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BlackBerry 10 web browser gets tested, performs great overall

BlackBerry 10 web browser gets tested, performs great overall
The BlackBerry Z10 is shaping up like a decent smartphone that is relevant in every aspect, and the web browsing experience is clearly one of them. That's what becomes evident from this video comparing the BlackBerry 10 web browser with Safari on the iPhone, Internet Explorer on a Windows Phone powered Samsung Ativ Odyssey, and the stock web browser on the Samsung Galaxy Note II running Android.

During their testing of the BlackBerry Z10, the guys at MobileBurn ran several browser benchmarks on all devices, the popular Browsermark being one of them. The best performer turned out to be BlackBerry 10 and its WebKit-based browser, which scored an impressive 2382 points – a tad more than the Galaxy Note II, which finished in second place.

However, turns out that the browser on the BlackBerry Z10 can't handle JavaScript as well as the competition. In fact, it gave the lowest SunSpider score out of all four handsets, so that's one thing RIM BlackBerry could have put a bit more effort into.

But in addition to the aforementioned benchmark tests, there's a lot more going on in the video below. Several browsing features are being demonstrated, such as the Reader Mode, which clears the page from non-essential content leaving texts and images only for easier reading. You can also see the web browser in action during real-life testing while browsing some relatively heavy, media-rich pages. Check it out below and don't hesitate to drop a comment if you like what you see.


source: MobileBurn

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posted on 01 Feb 2013, 06:45 4

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Huh? Dual core unknown chips beat quad core exynos? Are you joking?

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 07:48 3

9. jroc74 (Posts: 3985; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I take it you missed where it said for java script it came in last. Like someone said...more cores isn't about power.

And 2380 vs. 2360....whoop dee do...lol

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 21:02

20. jroc74 (Posts: 3985; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


After thinking about the scores....that is good for a dual core phone to match a quad core one in this test.

Just like in the PC world...it was never a clear cut choice between dual and quad core. I think only in the last 2 years did quad cores start posting better results doing things dual core were better at.

I know its one reason why I was never interested in a quad core until last year.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 07:51 3

10. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


First of all it's not unknown, its a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset which is possibly the S4. Also, its not just the hardware involved, software matters greatly too whether it'll fast, slow of mediocre.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 07:52

12. wendygarett (unregistered)


I'm not really sure about that, the video seems fake to me...

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 08:04

14. Emily1985 (Posts: 123; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


Yes, the number of transistors and the clock speed indicates and The power of the processor and not the number of cores!

first Intel CPU had 2,300 transistors.
Intel Sandy Bridge Core i7 has 2,270,000,000 transistors .

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 08:10

16. hung2900 (Posts: 714; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


An browser benchmark cannot say anything about the power. the score of google chrome on a core i3 desktop can still be better than the score of firefox on a core i7 desktop. We cannot say anything with these useless bencjmarking, please bring the them on the same platform for a true competition.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 06:48

2. Johnnokia (Posts: 389; Member since: 27 May 2012)


It seems gloomy compared to Android or Windows Phone browsing.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 06:53

3. rihel_95 (Posts: 174; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


BB Z10 screen looks more yellowish than others! They should have improoved that!

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 07:51 3

11. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


People can say the same for Samsung's blue-ish hue on its displays.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 06:58 11

4. mew7946510 (Posts: 55; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


Why do people think that more cores = more power? LOL Wake up idiots! The number of cores don't even tell half of the story!!

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 07:25 4

5. Darkerm (Posts: 99; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Hahahhahaha :D
I know but Not Everyone got this.

posted on 03 Feb 2013, 22:09

22. HDShatter (Posts: 1014; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Bulldozer is a good example to vs an i5. i5 has a much faster per core speed and it beats out the bulldozer in most applications even though it has half the cores and lower clock speed.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 08:10

15. hung2900 (Posts: 714; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Don't judge anybody as an "idiot" if you haven't prove you are superior than others.
An browser benchmark cannot say anything about the power. the score of google chrome on a core i3 desktop can still be better than the score of firefox on a core i7 desktop. We cannot say anything with these useless bencjmarking, please bring the them on the same platform for a true competition.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 08:11

17. Tele7 (Posts: 47; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


Yeah, my Galaxy S2 is much faster than my Asus Transformer 300 with Tegra 3

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 07:25 2

6. Bernoulli (Posts: 1401; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


That's what's up! Looks like I'll be ditching my note II by March, which is when this is said to arrive.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 07:28 3

7. slaggyb (Posts: 167; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Were the hell is nikolas oliver? I want him here commenting s**t like RIM =Rip....thanks to the company now officially called BLACKBERRY.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 07:46 1

8. tiara6918 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Looks like bb is doing their best to make a successful comeback

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 07:53 3

13. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)


Seems pretty well organized for thumb swipes!

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 10:55

18. draconic1991 (Posts: 101; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


the url bar looks a lot like internet explorer on windows phone and the placement is same as well...

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 19:17 1

19. scsa852k (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Looks very similar to Dolphin Browser.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 21:04 1

21. jroc74 (Posts: 3985; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Whatever the case is with the browser....I think its safe to say its better than what they had before.

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