7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 22, 2013 1:31 PM by Warder21
melanierose Level 1 (0 points)

I have been very disappointed in the performance of my iPad.  For a device that was designed for apps and and web browsing, it is extremely slow.  I did a PHP speed test from LifeHacker (http://cache.lifehacker.com/assets/resources/stopwatch.php) on my old Centrino 2 laptop and my iPad 1, which are physically side-by-side on the same high speed wireless internet connection.  My iPad has full signal.  For example, it took my laptop an average of 4.4 seconds to fully load LifeHacker on Chrome, while my iPad takes an average of 15.9 seconds on Safari.  Why is this?  Is there a fix? 


Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks.

iPad, iOS 4.2
  • King_Penguin Level 10 (117,010 points)

    You can try clearing Safari's cache and see if that helps with speed : Settings > Safari > Clear Cache (and Clear History)


    You can also try closing Safari completely and then re-open it : from the home screen (i.e. not with Safari 'open' on-screen) double-click the home button to bring up the taskbar, then press and hold any of the apps on the taskbar for a couple of seconds or so until they start shaking, then press the '-' in the top left of the Safari app to close it, and touch any part of the screen above the taskbar so as to stop the shaking and close the taskbar.


    A third option is a reset : press and hold both the sleep and home buttons for about 10 to 15 seconds (ignore the red slider), after which the Apple logo should appear - you won't lose any content, it's the iPad equivalent of a reboot.

  • melanierose Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your in-depth answer, but unfortunately, I don't think that solved my problem.


    I temoporarily removed the WEP security from my router to test these options.  For comparison, my laptop is now loading the test site at an average of 6.5 seconds.


    No change: avg of 15.0 (baseline)

    After clearning the cache: avg of of 14.5

    After restarting Safari: avg of 14.5 (but range of 13.6-16.1...?)

    After restarting the iPad: avg of 15.0


    I'd also like to add the my Nexus S loaded the site in the default browser in 13.6 seconds.


    Any other ideas?  Would router security settings make a difference?  Or is the iPad processor just very slow?

  • King_Penguin Level 10 (117,010 points)

    I've tried it on my iPad (first gen iOS 4.3.5) and it's also slow : 16.3 seconds in Safari, and 22.6 seconds in Atomic Web. On my laptop it's 17.9 on Safari and 8.7 on Firefox (4.5 on Safari on my Mac). I don't think that there is much that you can do about it - It's going to be limited by the iPad's hardware

  • Diavonex Level 9 (66,530 points)

    I thought the browser speed is related to the quality of the Internet connection.

  • davidfromwinfield Level 1 (65 points)

    It's probably partly because you have a lot of temporary internet files. All devices pick them up and after they build up the totally slow down the device. To clear them on the iPad go to the device settings menu, scroll down and go to the safari menu, scroll down and clear the history, cookies, and cache. Thanks hope this helps

  • paul99999 Level 1 (0 points)

    When web browsing a web page the download frequently gets stuck half to 3/4 done.  If I click in the address bar ( stops the download) then click on the screen (puts the refresh arrow at end of address bar) then click refresh arrow then 7/10 times the page loads immediately.  It is as though the browser is waiting for something that is not being delivered and it made me wonder about iAds.


    I have tried

    - clearing the cache (settings, safari, clear history, clear cookies and data)

    - deleting website data (settings, safari, advanced, website data, delete all),

    - deleted files (movies etc) to free up space,

    - have done a hard reset,

    - have done a settings reset (settings, general, reset, reset all settings),

    - backup, reset and restore from backup,


    all made no difference. 


    I was also having the same problem on my iphone 3gs, my wifes new iPad and her iPhone 4gs, I then turned off iAds on the iPad (settings, location,services, system services, location based iAds) and it made some difference but only seemed to reduce the problem by 20%


    I also have Microsoft computers on the network that do not have the "stuck browser" problem. 

  • Warder21 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi, I am having the exact same problem with my brand new iPad! I have been browsing google and found that it could be something to do with the router you use. You may need to disable the "QOS" feature on your router and this may solve it / has solved it for many. I have not yet managed to achieve this on my router but am still trying...


    Good luck!