refresh-rates-are-terrible

I’d like to think that a good refresh rate on a machine makes it a better machine – runs faster/smoother, and uses less battery life (sometimes). But that is not the case in terms of Real World(TM) use for humans who have slow/clunky fingers and actually have to **interact** with that display 100% by touch-only.nnNow, the display on the MacBook is slow (or slower than what the new devices have), and it is nothing like new iPhones or new iPads, and I am interacting with the MBA display with a mouse + keyboard, so it isn’t a big deal, anyway. And the same goes for my Motorola G7 Power phone – slow refresh rate, nothing like the Pixel 3a (and above), which I once owned and literally reset and sold on CL *because* of the refresh rate, and feeling like every interaction was that of poking at greased lightening – terrible experience that reads well on paper, but is a nightmare to use in practice.nn**Why do I bring this up if a fast refresh rate doesn’t immediately effect me?**nnBecause somehow, Feedbin has introduced a faux-fast refresh rate to their application, or to their website (they have no official application for any platform that I am aware of). This probably *looks* sleek as hell on a desktop, but every time I am simply scrolling down/up on the Feedbin.com website on mobile (Firefox), I keep going *back* to the previous page. I just re-read an article almost four times just to pick up where I left off because it kept jumping back to the preview. The entire experience is that of butter (which I know, **sounds** really great/smooth!), and this is/was a high-minded goal for the garbage days of 2010 when most phones, apps, services on mobile were a janky/stuttering mess – but, the goal was not to KEEP GOING when that problem was fixed, the goal was to make it work with what human hands are capable of keeping up with, and then STOPPING the “innovation”. nnSo, the long/short of it is: I am going to keep buying cheap(er) (AKA low refresh rate) phones and computers in my life (if I can) until tech co’s (or/and customers who raise their voice about such issues) realize that this is not a thing that works in actual, day to day, IRL practice – it simply SOUNDS good on paper and nothing else.

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