it, Apple’s default Safari web browser on the iPhone could use an upgrade. It’s not bad by any means, but it could certainly stand to add some much needed features. Maybe that’s why 3rd party web browsers in the App Store are so popular.

If apps like Opera Mini and Skyfire don’t quench your thirst for alternative browsing options, allow me to introduce you to something different. As of today jailbroken iPhone users can download Nimbus, a new web browsing application in Cydia

Nimbus is marketed as the new standard for mobile browsing. The app is clean and very efficient. It takes light to the extreme by not saving temporary internet files and browsing history isn’t cached. This also means there is no trail of visited websites within the Nimbus web browser, much like the ‘Private’ browsing feature we’ve seen spring up in other software.

The user interface is minimal and allows for quick navigation. Although it’s missing any real stand out features like Flash capabilities or tabbed windows, it does offer full screen browsing and is pinch to zoom capable.

The quick search feature is nice, as it brings up Google.com in a second window. Their default home page is also fairly useful with Twitter, Facebook, and CNN links. Users can return to the home page at any time by shaking their device (I had to violently shake my iPhone to trigger it).

That being said, I can’t see myself replacing Safari with this browser. The lack of features like multiple browsing windows really cripple this app as a potential everyday browser. The fact that it doesn’t save your browsing history means you’ll be resigning into every account, like eBay, every time you visit their sites.

But folks looking for a light and private browser may appreciate Nimbus’ small feature-set. It is currently available in Cydia for free, but the developer notes in the app description that it’s only for a limited time. So you better grab your copy of Nimbus quickly before the promotion ends.

Have you tried Nimbus yet? What is your preferred iPhone browser?

  • XepptizZ

    Atomic browser is a niht and day difference with safari, tabbed browsing, adjustable buttons and pop up menu’s. Full screen browsing. Background loading of tabs.

    And i like Portal as a browser for it’s style points, it has the coolest interface for browsing, pants down.

    • after reading these comments I downloaded Atomic and it lived up to or surpassed any expectation I could have for a browser with the exception of a reader function such as in the iOS 5 version of Safari. I’m terribly saddened to say that was a deal breaker. I hope they add this at a later date because I really love it save that one very significant omission.

  • Choorel

    Nimbus = terrrrrribow!

  • William

    I use iCab Mobile, for me is the best browser.

    • William

      I’ve tried pretty much all iOS web browsers out there, and I agree iCab is best. My only wish is that iCab will add better Retina support, but other than that, it’s perfect.

  • AMB

    Mercury Browser all the way!

    But really it’s interesting to see a web browser appear on cydia, this could open up the way to the likes of Firefox!

  • Aaronieru

    So basically, this browser is only useful for browsing porn sites. Sorry, but no thanks.

  • Smoke

    ey i hope someone makes a nice lookin browser like Palmpre web browser or windows phone 7. Those phones got sum nice features. still fuks wit da iphone but i aint mad at dem dey nice 2

  • Sascha

    iCab is the best. It’s got all the features I want and need. Forget about Safari. I’ve set iCab as my default browser and hid the Safari icon from my springboard. Like it’s never been there ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Gorgonphone

    ATOMIC browser is still the best…

    • XepptizZ

      Here hwre! ๐Ÿ™‚ just compared it with the icab browser. They are essentially the same, but atomic allows for more customization and has a few options more to smoothen the experience.

      Icab however seems to be a bit snappier and supports fourfingered gestures and more exstensivly threefingered gestures than atomic does. Icab also seems to intigrate well with other apps and has a tab with all kinds of plugins I can’t be bothered to check out. What are they for anyways?

  • fojam

    my accelerometer is broken…

    • Sascha

      What a shame

  • Jack

    developer actually said he’s doing a interface fix and some speed improvements update. should be up n a day or two.

  • andrew

    i just want to reiterate, GET ATOMIC BROWSER!!! especially if you have an iPad. does anyone know if you can change a browser to be the “default browser?”

    • XepptizZ

      In cydia you can get browserchanger. It makes links opened in maps and youtube open in the sselected browser. Not for maps sadly enough

      • andrew


  • fred

    portal is better

  • babeh

    i just want opera mini for ipad … ๐Ÿ™

  • Juan

    too minimalist for me. ive been using the superior icab mobile for about a year. safari is a joke.

  • Mitz

    I use perfect Browser, everything that safari has, plus private browsing mode and fullscreen and more. Its only a couple hundred kB in size, and way faster than safari. I recommend trying it!! Opera mini is okay but the zooming is weird and can be as slow as safari I find!