When comparing Puffin vs Boat, the Slant community recommends Puffin for most people. In the question“What are the best Android web browsers?” Puffin is ranked 7th while Boat is ranked 18th. 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 Flash support
The browser can play Flash videos, Flash games, etc.
Pro Floating tabs
You can open a page as a floating window, you can open as many floating windows as you need. The windows can be individually resized and positioned wherever you want. The window can float on top of other applications as well.
Pro Functionality can be extended via add-ons
You can search the play store for "boat borwser addons" to find add-ons for social media, productivity, etc.
Pro Built-in QR-code scanner
Con Blocked in some countries
Puffin is blocked in China, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
Con No directory for add-ons
The only way of finding add-ons is by searching for them in the Play Store. There's no well organized directory available.