First up is Dolphin HD.
Dolphin HD (and Dolphin Mini) offers a slightly smoother scrolling experience than the stock browser.
Performance wise, opening both engadget.com and PhoneDog.com is possible and very doable. Scrolling PhoneDog.com though remains choppy.
Next we look at Firefox mobile.
There is no way to select text in FireFox Mobile. It's not in options, nor a tap and hold.
Next we have Opera Mobile.
Text reflow is a bit slower than Dolphin HD, but still manageable.
The new v11.1 update also brings improvement to text selection. To select text, you just tap and hold just like in the stock browser. The two tabs will appear and you drag around, just like in stock browser. When you tap select, there're several things you can do with the selection.
Scrolling and pinch zooming is the best among all browsers. The performance of Opera Mobile is simply superb. I can open Engadget and PhoneDog in separate tabs and they remain smooth scrolling. I cannot confirm whether Opera Mobile is hardware accelerated or not, since Opera has always been a server rendering browser where the heavy lifting is done by Opera servers and hence reducing the load on the phone. Whatever it is, Opera Mobile simply rocks in terms of scrolling and pinch zooming. There're no checkerboarding whatsoever.
Please tell me what you think! See you next time!