[maemo-users] UI-Performance experience with N800

From: Clemens Eisserer linuxhippy at gmail.com
Date: Thu Sep 6 01:52:18 EEST 2007

I just got my N880 and I really think its a cool device. It now looks
in my opinion even more professional than the old one and has matured
to a "real" product.

However from the software-user point-of-view I am not so happy with
it, especially when it comes to performance.
Every menu you open/clode every; every windows which appears or is
hidden, every Drag&Drop action or scrolling, or SplitPane-Resizing
(e.g. in the filechooser), or selecting a list. Everything that has to
do with intercating with the UI is really damn slow :-/
Its almost the same than with the 770, however I thought that maybe
the 2 years additional time to work on the platform and the faster
hardware could have improved the situation - but it even feels slower
than IT2006 on my 770. I don't know but maybe GTK simply was the wrong
choice? (I have to admit that I am a known GTK hater so please take
this question with the needed grain of salt).
As soon as you moove something you see/feel the stuttering, and
destroyed areas are repainted really slow (more complex windows like
the info-dialogs of the audio player take 300-600ms to repaint!)

And yes I am a developer and not an average user so I thought maybe
"normal" users don't notice it.
I gave it to my brother and he also said (without that I talked about
the slowness with him) that it feels even slower than the 770 and that
he thinks its not quite ready because it does bother him quite a bit.

However all in all the N800 is a great device, the system-software is
great (as it already was with IT2006) and stability is as good as it
should. Good work. However I am still hoping that some performance
problems in the UI could be solved somewhere in the future...

lg Clemens

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