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Worthless internet browser?

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by Dbj77, Dec 14, 2017.

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Do you use the internet browser on a regular basis?

  1. No

    128 vote(s)
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  2. Yes

    36 vote(s)
    22.0%
  1. Dbj77

    Dbj77 Member

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    The internet browser is embarrassing. I had stopped trying to do anything with it a few months back, and went back to it briefly yesterday and couldn't get anything to load. Does anyone use it for anything regularly?
     
  2. HankLloydRight

    HankLloydRight No Roads

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    Good for 3G/LTE speed testing at fast.com, but that's about it.

    Totally worthless otherwise.
     
  3. compu85

    compu85 Supporting Member

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    We used it to look up a ferry schedule a couple of times.
     
  4. kavyboy

    kavyboy Active Member

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    Not having a smart phone, it is sometimes useful for me personally. Which is to say, it's better than nothing, but even then just barely, and really only for us outliers. The only real serious use for me is checking for incoming flights while waiting in the cell phone lot (irony) at the airport, and I'm really waiting for a call anyway. Occasionally at a red light I'll use it to look up a nearby interesting car, even though the light usually changes before I get any info. I think my passenger has looked up song lyrics we couldn't understand. Checking "open hours" of potential restaurants. That's all I can think of.
     
  5. kev1n

    kev1n Active Member

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    i forget that it is even there lol its pretty useless, they probably only put in for that wow factor tbh
     
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  6. BradWI

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    Tweet Elon about it. I’m sure he’ll say an update for the browser is weeks away just like it was 3, 6, 9 and 12 months ago...
     
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  7. Dbj77

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    Ha! He is to busy having campfires on his gigaroof or wearing santa unicorn shirts. I do hope for an update, because its a bit sad to have an unusable function in the car so quickly. It makes me feel like I'm driving any other older model car that doesn't have updates. Old maps, cassette tapes, 8-tracks.
     
  8. Kuhz

    Kuhz Active Member

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    I used it in Canada where my US data would be $$
     
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  9. Haxster

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    Every time I try to use it, I'm reminded of my 1200 baud dial-up modem. :(
     
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  10. MXadopter

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    It is such a shame. How could it possibly be so bad? My car is a month old, and it will not fully load any one page. I get it, plug-ins are dangerous and can be used to hack. But I feel like those brains at Tesla could come up with a way for us to load our gmail calendars, etc.
     
  11. HankLloydRight

    HankLloydRight No Roads

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    Your car is a month old, but the browser is at least 5 years old, if not older.

    They did! You can bluetooth sync your calendar to the car. No browser required. THAT works like a charm.
     
  12. Ande

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    The browser works fine. (I just choose to believe it's meant to be embarrassing)
     
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  13. t0mmyr

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    the only thing i find it useful for is leaving up the waze for tesla website that lets me view incidents on roads around my car live
     
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  14. Lasttoy

    Lasttoy Active Member

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    One, you have be near a att tower. Mine doesn't work away from tower.
     
  15. SmartElectric

    SmartElectric Active Member

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    Browser is perfectly fine.

    Works well for me.
    My bookmarks include.

    1. Weather.

    2. Ontario wind power generation 10 hour prediction (I choose which day I charge nearly full depending on amount of available excess wind power).

    3. Plugshare (the specific Tesla version)

    4. Waze (see thread elsewhere on this site, SUPER useful, works perfectly)

    5. Weather alerts (more specific than weather, goes straight to alert page)

    6. Twitter feed with #tesla tag search

    7. CBC mobile news

    The list goes on.
    Sure, major sites with ads and overbuilt javascript don't run so hot, but I avoid those on my phone let alone in my car.
     
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  16. TaoJones

    TaoJones Beyond Driven

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    A prospective owner tried to use the browser to configure her car. Browser choked barely midway through the Design Studio. That was the end of her interest. People are skittish enough about EVs. Poor/outdated implementations don't help.

    I expect nothing out of a web browser except it would be nice if it could manage the company's own car purchasing tools.

    Now, the apologists will suggest that the Design Studio should have a simpler version. These people probably still run lynx because it saves processing power.

    Has anyone confirmed that the Design Studio is usable from end to end in a Model 3?

    One would hope.
     
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  17. Dbj77

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    That is a good point. It’s pretty pathetic that the browser, which is advertised as a full browser, can’t even handle Tesla’s own website. I am a huge proponent of tesla, btw. I just find the browser completely ridiculous.
     
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  18. Dbj77

    Dbj77 Member

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    Which website do you use for weather?

     
  19. SmartElectric

    SmartElectric Active Member

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  20. Tam

    Tam Well-Known Member

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    Has Model 3's web browser been even activated yet?
     
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