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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Tegra 2
by tkeith on Sun 10th Feb 2013 23:34 UTC
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It sounds like much of his criticism is about rendering, which safari has the largest ie advantage, being it's the most popular. Add that to the fact that he is reading things in portrait, something most sites are not going to be made for, especially the desktop version. Other than the occasional mobile site written for an iphone, I don't see such issues myself.

His major problem with chrome is performance, which probably has a lot to do with the Tegra 2 in his xoom. Unfortunately this processor has a lot of compatibility issues, and I see a lot of this. Chrome works great on my Nexus 7, but had such problems on my touchpad.

Get a newer tablet and stop using your 10" tablet in portrait before saying ALL android browsers are crappy.

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RE: Tegra 2
by WereCatf on Mon 11th Feb 2013 00:23 in reply to "Tegra 2"
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His major problem with chrome is performance, which probably has a lot to do with the Tegra 2 in his xoom.

I can attest to that. The Tegra 2 on my Iconia Tab A500 feels exceedingly sluggish even with CM10, and even then it's miles ahead of what it was with the stock ROM. Compared to my Galaxy Note 1 the difference is like night and day, even though they're both similarly-clocked and both are dual-core.

It was a really bad decision on NVIDIA's part to leave NEON out of Tegra 2, plus they made a few other short-sighted architectural decisions with it. One of those is the fact that Tegra 2 was designed to support hardware-acceleration in landscape-mode and even then only in one direction -- all other modes and directions suffer a performance hit. I know it sounds unbelievable, but it's something many a ROM designer has tried to work around.

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