Switch is a multi-user Web browser for iPad
Continuing our iOS browser series, in steps Switch (not to be confused with our adopted mother, Switched), the iPad browser with multiple user accounts. This simple, yet elegant solution simply provides you with a series of user accounts, complete with a cutesy avatar or picture of your choice, when you fire up the app. Tapping on your user account takes you into a separate browsing session with your own bookmarks, history, cookies, cache, and most importantly, logged in Web accounts. If you don't trust your friends and family to keep their nose out of your business, each Switch user account can be password protected. There's also a nice temporary Guest account feature to cater for visiting friends, which wipes their browsing data once they exit.
VerdictSwitch is a nice idea -- it combines a minimal, simple, yet fully functional interface into a solution you can't get with the stock iPad browser. There are issues however; bookmarks need to be made manually, there's no syncing from the desktop here. Settings are also few and far between; in fact apart from the Switch user account name, password and avatar, there's no settings visible to speak of. But the killer blow, at least for me, is how much Switch crashes to the iOS home screen. From BBC News, Facebook, and Twitter, to Download Squad, and the rest of my usual browsing habits, Mobile Safari copes with ease. The last time I experienced infuriating crashes like that was on an iPhone 3G running iOS 3.0. Hopefully an update will be released to remedy the crashes, because Switch really does help with the family couch surfer scenario, but until then I can't recommend it.
Switch [iTunes] - $4.99