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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henderson101
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2006-05-30

The UI is too clunky


Your opinion.

and at the same time doesn't make the tab buttons as accessible as Browser.


Um... a button is a button. The tabs in Safari on iOS work pretty much like the ones in Chrome, so I'm not clear what your complaint it.



It's not properly extensible.


It's a mobile browser. Why should it be extensible?

There's nothing like Adblock.


Maybe this is more to do with the sites you visit? I rarely have an issue with this.

The lack of filesystem access the whole OS retarded,


In your opinion.

and this is especially true when it comes to the Internet. What's the procedure for downloading a file through Safari on iOS, then downloading an app to handle that file, and then going back to Safari later to find it?


Well, it depends what you're trying to achieve. Safari will offer to "open in" an app on your device. If there isn't an appropriate one, personally I save it to Dropbox or Google Drive (which normally always pop up.) I then either go to the appstore to find an appropriate app, or realise I'm using a tablet, not a desktop PC, and access the file on my desktop machine later. However, 99% of the time, I'm downloading a file that I know I can already handle, so I just open it in the appropriate app (e.g. PDF - iBooks, Word - Pages, Excel - Numbers, image - Save to camera roll, Zip - Winzip.)

It's also worth noting that other browsers do exist. iCab is excellent for this type of thing, as it has a built in download manager, so you can cut out the "Dropbox/Google Drive" step.

On Android and "real" operating systems I just navigate to my downloads directory and tell the file manager or shell to open the file with the new application.


Which is exactly what you do on iOS is you have any kind of common sense. Just understand that you use the right tool to enable that to happen. I've said this before many times - I regularly read Manga on my iPad, and I do this by downloading a file from a site (usually a zip or rar), renaming the file to have the CBZ/CBR file extension, then I open it in Comicbook Lover. None of this is complex. I use iCab, but that is the only concession I make. It's actually more work to do the same on Android, because I have to manually find the file, rename it and them move it out of the downloads directory.

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