Is the iPad's CPU adaquate for web browsing?

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  1. SingleDuvet macrumors newbie

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    The iphone 3G CPU is not fast enough for a pleasant web browsing experience.

    It takes a relatively long time to load a page, even though my internet connection is 20mbit.

    Can the iPad load webpages as fast as a macbook (or other ordinary computer)?

    Do you feel a delay of any kind compared to your normal web browsing experience?
     
  2. sapporobaby macrumors 68000

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    Yes. Don't buy an iPad ever. And most importantly, never, ever read the reviews regarding the performance of the iPad and how great it is for browsing the web.
     
  3. topmounter macrumors 68020

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    You might want to look into how you're connecting that 20 mbps connection to your iPad.
     
  4. jalpert macrumors 6502

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    For web browsing it's great. For PDF's on the other hand, even with good reader it's shockingly slow.
     
  5. Southern Dad macrumors 65816

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    At home I am connected via wireless "n" and in coffee shops usually by "g" and find the speed faster than my MacBook. When on 3G I have the expected slower but adequate time downloading pages.
     
  6. jtara macrumors 65816

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    I think the 3G's CPU is likely more than adequate.

    But your iPhone connection to your router isn't at 20 mBit. The iPhone 3G isn't capable of more than 4-5 mbit/sec, as born-out by multiple tests. Do a Google search. And I've confirmed this myself.


    Sadly, no, and I don't know exactly why. May be limits on the number of simultaneous downloads.

    I doubt that it is CPU speed, though. I've gotten up to 30mbit/sec in speed tests on the iPad. I haven't done a proper test, though, to see what the speed is to a local server - justd one of those "Internet speed tests" that are essentially useless. (You can be sure that you are getting AT LEAST the number that you get from the test, but it CAN'T tell you the MAXIMUM speed, because there are too many factors outside of your control).
     
  7. SingleDuvet thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I watched a review video where it took an iPad 16 seconds to load CNN.com via wifi.

    It took 4 seconds to load CNN.com on my macbook =/
    (my first time to go to that website)

    I guess it is unacceptable then. I'll have to wait for the next version, hopefully it is faster.
     
  8. gwynne macrumors 68000

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    It's not just download speeds, the device also has to do a certain amount of rendering of the html (etc) code. In this sense I'm not sure why people would expect mobile devices to be as fast as the CPU on a laptop or desktop computer.
     
  9. VTMac macrumors 6502

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    Something is wrong with that video then. I load cnn.com on my iPad in 3-5 seconds. This is over wireless N to to a 15M FIOS connection.
     
  10. Hmac macrumors 68020

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    My iPad loads CNN faster than my MacBook Pro.
     
  11. iPadztr macrumors 6502

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    same here.. and i'm only on wireless G with 6mb network..
     
  12. sapporobaby macrumors 68000

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    You connection is screwed or something. I have a 200Mbps connection and CNN loads in about 4 seconds. My MBP is faster but still less than 6 seconds is pretty fast. Both are running the N standard. You can always turn off all security and get rid of the overhead associated with wifi. This should gain some speed as well as some unwelcome friends.
     
  13. Fireproof! macrumors 6502a

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    I agree - web browsing is faster than my MBP or other Windows Desktops in my house.
     
  14. Aduntu macrumors 6502a

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    Oh really?
     
  15. rworne macrumors 6502a

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    Speed is more than adequate here on pretty much every site I visit. Why? No loading of Flash and Java crapplets. It would be even faster if Mobile Safari had an adblocking plugin.

    It absolutely flies if I go through the Glimmerblocker proxy on my iMac.
     
  16. pondie84 macrumors 6502a

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    It's important to note that although pages may load fairly quickly they'll need to reload often (in Safari) because of the caching problem.

    I doubt the OP was ever seriously considering getting an iPad.
     
  17. sapporobaby macrumors 68000

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    Would you like me to embarrass you or do you want to move on?
     
  18. Aduntu macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, please do. I would love to see that.
     
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    If I remember correctly the 3G iPhone has a 600mhz processor ... The iPad 1ghz and the ipad has double the memory so yes it does surf faster.

    It definitely seems faster than my 3GS (800mhz)
     
  22. Batt macrumors 65816

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    Well, maybe it's the drugs, but it seems faster than either my MBP or my iMac.
     
  23. alecgold macrumors 65816

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    I'm waiting for that, 200/200 glassfibre.
    That will beat the *&^%$$##)) out of my ADSL 10mb connection :D

    Ow and on-toppic: in europe the CNN website did take me around 6 seconds on my macbook pro via an N-connection and around 9 seconds on the ipad with the same n-connection.
    Not bad for a small 1GHz processor I guess.
     
  24. dstar macrumors regular

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    If the browsing experience on the ipad was unacceptable
    I don't think they would sell many.
     
  25. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    My iPad is definitely slower loading webpages, sometimes annoyingly slow. This is readily evident when you scroll down and see a couple of seconds of a grid of an unloaded page. After a couple of seconds it loads, then you scroll down again and there is the grid again.
     

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