FullScreen for Safari is one of Cydia’s most prominent tweaks, and for about $1.50, it will add gestures and fullscreen capabilities to Mobile Safari on your iPhone and iPad. I decided to give this tweak a try in the hopes that it would lend a cleaner look to my mobile surfing and make the whole experience even more touch friendly (because gestures can be fantastic alternatives to buttons in the right circumstances).
Taking Safari FullScreen is about as awesome as I thought it would be. My iPhone and iPad benefitted from the extra space (look, Mom, no toolbars!), and the lack of UI chrome simply turned the devices into windows into the web. The three-finger tap I set up to toggle fullscreen on and off worked reliably, and I really have no complaints about performance in this area.
I was hoping that FullScreen for Safari’s gestures would allow me to simply fly through websites, using swipes to go back or switch tabs. This is all possible with the incredible set of options available in fullscreen Safari, but something about them just didn’t feel right to me. Many of the two and three-finger gestures I set up worked, but wouldn’t always activate reliably (some were interpreted as page zooms), and if they did, the results weren’t always displayed very smoothly.
There’s a certain smoothness and tactility that I think should accompany a good gesture, like the way multitasking gestures are handled on the iPad, or how Zephyr adds multitasking to the iPhone. FullScreen for Safari, on the other hand, tends to treat gestures just like buttons: you execute them and then something happens immediately afterward. There are no transitional animations. So while the tweak’s gestures work as advertised, they never felt quite right for me within the context of iOS.
I still think $1.50 was a fair price to try a gesture-enabled and fullscreen-capable version of Safari, but the way the gestures have been implemented in this tweak just isn’t for me. They work, but the lack of transitions just feels too jarring for me to use in the everyday. If you’re on the market for gestures, I’d recommend trying a third-party browser and using Browser Changer (free on Cydia) to make that browser your new default.