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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Maps
by peejay on Mon 11th Feb 2013 14:20 UTC
peejay
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2005-06-29

Related to the browser: you can design a custom map on your computer (you know, dragging around points to get "by way of X road") and send it to your phone. You can "send link by email", you can "chrome-to-phone" it, you can save it as a map in your account and try to bring it up as a "layer" in the map programs (this kind of works), but no matter what...

You CAN'T get it to do driving-directions navigation for your custom map.

In some cases it's worse: I designed a round-trip map of where I wanted to go and did "send to GPS" to a Garmin device, and all it sent was the start and end points, so it navigated me nowhere at all.

Even opening the link you can email yourself (in every Android browser I've tried so far, which is how this rant got started), it drops all of your custom routing points and gives you the default "quickest way" route.

I find this to be a much bigger Android problem (considering the maps/navigation are also made by Google) than any "normal" web browsing I've done (Kindle Fire with custom ROM, Galaxy Note 2; maybe they just have better than usual browsing experience?).

If you web search for this, people have been asking how to do it with no real progress for 3+ years.

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