If you have a mobile IE10 browser - then YES, using a proper app is a preferred method. Mobile IE10 is currently the worst browser I've experienced - it's slow to load some pages, or doesn't work with some at all (ironically you can't use it to reply to different posts on http://www.WPcentral.com
forums - forums dedicated to Windows Phone! Mobile Safari works without issues there...), there's no "forward" button, the global "back" button doesn't work sometimes for the browser, the tabs management is pretty poor (you can't even see the number of opened tabs unless you press on "..." button then on "tabs" button to finally see the screen with all your opened tabs), etc. Even worse, for some sites like Twitch.tv you can't use it to watch streams directly from webpage (mobile Safari works there) AND you don't have an official app for watching those streams (both iOS and Android had these apps for a long time), so you're **** either way...
On WP8? None except the IE10. There's an app called "UC Browser", but it's just a "re-skinned" IE10, with similar issues.
there is only the trident browser on ie10 (also only the stock keyboard). its an identical rendering engine as ie10 on the desktop, and while there are a number of different "browsers", they all use the trident engine. it's also quite a quick browser, and according to most tests, either ties or beats the gs3. i haven't used it vs safari on an iphone 5, but there are plenty of reviews and most consider it a solid mobile browser. it's not ironic at all, as wpcentral uses the same system as crackberry and the other mobile sites that company runs, nor is it owned by MS.
like all other mobile devices (excluding forced installs of android 4+ and early versions) it also doesn't support flash, but it does support html5 video. i don't know what twitch tv is, so i can't comment (and if i don't know it, i expect it sucks
). but the browser does have good support for html5 video.
the back button functions consistently in the browser as it does in every app. it will go back pages as far as you've had the browser open, but if you opened it, went forward two pages, then pushed back 3 times, it'll take you back to the home screen from where you launched the browser. it might annoy some people, but it's consistent within the os.
sounds like it annoys you, and that's fair. android and iOS annoy me. thankfully we have forums online to whine
from engadgets ativ odessey review
http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/04/sams ... ey-review/
The biggest surprise, however, is IE10. The SunSpider mark of 919ms trounces most of the Android options on the market and is a hair better than the iPhone 5's score (924ms). While hardware plays a part in the scores reported, the efficiency of the browser's rendering engine is just as important, if not more so. While there are certainly a few minor things that irk us about the latest mobile version of Internet Explorer, they're drastically outweighed by the positive. So much so, in fact, that we won't even waste any more breath on the matter -- IE10 is great.