My Playbook's UI overall laggs unbearably!
Maybe i need a device wipe or need to back up my playbook but i honestly doubt it. These problems arent by any means new, i just chose to ignore them because of my love for the product. There are moments when i get an ok sort of responsiveness. But the playbook seriously needs to be heavily optimized! The UI is just too chunky
- I rarely click the battery indicator and get an immediate response.
- When i click some apps they don't fire away immediately. Sometimes go dim for a fraction of a second before it initiate the app, then i have to wait on the animation, and like inside videos, pictures and music... i have to stare at the background for an additional 4 seconds.
- The keyboard... might as well i launch remote control to avoid it. Again there are times when its ok but majority its lagging behind my every touch, worse when i enable the predictions feature...another chunky feature.
- Inside Settings. Again not very responsive. Especially in the about section. I feel sometimes i have to be waiting on the PB to make its mind up.
- The browser! The reason i decide to let it all out. I feel im keeping a secret, because i dont wish my baby to get scrutinized any more than it already is. I was trying my best to wait it out, keep telling myself that better is coming, the playbook is young... but OMG... jesus of nazareth does it laggg. Honestly do the people that work for RIM own a playbook? Id be ashamed to tell any of my friends that i helped created that browser. HTML 5 scores are all fine and dandy. But its pointless given the lagg fiesta!!!! They should abandon tabbed browsing all together. I think imma invest in dolphin browser, simple browser and secure browser so as to not use tabs! just open separate windows. Every limited feature that it has laggs! the tabs, history, bookmarks... i keep having to wait until they decide to respond.
Notice im not griping about the lacking features of the playbook (bookmark manager, files manager, equilizer and the host of others) Just give me polished speedy executions and ill glady forget about all that is missing.
I honestly dont advocate the playbook with practical demonstrations because i dont know when else it might act up and then gets bad criticism. I wish Throsten Himself could read my frustrations, because im not going anywhere ... imma have my playbook for a long time and my BB10 phone when it comes, but im seriously starting to worry. Im on my playbook 24/7, honestly id like to meet the person that uses a playbook more than me so RIM take it from me! It needs work, work, work.
Last edited by digtech; 07-30-12 at 07:40 PM.
- CrackBerry Genius of Geniuses
07-25-12, 08:40 PM #2
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07-25-12, 08:41 PM #4
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I think there's a problem with your PlayBook.
I tried all of your mentioned settings on my Playbook and it responds instantly.
Battery level - instant.
Setting under "about" - instant.
Launching pictures etc - virtually instant.
Browser, keyboard etc etc - all good.
Now, areas that DO show lag include App World (has always been a little jittery) and sometimes the native mail client when launched for the first time. Other than that, the core system should be silky smooth.
What software version are you running?
Have you verified if any of these issues exist on another PlayBook? Is there one you can try?
- CrackBerry Genius
07-25-12, 08:46 PM #5
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I guess that you got one of the bad ones. My battery indicator launches almost instantaneously. The pictures app fully launches in 2 seconds, Music launches in 3 seconds (1700 tunes), and Videos takes about 3.5 seconds to load (46 vids). That's not too bad, especially considering that Photoshop takes 11 seconds to load on my desktop and itunes takes a full 16 seconds to load (dual core, 2.6 ghz. 3 gig RAM).
- 07-25-12, 08:58 PM #6
I have all the same issues. Mine was quite a bit snappier when I first upgraded to OS 2.0, and I thought that had solved the issues, but shortly after it's back to the same old stuff.
Sometimes I hit the battery indicator and nothing happens, so I stab it again just as it's starting to open, which closes it. Frustrating. I experience similar lag with all the internal menus, and often with opening and closing the keyboard, or even typing. Sometimes the keyboard will appear to be frozen and then all my text will appear in one big jumble.
I rooted a kindle fire recently and installed Android 4.1; I've been playing around with that and just love the snappy response of the OS, even on the lacklustre Kindle hardware. I really prefer the playbook UI and hope future updates bring a similar responsive feel back to that tablet.
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- 07-25-12, 09:01 PM #8
I dare say quite a few android devices i've seen on the other hand are laggy (I don't mean the top end ones like Galaxy S2) and well NONE of Apple ones seemed laggy..
But I love the swipe all the way interface of PB to swap it with anything..
So uve never clicked the history tab in browser and it laggs? switching across multiple tabs? closing tabs? using BBM? using Message app? Using App world?.... pssh.
The only part of the playbooks UI thats undeniable snappy is the Home screen, and navigating through the app trays.
Also i shouldnt have to do a device wipe and or back up more than twice evry 6 months
And my playbook reboots atleast twice a week, mostly for reasons i cannot avoid.
As i said there are moments when its responsive. But times when its just downright frustrating ... i have tried other units as well. While i dont play with them continuosly they exhibit symptoms similar to mine. It might not happen if you try to do it now, but if you can say none of those things ever happen to you.... id say u bought ur unit last week.
Last edited by digtech; 07-25-12 at 09:31 PM.
- CrackBerry Genius
07-25-12, 09:33 PM #10
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"Upon receiving my playbook a month ago, the first thing i went to was the browser. Initial impression of it was that its a pretty awesome browser in all its flash loving glory. Its fast and its quite smooth, pinching and zooming were nice with little to no checker boarding. But the one site that my PB always fell to its knees on was the apple site. I was beginning to think that apple was somehow sabotaging the pb loading the iphone page....whenever i did it was choppy and the slide show was all over the place, ipad 2 had it all smooth out.
I was FREAKING IMPRESSED!!! when i loaded the site today and the playbook was skimming through the site and its slideshow so smooth it shocked me!! i immediately went for the ipad 2, and OMG playbook just left it in the dust. IT LOOKS EFFORTLESSSSSS!!!! "
I guess you were in denial then.
- CrackBerry Master
07-25-12, 09:56 PM #12
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Sorry you're having problems. I'd love to be able to help you but since I haven't experienced any of your problems, I can't advise you on a solution for you. I have played with an iPad and my PB is as quick if not quicker in some instances.
I hope you find your solution, but in all honesty, I think you are suffering from iPad envy and there's only one remedy for that!
Nah no envy here. It is what it is. They speak for themselves. I dont need to sell the Ipad 2 short to give the playbook credit. I really like the features more on my playbook, and love that it goes hand in hand with my Bold. But if im to get more out of the tablet I prefer, im going to continue to expect more. No doubt its a building platform, and thats what most PB owners fail to admit, as "beta" testers we ought to admit the flaws to get it done correctly. I gave my two cents and im sure other user feel the same.
- CrackBerry User
07-25-12, 10:32 PM #15
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As for being on your playbook 24/7. I am also on it a lot, at night I turn it off and I have no problems with it. Just like everything, it does need to rest a while.
- CrackBerry Addict
07-25-12, 10:58 PM #16
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- 07-26-12, 12:13 AM #17
I don't question that you are having problems OP. But what is concerning is the fact that you actually believe that if you are having PB issues, everyone else is having the same ones, to the point of accusing them of being in denial. I hope you resolve your problem, both of them.
- CrackBerry Abuser
07-26-12, 02:13 AM #19
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Keyboard lag is dreadful, made better by not keeping a browser history for more than a day, clear cache etc regularly. A security wipe and reload once a month or so keeps everything else in check. Pity Android apps close by themselves sometimes and take an age to reload sometimes but that's not consistent.
I accept the bugs because it was very cheap. If I wanted something finished I'd have had to pay more. My choice.
- CrackBerry User
07-26-12, 04:52 AM #21
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Perhaps some of the Playbooks are worse than the others?
I have 2 Playbooks at home and both of them are very fast. Faster than iPad 2 I have from work from time to time. And I have not, even once, wiped my Playbook clear. I am installing and deleting a lot of apps just to try them. I store a lot of videos on the PB, as I use it when travelling and also at home, as a main playback device, connected by HDMI to my projector. Never had any lag.
I don't experience any lag when clicking the battery (going to standby, I rarely switch off the Playbook), nor when going to settings or any application. The browser's tabs are smooth and fast. The only problem is with complex websites - sometimes I have to wait 2-3 seconds for the page to appear from under the white/grey checkers. But I think this has more to do with my WiFi speed.
However, I have lag problems on my BB phone. Especially with AppWorld. For other people my model is super-fast - I have problems with it. Perhaps the same is with Playbooks? Maybe some people just have bad luck? Or have installed some particular applications that are slowing their system down?
- 07-26-12, 05:04 AM #22
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- CrackBerry Abuser
07-26-12, 07:04 AM #23
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Hey guys, this is a REAL issue. Nobody wants to tear the PlayBook apart. I also had it from time to time (*knocks on wood* that it won't happen again), after putting a lot of media files (mostly photos) on it. This didn't happen always, but when it did, even deleting the new files didn't help to bring the performance back. A security wipe was the only way I found to bring it back, but this SHOULDN'T be the solution for any problem.
As more people seem to have this issue, I hope RIM looks into it to fix it as soon as possible.
PlayBook getting slow with lots of new photos
@OP: Did the lagging start after putting a lot of files onto your PlayBook?
Last edited by Gerii; 07-26-12 at 07:07 AM.
- 07-26-12, 07:31 AM #24
To the OP, I'm not sure how many PlayBooks you've tested your unproven theory on, but MY PLAYBOOK has been running smooth and quick since May 2011. I have never done a wipe, I do a HARD RESET once a month and never sideloaded any Android apps. Through my trials and tribulations with BlackBerry devices, I have found that some apps cause havoc and some don't, the biggest challenge for ME, is finding the right mixture of apps, as to keep my devices running smoothly according to MY EXPECTATIONS. Just because your Playbook runs erratic does not mean that ALL PlayBooks do. I hope whichever device you choose in the future meets your expectations. ENJOY
- 07-26-12, 08:45 AM #25