Web browsing sucks on android


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  1. sucaritas

    sucaritas New Member This Topic's Starter

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    I have own an iPhone since it came out, but since Apple's strong grip pissed me off i decided to switch to Verizon & Android. I love it it has all I need but the experience ans the say is lacking. please who can i post to that can help.
    First and foremost is the internet browser
    1.- the zoom sucks you can zoom with gestures and all but the way it does it sucks. if you pinch slightly it should zoom by a small amount. in other world i can not zoom in to cover what i want to, it zoom either way pass were i want or completely zooms out. of course this i think is just a programming issue of not taking into consideration of how big is the pinch. This is frustrating me so much.

    2.- when you zoom the browser relays out the entire page. which is completely wrong it should not happen. when say zooming in on a column of text that you think can be better read by zooming in the browser does a re-layout and now my text is all over the place. the expectation is the you are zooming into a small portion of the webpage not that you are changing the dimensions of the page or object you are zooming in (<DIV>,<p>,<SPAN> or which ever). they should stay still and let me get a bigger view of the window that i'm trying to view.
    the fix here would be to zoom in without the weird re-layout

    it has sucked so much that what I'm doing is caring my iPhone just to browser the web and my droid for all the rest.
     

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  2. AndroidSPCS

    AndroidSPCS Well-Known Member

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    LOL this is pretty trollish.

    I have an iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android. I can say without a doubt that web browsing most definitely does not suck on Android.

    The controls vary depending on the phone and version of Android you have. But I find it just as good if not better than Safari on the iPhone.
     
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  3. cableguynoe

    cableguynoe Well-Known Member

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    Try different browsers.
    There's dolphin and a few others that get good reviews. I cant think of the other browser names since I've been using Dolphin for so long.

    But give that a try. It should enhance your Android experince;)

    Edit: Oh, and welcome to the forum.
     
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  4. SlidewayzS14

    SlidewayzS14 Active Member

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    Its a Android phone not an iphone, we android folks don't seem to have any difficulties when it comes web browsing. =p
     
  5. Thefoodman52

    Thefoodman52 Well-Known Member

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    Wait... so OP doesn't like it that his phone re-fits all the text on the page to make it easier for reading...? You know you can turn that off in the settings if it bothers you that your Android phone does something your iPhone doesn't...
     
  6. II Kings 9:20

    II Kings 9:20 Well-Known Member

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    Not to be PC, I like both the iphone and Android. I use Android because of the google turn by turn voice navigation that the iphone simply does not have (please don't mention iphone google maps, that is NOT turn by turn navigation). Each person has an issue, for the OP it's android zoom, for me it is not having to travel with a Garmin and laptop and I have flash so I have a pocket computer that has better navigation than any Garmin or TomTom- Droid wins on that alone. I have stock in Apple and Google so I win with either system purchased.
     
  7. zaftxx

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    android does not suck at browsing. its basically the same, even better in some areas. I have an Iphone 4, and one thing i noticed is android has zero checkerboarding, while iphone 4 does.
     
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    Thefoodman52 Well-Known Member

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    Oh man..I totally forgot about the checkerboard stuff... I remember that on the old Instinct's when you hit the zoom button... never EVER happens on my Evo, I had completely forgotten about it. Lol.
     
  9. zaftxx

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    dont get me wrong, its by no means terrible on the iphone, but id rather it not be there at all. :)
     
  10. jroc

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    lol....yea thats wild cuz thats one of the biggest complaint when using different browsers, phones...thats one thing many ppl love about the browser on HTC phones...the text re-fitting when pinch zooming..

    :confused:@the OP not liking it....

    The stock browser on the X does what the OP wants, maybe on the Droid 1 and 2 too. For the text to re-fit u have to use the double tap to zoom.
     
  11. qwertyaas

    qwertyaas Well-Known Member

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    I didn't know people actually complain about word-wrapping. That's what makes browsing - especially forums - so much easier.
     
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  12. Thefoodman52

    Thefoodman52 Well-Known Member

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    Hey, some people want things to be harder to use... gives them a challenge. Maybe OP is a mac user? :p
     
  13. Demache

    Demache Well-Known Member

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    ^This. When you have a HVGA screen, like my Android, having text wrap at screen width is a really crucial feature. My Nokia had it for Opera Mobile as well. Its sooo nice for smaller mobiles. I never thought anybody would actually dislike it.
     
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    This is why android/linux dominates.

    A community that will fix/tell you how to fix your problems.

    And has the ability to fix even a trollish thread from "well this sucks" to.. "well.. the reality is it is superior"
     
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    TgeekB Well-Known Member

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    LOL. I came from a Blackberry because I wanted a better browser. (Yes, I have had an iPhone too)
     
  16. 3gAndroid

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    I agree. My iPhone 4 isn't as good due to the small 3.5" display. Both my Caltivate & Droid X offer superior browsing experiences.
     
  17. Outlaw71

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    He doesn't say which phone he has. My guess is it's an older phone without multi-touch. Because control is excellent on my DX. I can zoom in just as far as I want. It doesn't do anything I don't tell it to do.
     
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    OP mentions being able to pinch to zoom.

    Without any info regarding make or browser it's difficult to provide useful suggestions other than try another device and/or browser before trollishly proclaiming that browsing on Android sucks across the board based on one single experience.
     
  19. sucaritas

    sucaritas New Member This Topic's Starter

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    ups sorry for not posting which phone i am using it is an HTC incredible
    (actually its my wife's) i am getting the Droid x today hopefully it will be a litle diferent

    -->Thefoodman52
    you said that i can turn it off?
    sweet i will for sure look for that thanks.

    i will compare the 3, the iphone, incredible, and Droid x
    and let you k now how it went

    dont get me wrong i love everything else about the droid
    in fact thats why im leaving apple but things can be better in my web experience
    notice the bold in my. i know other people have other preferences. and if they like it then cool i have no beef with that.

    but now that i know that there is a setting i will try to improve my experience.
     
  20. mrspeedmaster

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    Web browsing is a user preference. There is no right or wrong method. I personally don't like the word re-wrapping, re-flowing every time I pinch to zoom. I totally hate it so I use Dolphin HD on Android most of the time. I also like the gestures on Dolphin HD. The nice thing about the iPhone is the tactile pressure sensitive pinches. I don't accidently click on a text heavy link (e.g. craigslist.org) with an iPhone. I can easily scroll and zoom-in-and-out much more fluidly. For example, when I see a layout with a photos, the zoom works better for me. On Android, it re-wraps and can take me to a different part of the page layout. Hence, the lack of focus when zooming in on the "stock" Android browser.

    Again, the web browsing experience is all user preference. Both platforms have alternate browsers you can download and use.
     
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    On dolphin wrapping only happens when I double tap the screen. Pinch zoom leaves the sizing as is without reformatting.
     
  22. Jersey Tom

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    Well then you're insane.
     
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    mrspeedmaster Well-Known Member

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    Why is he insane? Some people carry multiple phones. I carry an iPhone 4 because there are lots of enterprise,work specific applications not available on my Android phones.
     
  24. sucaritas

    sucaritas New Member This Topic's Starter

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    well it here! the droid x is here i love it and i take it back jajja
    only the stock browser for HTC incredible sucks lol.

    I havent downloaded the dolphin browser but will do, although the stock browser for the Dx
    solved most of the ticky tacky stuff that i was use to in the iphone.

    I SEE THE LIGHT hahaha
     
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  25. jroc

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    ...wow...I didnt think u would get a whole phone just for the browsing experience lol Although the only reason I kept the X was for the better reception than the Droid 1....

    I woulda thought getting a browser app for your current phone would been enough. Just remember all these phones have pros n cons. Its the cons u can live with that will determine if u will like the phone or not.

    I just remembered this thread. I didnt really understand it at the time. After the X came out and reviewers were comparing the text re-fit vs. other phones it made more sense.

    http://androidforums.com/evo-4g-sup...id-browser-different-pinch-zoom-behavior.html
     

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