6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 19, 2012 6:29 PM by deggie
randyaaaa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am getting a new iPad soon and other than my iPhone I am not an Apple user.

 

My main question will be can i download other browsers like google chrome or whatever, and whether or NOT I can do that, can you set your safari so that the default page that it opens to is google.com, for instance, like i can do on a laptop?


iPhone 4S
  • GrumpyGator Level 5 Level 5 (4,560 points)

    You can't do that, at least not in safari. But you can bookmark a site image to your home screen, which would be similar. Not sure what you can and can't do in other browser apps.

  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (104,130 points)

    As with your iPhone you can only download apps that are in the iTunes app store, you can't download browsers from websites (Mac and PC software aren't compatible with the iPad). There is google chrome app in the store, and there are other browsers as well (popular ones include Atomic Web and iCab Mobile). Safari on the iPad doesn't allow you set a homepage as such, but you can create an iPad homepage shortcut for Safari for a particular site - other browser apps may have a sepcific homepage setting within them.

     

    Also you can't override Safari as being the defaut browser i.e. if you click on a link in an email in the Mail app then it will open that page in Safari.

  • randyaaaa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks guys, so when i click on the Safari icon on my desktop i am going to get this boring page, no web access but then I can go to bookmarks and click on the google app....

     

    surely if you have an apple computer and you click on your safari browser it opens up to something?

     

    confused

     

    but you say I can

     

    but you can create an iPad homepage shortcut for Safari for a particular site

     

    so if this is on the screen as an icon to click on and it immediately takes you to google.com, then that is what i would want, i guess i need to get the ipad first, then i can come back to these questions, sounds like ipad and computer arent the same also, that the google app on ipad has to be downloaded, etc

     


  • GrumpyGator Level 5 Level 5 (4,560 points)

    You are correct, the ipad is not a computer so don't expect to do everything the same. There's currently no google maps app for the ipad, but all reports point to one is being worked on. There are plenty of alternatives in the meantime.

    so when i click on the Safari icon on my desktop i am going to get this boring page, no web access but then I can go to bookmarks and click on the google app....

     

    If you have no web access, then thats a different problem.

  • Phil0124 Level 6 Level 6 (14,705 points)

    By default Safari's search engine is google, and you can start searching from the search bar at the top. Yes the page will be blank, but ony for as long as it takes for you to type something to search for.

     

    As for other browsers, yes there's Chrome, and Opera available from the AppStore for free.

     

    The iOS will feel pretty similar the iPhone but with a few enhancements. The iPad is closer to the iPhone in how it operates than to a laptop.

  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (48,615 points)

    You will actually get whatever page you were last using.