iPad 2 still suffers from checkerboarding and constant refreshing in Safari

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  1. zippyzoom macrumors member

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    I went to my local Apple store yesterday to check out the iPad 2 and was suprised to find that it suffers almost the same browsing downfalls of iPad 1. There were 4 tabs loaded into Safari and the iPad 2 had to constantly refresh 2 out of the 4 sites. Mind you, most of the sites were news sites - NYT, CNN, etc. so it may have had additional pictures, etc however, after watching the video of the browser comparison with IPad 2 vs. iPad 1 I was expecting better.
     
  2. anthonymoody macrumors 68020

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    Gee that's the exact opposite of what I experienced trying one myself. Not to mention numerous documented (with video) reports from reputable sites around the intertubez.
     
  3. iserian macrumors 6502

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    Still have some checkers here but seems to be a bit better than before. 4.3 improved my pad ones as well.
     
  4. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    Doesn't happen nearly as much as the iPad 1. The iPad 2 is much faster hands down.
     
  5. rydenfan macrumors member

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    Played with one this weekend at the store and noticed the exact same thing
     
  6. Surf Monkey macrumors 68020

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    I've seen a few checkers on slow loading pages and I've had tabs reload once or twice since getting it, but that's in comparison to iPad 1 where EVERY page showed checkerboard while loading and EVERY tab refreshed when switching to it.
     
  7. lewisd25 macrumors 6502a

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    I noticed this with the iPad 2 demo at my apple store. The demo unit had tons of apps running which takes up RAM. Make sure you don't have too many apps open at once.
     
  8. nduda78 macrumors newbie

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    This also has to do with the available RAM. Floor model iPad's in my mind are not good benchmarks for anything unless you kill all the running apps, do a fresh reboot...etc.

    I was just playing with my iPad2 and noticed some safari issues. I opened zTools and noticed I had about 35mb of the 500mb it was reporting free. Cleared my running apps, it jumped to almost 300mb, and safari was running very nice!
     
  9. gatearray macrumors 65816

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    It's true. A good rule of thumb is to at least kill the App Store when you're done with it as it seems to eat up a sizable chunk of memory.

    Also, isn't the "checkerboard" just iOS's way of showing us that the page isn't finished loading? On a desktop browser, it either doesn't let you scroll down or just shows empty white space, i.e. checkerboarding.
     
  10. Sheza macrumors 65816

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    @gatearray: Nope, the checker-board simply means it can't display the on-screen content on the page fast enough. Not about internet loading times.

    Don't forget guys, the store demo models will have a ton of apps running in the background, is constantly plugged in, never sees a reboot and will have been worked to death wit RAM-heavy apps like Photobooth and iMovie.
     
  11. Mitch2742 macrumors member

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    Switching between pages on the iPad 2 doesn't cause them to reload for me, thank god. It happened once yesterday but I think that's because I lost my connection and then switched back to a page after I reconnected.
     
  12. ghostlyorb macrumors 6502a

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    did you make sure there weren't a lot of other apps running in the background? My iPad works great with multiple tabs when there isn't any other apps running.. (maybe 1 or 2)
     
  13. asleep macrumors 68040

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    Saw this in a few video reviews and was/am a bit surprised.

    Checker-boarding is my #1 pet peeve on my iPhone4.
     
  14. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    I get some checker boarding, usually when I'm scrolling very quickly, but my tabs hardly ever reload.
     
  15. phpmaven macrumors 68040

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    It can't display the content "fast enough" because it's not downloaded yet. It has everything to do with the speed of the Internet connection and website. It displays he checkerboard in place of content that hasn't downloaded yet.

    For the record, on my new iPad, I still see the same page refresh issues as before, just not as often.
     
  16. ssspinball macrumors 6502

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    It's odd that so many people here don't understand how the multitasking works in iOS.

    1. When the OS needs more memory, background apps are closed.

    2. Just because an app is in the multitasking tray DOES NOT mean it is actually running!
     
  17. Runt888 macrumors 6502a

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    What other apps do you think are running in the background?

    +1 - This is a big pet peeve of mine.
     
  18. ozred macrumors 6502

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    As far as browsers in general I really liked Safari until 2 years ago. Same thing on my iPhone, but lately on iPad 1 & 2, I prefer Mercury. It's so much better.
     
  19. trajen macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    I don't understand what the big deal about all this is. Why do you want more than a couple tabs open anyway? Porn only needs one tab.
     
  20. Sheza macrumors 65816

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    Let's see shall we?

    I will load the Engadget desktop website on my iPhone 4. Oh look, loading's finished. Checkerboarding. Also how can you explain a side-by-side comparison of iPad 1 and iPad 2 browsers showing checkerboarding on the iPad 1 but none on the iPad 2. They're in the same room - surely all the content has already been downloaded off the internet, thus is must be due to the internal memory, NOT the internet connection.
     
  21. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    True. I played with Galaxy Tab in a trade show and can't even type in Google Search lol. The device just crawled.
     
  22. fanboy05 macrumors regular

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    Yes it does, it is not a computer with lots of ram ... It is still a tablet...
     
  23. Bob Sanders macrumors member

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    The Galaxy Tab is the worst consumer electronics device I have ever attempted to use. Thankfully I didn't buy one, was just testing in a store.
     
  24. stylinexpat macrumors 6502a

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    How do you close them?
     
  25. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Hold on until it jiggles, like you are trying to move the icon, Sind in the tray you will see a res circle with a "-". Just press that and the app will be removed. On a side note, I wish we could just flick them out of the tray like you're closing a card in webOS.
     

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