When comparing Firefox vs Dolphin, the Slant community recommends Firefox for most people. In the question“What are the best Android web browsers?” Firefox is ranked 1st while Dolphin is ranked 8th. The most important reason people chose Firefox is:
Firefox is available as a free download. All Mozilla software is licensed under the Mozilla Public License. Instructions on how to obtain the source code can be found [here](https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Developer_guide/Source_Code/Downloading_Source_Archives).
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Pro Free, open source and community driven
Firefox is available as a free download. All Mozilla software is licensed under the Mozilla Public License. Instructions on how to obtain the source code can be found here.
Pro Functionality can be extended with add-ons
By far the best browser if not using an adblocking app like AdAway or Adguard. Adblocking, Privacy, Themes/Stylish, etc. Add-ons make Firefox the best total package mobile browser... You may even forget you're using a mobile browser.
Pro Built-in reading mode
Reading mode allows removing everything on a page but the text. It removes ads, styling and anything else that could get in the way of a comfortable reading experience.
Pro Great efficient and intuitive UI
The scrolling and response is generally faster than Chrome on my Android devices.
Pro HTML5, mobile video support
Firefox for Android supports HTML5, and with support for multiple video formats, you can watch videos right in the browser.
Pro Ethical and pragmatic company mission
The Mozilla Manifesto outlines the company's mission and principles. Paraphrasing, they want the Internet to be a free and open resource, and to enable individuals to get the best use of that resource. They do this by creating open source software to which anyone may contribute, so long as such contributions fit with their principles (both ethical and technical).
Pro Sync with desktop browser
Keep track of all your bookmarks, passwords, open tabs, and history on the go.
Pro Send to device feature
You can send a tab to your mobile or another device, or vice versa.
Pro Built-in ad blocker
Pro Can split views
Dolphin supports splitting the view in two navigational areas, this way you can navigate two different directories at the same time.
Pro Easy to extend with plugins
Dolphin follows KDE's philosophy of being extendable and configurable. It can easily be configured and customized through plugins.
Pro Integrated terminal
Perssing F4 with any opened folder on a mounted path opens a konsole within dolphin.
Pro Immenseley configurable
As with any KDE app, Dolphin, allows adding or modifying toolbar buttons and keyboard shortcuts.
Pro Auto mounts flash drives
Dolphin automatically identifies and mounts external flash drives.
Pro Fully supports HiDPI
Supports HiDPI displays.
Pro Also has a refresh option
Dolphin is without a doubt the best fully functional and easy to use and multitask with.
• Dolphin also has a refresh button which no other File manager has. It's great for tracking a large files transfer; that's what file managers are for - good common sense.
Pro Fast at opening graphics folders
Pictures with or without previews is optional and selectable at the touch of a button.
Con Slightly slower
Might be a bit slower than Chromium-based browsers on newer devices.
Con Can't play flash videos
Due to security concerns, Firefox does not include Flash support by default.
Con Reading mode removes some images and videos
Reading mode removes non-textual elements that are not part of the article, but it retains images and videos that are part of the feed node (rss).
Con Can't perform ROOT actions
Developers set a constraint in Dolphin that deny Dolphin to run with root permissions. Hence, if you want to perform an action that require root permissions, such as rename a file in /etc/ folder, you are forced to use terminal or switch to another file manager.
Con Maybe a little slow on startup
Dolphin can be a little slow on startup (depending on distro, hardware etc...). Startup time can vary from a couple of seconds to up to a minute.
Con "Type" column too verbose
Despite having a large enough monitor, If you keep the size of the browser window small, the "Type" column (in "Details" view mode) insists on including the complete multipart MIME string, making the column so wide that trying to limit its width makes the column useless. Sorting by "Type" renders the list into an incomprehensible mess.