UC Browser

Updated March 31, 2014
UC Browser
Bottom Line

UC Browser is one of a handful of "third party" or "independent" (read: not Chrome or Firefox) browsers that gets positive reviews but isn't necessarily well known. UC Browser is quick and offers a nice set of features, but it doesn't have much to make it stand out against its larger competitors.


Ideal for newer smartphones. UC Browser, which is compatible with Android or iOS, performs well and at a good speed, according to a handful of reviews on the browser. If you've got a newer phone with 2 GB or more of RAM; the browser's new technology supports accelerated page loading for the fastest experience. The browser is enormously popular in China but as one of the smaller independent browsers in the U.S. (compared to Dolphin and Opera Mobile) UC Browser isn't included in many comparative tests. Still, reviewers agree that it's a worthy contender with solid compression technology that minimizes data usage. (One older review from PCMag.com found the browser was buggy, but newer reviews don't mention any performance issues.)

  • Excellent download manager
  • Fast
  • Tab location isn't intuitive
  • Bottom line