Thursday, 17 March 2011

iPhone: the worst browsing experience out there

    How does the tasteless, Flashless iPhone browsing compare to a full web experience? Well, after 45,000 page loads the answer was clear, Android wins by a huge margin even with Flash support.

    For the tests the company Blaze used iPhone 4 running iOS 4.3 and Google Nexus S running Android 2.3 Gingerbread along with custom apps that automatically load pages and measure the speed.

     The chosen websites were the thousand homepages of the Fortune 1000 companies. Each page was loaded multiple times on different days. Tests were run over Wi-Fi.

The two charts below summarize the results:
Android’s browser managed to load 84% of the websites faster than Safari, with whopping 52% faster load times on average.

Lower load times represent faster performance

       To test the importance of JavaScript performance, Android 2.2 Froyo (on a Samsung Galaxy S) and iOS 4.2 were used – both of which lack the latest JavaScript performance-improving tricks.
     Android 2.2 Froyo was 10% slower than 2.3 Gingerbread, despite the 40% JavaScript performance boost in the latter. iOS 4.2 and iOS 4.3 are pretty much 50/50 when it comes to which version loaded the website faster, but the newer OS was actually 2% slower on average.

     Another interesting result showed up for mobile websites – Android and iOS both managed about the same load times for the mobile sites, but while on Android showed almost no difference on full web sites, iOS showed a huge lag versus the mobile versions of the sites.
iOS loads full web pages much slower

    Given the fact that the iPhone A4 CPU is "a cheap replica" of what can be found in it's Android counterparts, the result hardly comes as a surprise. However considering that iOS lacks Flash, the the poorly designed iOS joins the crappy hardware in a slow-mo duo.
    If still unsure, why not give it a try yourself? Kindly check Blaze's flawless testing methodology below.

Via: Blaze