For quite some time, I have been annoyed about the extremely slow browsing speeds of the mobile web. You probably know the feeling: the page shows quite quickly, but the loading indicator doesn’t seem to want to finish until about a minute or so later. Meanwhile, the browser is very unresponsive and often refreshes the screen and looses the location on the page. On desktop, on the other hand, everything works lightning fast – as it should.
Of course, disabling JS has its drawbacks; mainly that there are features – features with utility, that is – of sites which breaks in the process. Although this might be an issue for some users, I don’t experience it as a huge disadvantage. I have noticed that I could live without JS most of the time when browsing on my phone, as my main internet consumption is reading articles. Incidentally, sites which are built around interactive content often have native applications available, which perform better than running them through the browser anyway.