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iPad lacks even basic web browsing

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    I bought an $830 iPad 2 days ago. I've spent at least 10 hours and $30 downloading and installing web browser after web browser, and I still don't have even the most basic web browsing capability. Consider the following web page:

    http colon slash slash docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/java/nutsandbolts/expressions.html

    I want to increase the size of the text on this page. No... I don't want to increase the size of the discussion text while leaving the size of the code example text too small to be read even with a magnifying glass. No... I don't want to scroll horizontally with every line. And yes, I want to be able to read the java tutorial offline from the iPad memory.

    All I expected was the most basic web browsing capability, and after all this time and all this money I still don't have it. The features mentioned here should have been provided right out of the box - especially when you consider the astronomical prices of Apple products. All I can say is that you can bet I'll recommend Android to anyone who will listen. :mad:

    OK, rant over. Can anyone suggest a browser that will resize and wrap text? (And that hopefully would also allow offline viewing.)
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    Seriously? For a second post you are not doing well. Please read our rules if you have any intentions of surviving here and JB that wonderful Christmas present you just got.
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    @fredycruger: they say if you have nothing nice to say don't say anything at all. When it comes to posting forums, if you're not going to post something posing a constructive or helpful answer or question, don't bother posting at all.

    Ontopic:
    I don't mean to be the bearer of bad news but the iPad, while designed for light web browsing won't reach your every need. I can however tell you that the instapaper app on the app store allows you to save web pages for offline viewing and may even allow you to change the text size. As for changing text size in safari, you can do it if the reader icon appears on a web page. This allows you to view something without adds and gives you the option to change the font size. On the whole though, you do have to expect to zoom and move around the page as that is how it's designed. After all the screen would have to been pretty big if it were to accommodate a whole webpage at reading size.

    Proud owner of a 32GB wifi iPad2 iOS5.
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    This page can be loaded from the browser into the reader app an therefore you can set the font size.
    As to downloading the web pages for off-site viewing can't help, maybe buy some oracle books ?
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    The reader function of safari does display this very well, good find stormydog!

    Also you can download apps that allow you to save web pages as PDF or purchase goodreader and you can download the HTML pages for viewing later on such as web to PDF or if you purchase iCal web browser (which is very good IMO) it has extensions that allow you to download, change text size, save as a PDF etc check it out it's much better than safari!
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    Actually, the reader function window truncates the longer lines of code. See for example at the bottom the line that says:

    System.out.println("Condition

    which should read:

    System.out.println("Condition is false.");
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    Just purchase iCab then! :) readability, icabs extension is just like safaris reader but it displays it perfectly fine.

    Attached is a screeny!

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    Apples basic Web browser Safria does a really good job IMHO could your ISP causing your problem?
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    Good posts, guys! Thanks for helping the OP.
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    sorry ....im ill go sit in the corner now
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    Thanks to everyone who responded. I tried iCab but it didn't work. I think there should be a browser for iPad that works exactly like pretty much all browsers for desktops and laptops... that is, text reflows inside the visible window. This was one of the main ideas behind HTML in the first place. If any developer worries about drawbacks to this approach, then just make the reflow optional. I think this is a critical need for small screen devices like the iPad.

    Thanks again for all the help!
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    Have you checked the settings? You can change the browser id to behave like Firefox or Internet explorer!
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    Apology accepted! :)

    Be nice and helpful!
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    I think the browser ID is just something that tells the server which browser is being used to request the page. In other words, it does not affect the behavior of the iCab browser, only the information sent by the server.

    But just to be sure I set it to Firefox 4 Mac, but it didn't make any difference. But thanks for the idea anyway!
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    @wallyflint
    Hâve you checked Atomic browser? When increasing font, it will do pretty much what you want, ie text reflow... Also, Atomic browser can save pages for offline reading...
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    Yes... Thanks for the tip. The problem with atomic is it increases size of the "regular" font, but does not increase the size of the font used for the java code examples (see following page):

    http://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/java/data/strings.html
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    Well... I think I might have solved this problem. Sent some feedback to the developer of the atomic browser, and he gave me a very nice reply and said he was going to look at the problem of the browser not resizing the font for the java code examples. If he gets this problem fixed then I think atomic will offer all of the features that I said I was looking for. Thanks to all for your helpful feedback!
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    I love my iPad and don't get the criticism. I know what it is and isn't and what it's supposed to do it does well. If you want more capabilities, get a laptop computer. I love that it handles my remote computing needs, it's size as I travel with it, that it gives me remote email access and the convenience.
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    One of the absolute worst mistakes that can be made on any hardware or software web surfing platform is to force your customer to have to scroll horizontally with every single solitary sentence on the web page. There is simply no excuse for it, and it's worth noting that Android doesn't do that. Also, there is no stone tablet anywhere upon which is written a list of all the things the iPad is "supposed" to do. What it is supposed to do is meet the needs of its users, and in its current form it is not doing that.

    :)

    (By the way... I used to live in Chipman... not far from Lamont... know where that is?)
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    I'm 100% with Wallyflint, all the more so that I'm a happy owner of both an iPad 2 and an Android phone (yes yes :eek:), so I know what could be improved in each "world"

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