08/23/2011, 01:23 PM
Touchpad web browsing - I've recently discovered some interesting things. Since getting my TP on Saturday, I've seen here and experienced wildly varying things regarding web browsing speed. Some people complain loudly that browsing the web is unbearably slow. Others report that it's faster than the iPad.
I was firmly in the unbearably slow browsing category...at home. Now, my home internet connection is pretty fast...15 Mbps down, 2 Mbps up. On my iPhone, laptops, Apple TV, etc, wi-fi is similarly fast. On the touchpad, it is dog slow. Downloads are fine, reaching good peak download speeds, but web browsing is painful. I just thought the tablet rendered pages slowly, and that those who were saying it was faster than an iPad were smoking something...it was significantly slower than my iPhone in web browsing.
Then I came to work with my Touchpad. Now, normally, I have no need to browse the web at work on a touchpad...if I need to look something up online, I'll use my computer. That said, on lunch today I booted the web browser while showing some people the tablet. Holy cow...blazing fast! Pages were loading super quick, with essentially no delay. The thing is, the internet service at work is significantly slower than at home. It peaks at around 6Mbps, and with all the computers at work, it generally only can get about 2 Mbps when you need it. But...my touchpad was flying on it. The difference? My router at home is an 802.11b/g capable. My work one is 802.11n. I'm guessing that the touchpad doesn't fare so well on the older wi-fi signals, but is optimized for n. Can other users confirm/deny? I think I'm going to pick up an 802.11n router today...my old one has had some other issues anyway (reboots required every two or three days, etc).