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Browser Wars: Speed & Benchmark comparison

0. phoneArena 21 Aug 2012, 09:37 posted on

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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posted on 21 Aug 2012, 10:40 2

16. The_Innovation (Posts: 610; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Pretty much.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 11:14

20. aaronkatrini (Posts: 241; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


good point! but IE performance on mobile is quite pleasant! (ok, i had to try it myself to believe it LOL) thumbs up ;)

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 10:39

15. The_Innovation (Posts: 610; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


lol, Safari.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 10:48 1

17. redmd (Posts: 1279; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


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.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 10:54 2

18. hung2900 (Posts: 956; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


One thing that the article forgot is page loading time also depends a little bit on resolution. Why not MX 4quad vs iphone?

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 11:12 1

19. aaronkatrini (Posts: 241; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


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!

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 11:18

22. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


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

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 11:24

25. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


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.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 11:29

26. Hatshipuh (Posts: 135; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


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.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 11:29

27. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


To be honest, with internet speeds these days and overall hardware, just like the laptop or desktop, browser speed matters little.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 11:32

29. Hatshipuh (Posts: 135; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Btw I'd like to see the browsers tested on a Galaxy Nexus, so the Stock JellyBean Browser can be included.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 12:21

31. Ray.S (Posts: 339; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


The stock JB browser is the Chrome browser.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 21:18

50. AppleWho (banned) (Posts: 57; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


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.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 21:19

51. AppleWho (banned) (Posts: 57; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


plus, were these tests done on a tablet or phone, ICS or JB, all tested on same phone type or various phones?

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 12:33

32. observer (unregistered)


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.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 12:53

34. NobiAB (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)


I use Opera Mini while using operator's data plan and Dolphin while using wLan...Seems quite practical for me...

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 13:11

35. Benjammin (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Jul 2012)


Good job on the tests. Isn't the new Dolphin Beta supposed to be really fast?

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 13:31

37. AppleWho (banned) (Posts: 57; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


I am running JB AOSP Flash browser on my N7 - call me when you test JB devices.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 13:39

38. Planterz (Posts: 2103; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I want to know how Firefox compares in page loading speeds with the adblock plugin installed.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 13:59

39. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


I would like to see how internet explorer 10 will perform on WP8 with Sanpdragon S4.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 14:02

40. MingLiangChen (Posts: 312; Member since: 06 Jul 2012)


I actually feel that Opera is the smoothest..

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 14:44

41. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 162; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


What about Maxthon browser?

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 16:41

44. jinwons (Posts: 95; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


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.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 16:48

45. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


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.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 18:56

47. jeroome86 (Posts: 1379; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


I like chrome and Dolphin the best. But I miss the reader on my iPhone. Wish they implement this on the Chrome browser.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 20:32

49. jgcaap (Posts: 42; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)


how about windows phone browser? Doesnt it pown down every browser out there ? i wish we had something similer for android.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 01:45

54. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 174; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


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.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 01:45

55. bander (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


I use Dolphin & I love it

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 01:46

56. picka_vi_materina (Posts: 174; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


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.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 08:35

57. kindlefireowner (Posts: 503; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


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.

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