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.
Thread beginning with comment 552084
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
No love for Firefox?
by rklrkl on Sun 10th Feb 2013 21:58 UTC
rklrkl
Member since:
2005-07-06

I use Firefox Beta + Adblock Plus + Phony (set to Desktop Firefox) + Flash (side-loaded) - gives me a *great* browsing experience on both my Nexus 7 and 10 tablets. Not sure why Thom doesn't seem to like or use Firefox - Android is actually the one platform where it's miles ahead of the competition on all mobile platforms, IMHO of course.

Edited 2013-02-10 21:59 UTC

Reply Score: 9

RE: No love for Firefox?
by woegjiub on Mon 11th Feb 2013 02:19 in reply to "No love for Firefox?"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

This, a thousand times.

Firefox on android is beautiful and responsive. My favourite feature is the reader mode, stripping the useless website cruft and focusing on articles.
Syncing, sharing, desktop mode and source viewers work perfectly.

Reply Parent Score: 5

RE[2]: No love for Firefox?
by WereCatf on Mon 11th Feb 2013 05:44 in reply to "RE: No love for Firefox?"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Firefox on android is beautiful and responsive. My favourite feature is the reader mode, stripping the useless website cruft and focusing on articles.
Syncing, sharing, desktop mode and source viewers work perfectly.


I just decided to try the Firefox Beta on my tablet and phone and, well, it sure seems to have improved quite a bit from the last time I tried it -- it's fast and lean, and doesn't seem to stutter or anything. It also allows me to sync my bookmarks between my laptop, desktop and the two Android-devices and grants me access to Firefox plugins, so it's all good.

One minor nit-pick, though: I don't need to be able to see the URL-bar at all times. I know perfectly well what website I am on, thank you very much, but I would like to have a toolbar there instead with quick access to things like e.g. reload, zoom back out et. al.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE: No love for Firefox?
by wonea on Mon 11th Feb 2013 10:50 in reply to "No love for Firefox?"
wonea Member since:
2005-10-28

Agreed, I love Firefox on the mobile. The UI gripes about tab previews are unfair, and I actually like tab previews (used them extensively in Opera before).

Reply Parent Score: 2