iPad 2 and web browsing

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Mike Reed, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. Mike Reed macrumors regular

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    I upgraded my original iPad to the latest iOS and comparing the browser on that to the iPad 2 I was lucky enough to pick up today the difference is night and day. The iPad 2 feels significantly more responsive and zippy - so far it's working out to be just as fast as browsing on a PC or Mac. Very well done.

    Just tossing that out there for anyone concerned about web browsing comparative performance (as I was) when considering whether an upgrade would be worth it.
     
  2. outz macrumors 6502

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    So far so good for me. I am using the mercury browser and taking my first dump with the device.
     
  3. Richard8655 macrumors 6502

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    Any hard stats to back that "night and day" claim. Or possibly a case excitement and over-exuberance, along with a one-sided hopefulness after shelling out 500+?

    The specs I've seen support a modest (35%) increase in speed for typical web page loading. But I probably would also see everything as rose-colored given the level of excitement and salivating on this release day, if I had bought one.
     
  4. ovrlrd macrumors 65816

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    Specs and benchmarks never tell you the entire story, I don't know why people still don't understand that.

    The web experience on the iPad is indeed phenominal, it quickly became my favorite improvement. Been using it pretty heavy for 3 hours now and have not seen a single tab reload when I switched to it, and site load times are very similar to my Mac.
     
  5. Richard8655, Mar 11, 2011
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    That's interesting. Are you sure you aren't comparing your old iPad at the old OS with the new iPad at the latest OS?

    I also haven't noticed a tab reload after upgrading my iPad1 to 4.3. Not saying it's purely the OS upgrade, but I do know that 4.3 brings iPad1 closer in performance to iPad2.
     
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  7. blackNBUK macrumors 6502a

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    JavaScript performance is only one part of web browser performance. I think a more important test is now much data does iPad 2 cache and how long does it cache it for. iPad 1 only caches small items so if the extra memory in iPad 2 allows it to cache more data then that could result in much faster performance.
     
  8. Two macrumors newbie

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    iPad1, iOS 4.3 and tabs reload on me, as well.
     
  9. blackNBUK macrumors 6502a

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    The iPad doesn't have virtual memory so it's inevitable tabs will eventually have to be reloaded. The question is now often does it happen?
     
  10. Natesac macrumors 6502a

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    I am playing with my new iPad 2 right now. And I can tell you that MacRumors forums are desktop fast over a good wifi connection. No exaggerating.

    Not all webpages are desktop fast. But som are. iPad 2 runs laps around my old iPad one
     
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  12. Richard8655 macrumors 6502

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    So, do we now know how much more memory in iPad2, compared to iPad1? The cache memory point is a good one. If we know for sure there's more memory in 2, I'd concede the point on tab reloads and say my 4.3 experience on 1 was only a quirk.
     
  13. ovrlrd macrumors 65816

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    Yeah just after I replied I switched to the iPad forums here in another tab and it reloaded. First time it happened, seems extremely rare.
     
  14. ovrlrd macrumors 65816

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    It has 512mb, been confirmed by multiple sources. The 1st iPad only had 256mb.
     
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  16. Richard8655 macrumors 6502

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    Point conceded. Shame they didn't go to 1gb as other tablets (as I understand) have.
     
  17. shstiger2009 macrumors 6502

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    Browsing is VERY fast, I was comparing with my new MacBook Air and it was the same. Some sites loaded faster, some slower, and some within a second of each other. Just really great.
     
  18. raymondpaul macrumors newbie

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    iPad 2 is so much better than my old iPad which I am going to give to my younger brother.

    Everything is faster in iPad 2, most probably because of the latest processor.
     
  19. f1restarter macrumors regular

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    How about the speaker volume? Is it louder than the iPad 1 or lower?
     
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  21. petererr macrumors member

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    How many tabs can it open at the same time, while making sure you can switch back and forth between them without reloading?
     
  22. marcellus7 macrumors newbie

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    Typing on my ipad2 now and it is awesome. That is all.
     
  23. m.level macrumors newbie

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    have anyone tried to open many heavy pages (engadget, etc.)? Does it reload?
     
  24. Rodvette macrumors regular

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    Typing this on my iPad, I must say it's awesome :)
     
  25. outz macrumors 6502

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    i had 10 open earlier in mercury, but it was mostly forums
     

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