Someone needs to declare war on latency.  Latency of all kinds, not just network delays but app switching, page rendering, UI element activation, etc. Both Fire and iPad2 have 1GHz dual-core processors and ample RAM.  They should be able to achieve a much higher level of responsiveness.  I had high hopes for Silk and thought a browser with optimized server-side elements could lead to a lightening fast user experience.  Such a shame to match advanced network-side tech with crummy device/software performance.  Defeats the purpose. 

bijan:

“Most problematic, though, the Fire does not have anything like the polish or speed of an iPad. You feel that $200 price tag with every swipe of your finger. Animations are sluggish and jerky — even the page turns that you’d think would be the pride of the Kindle team. Taps sometimes don’t register. There are no progress or “wait” indicators, so you frequently don’t know if the machine has even registered your touch commands. The momentum of the animations hasn’t been calculated right, so the whole thing feels ornery”

The Fire Aside, Amazon’s Lower-Priced Kindles Also Shine – NYTimes.com

fuck. bummer. 

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