Sleipnir may not be a household name in the US, but Japanese company Fenrir’s Sleipnir browser is quite popular in Japan. The desktop PC web browser is highly customizable, and even lets users change the rendering engine so that web pages can be rendered using the Firefox or Internet Explorer engines.

Now there’s a mobile version of Sleipnir available for iOS, and while it uses the same Webkit-based rendering engine as mobile Safari, it has a a few tricks up your sleeve that you won’t find in Safari. The first thing you notice about Sleipnir on the iPhone is that there’s a bar at the bottom of the display showing you a list of open tabs, which you can flip between quickly and easily without launching a sub-menu the way you do with Safari.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. You can open new tabs or close tabs from that same bar without leaving the page you’re on. Flicking a tab closes that web page, while tapping and holding a link will open a new tab in the background. Sleipnir also lets you popular multiple bars with tabs — so you can flip between the purple, blue, orange, or other bars to see the list of tabs associated with each. That lets you, for instance, fill one bar with links to news websites, another with sports and weather, a third with social networking sites, and so on.

Sleipnir Mobile also has a bookmark manager with support for folders, a start screen that shows thumbnail icons for frequently visited sites, support for full-screen browsing in landscape mode, and the ability to synchronize your bookmarks with the Sleipnir desktop browser using Fenrir Pass.

Sleipnir Mobile is available as a free download from the App Store.

You can check out a demo video after the break.

via TUAW

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...