I live in the countryside, where 3G and WiFi are the stuff dreams are made of. Most of the time I'm on a GPRS (o) connection, perhaps EDGE (E) at best.
In these circumstances the eBay mobile app is all but unusable due to it refreshing its data feeds every chance it gets. Each data feed refresh on GPRS takes upwards of 30 seconds if you have a handful saved searches and a watch list with a dozen or so items on it. During this time the app is unusable: searches will not come back, items cannot be viewed, and so on.
Waiting 30 seconds or a minute as a one off would not be so bad, but the app refreshes its data all the time - even without the user requesting it. Relaunch the app after checking a text message - data refreshed; delete an item from your watch list - data refreshed; I could go on.
So, I would like to request that when connected to GPRS/3G that the data refresh only be done when the user asks for it to be done: "pull to refresh". This would be the easiest way of solving the problem high technology country bumpkins like myself have. :)
At a higher level, I'd like all data refreshes to be more concise - only refreshing the data that needs to be refreshed. But that's a much more difficult problem.
Any thoughts appreciated.
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Sorry about that! We do try to test on all possible configurations/locales/iPads, but some get more attention than others. (We hope you like the boondocks where you are, in a beautiful if perhaps underserved cellular area.)
We are actively looking at improving performance for both slow connections, and older devices, though this may result in a degraded experience (lower-res pictures, etc). But I guess at this point, it's already degraded, so...
In the mean time, you can try removing as many stacks from the home screen that you dare, as these do perform some periodic updates, which may be unbearably slow for you on a (gasp!) GPRS connection.
Let us know if that makes it any better.
Thanks again for your feedback,
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