Every once in a while, you might get an itch to play that Facebook Games on your iPad, or watch a Flash movie from sites that is not in HTML5. We all do, and there are alternatives out there such as remote in to your Desktop Computer to open Flash sites. I had written a post on how to install Flash Browser for your iPad previously, and this one is no different since there aren’t so many of them out there. I will however will review them all, eventually.
There are three browser that can do flash without the need to Jailbreak your iPad and install Frash.
Flash isn’t all that great on the iPad, and most of the 3rd Party Browser ping their server first before you can run Flash. The part where they ping their server is the part that is wonky, slow and sometimes, just unresponsive. I can tell you that my results were mixed with all type of Flash Browser. These browsers isn’t cheap either, they are $5 and up, and for you to just to try and then fail later, or intermittently works will just disappoint you in the end.
But, I’m going to tell you the three browsers that has somewhat works for me in the time I own my iPad. I still use them, but there is one browser that I mostly use and recommend.
Photon - This one is interesting. You have to click on the Flash or Thunder icon before you can see any Flash on the website. The result is also interesting. It makes you think that you are remote-in someone else’s computer. The screen become less sharp, a bit fuzzy, and the screen is a little darker than usual, and I was also worried that they might see my every move surfing the internet with it. The touch screen is also less sensitive, a little lag, and playing Facebook games was not satisfactory whatsoever. Playing with Splashtop has better experience than Photon Browser.
Skyfire – This one has been a hit or miss, sometimes it works but most of the times, and I mean, most of the times, it just doesn’t work. You have to have a lot of patience. I believe this one just got hit with too many people using their server. In order for you to play the Flash file, you just tap on the icon with the Flash icon and wait until it plays. It may take awhile. Unlike Photon, Flash sites are actually pretty clear, not like you are remote-in to another server.
Puffin – This one is similar to Photon, however, I have more success on this than on the other two. Out of the three times, I was able to play Facebook games, view other Flash sites without a hitch. I thought maybe I got lucky that day that I had a good result, but when I tried, and tried again, whenever I need to, it always works for me. Loading time initially when you first open the app might take a bit long, but not too long, depends on your connection. Once running, you don’t need to click on any Flash icon to see it running, it would just run. However, much like Photon, it feels like you are remote-in to another server, but with better and faster reaction times.
All of the above mentioned browser has tabbed browsing, which should be up to par with the upcoming Safari on iOS 5.