| | 01-28-2013, 10:24 PM #1
First off lets get one thing straight: I love my Surface. Seriously, it's one of my most cherished gadgets that I've ever owned. The construction is excellent, Windows 8 UI works seamlessly with touch, multitasking is a blast, and the Charms bar is a seriously rockin' idea. Alas, Surface RT does not seem to be without it faults, and I agree that there is still a lot of work to do with the operating system as as whole (stability, and UI changes are indefinitely going to be made, and they should be). However, I fear that my BIGGEST issue by far, is not software related at all. But I certainly hope this is not the case!
You see, my Surface appears to be receiving web information at a good pace. Apps load quickly, as does the information they need to retrieve. But I can't help but feel the IE10 (both metro AND Desktop experience) is HOPELESSLY cumbersome. Loading websites like TheVerge, Cnet (don't judge, they have a very wide variety of articles and reviews), Amazon, and even WPCentral to an extent, is just a (for lack of a better term) ****ty experience. But here's the deal: Once these sights are fully loaded they *sigh* for the most part, perform wonderfully. I can zoom in and out VERY fast, and travelling up and down pages is also speedy, and the images/text are usually loaded up with where the screen is (not a lot of re-rendering going on).
So, whats the problem? I tried to use Pandora.com for the first time today, and it actually inspired me to write this complaint: most cites do not perform well with IE10. Now, one could say that is because a lot of sites just simply do not bother to optimize themselves for Internet Explorer, and valid point to bring up. But I have faith in the fact that IE10 is a WONDERFUL browser. I mean, all these websites are saying that the new IE is totally awesome right? So, then the issue must lie somewhere else.
Today I opened my music music app to stream some DJ , not one song would go 10 seconds without skipping to buffer. I'd close it, try to open a webpage, and viewing the web is as hopeless as usual ( There ARE times when browser performance is actually quite pleseant, but that certainly happens less often than everything being slow as ****). I pick up my girlfriends iPad, put on facebook, go to TheVerge, and open Pandora.com: Smooth as a G*d d*mn whistle. So what gives? Safari REALLY can't be THAT much better in performance, right?
Certainly not. I think Microsoft skimped us all on a ****ty wifi receiver. Has anyone also had performance issues with IE10? And to those who say it works "perfectly", I think you've just lowered your expectations of what is really good in favor of die-hard support support for OUR favorite company! Cause I honestly thought that was what I did, until I decided that it was bull**** ( and is hard to tout 'This is better than your iPad') when I couldn't even browse the internet effectively.
**Note: Music app doesn't always skip on me, but it's happened a couple times.
***Note: I would absolutely love for Microsoft to allow me to turn off the setting that completely reloads a webpage after I've hit the "back" button.
So, I love love LOVE my Surface, but It's embarrassing for me to have to resort to using my girlfriends iPad when I just want a simply easier web browsing experience. Any thoughts?