Atomic Browser? (or any other browser with tabs)

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by Meever, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. Meever macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2009
    The lack of ram forces safari to dump webpages and reload them which is annoying on wifi, but outright horrific on 3g. Especially if you weren't lucky enough to get the unlimited data plan.

    I've heard browsers with tabs alleviate the problem and I would appreciate some confirmation. So can I have a couple of tabs open without the browser dumping all my data or crashing like safari? Thanks guys.
  2. kaibob macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    Prescott, Arizona
    I regularly have five or six tabs open with Atomic Web browser, and I cycle through them without issue or delay. I can't ever remember the browser crashing.
  3. kdesign7 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2010
    earth, for now.
    Same here,.. Atomic is literally the BOMB! It's the best browsing experience with the iPad... and if u ever visit flash sites, "Frash" may help with some of those (i know it lets (archive list) - they are wick'd - check out Beyond.
    ( <-- that would work)
  4. nixiemaiden macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
  5. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
  6. whocaresit macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2010
    Perfect web browser is the best with more features! Atomic crashes too much. :eek:
  7. Lotso macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2010
    OC, California
    Atomic will also warn you if you start to run low on memory.
  8. LiloThePleo macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2010
    +1 for icab, I find it much better than atomic, for me atomic crashed too often, not as often as safari, but still too often.
  9. pooryou macrumors 65816


    Sep 28, 2007
    Just know that as of now, if you quit the browser you lose all of your loaded pages anyway. Safari is the only one that can run in the background on the iPad currently.
  10. TangoDown macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    In my experience, you'll struggle to maintain a couple or more heavy tabs open in Atomic on a 3G. It quickly runs out of RAM and exits to home.
  11. Meever thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2009
    Thanks for your help guys.

    How frustrating : (

    I don't give a damn about a facetime camera or some silly gimmick feature but I might have to wait for that revision..... Friggen Apple! Had to cut corners! Can't be as bad/long as the MBP update wait I guess XD
  12. mrdinh macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2007
    is there another web browser that doesn't load everytime you use that app?...
  13. Tyler76 macrumors member


    Sep 28, 2010
  14. j_maddison macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2003
    Nelson, Wales
    I use Atomic, Safari, and Life browser

    I find Safari loads quicker out of the three, but it's only good for viewing single pages at a time. ie not good if you want to reference a few different pages quickly, and it annoyingly doens't allow you to open a page in the background

    Atomic browser is good, but it constantly runs out of memory. If you only open a couple of tabs it's fine, but any more than that and it just sucks

    Life browser has an interesting way of opening tabs, and I like it a lot. I think it suffers from the same low memory issues as Atomic browser, but doesn't give you any warnings like Atomic does. It's a good little browser though, a bit slow to load pages, but has the advantage of letting you open up multiple pages with tabs being opened and associated with those pages. Hard to explain, go check it out on google

    I've not used iCab, but a friend raves about it
  15. DylanG macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2007
    There's just not much you can do. Apple cut corners on the memory to hit their price point. I know this issue very, very well as River of News does a lot with web views. The iPad can fit 4-6 medium to large web pages in memory. The memory usage depends primarily on the number of images and videos. There is no way around this as an app developer. When an app uses too much memory it is killed by the OS.

    Apple chose to be conservative with Safari in how many tabs it keeps open. Third party browsers can squeeze a little more by playing with fire and doing things Apple would never do like surface to the user a message that memory is low. Apple also does caching in Safari that isn't available to independent developers.

    This is my torture test for browsers on iOS.

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