When comparing Puffin vs Photon, the Slant community recommends Puffin for most people. In the question“What are the best Android web browsers?” Puffin is ranked 7th while Photon is ranked 22nd. The most important reason people chose Puffin is:
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Pro Seriously fast
Pro Built-in reading mode
Reading mode allows removing everything on a page but the content. It removes ads, styling and anything else that could get in the way of a comfortable reading experience.
Pro Optional touchpad and cursor
Some websites require hover.
Pro Renders Flash
Games and videos. Most mobile browsers don't support it.
Pro Data savings
Puffin servers can compress pictures before you download them for faster page downloads and data savings for capped data plans.
Pro True desktop browser experience
In flash mode you get remote access to desktop Firefox on a Linux server. Unbeatable desktop web compatibility on Android.
Con Blocked in some countries
Puffin is blocked in China, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
Con Videos are compressed twice
In Flash mode, you get an interactive streaming video of a desktop browser running on their server, but this means that when you watch videos (a major use case for Flash mode), which are already compressed, it has to be lossy compressed again to get to you, with noticeable loss of quality. So it's better to watch videos with Flash mode off if you can. There's also a bit of lag when scrolling and such.
Con Flash mode has ads
You can also get an annual subscription to turn these off, but it's $10/year. That's kind of pricey when you can get Puffin Browser Pro with unlimited service for a single payment of $4.