Platforms: iOS Universal
It isn’t often that an app comes along that completely redefines the genre. Coast is one of those apps. Coast is a web browser for iOS that puts everything else to shame simply by being designed for a touch screen. Apples’ Safari or Googles’ Chrome may have features that Coast can’t touch but they both feel like a desktop browser shrunk down to function on a mobile device. Coast, on the other hand, feels like the first truly mobile browser. The UI makes it an absolute joy to use. Apple could take some notes about mobile app design from Opera, the company behind Coast.
My main complaint isn’t with Coast but comes from the way I use my iOS devices. I just don’t use a web browser that much, apps have made them redundant for most things. I want to use this app I just don’t need to that often. My second complaint is the difficulty to get links to Pocket. From what I can tell you have to go to the tab view, click the share arrow, create a message, copy the link, switch apps, and save it to Pocket. I can at least copy a link to the clipboard from Safari, or Chrome. (Extensions will help in iOS 8.)
I have added Coast to my dock and will be using it exclusively for a while. It is replacing both Google Search and Safari for me. (It is very quick to get to search, something that Safari has a problem with on my iPad 3.)