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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tidux
Member since:
2011-08-13

The stock AOSP Browser and Firefox are both fine on my Nook Color running Cyanogenmod 10. You're doing something horribly wrong if the browser's locking up on better hardware.

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vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

The stock AOSP Browser and Firefox are both fine on my Nook Color running Cyanogenmod 10. You're doing something horribly wrong if the browser's locking up on better hardware.


Maybe you just have a different definition of "fine". You should compare against the iOS version to calibrate your expectations.

I am running CM10 on Tegra 2; it's okay, but I still note pauses when entering address, occasionally when panning, etc.

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tidux Member since:
2011-08-13

My dad has an iPad 2, and Safari on the iPad is a piece of crap. Really. It scrolls nicely, and has enough marketshare that people have to cater to its quirks just like IE6 a decade ago. Other than that, it is worse than AOSP's Browser in every conceivable way. The UI is too clunky and at the same time doesn't make the tab buttons as accessible as Browser. It's not properly extensible. There's nothing like Adblock. The lack of filesystem access the whole OS retarded, 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? 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.

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