kusti8 wrote:Well, it looks like you have GIMP open.
Gimp was only pen for making the screenshot, no other programs were open during testing besides a 1 sec "top" command in terminal to inspect Chromium CPU usage.
It's obviously not going to be fast on a Pi0, but compared to the always crashing Epiphany (which crashed when I tried to go to gmail and would even work with Inbox) it provides a more modern experience and is more robust. To me on a Pi0, it is about the same speed as Epiphany. Also note that video on a Pi0 won't be the best since much RAM will be given to the GPU.
Edit: Also, test Epiphany with 192 and compare.
I tested Epiphany on same PiZero with 192 MB GPU setting, and it was faster.
Today I installed Chromium with 192 GPU and h264ify on a second PiZero SD card and the experience was worse.
So finally I installed a fresh Raspbian Full desktop image on the 1st SDcard after taking a bakup of it:
Again I did all your steps, and Chromium experience is still bad. But I did it on fresh install so that you can recreate, please do so.
Here is the forum experience:
1. click https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/
2. wait until "top" with 1 second update does not show noticable CPU activity
3. click viewforum.php?f=63
With Chromium 3rd step does take 12 seconds of >90% Pi Zero CPU.
With Epihany on same system it takes 3 seconds of >90% Pi Zero CPU.
It took minutes to install h264ify plugin from chrome web store in Chromium.
Another bad very long load time of 100% is my twitter page:
Playing a youtube video is surprisingly smoot, but opening twitter.com takes a very long time of 100% CPU.
Since you describe different behavior, please redo these tests with fresh Raspbian install as I did.
If you experience the same as I do then, this means that you did not give as everything needed for a performant chromium experience.