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As many people I guess, I sometimes have to browse the web on a slow computer (in my case, a little netbook) and find it really slow. On the other hand, people can browse the web quite fluently with their smartphones, which, although technically wonderful, can't all equal my computer in terms of hardware.

The thing is that the mobile version of websites, when they exist, are sized for use with a mobile and low band-width, so there are less images, less parasite frames...

So I've been looking for a good mobile browser that would work on my computer. Basically, the only tip I could find was to use extensions to switch the useragent in firefox or chrome, and it was indeed wonderful, fast, smooth and all... Until I tried to watch a youtube video,. Then the browser noticed it didn't have flash, and tried to redirect me to the android webstore, whose protocol my computer couldn't recognize.

Is there any workaround to this kind of problems, or, maybe even better, any ready-to-use mobile browser emulator I could use?

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Well, for your YouTube problem don't use an Android user agent. For example, on Symbian^3 phones, YouTube offers both a streaming mobile-quality video and a flash based player designed for mobile phones. –  Bob Feb 19 '12 at 22:11
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What about Opera? They have so called "Turbo" which should be good for such purposes. As I know i was also possible to somehow set the browser to not to load certain components of webpages. But I am not familiar with Opera so cannot provide more detailed advice, :-) –  Juhele Feb 19 '12 at 22:27
    
@Bob : it seems that youtube added chenged its mobile page to get rid of flash since last time I tried, but also that this new page can't be properly processed by a regular browser. –  T. Verron Feb 19 '12 at 22:39
    
@Juhele : I've seen about the turbo feature somewhere else, I'll give it a try, but I think there are many non-important stuff that get loaded when I browse the web and could be cut down, before starting to suppress or compress important stuff. –  T. Verron Feb 19 '12 at 22:41
    
@T. Verron: Ok, then try Privoxy: privoxy.org - it should be what you need - I saw many recommendation around the internet when talking about how to prevent loading unneeded stuff. –  Juhele Feb 19 '12 at 22:49
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Have you considered installing extensions such as ad-blockers? If you are using Firefox/Chrome, add Fanboy's lists [ secure.fanboy.co.nz ] to your ad-blocker, there are lists which entirely block ads, trackers and even Facebook like buttons, feed icons, and more.

If that doesn't speed you up much, you may try Opera's mobile emulator [ www.opera.com/developer/tools/mobile/ ]. Pages should load considerably fast once you enable Opera Turbo there. (Opera Turbo isn't very effective on Opera's desktop version).

I think ad-blocking can be done with the Opera mobile emulator, see if there is an entry named URL filter file in the about:config page. From there, you can point it to one of the available urlfilter.ini files, such as the one [ secure.fanboy.co.nz/adblock/opera/ ]

And then comes the nuclear option: Opera Mini with Microemulator[ www.microemu.org ], though you can't play Youtube videos or browse JS-heavy sites.

(Sorry for posting the links like that. It's due to my infinitesimally small reputation).

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