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
Member since:
2006-02-15

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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RE[3]: Webkit2
by orfanum on Mon 11th Feb 2013 08:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Webkit2"
orfanum Member since:
2006-06-02

I couldn't agree more. Opera mobile for me is quick, stable, and interoperates with other programmes sensibly. In addition to the fact that its performance is risible on my Prestigio 5197 tablet (admittedly a bit of a dog but Opera outstrips FF and Chrome on it, so it's not all down to the kit itself) the UI on Chrome on my Galaxy S2 just feels like someone has been smoking crack cocaine before getting down to any design work. Horrible.When I use a browser, I want to be able to get at the content I am after out there, not participate in someone's joke of spatial-awareness test .

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RE[3]: Webkit2
by Kochise on Mon 11th Feb 2013 08:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Webkit2"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

So what, if Opera Mobile is enough, why moaning ? My experience of Opera Mini / Mobile is that they are subpar with their desktop counterpart, especially in rendering fidelity, which is basically a shame, considering the experience of Opera Software Asa in their field (since 1996 is I recount correctly). Opera Desktop ain't that heavy, around 12 MB, and trimmed from email, bitorrent, news, IRC, ... functionality, it might be possible to run such a version on middle or high-end Android devices. So what ?

Kochise

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