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What’s not great is mobile Safari’s penchant for refreshing a browser window nearly every time I return to it, regardless of how long the window has been idle.

This is my biggest and perhaps only gripe about the iPad. It doesn't have enough memory. My old iPhone 3g did the same thing, especially right before I got the iPhone 4 because the system software had gotten bloated in the last couple of years. Screen size doesn't help with this issue.

Apple either needs to spend some storage space on swap, or implement some kind of caching mechanism within mobile safari itself. The limited memory makes tabbed browsing incredibly frustrating, so much so that I use my iPhone 4 instead of the iPad most of the time now. I don't want to wait for a page load every time I switch tabs, especially over 3g.

The next gen iPad should ship with at least 1GB of ram, there is plenty of space in the case and ram is dirt cheap.

Edit: Looks like some people have already enabled paging by jailbreaking (http://www.ipodtouchfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=288228). Apparently, iOS4 is going to enable paging across the board.




The next gen iPad should ship with at least 1GB of ram, there is plenty of space in the case and ram is dirt cheap.

Keep in mind that space and price are not the only constraints when it comes to RAM. Quadrupling the RAM amounts will also quadruple the power requirements for RAM and will directly impact battery life, which is one of the iPad's greatest features.

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Does RAM actually take that much power? I'm curious because when battery life for mobile devices is discussed, usually back-lighting and CPU are the only thing anyone talks about.

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Isn't the iPad/iPhone RAM integrated into the CPU/SoC package? Not quite as easy to increase the size of that while maintaining the same power consumption.

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Try the Mercury browser app. I'm not sure why it would be the case, but their tab implementation seems much less eager to reload tabs.

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I tried it, and it is much better. Thanks for the heads up.

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