- 04-06-2012, 05:41 PM #1
We all know the desktop version of Internet Explores sucks. It always has. Nobody I know uses IE for web browsing on computers.
Now that Windows mobile phones ship with IE a the default browser, I can't help but think that it is the weak link of an otherwise great mobile OS.
So people that have used IE on WP7, how does it compare to Safari on the iPhone? Does it render pages without any issues? Does it hang up or freeze or have pop up problems? How does its speed compare to Safari?
- 04-06-2012, 05:50 PM #2
I generally don't have any problem with it, but there are some quirks with it. I don't like that they got rid of the back/forward buttons and buried it in context menu. Also, even though I have it set to Mobile mode, it will still download desktop versions of webpages.
Overall, it's not a bad browser, but could definitely use some refinement.
04-06-2012, 06:00 PM #3
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On PC IE is known for it being cumbersome and heavy.
On Windows Phone i think this time the base is excellent. It's fast, snappy, very smooth scrolling. All that with less hardware than iOS and Android.
Though what they need to do is keep adding features. Will be interesting to see how IE look on Windows Phone 8.
- 04-06-2012, 06:27 PM #6
Try Next Browser.
It is simply the best browser on WP7. You swipe horizontally to go from tab to tab. I hate changing tabs in IE. The trial has NO LIMITATIONS.
Try it out.
Also loving my LUMIA!!
- 04-06-2012, 06:40 PM #8
I prefer IE on WP7 to Safari on iOS. In Safari, there were some websites that absolutely refused to load the desktop version and made me stick with the mobile no matter how many times I clicked to use full site (cnet.com comes to mind). I have never once had this same problem in IE9. I also prefer the address bar to always be visible and have the physical back button opposed to a software one.
- 04-06-2012, 06:44 PM #9
The desktop IE9 is excellent, it competes with chrome when it comes to speed and security (heck, microsoft showed google how to create chrome's sandboxing feature and helped with other aspects of the browser), and wipes the floor when it comes to gpu rendering of web pages.
I will admit the IE9 on wp7.5 could use an upgrade. It was good when it was released last year, but it's starting to show its age a bit. Admittedly I only use it to view full pages (I prefer this to looking at the mobile versions of web pages), but recently I have experienced a few bugs when looking at more complex sites (eg. the verge, cnet - which have a lot of layers and complex effects).
It is by no means a horrible browser, I just think it's time to bring on wp8 and ie10.
- 04-07-2012, 04:17 PM #15
Last edited by Rodolfo; 04-07-2012 at 04:36 PM.
- 04-07-2012, 04:37 PM #17
IE is excellent actually on windows phone 7. its fast, clean, smooth unlike android stock browser and dont forget, you are comparing single core IE to dual core safari or android net browser so it might take two or three seconds more than others but its still very fast. pocketnow posted a video comparing lumia 900 to galaxy nexus and on web browsing test (over same wi-fi), lumia actually beat galaxy nexus interms of loading websites (lumia would win every single time over cellular data). so point is, IE is great.
- 04-08-2012, 12:03 AM #18
Speed wise, it's still very good. Not a lot of side-scrolling, either.
- 04-08-2012, 12:48 AM #20
I don't think it's ie9 becuase everybody knows about ie9 got dramatically faster then last versions. It's that wp was not marketed to it's potential. Also people Thought it was wm.
But not anymore becuase most people in da US would know about wp and Nokia lumia 900