Browser Wars: Speed & Benchmark comparison
0. phoneArena posted on 21 Aug 2012, 09:37
It's been a while since we last compared the marvelous mobile web browsers that we have at our disposal. So, after many new versions and updates, as well as entirely new offerings, we decided it's finally time to put the leading browsers through their paces...
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1. POLICE (banned) posted on 21 Aug 2012, 09:53 19
But was the S3 on flight mode when doing the test?
Cause its a full OS it has so many apps running at the background, where's iP4s has few apps running.
3. bucky posted on 21 Aug 2012, 10:01 21
Lol maybe we should check the temperature and humidity scale for that day as well. I think there was a full moon which would definitely hamper results.
We clearly need a re-test.
Nice to see that there a bunch of great choices.
6. taz89 posted on 21 Aug 2012, 10:08 4
lol agree 2 different os so its never going to be possible to do a true comparison...alos even if the s3 oe any android phone was offline there will always be background app they just wont be able to connect to data..these test show how each browser has been modified for there respectable os..if one is faster than the other than its probably better optimized..i would guess if you were to put safari on android or stock ics browser on the iphone they will perform differently as they were not optimised.
53. i_am_aman posted on 22 Aug 2012, 01:41 1
what about the wifi in S3 & IP4 that too can make the diff...? :P
59. taz89 posted on 22 Aug 2012, 15:31 1
lol accidently thumbed you down...you are very right about wifi...if the wifi component is cheap on ome device and a more expensive wifi compoment on another it could very well make a difderence although probably in the miliseconds
33. sadaivadai posted on 21 Aug 2012, 12:45 1
The test conducted in this way is better .. Since we are not going to close all the apps when using the browser ..
2. abdane posted on 21 Aug 2012, 09:58 16
wow, shocked to see stock browser better than chrome ! o.O
30. jaoowolabi posted on 21 Aug 2012, 12:02 3
yeaa but im still goin to use chrome. CHROME FTW
36. thelegend6657 posted on 21 Aug 2012, 13:14 3
not surprised at all
try both on a galaxy nexus and you will feel it
65. IamYourFather6657 posted on 26 Aug 2012, 07:07 0
is there a way to port ICS browser to jellybean ? Chrome sucks
4. -box- posted on 21 Aug 2012, 10:04 5
Wow, Opera needs to get itself updated or something. I remember when it was the go-to browser if speed was key, especially with its compression and "turbo" functions
11. remixfa posted on 21 Aug 2012, 10:19 1
opera mobile is not the same as opera mini. Opera mini is the speed browser I do believe. It still is the champion. However it uses side loading tricks and data compression to achieve that speed, which would give it unfair advantage in a regular browser test.
12. bobfreking55 posted on 21 Aug 2012, 10:28 0
what's the difference of mini and mobile?
i've been using opera because opera usually doesn't load all flash content and such and I like the interface.
the close button on the ics stock browser and chrome is very prone to accidental touches. it's the worst part for me since I frequently switch between tabs.
23. denied911 (banned) posted on 21 Aug 2012, 11:23 2
on mini pages are rendered on opera serwers and compresed
on mobile phone renders page and you can choose to compress data or not
mini for slower phones and bandwith save
mobile for fast phones
I have browsermar on sgs3 international 75.000
and moto razr has 55.000
i don't know where they find this results
probably apple payed them
28. POLICE (banned) posted on 21 Aug 2012, 11:31 2
Did you just type from your phone?
43. denied911 (banned) posted on 21 Aug 2012, 15:14 1
46. remixfa posted on 21 Aug 2012, 17:05 2
one is the regular mobile browser with full features, and the other is a more limited browser meant for quick page loads and very limited data use. Its been in use since RIM was popular. Basically when you put in a web address it pulls up over at Opera's servers who more or less take a medium resolution snap shot and send it to your phone. The result is that it loads up lightning quick and uses like 1/5th the data. The downsides are the lack of page options like flash, HTML5, ect.
66. rusticguy posted on 26 Aug 2012, 12:20 0
Opera mini doesnt work well for responsive sites and many sites are going in for responsive design.
5. OpTiMuS_BlAcK posted on 21 Aug 2012, 10:07 8
At least Dolphin is still the best in HTML5 :)
52. torr310 posted on 21 Aug 2012, 21:44 0
I tried both ICS stock and Chrome, Dolphin has way better UI.
It's a snap to switch between your favorite webs on Dolphin.
7. rusticguy posted on 21 Aug 2012, 10:11 0
Check performance on responsive design based sites also with adaptive images ... perhaps test on bostonglobe.com
8. hung2900 posted on 21 Aug 2012, 10:14 0
One thing that the article forgot is page loading time also depends a little bit on resolution.
9. androidornothing posted on 21 Aug 2012, 10:14 2
Chrome with Jelly Bean will kill any browser out there.
21. aaronkatrini posted on 21 Aug 2012, 11:16 3
wow! android is all about linux and people support google instead of firefox.... mah! Sad Tux is Sad :(
10. remixfa posted on 21 Aug 2012, 10:18 1
For these comparisons, you should also do "chrome on iOS" since that is available just to get a feel for how the different OS's use the same/similar code, also any other browsers that might be available on both iOS and Android for the same point.
What I find interesting is how few "features" Safari has compared to Android's stock/chrome browsers and still doesnt manage to best them. 26 features for iOS and 56 for android stock. Yea... looks like iOS has another place where it needs an update to a really old system.
71. Hemlocke (unregistered) posted on 31 Aug 2012, 17:24 0
You need to get out more, or take a college class, because reading is obviously not your strong suit. You read what you WANT it to be, instead of what it really is, so the second paragraph just makes you look like a pathetic fanboy. I'm reading, and so is everyone else, 56 for both. Having owned plenty of Android and iOS devices, the only real difference comes down to personal preference where browsers are concerned.
13. vivzek posted on 21 Aug 2012, 10:35 2
I use the Dolphin browser a lot these days and it seems to be doing the work pretty fine and reliably.
14. macfire111 posted on 21 Aug 2012, 10:37 1
why has internet explorer been tested ? Or is it not considered good enough for these "tests"
20. aaronkatrini posted on 21 Aug 2012, 11:14 0
good point! but IE performance on mobile is quite pleasant! (ok, i had to try it myself to believe it LOL) thumbs up ;)
17. redmd posted on 21 Aug 2012, 10:48 1
I use opera mini for slow mobile internet connections but use the stock Android browser for everything else. Chrome has a lot of catching up. It's slow and not smooth when zooming.
18. hung2900 posted on 21 Aug 2012, 10:54 2
One thing that the article forgot is page loading time also depends a little bit on resolution. Why not MX 4quad vs iphone?
19. aaronkatrini posted on 21 Aug 2012, 11:12 1
I use Opera Mobile for the UI and features (like text re-formatting for better reading).
I'm pretty sure benchmarks say the truth about these browsers, but thats not all. I mean there were many things not covered by this test. Example : second time load page! very very important!
22. denied911 (banned) posted on 21 Aug 2012, 11:18 0
when I see results of sgs3, i thought that it is mistake or this iste is lying
and then i realise that you tested probobly us version with snapdragon
please test international with exynos
i like opera mobile and on cortex a9 it is much faster
in browsermark it has 75.000 and national geographic is loaded in max 6 second in clear cash and 20mb wifi
25. shadowcell posted on 21 Aug 2012, 11:24 0
On the Android side I found Chrome to be the best for loading desktop sites with smoother scrolling than the ICS browser. May be a bit slow but you don't get that "jarring" feel when moving up and down the page. The tabbing system is top notch being more productive rather than fun gestures.
Dolphin HD still remains the best when it comes to reliability and HTML5 site viewing.
26. Hatshipuh posted on 21 Aug 2012, 11:29 0
Preferred the Stock Browser over Chrome because of the quick settings, made one handed navigation easier.
But now I went with Sleipnir Browser, though loading pages is slower than Stock or Chrome, because I really dig the UI and easier gesture control than Dolphin.
27. speckledapple posted on 21 Aug 2012, 11:29 0
To be honest, with internet speeds these days and overall hardware, just like the laptop or desktop, browser speed matters little.
29. Hatshipuh posted on 21 Aug 2012, 11:32 0
Btw I'd like to see the browsers tested on a Galaxy Nexus, so the Stock JellyBean Browser can be included.
50. AppleWho (banned) posted on 21 Aug 2012, 21:18 0
not mine...lol...I modded mine to include flash...runs awesome...I will take it over what is tested per this article. I do like chrome because of my desktop bookmarks sync, though.
51. AppleWho (banned) posted on 21 Aug 2012, 21:19 0
plus, were these tests done on a tablet or phone, ICS or JB, all tested on same phone type or various phones?
32. observer (unregistered) posted on 21 Aug 2012, 12:33 0
This comparison is flawed. do you know why? It doesn't compare on the software stability. The app with the most tricks that ease up the browsing experience. If you compare these two, Opera Mobile will win easily.
Opera feels very smooth when browsing although it's a little bit late with rendering the web page. also, no matter how many tabs open it will stay stable and it's funny because i tried all the browsers available on android. ALL (Firefox, Chrome, Stock browser) of them crashes at some point of my browsing, Opera doesn't. It just go very strong until i get bored and turn off my tablet.
Last, The tricks i'm talking about are smooth scrolling, good bookmarking features and the most awesome trick of all, is the go to the end of the page or the beginning of it with 1 touch, Scroll faster until a small icon with an arrow shows up and touch it.
Opera Mobile WINS single handidly for the complete package experience. It's just under appreciated by critics.
I'd recommend it to all users.
34. NobiAB posted on 21 Aug 2012, 12:53 0
I use Opera Mini while using operator's data plan and Dolphin while using wLan...Seems quite practical for me...
35. Benjammin posted on 21 Aug 2012, 13:11 0
Good job on the tests. Isn't the new Dolphin Beta supposed to be really fast?
37. AppleWho (banned) posted on 21 Aug 2012, 13:31 0
I am running JB AOSP Flash browser on my N7 - call me when you test JB devices.
38. Planterz posted on 21 Aug 2012, 13:39 0
I want to know how Firefox compares in page loading speeds with the adblock plugin installed.
39. Mobile-X-Pert posted on 21 Aug 2012, 13:59 0
I would like to see how internet explorer 10 will perform on WP8 with Sanpdragon S4.
40. MingLiangChen posted on 21 Aug 2012, 14:02 0
I actually feel that Opera is the smoothest..
44. jinwons posted on 21 Aug 2012, 16:41 0
I think this test is somewhat flawed because stock browser in GS3 is not pure android ICS browser. Samsung modified it a bit in Touchwiz UX, probably adding some GPU acceleration into it. So they should use Galaxy Nexus for this kind of testing.
45. richardyarrell2011 (banned) posted on 21 Aug 2012, 16:48 0
I love the stock browser no doubt and don't really want to lose the stock browser just because of jellybean updates on my Galaxy S3. Seems like we are losing too much first flash on jellybean now the stock browser on jellybean. Chrome better be real good otherwise my Galaxy S3 will remain on ice cream sanwhich for a while. I might just purchase the Galaxy Note 2 and that will be my jellybean device while the Galaxy s3 will be my ice cream samwich device.
47. jeroome86 posted on 21 Aug 2012, 18:56 0
I like chrome and Dolphin the best. But I miss the reader on my iPhone. Wish they implement this on the Chrome browser.
49. jgcaap posted on 21 Aug 2012, 20:32 0
how about windows phone browser? Doesnt it pown down every browser out there ? i wish we had something similer for android.
54. picka_vi_materina posted on 22 Aug 2012, 01:45 0
FYI, PhoneArena, iPhone isn't done loading when the progress bar finishesh. Check out the top bar and you'll find another loading wheel. Apple is trying to full people by letting them think it finished loading ahead of everyone else, when in reality it's completely different.
56. picka_vi_materina posted on 22 Aug 2012, 01:46 0
BTW, Nokia N9 is not far off from those dual/quad cores. It was pretty much 2/3s slower and it's a 1GHz single core A8, not even A9.
57. kindlefireowner posted on 22 Aug 2012, 08:35 0
I have opera, dolphin, and firefox on my phone. I like opera the best because it's just easy to use. They should have put UC Web in that test. UC Web is faster than all of them.