I then thought about speed – my main attraction towards google was simplicity & speed , not convergence. I use a dial-up very often and have often complained that maps.google.com is simply not dialup friendly. I also travel very often and use my phone as a bluetooth modem – forget broadband speeds there. I hate having to wait for the image slices to load up – can’t we just have a simple non fancy driving directions page ? (I use the old yahoo maps often for the same reason – not the new beta one, when travelling).
I also noticed that google has a new beta toolbar our – allows me to add many buttons, the toolbar search box automatically expands as I type, suggests words as I type (which I could fortunately turn off). But guess what – it was far more sluggish in operation (not search) than the old toolbar. So I rolled back to the old one. However, I guess this is only a matter of time till the new one becomes defacto.
But back to gmail-talk:
So today, I pulled up the very cool Fidder HTTP debugging tool and ran ‘gmail in standard mode’ and ‘gmail with chat mode’ to see the difference.
Here is the summary after clearing cache for each mode (more detailed shots later)
Click on the table for a larger version:
That is quite a magnitude of difference.
Here are the fiddler detail screen shots for those interested (click on the thumbnails for larger versions)Without Chat:
The same holds true for Google desktop 3.0 – its bigger, does more, integrates better and is sluggish compared to the leaner predecessors.
So again, is ‘Fast Convergence’ an Oxymoron ?