It Turns Out Adobe Flash Was A Bad Idea For The Galaxy Tab

Posted Nov 12, 2010

One of the selling points for the Samsung Galaxy Tab was that it had Adobe Flash support. One of the arguments for having Flash on the Tab is that it gives you fuller access to the web. But what is the point if the device’s performance suffers as a result? I haven’t used the Tab myself, but there are a lot of reviews out there and all of them focus on how Flash slows the device down. Below are some of those reviews:

Gizmodo Review:
“The browser is miserable, at least when Flash is enabled.”

New York Times
“Because the Galaxy runs Android 2.2, it can also play Flash videos online (touché, iPad!). Or at least it?s supposed to. After some delay, I got Flash movie trailers and CNet videos to play, but at, the Play Video button just stared at me sullenly. (My Samsung rep says they play fine for him.)”

Wall Street Journal:
“I tested several Adobe Flash videos and websites written in Flash. Sometimes they played and sometimes they didn?t. In all cases, they slowed the browser down. On one site written in Flash, I got a warning saying I might want to ‘abort’ lest the computer become ‘unresponsive.’ In another case, the Tab crashed. So I conclude that while the Tab does play Flash, it needs work on that score.”

“The Tab’s Flash capability is a nice fallback, but if you’ve been thinking it’s the killer tablet app you should think again.”