iSwifter for iPad hands-on
The iSwifter homescreen is broken into two panels, one for a general web browser and the other containing a gallery predetermined Flash games verified to work flawlessly within the app. The built-in browser allows you to browse to any site, and because it's processed on the iSwifter servers all content loads as it would on a PC. We tested it out with Facebook, Hulu, and Vevo -- all of which worked as advertised. Still, the app certainly has some caveats. We noticed that no browser data is cached -- so you'll have to re-login each time you want to access your Facebook account, for example. (We're told this is to avoid privacy / data collection issues, but it may become an option in a future release). Still, the trade-off to be able to watch your friends' embarrassing wall videos is definitely worth it for a few extra keystrokes in our opinion. Next, some of the servers are located outside the US, as we learned when Facebook prompted us to verify the account because we were accessing it from a "new location." Searching for Farmville redirected us to Farmville Chinese, so there's at least some of the magic being done over there.
Performance wise, iSwifter as a Flash player more than suffices, but you'll probably want to stick to Safari for general web browsing. Pinch-to-zoom is present, and although there's a noticeable bit of lag when navigating, it's not a dealbreaker. Overall, for a first release of a built-in Flash browser, iSwifter more than delivers on its claims. The app is currently free, but eventually it'll cost you a measly 99 cents to remove a usage time limitation. A version for Android versions above 2.2 should be hitting the Android Market in a few short weeks, including support for Honeycomb. Of course, that could be before Adobe even delivers on its promise to get Flash on the Xoom -- your move Moto.