I recently stumbled across Alpha Browser in BlackBerry World and thought I would give it a shot. It seemed like a fun experiment, giving an alternative browser a try on my Z30, so I went for it. I was not disappointed.

What is it?

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Alpha Browser is “a new concept browser for BlackBerry 10 devices,” that is chock full of features that are sure to please. Here’s a quick rundown of some of those bells and whistles.

  • 100% Native cascades application
  • Tabs support
  • Bookmarks
  • Home page with search function
  • Bing image of the day background
  • Use swipe gestures to swich tabs
  • Ad blocker
  • Privacy settings
  • BBM Connected
  • Active Frame
  • Share
  • Use this browser as the default browser
  • User agents
  • Instant share wepbage screenshot
  • Keyboard Shortcuts for BlackBerry Q10/ BlackBerry Q5
  • Custom clock

The Good

The first thing I noticed about Alpha Browser is how beautiful it is. This is due to the implementation of the Bing Image of the Day. While I’m not a Bing user in anyway, I’ve always liked the idea of having a different gorgeous photo on your site every day. Placing that picture as the first thing you see when opening the browser is a great way to set a good first impression. After gawking at the photo background, you’ll see different tabs that separate your home page, bookmarks, history, favorites, and more. Select one of these in order to easily access the sites you visit most often.

Using Alpha Browser is also fairly simple. Since it’s custom built for BlackBerry 10, cascades and all, it’s all very familiar and intuitive. What sets it apart from the native browser is the virtual button at the bottom that takes you to the sites you’re surfing. It’s very different, but I enjoy it.

The Bad

There’s not really too much negative about this app. The only thing being that there is a bit of a learning curve to adjust to. After overcoming that hump, you’ll be browsing in Alpha Browser like a champ.

Download it?

If you’re searching for a slightly different browsing experience, give Alpha Browser a shot. You can download it from BlackBerry World  for $0.99.