Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Feb 2013 21:07 UTC
Google "No, there's only one area where Android falls really, horribly, undeniably short when it comes to the tablet form factor: The web browser. It's the most fundamental tablet app, IMHO, and yet the web experience on Android could not possibly be worse." This, right here, is it. On my Nexus 7 - there's not a single decent web browser. Not one. The stock browser? Crashes a lot. Chrome? Slow, touch-unfriendly UI, laggy, and locks up all the time. Everything else uses non-standard UIs are, are plain buggy, are also slow, or any combination of the three - and yes, this includes your favourite browser. I've been through them all. Just yesterday I loaded up my iPhone 3GS, and Safari was like a dream. Internet Explorer 10 on Windows Phone 8? Buttery smooth and excellent UI. How Google - a web company - can let this situation persist is beyond me.
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RE[2]: Webkit2
by WereCatf on Sun 10th Feb 2013 22:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Webkit2"
WereCatf
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Opera Mini and Mobile ain't good either, they don't use the desktop 'Presto' engine, which is more and more crash prone while being somewhat pretty decent IMHO.


I have absolutely no complaints about Opera on either my tablet or my phone -- it's fast, stable and certainly more suitable than many (any?) other browser. I have not had a single crash with it, either, yet I've been using it on a daily basis for, well, whenever the hell I got my tablet. Must be around 2 years by now.

As for the article: Opera Mobile looks out-of-place, that is true, as it does not follow the UI-conventions set out by Google. But well, does it have to follow them, anyways, if the way it behaves and looks now works better? This in mind I just cannot agree with Thom's assessment that any and every browser other than Safari or IE is a horror to use.

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