How fast is iPad 2 browsing compared to a computer?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by tmt345, May 28, 2011.

  1. tmt345 macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2008
    I have looked all over and all I can find is iPad vs iPad 2 comparisons and not any comparisons to computers.

    So, how fast is the iPad 2 in browsing speed compared to a mac or pc?

  2. iWinning macrumors member

    May 18, 2011
  3. blackNBUK macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2010
    There is no denying that loading pages is significantly slower on my iPad 1 than a modern Mac or PC. However I personally don't find it annoyingly slow. Plus once the page is loaded, scrolling and zooming the page is virtually the same as a desktop.
  4. Looon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2009
    Depends on the computer you're comparing it to also. Obviously a computer with more ram and a faster processor is going to load pages faster. It's almost impossible to compare really, but I'd say they load fairly quickly on my ipad 1 I have no complaints
  5. gadget123 macrumors 68010

    Apr 17, 2011
    United Kingdom

    iPad 1 or 2 is way quicker.

    I have Windowd Vista and it's slow, always crashing too and running Internet explorer.

    Obviously a well set up PC running Windows 7 vs IOS would depend on Internet speeds so should equal in speed. If you are talking 3G obviously it's slower as it's mobile Internet.

    But generally I bet IPad is quicker.
  6. ct2k7 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2008
    London or Florida
    Er... I can't say I've ever encountered this...

    My iPad is ALWAYS slower than any PC that I throw at it, well apart from that 400Mhz, 64MB RAM laptop with Windows 98...
  7. pcunite macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2010
    It is slow and really not useful with the iPad 1. I mean with only 256 MB ram I'm crashing the browser every 15 minutes. Perhaps the iPad 2 is better in this regard. I think I just going to get a ThinkPad x220 and have it all anyway.
  8. ad2435 macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2009
    Significantly slower and far less capable compared to a computer.

    It is the price you pay for portability.
  9. kalsta macrumors 68000


    May 17, 2010
    Pop down to a store with the iPad 2 on display and just try it out for yourself! Otherwise you're just going to get a handful of very subjective comments from people, some of whom may not even own one.
  10. Vikinguy macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2007
  11. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
    I agree.

    I was blown away after I got mine. Darn near a laptop browsing experience.
  12. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    Let's put it this way: I never ever get the urge to pop over to a desktop because my iPad loads web pages too slow. It's absolutely fine. Maybe marginally slower than a PC, but the difference is negligible.
  13. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8G4 Safari/6533.18.5)

    I agree hell my iPhone 4 over wifi is pretty damn quick in itself as fast as some pcs I've been on
  14. Bacong macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2009
    Westland, Michigan
    Your computer sucks.
  15. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    Its slower than a computer( meaning any decent modern one ), but still rather quick, and there is a difference between iPad 1 and iPad 2.
  16. timbos macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2009
    Subjectively, I think it's probably a bit slower than my MacBook. The main difference is that I'm a tabs fanatic, and tend to open a bunch of pages in the background whilst I'm reading the current page. You can't really do that with the iPad, so it feels a bit clunkier.
    I still use my iPad *all* the time though :D
  17. AlexH macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2006
    It's not far behind a decent Mac. Great browsing experience. ;)
  18. coops macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2009
    Well, I've got my Macbook Pro setup with 'Better Touch Tool' gestures for both Opera & Safari and is excellent... magical,even ;)

    As opposed to the lameness that is iPad Safari...

    Speed is not the issue - neutered Safari is the problem.

    This version of Safari (and the Opera Mini) might be great for iPhones etc, but on the larger iPad are not ideal at all.

    This can be pretty well solved by paying for iCab... which has real tabs :eek: amongst other good features (full screen view, gestures for changing tab, great bookmark/favourite management, download manager).

    Tried several others including Opera Mini, but iCab won out for me.
  19. BergerFan macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2008
    Mos Eisley
    :eek:. I can honestly say, that for the 12 months that I had my iPad 1, I could count the number of times Safari crashed on me, on the fingers of one hand(obviously, different users, different use cases, just sayin').
    Back to the OP: My iPad 2's webpage loading is as fast as my friends El Cheapo netbook, but not as fast as my mid-low range 2009 Dell laptop, where even complex pages load in no more than 2-3 seconds. My iPad 2 loads the same pages in about 6-10 seconds on average.
  20. macDelirium macrumors member

    May 16, 2011
    Browsing on an iPad 1, using Opera and its very fast and smooth. Not as fast as browsing on a MacBook but its very usable :cool:
  21. CFoss macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    iPad 1: It's slower, glitches occur on a regular basis, and you can only hold a certain amount of pages in the RAM. To explain, you can theoretically "Browse" up to 9 pages at a time. However, in action, you can only view 2 to 5 pages before they start reloading. This is especially true if you are running RAM intensive tasks... which pretty much means "anything else" with the iPad.

    iPad 2: Much faster, and the iPad is able to maintain all 9 pages at once. This is the "true" iPad browsing experience IMO. It's much more tolerable, though I would still browse with a computer if I had the choice.
  22. L0ADING macrumors member


    May 9, 2011
    I didnt know people still used internet explorer lol or vista for that matter :|
    but obviously the ipad wont be faster than a computer but shouldnt be a problem ill see when i get mine tuesday :)
  23. Kupp macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2011
    Considering my computer is a 1.6 ghz pentium M, which is 6 years old, running XP and a single core processor, I think the iPad 2 is faster, but it can depend on the site.

    My pc at least has 2 gigs of ram. I actually just upgrade that laptop to a larger internal drive, if I hadn't my 32 gb iPad would have had more internal space than my laptop. That said she is still running strong. Don't know about modern Dells but the old ones are great.

    I use firefox fox on my laptop which I prefer to safari, heck safari barely runs on my laptop. I am thinking of trying one of the other browser options for my iPad 2 and iPhone 4.
  24. STxMacUser macrumors member


    Jun 4, 2008
    iPad 1 = slower
    iPad 2 = the same browsing speed as PC or MAC
  25. darkside flow macrumors 6502

    darkside flow

    Aug 11, 2010
    My iPad 2 two loads pages faster than my Acer netbook with a 1.6ghz processor and 1gig of ram.

    It loads just a fast as my MDG desktop with a dual core 1.6mhz processor and 3gigs of ram, as well as my girlfriend's HP pavilion laptop.

    The only device I own that it is not as fast as us the Acer 23" Z5610 with a dual core 2.6mhz processor and 6gigs of ram.

    Overall I'm pretty damn impressed with the software optimization in conjunction with the hardware on the iPad 2.

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