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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by charlie310, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. charlie310

    charlie310 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I've used dolphin browser for like 3 years now. I just switched to the Galaxy S4 and noticed that dolphin now runs much slower than it did on my old Bionic. It appears that webpages just load much slower. I see the loading bar (at the top) and it just keeps loading & reloading. I'm not sure if it's the phone or if it's the browser.

    Also want to mention that the touch accuracy is also off, and I have a much harder time clicking webpage links than I used to on my Bionic. Either the link next to the one I was touching will load, or links won't load whatsoever.

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  2. zebug

    zebug Android Enthusiast

    does the stock browser do the same thing? If not, then its the app, if so then its your phone.
  3. WalkaboutDavid

    WalkaboutDavid Well-Known Member

    The stock browser is pretty damn good (and I say this as somebody who loathes virtually everything about touchwhiz). I have had Dolphin on all my devices but now I see no need.

    Also, with chrome, there really is no need for dolphin anyway.
  4. SubaruB4

    SubaruB4 Well-Known Member

    Ditto I used chrome because I did not install dolphin yet and coming from a HTC evo 4G with dolphin installed I have to say on the S4 I too see no need for dolphin to be installed.
  5. shmn

    shmn Android Enthusiast

    Are you sure it isn't the Dolphin app itself. I used to use Dolphin but it seems like it got slower and slower with every update and then I finally gave up on it a couple of months ago because some pages wouldn't even load. So I uninstalled it and am using Chrome now which is fast but has other issues (no text wrap on zooming in). I think Dolphin is just getting bloated (don't we all as we get older?).
  6. itsallgood

    itsallgood Android Expert

    I'm using Dolphin HD Beta and no problems with slowness loading pages.
  7. Sydney99

    Sydney99 Android Expert

    Same here itsallfood, side by side comparison with my s2. The s4 is quicker (just)
  8. CzechPleez

    CzechPleez Member

    I use Chrome mobile and no issues with lag or touch accuracy. That said, the OEM browser DOES support Flash (for now) so that may be a consideration before adding a 3rd (or 2nd) party browser.
  9. GottWhat

    GottWhat Member

    Dolphin HD 10.0 works great for me.
  10. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User

    Seems all browsers are faster than my S3 on the S4. Dolphin included, but Dolphin is slower overall than stock, Boat, Xscope and even Firefox now. Dolphin itself seems to be the problem rather than the S4. Dolphin is slower on my tablets as well. Jetpack IMO is a practical placebo.

    They keep adding stuff to it to the point IMO of diminished returns.
  11. androidpod

    androidpod Well-Known Member

    While I find Dolphin runs faster on my S4 compared to my S3, the browser I really like is Opera. Firefox is a close second.

    Overall I'm especially pleased with the exceptional accuracy and improved sensitivity.
  12. wysts43

    wysts43 Well-Known Member

    Its also worth checking out Boat browser. I've tried the stock browser, chrome, and dolphin, but Boat seems to run the fastest for me. Check it out.
  13. BigRedGonzo

    BigRedGonzo Android Expert


    From your post it sounds like you are new to the S4. When I first got my S4, I was very disappointed with its overall performance. I had issues with WiFi, browser speed, touch accuracy and lag. I was ready to go to the store and get it exchanged, but knew that they would do a factory reset before exchanging the device. So I did a FDR (from recovery) before taking it in. The difference after the FDR was amazing. All of the issues went away. I got the phone from the Verizon Store brand new and I would have thought that the brand new phone (out of the box) shouldn't have issues, but evidently this isn't the case. I realize that a FDR is a PITA, but give it a shot and see if the phone isn't much better.

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  14. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User

    As some folks here might know, I am kind of picky.... That said, my S4 32gb has not showed any signs of lag with Nova or Wiz and with both firmware versions. It was zippy fast when I first used it and the same with 260 apps installed and new firmware. I do agree the demo units I tested wer a little laggy, but not having any issues with lag. Easily the fastest device I have used- including compared to the speedy iPad 4 and S3.

    Of course, like with every device I have- animations are off, extra sensors are off and no live wallpaper. That stuff seems frilly- especially all the eye and hand wave sensor stuff. Turned it all off since just drains battery/resources more.

    Wish I did not update though, since root is now currently (or always) not an option.
  15. jdeters

    jdeters Lurker

    This thread is a year old but I' posting for others who may still have issues.

    I had this problem and fixed it by going into the settings menus and turning off search suggest and virtual search engine. The virtual search engine made it lag like an Apple IIe on 28k dial-up
  16. chicano

    chicano Well-Known Member

    I second this.

    I was a Dolphin fan until it started running too much in the background and then lagging with every update. I started searching for a quick, and less hogger browser, on my then Sprint S3. I tried:
    Dolphin HD/mini- hogger with extensions
    Chrome-not too friendly user and notice that Dolphin was faster
    Maxthon- actually very impressed me-stick with it for a few months
    Puffin Browser- missing some features
    Opera/mini- good to use when not on 4g
    Firefox-too buggy

    Boat, I was hesitant because of its name. Tried it and stuck with it ever since. Fast both in 3g and 4g... i wouldn't install web to pdf extension- drains your batter...

    So give Boat or Maxthon a try...
  17. MYKEL61

    MYKEL61 Well-Known Member

    Been using Boat for almost a year.. No problems at all!!!!
  18. joesixpack

    joesixpack Android Enthusiast

    Try running a website that needs Flash and you'll see why I prefer Dolphin with Dolphin Jetpack. This add-on may use battery, but it makes the browser a helluva lot faster!

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